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Laughter is a Celebration

Day 126: May 6
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

World Laughter Day LabyrinthThe day after World Labyrinth Day is World Laughter Day. This international day has been around longer than World Labyrinth Day, originating in 1998 and in this year celebrates its 20th Anniversary, always annually on the first Sunday of May.  For years I held events on both Saturday and Sunday for World Labyrinth Day and World Laughter Day and often used the labyrinth for both days as having a focus on the labyrinth is what brought a focus for the last decade of laughter as well.

Spending ten days in Chartres, France in 2006 on study and retreat, there was always laughter around our group and it grew each day spilling out into the Chartres cathedral during one quiet walk. It began among two of us and quickly infected everyone else. It brought a real focus that perhaps as facilitators, we all might be taking our level of reverence and respect a little too seriously.  From that day forth the labyrinth held a sense of humanity, reality and freedom to be more honest with myself and offer up its wonders with reality.

On this day, laughter creates a celebration for the voice. When we breathe in and laugh out we can improve our ability to extend exhalation and release much of what is built up inside. The more we laugh, the better it feels and the more socially connected we can become with others. Each year I have created and posted a design for Google’s doodles (at the top of the labyrinth in the picture) since 2008 in the hopes that one year they would use it for World Laughter  Day. Imagine the world waking up, opening their browsers and on display is the Google logo dressed up as giggle, the likelihood of a laugh is sure to induce a smile or a moment of mirth. In that moment, we can appreciate the world in a happier place…. when you’re glad you can’t be sad or mad… laughter is a simple method for World Peace.

On this 125th day…
Breathe in as you walk your steps on the labyrinth today and as you traverse the length of pathway in between turns, release your breath with a laugh. As you turn inhale and repeat and by the time you find the center, you will find your center and reason for celebration.

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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Walk of Breath

TLS 365 Experience #211
September 27, 2017

Walk of Breath

Our class has been exploring different types of meditation including the labyrinth.
incorporated deeper breathing along with the walking of the labyrinth by using a suggestion from a workshop facilitator.

We began an inhale as we walked into the labyrinth and at the first turn expressed a slow exhale, learning to walk peacefully with the exhalation. At the next turn we inhaled more and soon found the belly extending naturally, the sides expanding and the rise of oxygen into the clavicular area for a fuller expansion of breath. The slow exhale at each turn truly aided us in finding a calm and peaceful reserve.

It was appreciated by all and a way to honestly find step into each facet of our breathing.


Today’s Experience submitted by:
Renee Raseen, Labyrinth Facilitator

The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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

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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

The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:

2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:

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

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Moving Our Senses

The Lavender Labyrinth of Germany

In this month of movement we have shared the idea of moving our selves differently and most might think it has to do with moving our body in the way we walk. Yes and…. we can move our mind in thought and the soul in purpose too.

Today on this 8th day of Marching and moving, enjoy a movement of sensory perception with this lavender labyrinth from Kastellun, Germany. It was created in 2005.

Imagine moving through this with an open olfactory equation and we might move a whole lot more. Lavender is a healing and fragrant essential oil used for a variety of purposes, though there would be no mistaking its aromatic properties were we to have the opportunity to walk among it in labyrinth. Imagine the trans versing paths of the brain stimulated with this higher olfactory quotient… what a walk and what movement for body and brain.

Last April this labyrinth was replanted with an apple tree in the center, inspired by Martin Luther’s quote… “If I knew that tomorrow the world would go, I would plant an apple tree.”
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An excellent message about movement… move or get stuck, we are a flowing universe with flowing systems at work in our bodies. The clog and clutter that fill our days and ways need not bind us in our path.

May we all take a deep breath of the lightness of the lavender and enjoy the flow of breath in the body, with each step an inhale and a purposeful exhale.

Ahhhhhhh ha…moving with sense,


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