Posts Tagged With: Appreciation

A Closer Walk With She

TLS 365 Experience #236
October 22, 2017

A friend and I took our favorite quotes and authors to the labyrinth.

As we walked we shared the quote or the passage that moved us in the moment, while the other one stopped and listened. We continued on in this way noting the words that filled our ears to our hearts and when we met in the center we spoke of what each message gave us in the telling and how listening to it from a dear friend felt.

Listening is deep love and in this way we opened up channels of ourselves that we didn’t know about each other. Listening to those succinct in the telling held a new meaning and a profound appreciation.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
W.S., Labyrinth Enthusiast
Illinois


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The Way We Walk

TLS 365 Experience #223
October 9, 2017

I met another Labyrinth Facilitator at a different conference. We progressed to mutually appreciable conversations and soon began to see an idea forming in a collaborative way we could each add something to create a complimentary program. It is currently in the works, though it was effortless and aligned in such a knowing way that it can’t help but have been a destined meeting of two minds of the labyrinth, this time not on the labyrinth.

There is a continual discovery in the ways the labyrinth can truly add to our lives and when we walk it enough, it becomes the way we walk in life.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
L. Jordan
Nevada


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Sad to Glad

TLS 365 Experience #202
September 18, 2017

Very sad today. I am not sure how to explain the depth of what brings me to this sadness, though it is heavy and deep. I choose to walk the labyrinth today however in honor of this sadness as it’s pain and discomfort is a reminder that I cared, loved and was involved. So I walk the labyrinth in this way in observance and appreciation. As I walk I am reminded of the actions I took and efforts I made that brought me to this point. I turn the corner and turn my thoughts from fault to appreciation that I made the effort. I am reminded of the importance of my efforts and the importance of myself and I walk on. I consider the feelings I have had and as I make another turn, I am finding myself noticing both the uncomfortable pain and the fact that I have feelings.

I notice where and what hurts and I realize the throbbing and pulsing and still myself with hand over heart. There is throbbing and pulsing and I am aware of how this beating heart allows me to care and flow and that I did.  As I continue I find my thoughts arise and a diminished perspective sees the habits I have outgrown revisited and the ones that still evoke self doubt and sabotage. Interestingly these thoughts mount as I come to make another turn. On the other side of it, I realize what has been, what is and what I wish to think beyond. I realize worth of self in these steps and the thoughts that support what I can do, what I offer and what I am.

As I come into the center I come into the choice of the way I appreciate my life and how the sadness becomes my teacher and a reminder of my gladness often. As I leave the center, I move onto each path in the thoughts and feelings of what I hold dear and how it heightens my heart and moves me into a gladness for my sadness and an appreciable sense of well being.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Francis H. Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


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Hope, Remembrance and Growth

TLS 365 Experience #195
September 11, 2017

On the tenth anniversary of the attack of September 11th, there was a Hope Fest in our town. It was  a way to emerge our growth through the largeness of a positive and lifting experience that we were finding a readiness for as a nation.  Asked to offer a program with the labyrinth, it seemed a good way to appreciate how the concept of hope had actually been present in each of the past years.

We had a beautiful tall glass urn in the center of the room that held a candle and encircled by 11 small candles that sat in between the two labyrinths I had brought. One would symbolize then, and the other now. We sat in silent reflection for 11 minutes hearing the clear ring of the tinghshaw instrument resounding a vibrant chord that broke the stillness. This was followed with a few softly spoken sentences that reminded of where hope had actually been present in the way that people gathered, remembered, cared and shared.

After each reading a smaller of candle would be lit and we sat in silent reflection of the moment and message before the tingshaw cleared the air for a graduate message of hope throughout.   As we reached the 11th minute to signal the coming year of Hope, all were invited to sing out a tonal articulation that was choir like to hear.

As the final message was read and the last candle lit,  the instructions were to move to either the labyrinth of then or now when they were ready. Each might walk with their own appreciation, understanding or experience of hope. It was a powerful and moving experience and the shares were rich and defined with what hope stood for in the ideals of a nation growing through its pain.

Today on this 16th Anniversary, there is a small walk planned. Like every walk I have done since the 10th anniversary, blessings for hope, rememberance and growth are always a part of the walk, though this tenth anniversary will always be remembered for its powerful lifting message.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lynda Tourloukis, TLS 365 Coordinator
Illinois


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Affirming and Exercising

TLS 365 Experience #180
Aug. 27, 2017

Illinois Labyirnth

 

When life is smoothly sailing along, the walk on the labyrinth is an exercise of gratitude and a reminder of the affirmations and actions that support efforts that create appreciable moments.

When life isn’t, the labyrinth provides a sanctuary for discovery.

It is through the different directions that appreciation, curiosity or relief grows and the steps taken are the catalyst to provide it.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
N. Olson, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois

 

 

 

 


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Many Labyrinths

TLS 365 Experience #178
Aug. 25, 2017

I don’t have to walk the labyrinth to get something out of it I have discovered.  Yes, the magical walk is often insightful for me, though when I didn’t always have a footpath available, the finger labyrinth provided a chance to see the difference.

Even drawing out the seed pattern offered up insight or designing a labyrinth with objects yielded something in the building process. I noticed in watching others that the experience was also alive and appreciated, and in all what I realize is, that just as there are many styles of labyrinths, there are many forms and many methods to understand and appreciate it too.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Ann Marie, Labyrinth Facilitator
Nevada


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A Choosing Point

TLS 365 Experience #162
Aug. 9, 2017

Center of the Labyrinth, a choosing point
Independently I use the labyrinth to connect.

I connect with myself, checking in with where my thoughts are and how I am responding to those thoughts in feeling to notice if they are aligned with what my heart and soul wish to express.

If I am not, the pace is different and there is a disconnect that lacks focus or direction. I seem to be just walking and not experiencing.

If I am on target, there is flow and appreciation and I begin to see the little things I might often miss in my walk.

The center is a choosing point of how to evolve from where I began.

 

Today’s Experience submitted by:
A. S., Labyrinth Enthusiast
California

 


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The Voice of the Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #161
Aug. 8, 2017

I got stuck today. Ideas that normally seem to flow were not and my focus was off. I couldn’t seem to concentrate for any period of time and even my focus could not seem to be narrowed down.

I picked up the finger labyrinth and thought it might shift my focus as it often is a place where I find new direction.  As my finger traced the path I began to feel a heaviness in my body and as I circled around, a sense of slowness crept in. By the time I reached the center I recognized how tired I was. The reflected return brought awareness to my breathing and as it’s slowness created a calm peaceful appreciation, a choice presented itself. In my attempts to accomplish a number of things, I had not been enjoying adequate sleep, my body was simply tired and I had not honored it’s message.

Not until the finger walk, did I stop to realize fully, the very thing that would bring back focus, function and creativity, sleep. The voice of the labyrinth is found when we engage with it.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Shannon P., Art Director, Labyrinth Facilitator
Nevada


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The Quiet

TLS 365 Experience #153
July 31, 2017

The quietness of a labyrinth in CaliforniaToday is a quiet day and as I reach for the labyrinth, it becomes a still and quiet walk. I find when I am in this kind of quiet, everything seems slower and more profound. Whether I finger walk or utilize full body, the movements I make are very purposeful as if I can feel the tense and release of muscles. noticing how  each is applied in the momentum. My awareness becomes very exact as the quiet is applied like a blanket, and rolls out in a complete way to encompass the entire body.

The quiet is internal and isolates the outside world from the experience. Each motion is observed for what it is, without any descriptive thought or plan from the mind. It is in these moments of the walk that the action of the leg striding to make its next step is complete with the natural force of the foot bearing weight onto the pathway. In the finger walk it is the extension of the arm and the texture felt under the finger as it reaches its destination along patterns and grooves.

To apply a deep quiet creates an expansion of awareness and greater appreciation of each chosen action.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
A. Fischer, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


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Showing Up

TLS 365 Experience #144
July 22, 2017

I recently shared the labyrinth with a family of friends I had been visiting. There happen to be one in the nearby park so we walked over and it was a first for all. They knew of it, though had not thought it more than an ornamental part of the gardens. I shared a little about it in the questions they had before we left and let them find their own way as we came to it. As I had led groups in sharing information and walks in the past, I had not realized how the personalities of people show up in their walk as clearly as I could see it with this family. The difference I realized was in how I knew this family.

As each took to their walk respectively, I could see the contemplativeness of one and the watchfulness of another. Where one had shared an indecision, the walk appeared to note the tension and release that came. Where youth were added the swirling energy of the youngest was an amusing perspective of difference and the headphoned, head down, approach of the teenager who appeared to slap the ground with his steps spoke volumes of his autonomous steps in taking ownership of his position in the world. While it was marvelous to see the personalities come alive in the walk, it is also a privacy to respect and a great insight into how we all show up in the world as we walk. Knowing this has given me a greater awareness and appreciation for the gifts of this application.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Audrie P., Labyrinth Enthusiast and Facilitator
Nevada


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