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Stones of Discovery

Day 197  July 16
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

Ancient stones forming circles with a gravel path of circuits

The ancient stone labyrinth of Strathpeffer in Northern Scotland. Photo Credits: Long Walk North

It is one thing to explore and another to uncover as this hiking couple who stumbled upon this local known path discovered. It contained stones that date the Earth’s existence. The stones come from different parts of Scotland for an unknown reason and it is largely through the local lore that more would be known about the builders, purpose or dates of this wonder. The large stone obelisk in the foreground of the photo they discovered, predates Christianity.

Sometimes it is just taking the first step, and the journey begins. Scotland is full of rich lore and Druid traditions that speak to the natural elements of the Earth. Exploring a deeper natural sense of ourselves amongst the traditions of the old wisdom can bring the inquisitive mind that grasps for details and answers together with the how the soul discerns through what it feels.

On this 197th day…
Explore place between mind and soul in your steps today, and allow yourself to discover something known in a new way.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


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

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Mysteries of our Histories

Day 188  July 7
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

the mosaic circular mosaic floor labyrinth of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.

The ancient Labyrinth of Theseus in Paphos, Cyprus. Photo Credits: Shonagon Wikipedia Commons

In the Paphos Archeological Park in the House of Theseus is the Mosaic of Theseus. The ruins of the house and buildings are scattered and bricks surround the edge of the labyrinth, though the mosaic tile is intact and at the center is the tell tale trial of Theseus and the Minotaur.  Originally built in the second half of the 2nd Century AD, the House of Theseus had 100 room and was believed to house the Roman Proconsul and served inhabitants until the 7th century AD. The Mosaic Labyrinth of Theseus was added in the 3rd century AD accompanied by two other mosaics that were added in the fourth and fifth centuries.

In this depiction, the path is made up of a chain to represent Ariadne’s thread allowing Theseus decent from the labyrinth to safety. In the center are the images of Theseus, Ariadne, the Minotaur and another character who is said to represent the labyrinth itself. The Roman design of quarters is incorporated with eight circular paths making its round Roman influence known on the Island of Cyprus. While it has had minor adjustments to its structure due to Earthquakes during the 4th century, it is relatively well preserved for its ancient status.

On this 188th day…
Walk with the mysteries of our histories in today’s experience and discover how everything you have done has been done before. What do you realize that is similar, different or beneficial in your explorations of today?

 

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 of June-July!

 


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

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Uniquely Common Discoveries in the Lapland’s

Day 174:  June 23
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Exploration

A stone labyrinth in the Swedish Lapland's

Stone Labyrinth of Getskär/Renskär in the Kalix Archipelago of Bothnia Bay between Sweden and Finland. Photo Credits: Seved Johansson.

Labyrinths of the Scandinavian persuasion seem to be a natural part of the culture. Exploring this region one can find labyrinths are natural connections as they have been found in tribal communities and burial grounds indicating the familiarity and use over the ages. It is not uncommon to discover a labyrinth that’s been around for centuries, some dating back to 500 AD.  In Sweden alone at least 300 labyrinths are known to exist, and In the Lapland, the arctic compilation of Sweden, Finland and Norway there are a few areas along the peninsula and in the archipelago of many islands that are known for a number of stone labyrinths, much like the ones found on Bolshoi Zaratsky Island in Russia.

This labyrinth pictured above is part of a fishing village and as lore and legend are a part of the labyrinth, it is said that the labyrinths bring fisherman good luck. Exploring what is common place to natives often requires a little ingenuity to find unique features. Though with centuries of stories behind each labyrinth here, that alone may be the unique fascination.

 

On this 174th day…
Explore the stories of the labyrinth you walk, discover its purpose and the practices it has provided. Discover your purpose and practices over time.

 

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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Walking in Tune

Day 140: May 20
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

Musical focus labyrinthOne thing that can make something within us move is music. Whether it is the body swaying in synchronization or just a foot tapping along, every part of our brain is activated when music is present. There is quite a lot of wonderful scientific evidence regarding the elevation that it creates and as a result the field of neuromusicology has been developed to study the variety of ways our nervous system responds to music. This of course is not new as ancient cultures revered music and for those who facilitate programs of the labyrinth, music is a natural accompaniment.

In making the Roman Labyrinth round in design with a minor adjustment to the ancient design, what is found at the center, is a musical note. In many ways we walk the labyrinth to attune ourselves to a message, metaphor or meaning. At other times we walk to simply tune in to what is present around us or to a particular question. We are also fine tuning definitions, understandings and ideas and as we find the center, we can find our center and where we might be in tune or out in someway. Our year long message is to discover the chords that make our tune ring true. Enjoy your day with musical accompaniment and observe the simple appreciations and celebrations that occur.

On this 140th day…
Walk with music today so that it is a different walk than you’ve experienced before. Use different music and observe what comes out in steps.


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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