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The Unity in Unity

Day 243 August 31
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

Image of the perennial labyrinth in Unity, ME

The Maine Organizational Farmers and Gardeners Association Perennial Labyrinth in Unity, Maine. Photo Credits: MOFGA.org

Today we complete the many states of exploring our perspective of the ways we can be united in ourselves, with our abilities and in the ways the labyrinth offers. We’ve crossed the nation moving through a great many of our states and even creating a labyrinth of lines that for the first time have to step over a line we’ve crossed before on the map. It reminds us of the many lines we step over and beyond in order to find the honesty of our abilities and purpose. In a year that has had us questioning what our truth is, this experience has led us to discoveries and explorations of ourselves and our relationship with the labyrinth.

As we complete the coast to coast journey, we arrive in the northern and Easternmost state in our nation, Maine. There are a number of beautifully designed labyrinths for private individuals that take in the impressive coastal nature of Maine, and a variety of bed and breakfast, spa centers and botanical gardens that embrace the walk of the labyrinth as well.  The Labyrinth Guild of New England incorporates Maine’s labyrinths and unites the individuals and enthusiasts who are part of the curious circles of support and resource too. A graduate student did a remarkable job of exploring and uniting the passion and purpose of the labyrinth in a thesis report as well as became an instrumental part of the building of a labyrinth at the University of New England in Maine.

 labyrinth image in the shape of the state of MaineAt the end of our walk, we can be impressed at finding so much that unites the interest in the labyrinth with the people who cultivate it in Maine. What better way to end the month and the theme than a walk in Unity. The Maine Organizational Farmers and Gardeners Association is a uniting of those who dwell with the land in form and function with education and advocacy for a growing community of the better ways to use our land for our people. This association, interestingly enough located in the town of Unity, Maine came together to build a labyrinth of perennials for the annual Farm and Homestead Day utilizing 800 square foot of land to build this three circuit labyrinth that will continue to bring life growing forward.

To end our month on a note of unity in Unity was intentional, though very much a gift of divine discovery on this last day of the month. It seems when we are focused intently, the way of the path appears.

 


Daily Insights : On this 243rd day…
Explore a walk of review and reflection of the Unity you put into the concept of unity.


 

image of the map of progress for August 2018 Experience
The Completed Paths of United Insights

US Interactive Map Progress

While we did not travel in all fifty states of the USA, we traveled from Alaska to Maine in coast to coast exploration. While a few of our paths might seem to encourage a new step to stay on the path, the rest made for an interesting unity of one line of labyrinth walking.  Link to our United Path for August

 

August 2018 Theme:


States of United August Focus Banner Image
Opportunities for August

As we traveled the globe in search of exploration and returned with an abundance of realizing the consecutive connectives of the world in June and July, we touched the mere surface of our planet through the eyes of the labyrinth.  In the month of August, we continue the explorative nature looking for what insight brings us to unite. It can be a  discovery of the united purpose that we connect with others, or in the way we bring who we are with what we can and want to do.  What August brings is a focus of how the labyrinth brings state of being united, within ourselves within the United States. Send along the labyrinths, programs, art, and offerings within the United States that you feel best represents this for daily postings. 

  1. What Unites
    Reach out and share the unique labyrinths in this month within the United States that serve to unite. We look for the unique design, interesting purpose, connected message, in the labyrinth or in the ways we share with others in message or program, art, design and education applied. Share your ideas, programs, purpose images and experiences at the 365 Experience on the TLS website providing some detail of why you design, share, create, build or simply walk, who benefits and how it helps us unite. Personal insight or National perspectives are welcome.
  2. What brings Insight
    As we take each day of the 31 available in August exploring what brings us insight with our selves or as a nation through the paths of the Labyrinth.  This quarter focuses on the ways we apply the insight we gain and as we are united with our own insights, may we use them as well in a way that unites us personally and also purposefully with others as a nation united.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday August 15th at NOON PST
    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.   Call connection Information
  4.  Share your Ideas, images, designs and add to the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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States of Perspective Reflected

Day 242 August 30
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

image of the mirror labyrinth in New York

The Mirror Labyrinth of New York. Photo Credits: JeppeHein.net

The key to knowing ourselves is in the honesty we have with what we see, feel and connect with. It is what brings us to realize our abilities and gifts that can be activated to encourage and appreciate more of who we are and what we are able to do. The mirror is an interesting opportunity for self reflection and much like the labyrinth, it reveals more the deeper we look. The labyrinth provides us with a multi dimensional look, where the mirror is one dimensional, until we change the perspective.

Jeppe Hein is an interpreter of life through art. His publications, instillations and creative expression speaks to our internal place and his use of the labyrinth creates an intense reflection. The Brooklyn Bridge Park is home to Hein’s  Mirror Labyrinth. It reflects the Manhattan skyline and in a visual sense unites the park with Manhattan. It is made of three spirals and mirrors of varying height with the use of space in between to impart an impression with a suggestion of the ways we see ourselves. Hein’s work with the labyrinth and mirrors has been showcased in other parts of the world with rotations, mirrors and even water.

Image of a labyrinth shaped New York state
Where the mass of New York dissolves into islands, and separations, its bridges are the uniting forces that work with land and water to keep people connected. The view from this labyrinth takes in the expanse of Manhattan, though also reflects the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island of New Jersey.

The natural flow of the labyrinth made greater with reflections allows the intensity of connection to only become greater in this simple and practical work of art.

 

 


Daily Insights : On this 242nd day…
Explore the reflections of your walk today from many perspectives at different points and turns of your experience.


 

Building Paths of United Insights
US Interactive Map Progress

Based on what is sent in this month, we will track our travel process across the United States to create a labyrinth or a maze? Help us to direct our focus with unique labyrinths, locations and information each day that will diagram a path that unites us. Link to our United Path for August

 


States of United August Focus Banner Image
Opportunities for August

As we traveled the globe in search of exploration and returned with an abundance of realizing the consecutive connectives of the world in June and July, we touched the mere surface of our planet through the eyes of the labyrinth.  In the month of August, we continue the explorative nature looking for what insight brings us to unite. It can be a  discovery of the united purpose that we connect with others, or in the way we bring who we are with what we can and want to do.  What August brings is a focus of how the labyrinth brings state of being united, within ourselves within the United States. Send along the labyrinths, programs, art, and offerings within the United States that you feel best represents this for daily postings. 

  1. What Unites
    Reach out and share the unique labyrinths in this month within the United States that serve to unite. We look for the unique design, interesting purpose, connected message, in the labyrinth or in the ways we share with others in message or program, art, design and education applied. Share your ideas, programs, purpose images and experiences at the 365 Experience on the TLS website providing some detail of why you design, share, create, build or simply walk, who benefits and how it helps us unite. Personal insight or National perspectives are welcome.
  2. What brings Insight
    As we take each day of the 31 available in August exploring what brings us insight with our selves or as a nation through the paths of the Labyrinth.  This quarter focuses on the ways we apply the insight we gain and as we are united with our own insights, may we use them as well in a way that unites us personally and also purposefully with others as a nation united.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday August 15th at NOON PST
    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.   Call connection Information
  4.  Share your Ideas, images, designs and add to the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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The Tenth

Day 130: May 10
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

a labyrinth of ten strokesOn this 10th day of May on the 130th day of the year, celebrating the number 10 with a focus on the decade. How far have we come in ten years? Consider your experience with the labyrinth ten years ago, your status in life ten years ago and your focus of the world ten years ago. Things have changed, though what has consistently grown and developed in your abilities and possibilities?  Let this tenth day in May remind you of the first year ten years ago, then the second and continue on until you find a developing trend that you can honestly celebrate.

This labyrinth design was made with ten strokes. Three straight lines and seven circles. Each stroke a way of relating to the last ten years. Having designed a decade walk for an organization years ago that celebrated the gains and wins in each year to be acknowledged and recognized, it was a great way to bring in the anniversary of their accomplishments and honor those responsible and the actions they took to create the positive focus for the company. Approaching a new decade of life soon in this month, it is also a great reflection of celebrations that assist in appreciating some new directions. With ones and zeros that make up the number ten, the lines and circles in the number 10 create a path of possibilities.

On this 130th day…
Celebrate your past decade for the gains you have created. Observe what has grown and developed and where you are more capable.


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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Finding Balance

Day 117: April 27
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

A Yin and Yang LabyrinthAfter long periods of exertion comes the balance of restoration, whether we seek it or not. Our body knows the wisdom of rest that mere humans often do not. After a long drive cross country, the days of rejuvenation now rise to spiral away the extended efforts of energy consumed while conversely spiraling inward a remembered natural restorative resilience. In what we release, the wisdom of our human condition is to increase and beyond the idea of balance, is the opportunity to evolve harmonic equation. Im making a labyrinth design out of the balanced Yin and Yang symbol, the labyrinth design overlaid gives a new element and dimension to balance and evolves its purpose.

Today’s message becomes one of amusing creativity with what is called for and what is available and in looking around from the resting place, the Yin and Yang symbol came into focus, it’s natural message of balance was just the right communication for the day. Creativity can be a way of realizing a quiet restorative and bring all sides and viewpoints into one focus.

 

This walk through of the yin and yang can take us on the ride of our differences, yet it also reminds us that it’s symbol is one whole and like our walk of the labyrinth, it is one walk to awaken, respond and realize in steps to fully realize the whole.  In this labyrinth walk of Yin and Yang, begin at the bottom and find your way to the top, cross over the border of duality between white to black at the top instead of exiting and you will end where you began.

On this 117th day…
Amuse your many parts with a walk today that brings the seemingly different sides together as one.

 

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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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Synchronous Steps

Day 29: January 29
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

On my way to an event for a planning, the drive had a way of alerting me to the status I would arrive at as the directions seemed straightforward and simple, though for some reason obtaining the actual address seemed brought with unreal complications. Thinking of the unconstructed areas in this new region, I put the address into the GPS device and found I looped around to the left and came back to the main road and then circumnavigated again to the right with a few more turns appeared to come along to make it interesting. By the time I arrived again on the original thoroughfare, I decided to switch off the GPS and rely on my own abilities to find the rest of the way there.

It seemed not unlike the times when awareness raises in the lack of trust or dependence on a device. It is in those times that we can inspire ourselves with an honest realization of what we actually need and how often it lays at the feet of our own ingenuity. Realizing I had created a driving labyrinth, I sat for a moment with a chuckle and before going in as I suspected the meeting held some interesting directions of similar patterning. In this brief reflection,  I wasn’t surprised when directions for our planning meeting took us off course and looping around a bit.

With an honest moment of sharing my thoughts about my drive and it’s very labyrinth nature in conjunction to our process, it was easy to elevate the consciousness to move onto the same path and use the ideas and directions in a way that would bring us to a clear and defined point. It was quite something to be able to draw out a labyrinth and illustrate where we had been and where we might go more effectively. Trusting the message, speaking of the synchronous observation and using it to create a better outcome were the honest realizations and efforts of using and becoming what we are capable of in this year long experience of living more honestly with our possibilities, potential and path opportunities.

A suggestion to walk with:

Observe how the patterns in your walk today are used throughout your day.

 

 

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:
Next Mid Month 365 Experience Gathering on February 15th  to explore the monthly focus. Share your posts from your walks and experiences with our theme this week at: 365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

 

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In the Beginning

Day 23: January 23
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

In the beginning, there is a point of intention, though sometimes we don’t always notice it. We want to walk, practice or just be in the experience and so we come to the walk in whatever way that serves us knowing, though not always knowing the truth that sits with us. We may ask a question and have clarity around it and walk to discover, though in that beginning moment the answer is already understood.

The walk serves to support, open and supply us with evidence that helps us to open and realize more perspective or reason beyond any doubts we might be questioning.

The walk we take helps us to believe more in our own ideas, abilities and inspirations. Each step becomes a clarity of purpose and the more we are open to it, willing and ready, the more likely what is at our beginning can be more visible to us in the ending. Our walk exercises our belief, truth and trust in what we know and in our own way, we find out the subtle honest nuances of who we are and what we are capable of in the steps we take.

Today’s walk in the desert was realized in the steps taken, solidified in the turns made and transitioned into a trust in reaching  the center as a place of holding space.  It deepened with perspective and materialized in the facets of realization that now sparkled with variety by the time the walk came to a close. At the end what was true in the beginning  remained and what accompanied it was an honest evaluation of its full value.

A suggestion to walk with:

How is your beginning more realized at the end?

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:
Next Mid Month 365 Experience Gathering on February 15th  to explore the monthly focus. Share your posts from your walks and experiences with our theme this week at: 365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

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Creative Scheduling

Day 22: January 22
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

I find the more we practice the more we make the realizations about what is right, what is true and what is aligned with our purpose and beliefs. I got in the habit of creating a short focus of time daily to the labyrinth and that helped me to make more  daily habits that support my efforts.

It isn’t for everyone, though it works for me and has gotten easier over the past 14 years. When we can set up simpler ideas and have some value behind them, we are more likely to find that it isn’t a goal, or overarching commitment, it is pure enjoyment and something we look forward to discovering. In this practice, its about realizing what else we possess in gifts, talents and abilities and what more we are capable of. Think of it as a daily surprise awaiting as it is more honest approach and much more productive.

I have a few labyrinths in design hung on the walls and they make for a quick walk while I am waiting for something. The approach is to encounter the experience as something I am looking to realize or discover more than I know right now. It becomes a growing game of what’s next, what’s more and what else I can do or be. When I make the labyrinths easily available, I’m more likely to use them. A picture on the wall, a hanging finger labyrinth, a design on your floor or even just the very small devices left in different rooms can serve us in simple moments of magic.

Define more of your moments in this way and notice how much easier it becomes to put value into your schedule for daily discoveries. Let’s not forget how easy it is to download a labyrinth walk on a smart phone application.

A suggestion to walk with:

Simplify one important thing today to make it more user friendly.

 

 

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:
Next Mid Month 365 Experience Gathering on February 15th  to explore the monthly focus. Share your posts from your walks and experiences with our theme this week at: 365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

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Enough of a Walk

TLS 365 Experience #296
December 21, 2017

Our last Mom’s meet for the year was today and in a Mom’s world, on call is a status we learn to appreciate in a healthier and happier way. We walked the labyrinth in appreciation of what was enough at a time when the world is saturated with consumption and giving of material gifts. The idea was to focus on what they thought they did not have enough of and how they were without on the way in, and in the center there was a time to focus what they used well for transformation.

On the way out the walk would then focus on the thoughts and ideas that had surfaced on the way in, and how they might use their transformation to find where there was enough. The walk was transformative for many who found they were often so busy they never thought about what they were doing, they just did it. Many discovered the story they told them selves about not having enough, was quite a myth, as indeed they had plenty of resources and abilities that they had not stopped to think about.

We passed out finger labyrinth flyers as a  gift to everyone and look forward to what the next year of having, doing and being enough will bring.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Stacy P., Labyrinth Facilitator
Ohio


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Gifts, Talents and Abilities

12DaysOfLabyrinthsWe are playing… The 12 Days of Labyrinths Game
Play along in December, any 12 days or just make it last all month. I chose to take three days and set it up well before I began, though all are welcome to play it their way.
The Game and How to Play
Preparations for Play

 

Who would have thought discovering our gifts would be as easy as a simple walk?

A curious mind can create all kinds of wonder as it seems persistent to know a truth and relentless in the ways it might pursue it. ChildsLabyrinthHopefully the idea of relating to the 12 different gifts, talents, skills and abilities will be enjoyable, affirming and enlightening in some small way. Whenever I think I have arrived and know a great deal, a little introspection tells me I really have arrived at the very tip of a large iceberg… look deeper.

Walking on this today proved much like yesterday, much more than expected. Yesterday the 12 things that matter to me came out in two parts, one from my first thoughts before the walk and the other half from my introspective feelings. When I later looked at that list I realized the concepts I listed were related to the projects and ideas I wanted to materialize. What was important to me registered further on an internal level personally, then purposefully and professionally what was important externally. The closer look produced a profound and purposeful stamp of aha!

Today I found acknowledging all those special things that make me who I am add purpose to what, how and why I do what I do was very affirming.  On the walk I discovered a hilarious blend of depth and introspection mixed with a light hearted reminder that none of this is all too serious. Rather, it is meant to serve as a way to remember in December a more reflective quality of what this year has been all about.

YogurtIt could very well be that the feeling of lightheartedness had something to do with the labyrinth I used today.  I felt a bit playful so opted in favor of a yogurt labyrinth… lunch and learning!  A thin spreading of creamy yogurt on a platter made it easy to use my finger to draw out the design, while snacking along the way. I could have drawn it in reverse so that the border would remain while I dined on the yogurt path. Instead I wanted to every bite, so drew my finger through the yogurt on the platter to create the borders.

YogurtLabyrinthOn the second time around, I enjoyed the tangy paths until the yogurt was consumed leaving no evidence of it on the platter and now laying somewhere on the inner labyrinth of my intestines, digesting happily. This is finger walking finger licking goodness! (I’ve also done this with school children using chocolate pudding…yummy!)

I realized that 12 different labyrinths might seem daunting to some, playing with the idea gives way to all kinds of opportunities. When I start thinking of only what is in front of me, I know a few things. Just a  happy headslap later, I am reminded to open the eyes of scarcity to see the abundance that surrounds.

Play well with yourself, be kind and discover more when you explore!

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