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Lessons from Lithuania

Day 176:  June 25
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Exploration

Lithuania's energetic labyrinth park in Plung'e

The Park of Labyrinths and Energetic shapes in Lithuania. Photo Credits: Energetic Labyrinth Park

Exploration allows us to open our minds and to delve into the questions of life. Traveling with our explorations help us to move with what we discover and both wonder and evidence our cursory understandings. In Lithuania there is a labyrinth park with several designs. all the designs are actually mazes. In areas denoted as mazes, there are labyrinths and while a labyrinth can be a maze, a maze is not really a labyrinth.  Through the labyrinth we can discover many metaphors and meanings that keep us on our path, though as we are also exploring possibilities in this month’s experience in Lithuania, we are provided with perspective of our possibilities and opportunities to use what we find.

On the very north central edge of Lithuania, we are invited to plunge into the Energetic Labyrinth and Geometrical Figures Park. It is happily located in the town of Plungės and park’s central theme is about our inner journey. There are five different labyrinths devoted to relationships, inner balance, inner self, chakras, and the five elements and angels. There are three geometric shapes of dome, mercaba and mandala along with programs and plenty of time and space to explore the questions of life in a natural environment. It is good to have a focused connection to the labyrinth journey of ourselves as we explore the world and in this location, it follows our own exploration of possibilities well.

On this 176th day…
Explore the areas of life that call your attention and observe the geometrical shapes that you are drawn to.

 

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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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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The Yes of No

Day 102: April 12
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

Yes over No labyrinth design by the Amused MuseToday was a day of hearing too many no’s, too many worries and too much of what won’t work as opposed to a more natural focus on what does.

To this individual who’s made a living on bringing to light what works, what’s right and what is natural over normal, hearing too much in the opposite direction can drive an urgent focus on creativity to restore the balance.  It became a YES day and surrounded by a world of No’s, a design came to mind that developed a labyrinth that might take a while to matriculate to allow the time to remember and redirect a focus to one that isn’t just positive, it can be a more effective and efficient way to do everything.

One can be reminded through the 40 labyrinths of NO before embarking upon the YES and the seven other NO‘s that are found among the YES that all the NO is essential often to find the value of the YES. Sales people are often told to achieve and appreciate the NO as it can be instrumental in defining the nature and behavior of the YES.  For those light hearted enough to play with the NO, turning each one into a YES can provide a wealth of understanding and insight to elevate our human condition.

 

On this 102nd day…
Amuse yourself with the No’s in your life or of this day. Walk with the easy one’s first and in your steps discover the value of each NO and how it leads to a YES.

 

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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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Two to One

TLS 365 Experience #232
October 18, 2017

The labyrinth’s message may be internal though externally is where it shows up. Like night and day the two sides are equally balanced as we move in and out in what appears to be a system of duality.  It is the wholeness of the experience that offers us a oneness in the completion of both parts.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Kay Subrick, Labyrinth Facilitator
Nevada


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

The cycle of giving and receiving is a cycle of caring and sharing of our wisdom and appreciation

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A Long Walk

TLS 365 Experience #111
June 19, 2017

The Long Walk It seemed like such a long walk.
I was tired and here to walk the labyrinth with a friend. She asked if I would come with and where I had not walked a labyrinth before, I humored her and came along even though all parts of me longed to be elsewhere.

As I stood by contemplating my turn and waiting for the opening, it seemed like a really long walk that didn’t seem to end anywhere. As my turn came I joined in and stepped into this interesting circle. I looked down mostly to keep my balance and make sure my feet knew where to step and where not too. It became easier when I realized the only thing we had to do was follow the path.  I relaxed and enjoyed the outdoors and soon found my movement lighter and flowing and before long I had reached the center. Not long at all.

Years later I reflect back on that first long walk and my initial interpretation. Where I was resistance, the labyrinth’s turns and patterns relaxed and invited. What seemed so long so many years ago now seems so short… Am I done already?

Today’s Experience submitted:
F.Ritz, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LabyrinthSociety
Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

The cycle of giving and receiving is a cycle of caring and sharing of our wisdom and appreciation

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Day One… The Game is on

We are playing… The 12 Days of Labyrinths Game
12DaysOfLabyrinthsPlay along in December, any 12 days or just make it last all month. Today’s post moves beyond the simple preparations into the action of the game itself. Read The Game and How to Play in the link below to follow along. Then send along comments of your experience. 
The Game and How to Play
Preparations…12 Things that Matter
Preparations…12 Gifts, Talents or Abilities
Preparations…12 People of Influence


On the first Day of Labyrinths

Number1Recall that you will find a new way to walk a labyrinth today, enjoy the adventure in creativity and remember, keep it simple. If it seems difficult, ask yourself what a five year old might do… they are experts in playfulness.

Number2Once the labyrinth for the day is discovered… consider your 12 list of items of importance, what one item pops up first? Go with it, let go of overthinking as your first thought’s usually right and a whole lot more honest about what’s on your mind.

Number3Walk in with this importance while you explore and experience your walk. As you come to your center, what skill, talent or ability comes to mind. Take the first thing that pops up from the list you made. Observe the relationship between what is important and your ability as you center yourself.

Number4As you prepare to return in your walk of reflection, who of your people of influence comes to mind. Walking along be with the equation you have created and notice your experience of it. There is no right or wrong and it is all made up by you. Recall that you also created a few rules to help you in the play, you know you best.

Equation

My first day brought me to experience the labyrinth at the Huntridge Neighborhood Park. I found it by using a combination of the World Wide Labyrinth Locator and Google to search for area labyrinths. They were present, though small in number, and fairly spread out. This one however seemed to be right up my alley for getting outside today.

As the morning began at 3am and I did not follow my first thought of going out early to bypass traffic, I settled for a late afternoon walk. I also found I bypassed the park as it came up too sudden to traffic with the accumulation of motorists in passage. Like the mornings missed opportunity, not a radical departure in my day, though bypassing the entrance and coming in the opposite way I couldn’t help but notice a trend of metaphors lining up, especially when I didn’t realize I had bypassed where the entrance actually was (to my credit there were two places for entry).

HuntridgeEntering the first thought of what mattered to me, Love was instant and without question. I guess when we consider the nature of love, if we are honest, it will always come first in what matters. For me there were some new questions, some healing transitions and some steadfast assurities. Right away a new person in my life popped up and I had to walk further to consider what this meant as the obvious was not a given as answers go. This was a person of influence on my list as the love shown me recognized many things and remained honorable and in the realm of great love for humanity. The aspect of being in love, meant just that, being in the state of love.

When it came to the reflective period the questions I had pursued my with my mind insisting on answers, drove a curious feeling. I had to stop again to recall the question and realized in one hand I had a situation I didn’t understand fully and a person that I wasn’t sure fit that circumstance, and then I dropped my iPad on my foot where the angled corner did a spectacular nose dive directly toward  the small bones in the joint of my second toe.

Huntridge2I was determined to walk, even with pain and soon it too bypassed as a feeling of self care was showered upon me. I was suddenly reminded of the the third element of the game, my abilities. I was a problem solver and was simply bypassing the obvious in search of a more complex and unique introspection, after all this was a game of putting the pieces together, letting of of what doesn’t work and a reflection of what the year past brought.

Vibrationally I remembered all this, stepped taller into that responsibility on the path and knew all was well. My direction had been found, what mattered was present, my abilities true and the person of influence succeeded in being even more significant in my life by just recalling the gift they carried.

The equation for this first day of the game appears to be in happy balance. 

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Peace at Last

Abode of Peace Labyrinth

The Abode of Peace Labyrinth in Georgetown, CA

It is the last day of our focus on Peace for the month of September. We close the month considering the many thoughts, the many actions and the many results we may have considered and created in the month. It feels good to have at month’s end, a look back to realize what is possible when we use intention or have focus.

It gives peace of mind to know that what we start out with can have achievement when we take action to make it so. It is like the daily walk, having one foot in front of the other begins the process. Continuation allows us a bit more investment and expansion and soon we are strolling along with all kinds of extra benefits we didn’t think possible.

We all know the struggle of non accomplishment that is often rifled with the emotions of guilt and a host of various excuses as to why we may not have accomplished something we very much said we wanted. There is usually something else at work that derails us and to know peace is to go beyond the struggle and the resistance into the place that simply honors what is true. It allows us to get above our story and redesign with simplicity and honesty that which suits us.

All month may have been a bit of the resistance in one small way or another, though each is a lesson of learning and like anything we practice, we play the best game in the end. So do consider from the month of learning and discovery just what it is that was successful.

What ways can we evaluate our production of peace? Count the blessings, the wins and all the things we may be grateful for and those are the small moments of peace. We may be surprised to find how many there are when we stop worry about what we didn’t do.

Peace is ever present and ready for our use, though to use it on another or for an experience, simply become the very aspect of it ourselves and we will have the best education ever.

Harmonize, blend, balance and surrender… peace be with all.

“Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life…, our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive.”
Thich Nhat Hahn

Enjoy the music and video of the building of the Abode of Peace Labyrinth for the Yoga Retreat Center by David Blonski.

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Seasonal Shifting

Today marks the 101st post to our site… YAY!

Rain Forest Labyrinth

A Private Labyrinth in the El Yunque Rain Forest of Puerto Rico

While the walk is daily, the posts are random and seem to flow with the ebb and tides of my year’s perspective. Running at one pace and almost standing still at others. An interesting year of abundance and absence to reflect on in the daily walk.

It seems to flow with the tides of weather as our region has been besieged with storms and flooding that has gone far beyond the realms of Spring when we might naturally know this to occur. The weather and my pace of the year seem to go hand in hand and from what is shared, is much the same for others too.

It is interesting to stop and make notice of what nature is telling us, almost as if it has had enough of us humans and all we mindlessly do to disrupt the natural flow. The uprisings of the natural world are simply a reminder to what we create artificially in the name of advancement and growth, giving us perhaps a chance to have a look and see if what we are doing is truly advancement and a contribution to the world.

As the year progresses, perhaps there can be a bit of balance inserted, one that gives the busy pace a chance to pause for reflection. Maybe then the natural world will find some balance too and find its pace in the hum and buzz of this human world, the one that seeks to find the steps from normal to natural.

May we walk in the sunshine and cleanse in the rain

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Balancing the Heart with Art

This caught my eye as it is designed with a feminine presence in mind. It also shares a message of balance and when combining the two, we can remember that when the feminine is in balance it  is a benefit to the world.

It brings to mind the saying, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”.  Having lived it as mother and child, from my perspective it is so true.

This design is actually an artistic expression with a therapeutic use. How interesting the designs with specific uses in mind!

Of course this is from my perspective, though I see the arms uplifting wide in expression balancing with intention to uplift the world in embrace, while declaring a positive femininity with its bold red color. It is the soft shape of the lines being somewhat irregular and human and the curvature that molds the internal to the external and vice versa that intrigues.

Expression, intention and a call for contribution come to mind with this design, it does remind me that there are expressions each of these labyrinths make. Beyond the heart focus is the dialogue of the creator who molded and shaped it and I believe with heart.  That is a focus to walk with, the heart of the inventor.

Enjoying the creative soul on this last day of February. May the walks of heart we’ve enjoyed together pump up more pleasurable possibilities into this day and this remainder of our year.

In Bliss,

Lynda

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