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The 365 Experience of the Labyrinth Society is a sharing of the wisdom of the labyrinth from the sources that know it best in personal and professional manner that can add to individual, group and community experiences, and to discover the vast wealth of resource that lies within our community in ways that develop awareness, education, application and contribution for our community by our community. 

Gifts that Give

TLS 365 Experience #293
December 18, 2017

As the morning coffee began to brew, I wondered on the small finger labyrinth what message to bring to our group for the evening.  There were lots of ideas mulling around in my head, though nothing stood out and really felt much like the contribution I wanted to share.  As I smelled the coffee, my fingers moved faster and I realized I hadn’t been paying much attention to what I was doing as the aroma reminded me of morning rituals. The overwhelm of the holiday bustle had packed in too much and I could feel it.

Just in that moment as I traced another turn, the reminder that I could take another direction on this. I realized people had a lot to say and why not bring my portable labyrinth with and just get people walking, talking and sharing their thoughts. More over, it would seem like a special activity meeting for the holidays, this was just getting better and better.

Printing out finger labyrinths and writing a quick holiday message on each realization came as I finally stopped to sip the coffee, a simple and very effective meeting was planned using the idea of what gave me the idea. The labyrinth can be a gift that keeps on giving… and I now would be passing that on in giving that idea to others.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Beth Nellis, Manager, Labyrinth Facilitator
Indiana


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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The cycle of giving and receiving is a cycle of caring and sharing of our wisdom and appreciation

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Beyond Grief

TLS 365 Experience #292
December 17, 2017

This is the time of the year where grief hits hard on many, whether it is the loss of a loved one or the loss of security somewhere in life. The holidays hit hard in reminders and so it is always beneficial to honor a walk for those who are not with us this holiday. We turn to the gifts of those people and circumstances we miss and look to the gifts they left behind for us to remember. Some walk with tokens, others walk with pictures. There are tears and there is laughter as it is a time of remembering.

What is comforting is in seeing others and knowing that we are all walking together and for those that have felt alone, it is a reminder that there is always someone who will understand. People feel uplifted as they finish their walk and are so grateful for the experience. Most find a better place to be after the walk, and in the sharing and comments it tells us we are of service to our community.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Mary S., Labyrinth Facilitator
New Jersey


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LabyrinthSociety
Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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A Fine Vine

TLS 365 Experience #291
December 16, 2017

A Labyrinth Vineyard in South AfricaYears ago when looking for holiday gifts, I ran across several wines with a labyrinth name. As my brother in law was a wine salesmen, it seemed the perfect gift from a Labyrinth enthusiast. Investigating further, there was one choice really to settle on as in reading their information, looking up more and later talking to a representative,

I learned that they had indeed planted the first vineyard labyrinth in 2003. In drinking the wine,  one would essentially have enjoyed a taste from each of the vines that made up the labyrinth. It was the name that caught my attention, Labyrinth 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon by Simonsig, the conversation and the purpose and mission in creating that sold me. It also made a wonderful auction item too and turned out to be a very decent wine.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lyn Connelly, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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Realized Walk

TLS 365 Experience #290
December 15, 2017

This is the happy walk of realization!
When working on a project, idea or creation, walking on it over the months has produced little bits of important information. Where walking on it more has created new and different insights. Walking even more in those curiously blocked moments has developed a range of perspective not otherwise noticed. Then when all those moments, in those walks of inquiry, release and prayer have found their saturation point, there is one more walk left. It is the moment of happy realization in the completion, appreciation of the struggle and affirmation of the goal. This is the walk we wait for and when it is said and done, we look for the next idea or project to come.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J. Taylor, Project Manager, Labyrinth Enthusiast
Iowa


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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The Center of All

TLS 365 Experience #289
December 14, 2017

It’s in the simple moments with grandchildren that a family becomes extended and enriched. Mine had visited yesterday and I set up bowls of dried peas and pastas for them to create with as we made cookies in the kitchen. I spilled some flour on the counter and before I had a chance to wipe it up, the youngest was drawing stars in it.

I joined her and we made a variety of shapes, becoming more creative as we continued. It was in this play that my grandchild learned of the labyrinth, as the drawing of this symbol, to me seemed inevitable in creating and symbolizing. What was wonderful was in the application this young child brought to it. She commented on the paths and how they were ancestral. She noted that the outer paths were the great great grandparents and how each path led generationally to the center where she was.

My mind takes wondrous leaps in the wisdom of children, and isn’t that just like a child to know they are the center of all things in a family?

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Grandma B, Labyrinth Facilitator
Iowa


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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Walk of Darkness Enlightened

TLS 365 Experience #288
December 13, 2017

In curious explorations, the midnight hour is a time of perceived stillness.  The wee hours provide a depth of soul to awaken in the walk of the shadows and realize in the dark hours what grows  in opportunities that will shortly birth into the light. It is not a time of stillness, but one of great activity.

The walk is a listening of what is growing.
The listening hears the movement of flowing.
The movement is subtle evolving knowing.

It is a great and wonderful darkness to walk with as a part of the silent creations stirring.
In the wee hours.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J.Tunney, Labyrinth Walker
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
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Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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Gifts of Light

TLS 365 Experience #287
December 12, 2017

Hanukkah begins tonight, and I am reminded of the messages and meanings in these eight days of light and dedication. Walking each path on the labyrinth with a small group, the labyrinth to some seemed more Christian. Explaining the ancient origins of this cretan style path, all had new perspective and as we walked in rededication, each path resembled a new light to focus upon. In later discussion, more could see how this might be considered a tool of focus and dedication and open to all. It turned the conversation to one of open and accepting. It was a new idea for most and in the end, the light of new perspective and appreciation was the gift of this day in the spirit of dedicating the oneness of humanity’s spirit.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Sharon Stone, Labyrinth Facilitator
Florida


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

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Eleven Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #286
December 11, 2017

A labyrinth of eleven'sOn this day of 11, comes the double benefit of the singular and significant number of one. Offered in the spirit of oneness, is the 11 labyrinth. Sitting in school, I had to come up with a design and nothing came except the number 11, which was the date I had put at the top of my paper. So I began to draw the number eleven on my paper in different directions. It seemed only natural to find a winding path through them and a point at where one reached the center or an end. Since this time, I’ve made a number of numbers and added to the eleven labyrinth, though this is the original simple beginning. Happy Day of Eleven!

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Tess P., Labyrinth Facilitator
Kansas


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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A Walk with Ribbons

TLS 365 Experience #285
December 10, 2017

As I wrapped another gift, the box of ribbons tipped over and landed in a pile on the floor. Sitting down to re sort them in the box, I realized how easy it’s become to see circles in circles and understand the nature of the flowing ribbons of life.  As I sorted the ribbons, I played with them a bit creating a labyrinth of ribbons. It brought back a time out on the labyrinth with others twirling silk ribbons and feeling the wonderful flow being created.

Putting my fingers through the walk, I enjoyed the idea of ribbons winding and unwinding resembling the weaving and movement that is all around us.  Stories have a way of unraveling to create meaning. Events can just trail on in the meandering way of a ribbon, noting that they all have a point that one gets to, even if it isn’t in the center. I find unwinding is often the point. From the release or increase of mind or body and the greater mysteries of  the flow of life life to the simplicity of adding a ribbon to enhance and decorate, the ribbon can be a quiet symbol of significance.

As I completed and put the ribbons back in the box and reordered life, I stood in the realization of the enjoyable moments and memories made in the moment of mishap.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
T. S., Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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Walking the Months

TLS 365 Experience #284
December 9, 2017

December brings end of the year busy activities and often I’ve waited til the last week of the month to truly evaluate the year, it seems rather rushed. Instead, I’ve taken to walking the labyrinth in consideration of a full month at a time, beginning with January.

Then in the next walk, I contemplate the next month, February and so on. In this way I make 12 walks during the month to review with a simple set of questions. What did I intend for the month before it began? I walk in with this question in mind to understand my hopes and dreams. As I reach the center I ask what did I accomplish, without any focus on what I didn’t. As I return I reflect on how it all mattered, appreciating what I received, what I became and what more I was able to do.

I would journal a bit after each of these walks and then would look at all my notes before walking once to appreciate the fullness of the year.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Shannon R., Labyrinth Facilitator
Nevada


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LabyrinthSociety
Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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