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TLS 365 Experience #85
May 24, 2017

We can have an experience of the labyrinth often with our eyes.

After a walk, I sit in contemplation in the park off on a bench just reflecting and observing what’s around me. Another walker may come to walk and my distance gives them a private experience. Though from that far away I can observe something in their walk that often adds a further reflection to my own.

I am reminded of when I think I know, and then someone or something comes along to show me what I don’t know… or what I really do. I think it’s a reflection that we truly don’t walk alone in this world.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
K. Isuol 
Utah


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
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2. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

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

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To Create, Just Ask

To create community, just ask

There just might be new labyrinth friends right around the corner, I discovered both the power of growing a community has a lot to do with the power of just asking…  

Our new Stanwood (Washington) Labyrinth Committee was formed last fall and is working towards a permanent labyrinth in a new city park within the next few years, with total and enthusiastic support from the city! They even offered us the use of a Planner to sit in on our meetings!

The latest exciting development is that our beautiful new YMCA has enthusiastically agreed to host a World Labyrinth Day celebration and space to organize to develop a special Family Day that is both free and open to the public. They are dedicating the gyms for walking multiple labyrinths, a community room for showing the TLS video, a room for talks and refreshments, and space for kids’ activities.

It’s amazing, all I did was ask and look at what I received.

So who can you ask?…..

Today’s Contribution Submitted by:
Judy Mieger, Labyrinth Facilitator and Enthusiast
Washington State


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The 365 Experience Begins

Our Journey has begun. Today March 1st marks the new beginning where the transformation from exclusive club (365 Club) moves to inclusive Experience. In this method, we invite all to be more aware, educated, applicable and contributive in the ways and meanings of the labyrinth. The first quarter sparks awareness and where the daily message shares a contributor’s experience, the opportunity to use that experience and share your own is great and giving. This helps the experience to be a wonderfully recycling opportunity. I shared the first experience as its designer and developer. 

March 1, 2017
#1 The Breath of Awareness

Welcome to the first day of the 365 Experience. Our very first sharing offers a way to walk with New Beginnings. Please experience it in the way that most appeals to you.

halfbreathawarenessAs you come to walk the labyrinth, stand in the gateway of it’s beginning and invite yourself to a place of “New Beginnings”.  Use your breath as a tool of guidance and awareness, inhaling any thought that pops up to join you along a length of the path that extends before you, and exhaling a release of the thought with your breath as the automatic point of turning offers you a new direction.

As you arrive in the center, bring your attention to your body response. Experience the pace, depth and the way your body responds to both new breath inward and the way in which you exhale your breath’s completion. Continue your walk as you are internally prompted.

As the mind relaxes and the body notices it’s own flow, allow the awareness to expand to your soul and spirit in the reflective return of your journey. With each outward step, reflect on the inward wholeness that develops as the soul merges the mind with matter.

Today’s Contribution by:
Lynda Tourloukis, Designer, Facilitator, Developer
TLS365 Experience Coordinator

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Creating a path with purpose

Double String Contemporary Workshop LabyrinthIn Hawaii plans changed and the two labyrinths I was to make, didn’t happen in the way we expected. One was to be father out and mown into the meadow and the other small and defined, for closer walks near the retreat house. We didn’t have a lot of time so a temporary simple two string contemporary labyrinth was created for our workshop.

We found with two openings it served a lot of purpose, though there was much to ponder and the journey in and out was rather short for processing. We found it much more helpful to walk this labyrinth three times successively give participants more time to ponder. I suggested as they walked in on one side and out the other, and then to simply continue around the outer rim of the circle until the first opening presented itself to enter again and repeat two more times. To our participants if felt more satisfying.

Participants found a variety of ways to create diversity by reversing back through and then around to the beginning and through again as well. It seemed we had lots of simple and practical solutions and its larger message was one of a a reminder that with a little ingenuity any labyrinth can be purposeful to our needs.

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Walk 2016

Royal Labyrinth

Adding to our theme of simplicity for the year, this month suggests…walk. As it is the month of heart, walk with slow and easy beats to linger and listen to what the heart wants to say.

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Poles for Peace

The Peace Labyrinth and Peace Pole of Aruba’s Alto Vista Chapel.

Alongside numerous labyrinths we can also find Peace Poles planted. The association with the meditative nature of the path of a labyrinth and the idea of peace is joined together as when we relax, reflect and go to our known source, we discover harmony flowing more naturally. We can get in touch with what peace is all about.

Peace Poles are sometimes set in the center of the design and other times set off in a designated spot to honor the concept in a special way. The poles have inscriptions that have many languages bearing the message of peace.

The concept of Peace Poles comes from the World Prayer Society and is the manifestation of Masahisa Goi, a man who made it his life’s work to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” which is the inscription that is entered in many languages on each pole. He started this mission in 1955 and it continues today finding partnership in many gardens and places of retreat and reflection.

Consider adding a Peace Pole to your yard, community or organization’s labyrinth and note if it makes a difference in the way you walk or your purpose. Even if you included a simple token that represented the message, would it help to realize harmony? Walk on it and explore the possibilities of peace.

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddah

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Tiny Traveler Messages

Squirrel on the Labyrinth

Who’s on your path today?

A traveler showed up in the window sill this morning, by way of shaking bushes. Looking out, it was as if the rustling was a call to attention. Suddenly a squirrel popped up on one of the stronger branches and made a flying leap to another.

It’s misfortune was that the one it leapt to was a younger more supple choice that bent under it’s weight and as quickly as it appeared, disappeared sinking down below the pane. Though, the bushes still rustled and in waiting for the reemergence, patience kept company.

Soon the squirrel appeared flinging itself directly onto the sill in a most comical fashion. From there it moved in natural order flinging body to the nearest next branch and this time succeeded in finding a supportive one and soon scrambled out of site continuing it’s daily journey. Who would have known of this visit, had their not been a witness?

Not thinking too much about it, there was another squirrel who came calling on the labyrinth later on. Darting back and forth it was on its own labyrinthic journey and then it was gone. Wondering at the presence of squirrels in this day as if there were deeper meaning, thoughts of squirreling away and foraging came to mind. Though,when one considers the characteristics of the squirrel and blends them with our purpose this month of the travels we take naturally, a bit of conclusion arrived.

Without too much thought and the mere amusement of it all, it seemed the Squirrel, as known for its quick darting about, may add to our amusement.. so perhaps there is a message for the traveler about enjoying the journey. The way it darted about on the labyrinth was methodical in that it exercised itself back and forth until it had enough and then promptly left. Read what you will into that, though when we have had the fill of our walk, we have what we came for. Sometimes we are interrupted in our travels or at other times find that enough is enough. This could well be that its just a reminder that it’s ok just to have what we really require, and be satisfied.

Yes…it’s aMAZEing.
A little joy from sacred habits

As for the early morning limbo routine, pure fun amusement and perhaps a reminder that to discover the most, fling yourself into life and know you will land somewhere, if we let our natural instincts come alive it may hold more meaning than we first surmise.

Oh what a walk… oh what a morning… and then again, maybe a squirrel is just a squirrel and it’s all just a bit nutty 🙂

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Happy World Labyrinth Day

World Labyrinth Day... walk the world as one at one pm

Walk the World as One…

Today marks the presence of the labyrinth in the world as a global consciousness forms to celebrate this unique tool of reflection and insight.

It is World Labyrinth Day and today marks the fifth anniversary of its inception. Years ago members of the labyrinth society gathered to form a focus to grow labyrinth awareness in the world and for a spot of time it was recognized. In 2009 Dr. Stephanie Blackton rallied the concept and brought the idea back into our presence and the lead has shifted to Carol House of the labyrinth society to keep the path alive.

This year an overwhelming support is happening and the wave in the world of walkers began yesterday as noted by this Chicago author and will continue with energy and presence around the world.

What is significant is that there is a a lot of feeling attached to the labyrinth whether it is thought of as energetic, numerically connective or spiritual and that type of consciousness is flowing today. A theme I came up with in 2009 was to walk the world as one at one. At one pm in whatever time zone a person might be located, there would be movement. It wasn’t a new concept for me as I have done this with other programs and purposes so I was happy it was universally accepted by the committee that Stephanie put together.

I also designed this image for the world to share as to me..for just one day we might be as one with our thoughts and that might simply spread to all those we would come in contact. On a global level that is large to consider. May we be that present and fortunate to glow in that knowing!

Walk as one,
Lynda

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The Meandering Heart

The Meandering Heart

The Meandering Heart

Today was a day to simply flow back and forth and in curious search of the small steps forward, there was a meandering tone to it all. A labyrinth doesn’t have to be about elaborate crossroads and conversions, sometimes it is just a flowing pathway that winds and unwinds at the same time.

We are reminded in a meander of the medicine of the snake and a reflection that this in this year of the snake, we may have more opportunities to simply wind our way through things. Done with heart it has an effect like the tides of water…ebb and flow.

I found myself doodling as I was writing and thinking of a few things and I soon realized I had made a serpentine line running down the page and hearts on the other side of the page and with a wondering soul I ended up winding around the hearts and soon realized I had a nice little reminder of what it is to walk with heart…hearts in this case.

I can see this image in the ground with a swell of nature along the paths encircling the hearts. It is the mindlessness nature we seek that brought about this heart walk today…

What’s your heart intention for today?

Have Heart,

Lynda

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