The Daily Walk

The Future is in our Hands

Day 184  July 3
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

8,000 plastic bottles created a unique outstretched hand to symbolize our consumable waste produced and a call for biodegradable packaging

The Recycling Labyrinth at the United Nations by Mona Sfeir Photo credits: Jean-Marc Ferré

The United Nations is a hub for activism, declaration and human rights elevation all over the world. Nestled in the charm of Geneva, Switzerland, the United Nations building rests on the southern end of Lake Geneva, with a view of the famous alps to the north and west. East of the forested areas of the French borderline. Opened in 1946, it used to be the world headquarters, though today the New York location is privileged to hold that title.

On the occasion of World Environment day, artist Mona Nicole Sfeir installed a labyrinth of plastic bottles to bring attention to our world consumption and waste. The bottles were collected from UN Staff and area schools and organizations to make the unique design. Dubbed the Recycling Labyrinth, it was constructed of 8,000 bottles to represent the number of plastic bottles that are deposited into landfills worldwide, every second.It is a call to find a new way to handle our waste and be responsible in our consumable designs. This unique design of a broad stretched hand symbolizes what we create and consume with our hands can also be redesigned in more functional form. The labyrinth was made with the help of local volunteers, though found a space on the world stage in 2011 in the gardens of the Palais des Nations in Geneva and the artist hopes to return in 20 years to make another with better recyclables in packaging that biodegrade.

More images and information.

Video credit: Geneva Public Affairs

On this 184th day…
Explore what possibilities you hold within your very own hands today and how they can make the world a better place to live.

 

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!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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A Heart Worthy Purpose with Practice

Day 167:  June 16
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Exploration

the heart shaped labyrinth is full of the students of it from the Myanmar Center

The Labyrinth of the Interfaith Ministries of the Myanmar Center. Development and photo Credits: Jill Geoffrion

The designs are varied and inspiring  of the labyrinths in the world of exploration, though along the way we often find the stories of what created them, how they evolved and why they inspired individuals enough to create and share with the world. Many times it is art inspired, other instances stem from a way to bring awareness and still others bring with them a sense of learning, faith and the inspiration of the soul’s speaking.  In the many ways that labyrinths come to be around the world, the story of their creators is sometimes not available or lost and it very often has a very significant footnote in the origination and purpose.

Jill Geoffrion has made it a mission to share an education of the labyrinth within her ministries of sharing bringing people to own their experience by creating, building and developing from the inspired messages they can find when they know where to look. Inspired from the heart the labyrinths of Myanmar are a project of the Myanmar Insititute of Theology and what is inspiring is that their is an opportunity to grow from what is built. As part of the Master Level course a labyrinth is supposed to be built as well as a program developed around using and understanding it, ourselves and the largeness of theology.  It is a purpose with a practice and that can only lead to an evolution.

On this 167th day…
Explore your purposes and the practices around them that support the growth, direction and evolution.

 

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!

 


June Banner 2018 TLS 365 Experience World Wide Wonder

Welcome June

Our exploration this month is to discover the World Wide Wow in the unique and innovative labyrinth designs world wide that inspire us to move beyond the everyday and give us a larger labyrinthic look at what our path can truly provide. From the idea of living outside your box to simply doing something different everyday, allow this journey of June to educate you and your relationship to life with the labyrinth. We’e taking a global course in Labyrinthing!

  1. Get 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.
  2. Act 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.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday June 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

 

 

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Walk on Water

Day 162:  June 11
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Exploration

Walks on water in concept and design of the labyrinth of Grey Lynn.

The Underwater Labyrinth of New Zealand.         Photo Credits: Jill Geoffion, through Jill’s Eyes

A photo that fascinates is of the labyrinth of Grey Lynn in Auckland. It is a part of Saint Columbia Church resting comfortably down a short welcoming pathway within comfort level of its base of connection in the quiet haven of the gothic structure. What is striking is the swirl of blues and greens that make up the pathways, as if one walked on water. The colors are said to reflect the colors of the South Pacific. Being that this is located on the North Island of New Zealand, the significance to water and its importance brings home a timely message for those who walk.

The design was created by a labyrinth team from the church and its painted concrete concept came from the creative inspirations of John Allen. When one has the opportunity to explore the vividness this bold statement makes in such a quite and quaint haven, it is worth investigating.

On this 162nd day…
Explore the boldness of your ideas and the quiet and simple ways you can carry them out.

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!

 


June Banner 2018 TLS 365 Experience World Wide Wonder

Welcome June

Our exploration this month is to discover the World Wide Wow in the unique and innovative labyrinth designs world wide that inspire us to move beyond the everyday and give us a larger labyrinthic look at what our path can truly provide. From the idea of living outside your box to simply doing something different everyday, allow this journey of June to educate you and your relationship to life with the labyrinth. We’e taking a global course in Labyrinthing!

  1. Get 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.
  2. Act 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.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday June 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

 

 

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The Scrabyrinth

Day 138: May 18
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

The Scrabyrinth Design by the Amused Muse 2018Celebrating creativity with words became more enjoyable, appreciative and engaging with the new super Scrabble game I surprised Mom with on Mother’s Day. Since then, using the game to engage has invited a number of opportunities.

Leaving the board on a table that is enroute to the kitchen, we each add to the game throughout the day and becomes a quick way to note her function, attitude and outlook for the day.  In spilling a number of tiles on the kitchen table, they became sentences that led to designs that opened up conversations and uplifted the dialogue.

Mom has become a bit of a designer too, learning the patterns of the labyrinth, she asks of their purpose and why they are significant. It’s easier sometime and often more fun and engaging on her part to follow the path for the message.

Finding simple methods for interaction and engagement, we’ve made a number of designs and messages with our new Scrabyrinth.  For Scrabble fans, the added note of fun is that if you start on the bottom, you’ll come out on top and there are 211 points here! 

On this 138th day…
Celebrate your words and observe how they fit into your walking design for more appreciation and realization today.


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization

May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.

 

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Welcome May’s Footsteps

A pine cone labyrinth created along a Georgian Hike in the woods of 2016As I find myself traveling much this year again, I discover a real necessity to step out into nature where ever I can. Whether I am on the road in my travels or just landing in a different city,  there is a greater calling to get out into the area and explore both the character  and the natural environment.

Outside of my original purpose for each journey, it adds a bit of balance to the unbalance that traveling can bring and perhaps more in regard to harmony, considering a larger look at blending the experiences of life. I think this year, many are taking that kind of life perspective, though perhaps on a more inward journey.

While its not surprising to walk in the footsteps of historical realities, traveling along the southern states as I move from the West Coast to the East  is more an appreciation from the eyes of newness and wonder of the experiences.

Where I step into nature by way of  a simple walk outdoors or a hike through the woods, into the canyons or along the rivers; I find a grounding and an unfolding by way of the release it affords. I wind my way around in nature and soon come to the reception of the experience as if I have found something of value and meaning. Reflection is a natural part of the process as I move back to the origins with a new beginning in mind.

In this the metaphorical labyrinth is alive in the engaged experience, either with intent at the forefront or reflection in the aftermath. I suppose the past two years of transition has taught me a more insightful introspection to realize the living labyrinth is but a walk in our everyday.

Be blessed in what May has to offer and the footsteps we are fortunate to leave.

Honoring World Labyrinth Day with the creation of a pine cone labyrinth along a nature hike in the woods of the Stone Mountain commemoration outside Atlanta, GA

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April Fool’s Reflection

April heralds many things including the practical joke. The legend of April Fool’s origination might be considered back in 1392 in the Canterbury tales by Chaucer. He quotes a date of March “thritty two”, which would translate to March 32nd or our April 1st.   Or it might come from the new Gregorian calendar initiated by the Pope in 1582, where many ignored the new calendar and continued to celebrate the New Year’s on April 1st instead of January 1st as we do currently.

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A design I created for National Humor Month

There are many ideas as to how we began this tradition of pulling a fast one in the name of fun and some of them have been quite amusing, the left handed whopper being a favorite or when Big Ben went digital. Behind it all is a little sport and fun and when the jokes are harmless, the fun is found more heartedly.

April is National Humor Month and so fitting when we have our US Tax day situated squarely at mid month… beware the Ides of April!

Let this be the month you pull a fast one on yourself, shift your walk to embrace something new, fun or just different than normal. Walk backwards to see where you’ve been, dance periodically down a path or two or start at a different point than the beginning. Let this be a month of getting out of routine.

Frequent a little fun and put some frolic in your step or add a little whimsy or light heartedness to your design if you are a creator. Enjoy 30 days of new creation in whatever way you walk, skip or sashay on your path in a metaphor of mirth.  This month, of the 12 words of the year focus, regards reflection… see your reflection in the walk and if it has become a little too serious, let this month represent a little of your light hearted nature.

Skip… and see where it takes you.

 

 

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The Ides of March…beware?

CautionLabyrinth_LYL.pngMid March has a bit of an edge to it with Shakespeare’s famous quote warning Julius Caesar of impending doom. It’s message reminds us of his actual death in 44 B.C. and the circumstances of betrayal and politics that led to his demise. That was approximately 2,058 years ago and the world is still cautioning us to beware. Coming across an online article, the message spelled out other disasters of the March Ides, including the demise of the Ed Sullivan Show in 1971… oh dear!

It brings to mind a question of fear and the labyrinth. Fear is quite present in society in a variety of shapes and sizes and when you look at the global picture, to feel safe is a hope for many. The idea of fear is largely of the unknown. We make wrong what we don’t understand and when we can shine a light on that, we seem to take away a lot of fearful supposition.

The question of how it relates to the labyrinth can be of the things we walk to shine the light on or of the things we can’t shine the light on so easily. The labyrinth can give comfort in our own abilities at a time when we can’t see them. It can unravel the fear step by step and let us examine and appreciate a different path’s perspective. Of the larger things in life that create fear, we can also use the labyrinth in prayerful purpose to bring ease and flow to a situation that seems locked down and unsure.

Those who walk regularly know of the benefits that the labyrinth can unwind. Sadly those naive may have different ideas. The simple act of sharing the benefits can invite a skeptic to explore and be a great introduction to where they are found and how they are used purposefully and practically. It is a reminder that fear can be a great way to introduce a solution. On this day of Ides, may you allow a walk with caution to open the doors and opportunities to care and share a little to make a lot of difference somewhere.

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Welcome March… Discover

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St. GilesCripplegate of London    Light after Dark Program

At the beginning of the year there were 12 words that appeared on the New Year’s walk and kept in the order they appeared, Discover was the third on the list. This month is then about discovery.  Discovery can be the simple and honest truths that appear on the path before us or the questions of life that lead to answers. There is perspective on the path to appreciate; and discovery is one item among the many that can lead to presence and purpose.

 

March is a month of change where the winds blow it in naturally and relieve the Earth of debris in some areas, where it moves to settle into others. Take notice of what lands in your life at any time this month and perhaps take it in as a message of movement to make purposeful or simply to blow away.

Discovery is found when we are present and paying attention and whether your eyebrows rise up in surprise or you skeptically investigate with furrowed brow, the activity means that you are indeed engaged in the process. Perhaps as you walk, you take notice of your brow and discover what results you get in relation to the tiny hairlines that converge to protect what the eyes see. Engage in discovery and let your path shine purpose.

 

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Fun with an after glow

GlowingFootLabyrinthWorking with kids one must be quick and on their feet. So the challenge of a small box of glowing plastic foot prints gave us lots of opportunity to get out of the box. Who says creativity is just kids play! I had as much fun as they did with ways in which we could create play, games and quite a number of labyrinths. With just these two items to work with the them became about becoming instep with getting out of the box.

The games were fun and imaginative and once I shared a few, others caught on and soon we had quite a lot of fun exploration. Then we began to use them in creation and with the labyrinths that were created this photo was the only one I could capture without kids in it to display. This design was fun because we turned off the lights once we put in on the ground, the feet it seems were glow in the dark. I had the kids walk in and in no time they were all in the center and so I had them walk back out, retracing their steps, backwards!

As the whole team of them did this, it was quite fun to watch them synchronize their steps as everyone just had to step on each footprint going backwards. While this was simply a spiral in, I think they gave it the labyrinth aspect as they had to learn to move within movements as they took each step and so it became the labyrinth of mind and body. It is in the simple things that the greatness is shown.

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In Full Presence

The signs were clear, every day or two another gesture.

Hoof prints on the outer circuit, scat on turns three and six.

Imprint of your body in the wet grass.

But when you showed up in your full presence

I took a breath like being born. As I stepped onto the path

I saw you lying at the edge of the labyrinth

staring at me with your kind and serious face

as if to say, “I will witness your journey.”

Your two children in the woods just behind you

Joined by Mom and Grandma VanHoorn and Grandma Boelhower

and the mothers of all ages and the spirits

of all the ancestors gathered in the circle of witness to say,

“You are never alone, your steps your songs your prayers

echo in the great temple of being and here is the center.

All the generations gather around you when you walk.

Yes, sometimes you walk a question and sometimes an alleluia

some days the dark dance of grief and other days the lyrics of laughter

but all in the circle of breath in each moment.”

To receive the gift and gift it back again.

The story is particular and forever the same.

This moment this day this year

you are the child and the parent and the grandparent

and you too will become the ancestor. In a few days

or a few moments the circle will turn for you

and you will witness from the edge of the path

the steps of those who remember your name and who have forgotten.

You will gather around them and breathe your prayers over them

because the dance and the circle are one.

by Gary Boelhower

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