The Daily Experience

Bless and Be Blessed

TLS 365 Experience #172
Aug. 19, 2017

I had a lot on my mind as I went out for a walk, all family oriented. By the church there was a labyrinth I would pass on my walk and at times it intrigued me enough to walk and at other times I preferred to walk the terrain to where I was going and back again. In walking today, I thought I would invite the family and when I came to the where the church was in my walk, the labyrinth seemed to be my path of progression.

I recognized right away that the separate paths were walks with different family members and now understand why the labyrinth drew me in.  As I brought up the conversation of one, it led into the conversation of the next family member until I had reached a point of conclusion in the center. There I noticed what was similar in all and how everyone of them could benefit by my blessing and not my confusion.

As I walked back out, each path was a family member’s blessing and when I came to the end, just being in the blessing mode made me feel the blessings too. Grateful for this walk.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
S. Tomas,  Labyrinth Enthusiast
Indiana


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Weed Walking

TLS 365 Experience #171
Aug. 18, 2017

The labyrinth near me is not old, but older. It has weeds now that the warmer weather has come and there are a few rocks missing. Often there is something kicked out of place, so I know it is used, though not as well cared for. I never thought much about its condition, just that it was older, though now that the weeds have sprung up it appears there is no regular maintenance as I haven’t seen anyone in months.

I decided to simply care for it a little more each day when I came to walk, so began with the outer circle weeding half of it walking in and half walking out. The next time I worked on the next circle inward and the following week the next. By the time I had weeded to the center, still no one had come and some of the outer areas were beginning to grow back. I realized that this might be my simple ministry of weeding and walking and with regularity it could serve others as it served me to bring up ideas that I would like to release.

As the thought occurred, it seemed the whole nature of the walk was to become weedless, releasing any thought or distraction that occurred in my experience and just be with the experience.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J. Bass, Labyrinth Enthusiast
Colorado


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Step In

TLS 365 Experience #170
Aug. 17, 2017

Taking the first step

The first step is always the beginning. We don’t know where it will take us, though the
adventure
is in beginning.

 

 

 

 

Today’s Experience submitted by:
G. Orin, Labyrinth Enthusiast
Nevada


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Refocused Fun

TLS 365 Experience #169
Aug. 16, 2017

I love my kids and am generally a fun spirited parent, though this was one of those days when I had drawn the last of my patience and knew I was in great need of some alone time and unable to time myself out, so I took the kids to the park.

They generally want to engage me or be acknowledged as they play, though on this day I really just wanted them to play without need of my participation. I thought I would walk the labyrinth while they played on the swings and the slide next to it, though they seemed to find a sudden interest in the labyrinth and were already racing though it.

Rather than completely give into despair, I called them back and ask them to consider how many ways we could walk a labyrinth and challenged them to walk in one way and out another and then to continue with new and different ways until they could not find any more. As we all began to walk, I found my stride in a comfortable way appreciating my own walk as they sped by me with there own intentions lost in the challenge.

I began my walk and instead of the quiet reflection I thought I would focus upon, I found myself considering walking sideways, backward, singing and skipping. I walked along and more thoughts popped up in a similar pattern and as amused as I found it, my patience had shifted and my amusement grew. Watching my daughter attempt to summersault her way around the labyrinth and my son making faces throughout made me laugh and become just as inventive. Grateful for the shift and focus on fun.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
LAT, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


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Beach Designs

TLS 365 Experience #168
Aug. 15, 2017

The beach is always a favorite place to draw and experiment with new designs. The sand in the morning is moist enough to use a simple stick and draw a design large enough to walk or small enough to follow with your eyes. I experiment and wipe away what I don’t like and add something new as I develop an idea or image. I’ve also just like to leave behind designs and wonder what becomes of them between the tides and the others who come along to discover this interesting design left behind.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Mary W., Labyrinth Designer, Facilitator
California


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Tiny Steps

TLS 365 Experience #167
Aug. 14, 2017

Preschool Children on the labyrinth When it comes to children on the labyrinth, their small steps speak volumes of education and entertainment for any who are lucky enough to be in earshot. Sharing an opportunity with our preschool children one afternoon, I was curious to see where their curiosity and natural exploration would lead them.

So I lead them to the labyrinth and asked them to tell me what they saw in looking at the labyrinth. The answers were a priceless collection of ideas. Then I asked them to explore and some ran, some were tentative and still others were remarkably care free. At first they formed a line and wiggled as they walked. Then they began to play a kind of snake game trailing after each other.

The more they moved, the more they became independent and soon there was a mixture of collective movement in independent style. I marveled at watching how they interacted with the labyrinth in their own way and how these little tiny beings took steps to explore every inch and make it their playground of discovery.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J. Friedman, Educator, Labyrinth Enthusiast
Indiana


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Offerings of the Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #166
Aug. 13, 2017

I share the labyrinth with my classes offering them a chance to understand a different kind of meditation, a new way to examine deeper and more efficient breath and the opportunity to practice mindfulness.

Participants are often intrigued as to how the labyrinth can make the type of difference that it does make and I send them home with finger labyrinths and the world wide labyrinth locator information, so that they might find a permanent structure near where they live. I find there are such a variety of ways to utilize the idea of the labyrinth where learning and education are involved.

In self education, the labyrinth provides a vital reflection.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Anna L., Labyrinth Facilitator, Trainer
Nevada


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Learning Service

TLS 365 Experience #165
Aug. 12, 2017

Having traveled the breadth and width of Illinois years ago on my own labyrinth tour, I discovered there were about eight labyrinths built by Boy Scouts who were each independently earning the highest distinction award of Eagle Scout by building a community labyrinth.  It surprised me that there weren’t any built by Girl Scouts here or that any had endeavored to develop this for their Gold Award. Though in understanding that their aren’t as many High School girls that stay in scouting as boys, it made more sense.

The Girl Scout labyrinth Project Illinois 2013So, years later when approached by a small group of Girl Scouts who were in eighth grade and High School, I was delighted to mentor them for a year before we actually built the labyrinth for our community.  It was an honor to help them understand how they might personally use it and where it could serve a community.

We held many sessions to learn and appreciate more about the value they were considering offering. While not for their Gold Award, they did receive a badge award for their dedication and service. As they became more familiar, they began searching location options, drawing community interest, securing materials and considering design and purpose. As they planned and prepared they drew in support and assistance and discovered requirements and ideas for what to do once implemented.

The building took only a well planned week to plot, dig, surface, lay materials and develop and in all, members of the community were on hand to service and support the project throughout cheering the girls efforts from start to finish. Happy to be a part, it was great to see community come forth to accept, appreciate and support the labyrinth and the young ladies who learned much about service in the process.

 

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lynda Tourloukis, Labyrinth Designer, Facilitator, Coach
Illinois


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Every Foot Step

TLS 365 Experience #164
Aug. 11, 2017

Using the suggestions of the labyrinth to release, receive and reflect, our group recently chose to walk the path of forgiveness. We all felt as if the world was taking on some dynamic changes and the outbursts that seem to be happening often lay waste and claim lives to the innocent in the name of individual pain.

Where we have felt outside of these experiences and thought there was little we could do so far away, we collectively decided to do what we could where we stood.  We decided to walk in the pain of the individual(s) and forgive it energetically, metaphorically and prayerfully.

It gave us all hope and a chance to look at things within ourselves. It also gave us a sense of usefulness where we thought we had little to offer. Just like the labyrinth is one step at a time, we discovered that when we take one action at a time with one person at a time, we can make the change the world might need. Everyone counts.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Everyone, USA

 


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A Clock Walk

TLS 365 Experience #163
Aug. 10, 2017

A Three part Labyrinth, clockworkIn the morning, I find I use the labyrinth to awaken, appreciation and create ideas for the day. The walk is opening and refreshing and an exercise of mind and body movement.

In the afternoon, I consider the use of the labyrinth to evaluate the intention of the day and how it has progressed and what is yet to come.

In the evening, I discover the use of the labyrinth to report to myself on the mindfulness of which my day was full, partial or randomly absent.

I think the pattern of the labyrinth is much like a clock in it’s design. At different times in my day, I wish to focus on different things and the ideas of beginning, amidst, and ending bring forth different attentions as the parts of our day might.

 

 

Today’s Experience submitted by:
June N., Labyrinth Facilitator
Florida


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