Day 200 July 19
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return
On the 200th Day of the year, we arrive at the largest island in the world. Both Alaska and Antartica are considered land masses, so that leaves Greenland to holding the reigning privilege. The island is mostly ice, particularly in its center, though at one time had much more available green and through tales of history it was so named to attract others to migrate there by an exiled citizen. Even though its size is over 20 times greater than its neighbor Iceland, Greenland has 2/3 less of a population. Of the 113,000 that call Greenland home most frequent the coastal areas to the southern part of Greenland.
The search for a labyrinth in the time available found small references, such as the Labyrinth Festival that is held there bi-annually and the endless “labyrinth of fjords and glaciers” that were consistently expressed. Though neither had true reference to the labyrinth we are familiar with, even Norse, Viking and Inuit history uncovered interesting facts about inhabitants from the 14th century, though no references to labyrinths. Surprising news, as the labyrinths of coastal far northern countries often held superstitions and used the labyrinth to bring fortune to fisherman.
With this lack of discovery, came the awareness of how much was actually explored in pursuit of the labyrinth. In this month of explore and return, we are not empty-handed as we return, when realizing the natural labyrinth that Greenland is. Topically on a map it’s highest point is at its center as shown in the small image above to the far left. Greenland is loaded with fjords to navigate and glaciers that both invite and defy adventure. Stone circles and winding paths through the mountainous areas of the natural lands compliment the art and architecture of lines and spirals found in its larger cities. The labyrinth design above that overlays the winding way of the glaciers was found in Igloo magazine and unique in its design, it captures the long threads and diversions of small turns to reach a central space. In our exploration of this 200th day, allow yourself to move beyond the prescribed path and take a note from the natural wonders of Greenland; make the path by moving into your own curiosity in exploration.
On this 200th day…
Explore on this milestone of a day, where you make a labyrinth in your very steps throughout the day. What is a natural path for you and what is a new creation?
Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered. We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!
Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.
- Go Global….Explore the World
Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in. They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
- Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
- Join the online Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey. Call connection Information
- Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society