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Polka Dot Possibilities

Day 245  September 2
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Labyrinth Expressions

IMAGE OF classical labyrinth with polka dots
Every time I take a turn, it is a new opportunity and a possibility.

Using the most basic style of labyrinth, I added color to my possibilities.
I like to experience life a little lighter and see more opportunities in my experiences, so polka dots seem to be a lively and light hearted reminder to turn into something more purposeful.

Why?

Because in life, I love to play with possibilities and the labyrinth is a constant provider.

The Amused Muse
Nevada

 


Daily Insights : On this 244th day…
How do you take the turns in life? How many do you notice, even in your walk? What are the possibilities that present themselves?


September’s Focus

image of the theme for September, Labyrinth Expressions

Time Frame:

Introduction: September 1
–>Week One: Personal Internal Expression: September 2-8
Week Two: Projected External Expression: September 9-15
Week Three: Passionate Inspired Expression: September 16-22
Week Four: Purpose Soul Expression: September 23- 29
Conclusion and Review: September 30

What to do:

Make a Labrinth Expression ->  Take a picture of it ->  Title it and add a description ->  Send it to share it

  1. Begin with your favorite designs of the labyrinth or create your own.
  2. Add something to it like color, elements and/or different aspects to make them stand out and fit the week’s description in a way that you can relate to.
    Reshape, add or subtract elements of the design to make it fit what you want it to say.
  3. Enjoy discerning your expression. Make it fitting, honest and accurate in how it describes your experiences.
  4. Title it, add your artistic name and your location so we can see a world expression of the labyrinth taking shape.
  5.  Share your designs with a simple description to interpret your expression for posting on this site.

If you need Suggestions to help you find a weekly Expression, check our suggestion page.



Simple Reminders for your Labyrinth Expression
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• You can add one design over all, or four designs, one for each week. Send images or photos and description
• It can be an opportunity or a challenge for you.
• There is no right and wrong, only honest expression.
• Don’t wait for perfection, act on impulse and feeling, that is where our expression comes.
• Notice every time that you give of yourself, you become larger.
• Do this alone or do this with others…. be creative!
• We are not asking for personal names, only your creative cultivated name, so the world won’t know it is you; it will know your expression however.
• If you have questions, do leave your email to connect.  365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org


The Mid Month Dialogues
Join the Mid Month Dialogues
Saturday September 15th
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Be curious, research and share what you know of unique United States labyrinths, the people, the programs, the designs, the resources or simply the desires 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 a greater appreciation of what unites us with more impactful insight that brings our labyrinth connection in line with greater perspective in our year of living honestly.

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Illuminating our Plastic Preponderance

Day 177:  June 26
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Exploration

A public display with a statement of our plastic consumption formed in the shape of a labyrinth in Poland

The Labyrinth of Plastic in Poland.  Artist: Luzinterruptus.  Photo Credits: Public Installation Art

The Labyrinth of plastic waste is designed by Spanish activists who want to bring attention to our cultivated consumption of plastic. The installation of art and statement took four days to fashion into a labyrinth of light using 26 meters of plastic waste using over 6,000 bottles encased in plastic bags to illustrate their message.  The installation has been recreated in Katowice, Poland, Buenos Aires and has been a part of public portrayal in museum spaces and in Madrid. The artists make many statements about our plastic addiction in an artistic way. By day the clear plastic makes an impressive statement hanging from a metal frame structure, though at night it becomes magical when illumination is added.

“We are trying to prove, in a poetic way, the amount of waste plastic that is consumed every day. In addition to focus on the big business of bottling water, which leads to very serious problems in developing countries , whose citizens have seen their aquifers with impunity be privatized for the exclusive enrichment of big business and the ruling classes, without scruples, ”  Luzinterruptus

The great Leonardo Da Vinci invented plastic and like many of the inventions he created, not all had a favorable outcome for society’s growth and continuation. Like our purpose in exploring we can find the great invention and intentions, though the reflective walk that brings us back to our starting point offers a new beginning in seeing the whole picture more clearly.

 

On this 177th day…
Explore the ideas that you have seen the other side of in your walks to equate the value of moving into new beginnings.

 

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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Welcome June

Day 152:  June 1
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Exploration

Sand Designs by Denny Dyke

Photo Credits Artist Denny Dyke, Oregon

Welcome the Joy of June! We begin to find ourselves nearing the middle of the year in this month’s arrival and in our year long program of exploration and celebration of our abilities, June offers us a chance to recognize ourselves in the world of labyrinths. This month we become global in our pursuits on the path of possibilities and explore the labyrinths of the world that move past the traditional and explore the fullness of their design capacity.  Your opportunity is to join in with sharing the natural, inspired and differently designed labyrinths of the world.whatJune

Whether it is in the programming you offer for education, the design you build to provide insight, the artistry you create to share perspective or the unique ways in which you walk or connect to embrace an experience, how might those unique differences speak to your journey and yourself in the year that lives more honestly in who we truly are?

 

June 1st – Global to Local: 

Today’s design comes from the Oregon coast where artist Denny Dyke makes a composite of symbols and designs of the labyrinth into one walking experience. The wonder is in the artist who simply puts together the things that are important and combines the pieces to make one whole experience. Today discover how can you make more out of more labyrinths. I’ve often put together many labyrinths for one experience so can relate to this Artist and appreciate the reminder to be barefoot into the goodness of what nature provides. Where you don’t have a beach, you might have a sandbox or a box for sand and finger designs.

On this 152nd day…
Explore an idea of an area of your life this month where you would like to get out of the box of conformity.

 


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 Way that Works

Day 149: May 29
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

Around, Over, Through... the labyrinth of ways by the Amused Muse 2018There is this way and that way, the right way and the wrong way, the spiritual way and the scientific way… and an abundance of directives that move us one way or another. The word way is simply another form of the word path. When first learning labyrinth facilitation, there is a respect and reverence to holding space for others that can hold many captive in the how of the way or processing the manner in which a walk is to be accomplished. The HOW of anything invites hundreds of ways and like the many paths in each design of the labyrinth, learning the ways tends to be about listening and service to the needs of the group. Though the real exploration of imagination is in finding that there are many more ways than that.

In walking the labyrinth, like walking in life there is the way around, the way through or even the way out and where each of us may offer The Way of the Walk,  it is only one way to consider.  Individuals find the best discovery when they find their own way.  It is in finding the way that works that is the key as all else is just the way that works for someone else. When we can find a way that works for all, we will have really found something!

We have been exploring the way of celebration in our month and while it can be unique to each, focusing on celebration, communicating about it, practicing it and experiencing it have brought realizations of appreciations that can deliver us onto paths of possibilities and ways of wonder into the journey of human capacity… and that is way cool!  May your way be blessed with a way that works!

On this 149th day…
Celebrate the ways of your days to discover your many paths and where celebration focus has taken you.


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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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
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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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