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April Showers

Day 119: April 29
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

April Showers LabyrinthApril showers brought a season of reminders in this month of the fullness of a year. Having traveled in different states this month, the different states of event and experience were realized in most amusing ways. The unusual snows that appeared overnight in Chicago, not once but four times during my stay reminded of the heartiness of the Midwest character as a result of experiencing and adapting to change.

It was as if April had become a perpetual April Fool’s Day joke and as it is National Humor Month, the steps taken in becoming more amused with whatever befalls, became a rich opportunity to enjoy and to listen, learn and laugh with the multitude of overly serious attitudes that perpetuate the circumstances we find ourselves in.  When we are more ready to listen, we hear more. When we are open to curiosity, we learn more and when we laugh more, we create a dynamic introspective of perspective.

The showers of April brought forth a more amusing and appreciative side of ourselves and in the spirit of the season, we encompassed winter, spring, summer and construction season activities all in the interesting span of living a year’s worth of weather in 30 days. With April showers we nourish what we seed and plant, so in this time of seasonable shifts, allow the reflective walk today to harvest what you have sown.

On this 119th day…
Step into your favorite season and notice what occurs in your walk today. Step into each season and observe your responses.

 

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April's Banner Year of Living Honestly 2018April’s Focus

Let this month unfurl your creativity, spontaneity and jocularity. It feels good to feel good and while we have been conditioned to shush our good times, let the labyrinth be our own private creation station of amusement, enjoyment and playful experiments. This month educate with amusement and see how much farther you get. Have fun and be creative.  We have three opportunities to education your potential with amusement this month that involves either your personal walk, your ability to design and how much you can learn by sharing. On your Mark, Get Set…Go!

  1. Innovate – Walk Amused
    In the 30 days that grace this month, play with the way you personally experience the labyrinth. Let this season of education be one of personal bests and enjoy finding a new way to be innovative, creative, inspired and amused in your personal experiences. I’d love to see what you come up with!
    Please share your wonderful experiences! 

2. Create – Design Inspired 
To date I have created 95 different labyrinth creations and designs since the beginning of the year, let that inspire you to create something new this month that is inspiring and firing for your imagination. Einstein said that playing with ideas was the highest form of research and this is an education for all of us.  As you walk in new ways, share your designs as I have done with mine last year and this. Perfection isn’t what we are after, amusement is! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! I will toss out lots of inspiring ideas… stay tuned daily.
Share away and become a glad designer instead of a mad one!  

3. Relate – Share with Care
One of the best ways to learn anything is having to teach or explain it to someone else. Whether you facilitate others, teach or simply share with a few, spend the month discovering amusing new ways to help others get more out of their walk with a lighter attitude and a more earnest enjoyment in what you share. Anything you want to know more about, share and this month share with a fun flair and notice how much more you actually begin to understand. You just might find a side of yourself forgotten. To receive all that, be a great giver.
Share what you discover! 

 

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Triangulated

Day 68: March 9
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discover

Finding the day busier than expected, time for reflection moved later and later into the day. Finally, a chance to stop and refresh presented itself and while waiting in between, the colorful straws on the shelf  in a glass cylinder made for a quick design with fun in mind. While many intense moments can be wonderful in the education and application of a meaningful experience, the moments to step away and rejuvenate body and mind can be profound in importance and production.  Even with wonderful intensity, moving away from the magnetizing spiral of consumption benefits more with a new perspective. As the focus this month moves us inward with a concentration of the motion and matter of the spiral; work, rest and play are a triad of balance in what we can get caught up in.

Designing, and tracing this labyrinth of triangular function while taking time out, the three important focal points of the day resurfaced in this design. Something as simple as bending straws became a pleasurable new direction of intention and non intention.  A triad seemed to want to express itself in the straws and as it did, it reinforced these three concepts with each fold and turn.  By the time I had reached my  last straw, what brought the three together became  purposefully clear and somewhat amusing in the minimal ease that occurred to provide this insight for the moment and for the larger project I had walked away from.

Not all spirals are circular and not all intensities need be difficult, hard or troublesome. This was intensely brilliant and in playing with straws, a number of messages arrived in a way more expansive processes might have missed. It evidences my belief in the value of play over and over again in its genius method of finding what is truly important. Playing with the labyrinth in walk, process or design seems to provide endless creativity that brings all points together. Today, there was a  triangulated triumph.

 

On this 68th day…
Today triangulate what is important and discover  three main points of focus and as you move in, center and move out, find a triad of truth in what it opens.

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March’s Focus

As it is now the third month of the year and our last month of growing awareness before we delve into the ways of education, allow this month be one that creates both the light hearted discovery and profound realization. How can you create more awareness with the labyrinth personally or in the ways you share with others? Where do you notice a spiral effect that takes you to the point or away from it? Be on the lookout for the spiraling nature this month.

  1. Realize
    In the 31 Days this month offers, become aware of the daily realizations that you create and discover. Walking daily creates compound interest in what you look forward to and discover each day. Let March become your month of expanded capacity as you walk to make each day and adventure in exploration of what more you can explore. Seek to spiral into new and inspiring realization and whether it is rich and profound or light hearted and amusing… be open, walk with intention and you are bound to come away larger.

2. Surprise
One can realize and find much in the depth of understanding that awareness offers us, though when we look forward to realization of that depth and awareness, it can inspire new ways of appreciation and discovery in both our  process and capabilities as we are constantly growing, no matter what age. Invite the element of  surprise into what you realize as it can lift what you discover into seeing a bit more than before.  Notice the spiral effect of how you move from realize to surprise and make discovery more significant and true.

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Deconditioning

Day 54: February 23
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love

In the essence of love comes the considerations of the greater capacities of men and women. As changes occur in the vastness of the world and feminine wisdom rises, the honest truth of what we are all capable of will be the rising point that moves us forward as humanity. When we love our differences, are honest about the fact that evolution is occurring and seek to improve the quality of all lives, the right of who we are will bring us into a place that elevates the status of humankind in both women and men.

After a talk of just what it might take to ease the conditions of change now facing the roles  of men and women, the walk of the collective on the labyrinth seemed to bring more realization to the moment and many epiphanies were met with personal solutions.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this 54th day…
Walk on your changing role and what you might like to realize more of.

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February’s Focus

As it is the second month of the year, enjoy two opportunities… discovery and realization.

  1. Discover your Love capacity:
    This month’s 28 days will focus on how we are loving the moments we are creating. Learning to be “in love” with our focus, it expands who we are beyond the partnered relational aspects and into the focus of loving what we offer the world, who we are in community, relating at a higher level to everything and everyone; and most significantly,  elevating the relationship we have with ourselves. Prepare for a wonderful experience of exercising the power of love with the freedom of honesty to realize a greater look at possibilities and potential n a delightful way. Discover how capable you are!

2. Realize synchronous evidence:
Inspired by the variety of heart shaped labyrinths, this month capture your experiences with images of the heart. Be on the look out for where the synchronicity of the moments where your heart is in focus and then look around to see where you can find the shape of a heart in symbol. Your awareness will expand and you just might be surprised to find that when we look with an open heart, we can find it in reference near by. It does require a bit of imagination, though the findings are wonderfully worth it. Share all the heart shaped labyrinth images you find with images, links or comments and I will be happy to post the images and moments.

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Healthy Human Moments

Day 13: January 13
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

In the Calico Basin there is a double spiral labyrinth that is a curiosity for some and a haven for others. It is a refuge in nature laid out within the protection of the surrounding mountains and by those who seek its wisdom in intentional groups or hikers who happen upon it accidentally. In meeting an associate nearby, this was the early morning opportunity to make the most of the time available and recharge with the natural Earth rhythms. It is a place where nature is what is honest.

In walking in on the outer pathways, the nature of the double spiral directs us to skip every other path into the center and skip the paths we walked in on as we walk out. It always offers a path we haven’t yet taken and an opportunity to examine what we didn’t know before or move to a new depth of understanding than we had before. Such was the case in the walk of this day. I found myself corresponding with a sister later, which directly correlated the experience. Like landing in Sweden when you’ve prepared for a trip to Italy, embracing the change happens, though the honest moment of shock and realization is to be afforded and acknowledged.

The path we walk out on will be different in this labyrinth than the one we walked in on and by acknowledging the difference; we just might be better at appreciating the nuances that it provides. The healthy honest moment of adjustment isn’t always understood for its value or afforded us. It’s called being a human and when we understand and give ourselves the moment, we walk the path of life more whole.

A suggestion to walk with:

Appreciate your healthy honest human moments of transition today.

TLS 365 Experience 2018: The Year of Living Honestly
Whether it’s a daily walk, teaching others, sharing an experience, expressions of art, building or design, we explore the questions of what brings us to honesty in our use of the labyrinth. 

In a world of emerging truth, the labyrinth is a great experience to discover more of what is right and true about ourselves and humanity. Join us in sharing the honest moments it reveals.

Daily unfolding the process:
So far we have a daily blog and an unscheduled mid month podcast to explore the monthly focus. Share this week at: 365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

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The Gift

TLS 365 Experience #302
December 27, 2017

gift of a finger labyrinthThere is a moment of utter delight when opening a gift that was carefully selected and offered with the love. This holiday I received just that gift and I think just watching the opening of it was quite of love for the recipient.

A recent injury sidelined me from daily walks on the labyrinth and while it gave me plenty of opportunity to draw, create and follow the finger paths, at this point in my journey of the labyrinth, I hadn’t owned a finger labyrinth that had any dimension. Opening this gift and discovering the fine marble design was truly a gift of love as it came from my husband and kids who didn’t seem to have much interest in it.

I couldn’t help but experience the first finger walk out loud expressing gratitude in each path for each member and as I turned sharing how each had made me feel. Somehow I filled each path with all that I felt and in reflection shared how this gift had brought the love of family, the joy of delight and the peace of goodwill forth.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Celeste T. , Labyrinth Enthusiast
Arkansas


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
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2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
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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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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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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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