Posts Tagged With: Change

The Right of What’s Left

Day 134: May 14
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

The labyrinth of revealing turnsThis morning began early with a Middle school audience whose Principal is instituting rocket fire change in a great way for students. As a result our group of presenters were welcomed heartily, musically serenaded and found students ready and prepared for our visit asking great questions and absorbing information with eager fascination. On the surface it seemed a welcome change for an inner city school, though as one in the spotlight to create success in this rapid way, it also appeared that with all the progress and technology promised for improvement, there was a lot of performance to consider from students. In their worthwhile efforts a few left turns may create what’s right.

This concept may have been further expressed as in contemplation of putting a finger on the pulse of the experience, a missed turn occured on the way home. What was realized was that by staying on the path ahead, a labyrinth existed in a park on the left. Slipping off the thoroughfare and into the parking area, the labyrinth resided quietly nestled into the far edge of this interesting diversion of busy main streets. This particular labyrinth is well maintained, clean and appreciably landscaped, and it sits just beyond a playground area for children. It is also a park where many homeless citizens frequent and are found talking, resting, sleeping and gathering. On this day there were quite a number present;  all content with their own perspective and undisturbed by a walker’s simple journey.

The irony of the care, cleanliness and maintenance of the park area and the known condition of homelessness may seem to contrast, though like the calm in-between the busy streets and earl morning’s School Principal’s method; the city has found a way to create appreciation for its contrary realization. Those interesting turns of life that don’t seem to be at first right, can work out best for all concerned and give cause for the greater outlook to be a winning celebration.  Just when we think we know the ending, a turn and a twist occur in our perspective and we might well discover something larger occuring in the labyrinth of life.  Celebrate the left and right turns and appreciation may turn into realization… or realization turns into appreciation.

On this 134th day…
Celebrate your movements that appear to turn one way and take you in another direction. Let appreciation rise for the wise realizations and vice versa.


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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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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The Message in the Wind

Day 51: February 20
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love

The weather can sometimes be a test of our truth. When the sun is shining, there isn’t much of a question as we find comfort in the warmth of the sun’s rise. This is the time we appreciate most as it is less conflicted and exists before or after a storm, or any period of seasonal turbulence. As the wind howls around today’s walk, grounding is a necessity as the gusts are picking up on anything not rooted or steadfast. Walking in the whirl of winds brings a message of change. Where change is constant, we find we are resistant to it as humans. We like our routines and known outcomes and change represents the alternative.

Today the weather’s winds are speaking volumes of change, leaving whispered messages for another day in lieu of the howling attentions sought in both its ability to create pressure and movement to provide sound in its spiraled circular masses.  The winds are not gentle in their communication, rather abrupt and demanding. Instead of resisting what might move me from the path of today’s steps, a decision to flow with its motion and use its undercurrent to advantage in staying upright became akin to playing with the wind and creating new paths.

In the release of resistance one can discover how the wind is a natural labyrinth.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this 51st day…
What ability rises in the walk of least resistance and pure listening?

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February’s Focus

As it is the second month of the year, enjoy two opportunities… discovery and realization.

  1. Discover your Love capacity:
    This month’s 28 days will focus on how we are loving the moments we are creating. Learning to be “in love” with our focus, it expands who we are beyond the partnered relational aspects and into the focus of loving what we offer the world, who we are in community, relating at a higher level to everything and everyone; and most significantly,  elevating the relationship we have with ourselves. Prepare for a wonderful experience of exercising the power of love with the freedom of honesty to realize a greater look at possibilities and potential n a delightful way. Discover how capable you are!

2. Realize synchronous evidence:
Inspired by the variety of heart shaped labyrinths, this month capture your experiences with images of the heart. Be on the look out for where the synchronicity of the moments where your heart is in focus and then look around to see where you can find the shape of a heart in symbol. Your awareness will expand and you just might be surprised to find that when we look with an open heart, we can find it in reference near by. It does require a bit of imagination, though the findings are wonderfully worth it. Share all the heart shaped labyrinth images you find with images, links or comments and I will be happy to post the images and moments.
Care to Share and Share to Care!

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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 at Noon (EST)  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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The Twelve Paths of Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #276
December 1, 2017

Twelve Paths of the LabyrinthOn the first path of Labyrinth, I found a place to enter
and knew if I kept pace, I’d find my center.
On the second path of Labyrinth, I adjusted to the walk, and silently began my inner talk.
On the third path of Labyrinth, I swung into great stride, stepping confidently and with no need to hide.
On the fourth path of Labyrinth, I noticed what I learned, with new perspective and directive when I turned.
On the fifth path of Labyrinth, I recognized a spiral
moving back and forth and inward all the while.
On the sixth path of Labyrinth, it led me to the middle,
and once there, easily resolved a riddle.
On the seventh path of Labyrinth, as I prepared to leave, the way back home would indeed include a weave.
On the eighth path of Labyrinth, as I began to focus,
I left behind the story and the hocus-pocus.
On the ninth path of Labyrinth, I noticed more,
now with open mind, ideas began to soar.
On the tenth path of Labyrinth, from all the winding change,
broader vision and depth, expanded range.
On the eleventh path of Labyrinth, I considered steps I made,
and all the choices that had been conveyed.
On the twelfth path of Labyrinth, I thought that I was done and then realized in life, I had only just begun.

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


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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

TLS 365 Experience #270
November 25, 2017

There are times when I used to think that I could not do one more thing. Life can get pretty overwhelming and whether it is in all the things to do and complete, or in all the things I need to be, it just felt like there was no point in going further. It is when I learned to step back and evaluate what I am doing and whether it is worth it, that it became the first step all over again. Either I walked away from what wasn’t necessary or purposeful or walk toward what I began with a new appreciation.

I realized this one day on the labyrinth as I kept finding distraction and losing the path. I started over a number of times before realizing that I did not need to start from the beginning. That made me realize I could start from where I was at and go where I wanted..or not even go at all.

It was no surprise to me to see my kids in this quandry in figuring out homework, projects or just doing something they thought they wanted to do. When I began to change my direction, so did they. Of the things I learn on the labyrinth, this one opened up the gift of a mirror.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Georgia, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois

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A Feedback Loop for the Heart

TLS 365 Experience #234
October 20, 2017

Working with others teaches me that there are no limits to what experiences people can have with the labyrinth. The labyrinth seems to get to the heart of the matter and facilitates the change that is needed. It is almost like a feedback loop machine. We walk in with all our humanity and walk out changed for the better. All we need is to have an open heart.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Kay Whipple, TLS Board President
New York


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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A Path of Change

TLS 365 Experience #226
October 12, 2017

The leaves are changing and change is always a great topic for the labyrinth as it is something that is constant and flowing yet so hard to accept for what it brings. We offered an all campus walk and made it all about how each sees and comprehends change on the inward walk, how each invites it or resists it and the results in the center and what change each would like to make on the exit walk as a result of their experience.

We left a writing board up for people to write out their ideas and make their personal declarations for the calendar year at school. It opened up doors and avenues for our administrative boards to get behind the idea of what individuals were seeking and a place for us to engage our entire campus on one platform with individual directions. Throughout the year we will keep tabs on the progress, create events to support those ideas and keep it an open running dialogue in our classes.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
K. Ralston, Educator, Labyrinth Facilitator
Ohio


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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Full Circle

TLS 365 Experience #104
June 12, 2017

I had walked the labyrinth for years independently enjoying my experience before sharing it with others. I know what I felt, though like many researched, read and discovered the many nuances and fascinating perspectives over time. Somehow each little bit of information made the experience that much more significant and it seemed like this pattern held both simplicity and complexity.

When I was asked to share the experience, it was for a change of seasons and a change of direction. Somehow I just knew what I would share as we are always about change on the labyrinth, and always moving in new directions.  I assembled quotes of so many that had walked before with perspectives of each walk and very simply asked each to embrace the change each felt from path to path and start to finish. The nervousness disappeared when I invited each to the experience as I didn’t need to do anything but allow each to walk their way and discover as I had.

Our talk that followed was full of rich and appreciable stories and sharing. I found it an incredible honor to share what I deeply related to and discover some of the same messages I had experienced over time being repeated in this circle of individuals. I realized this is what it meant to come full circle… on this circle of steps.

Today’s Experience submitted:
A. Livingston, Labyrinth Enthusiast & Facilitator
Washington


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. 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

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

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

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Change in the Walk of Life

TLS 365 Experience #16
March 16, 2017

The biggest issue people have in life is dealing with change.

Whether changes involve aging, dealing with loss, job changes, health changes, children growing up, overwhelming new responsibilities, or new opportunities, walking the labyrinth with the purpose of self-exploration and awareness brings insights, comfort, and the energy to go on.

People want life to improve, but change is daunting. The key is to ask questions designed to get to the heart of the matter and take those questions into the labyrinth and listen for answers.

The center of the labyrinth is like the eye of the storm.

 

Today’s Experience Submitted by:
Kay Whipple, President, Labyrinth Society
New York


The TLS 365 Experience:  A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. 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

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

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

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Give as Before

Image from the IndiWomenMag

The idea behind forgiveness is to give as we have before we encountered a scenario that made us either become the object of dissatisfaction with ourselves or another. In this month of Return, the concept of forgiveness is but one way to return.

As there has been little posting in this month so far, a forgiveness is sought for the readers who look forward to hearing news and reflecting on the daily path. To return to the path of more regular communication, the simplicity is to pick up the proverbial pen and write. Though with multitudinous changes occurring simultaneously indulgence is also sought. It is a time to return to what is basic and what is true and from that will return a more regular even keel in which to enjoy the musings that come from the path daily.

So as the journey of change is underway, the many occurrences and synchronous events that are happening on a personal level from this writer’s perspective, it is most likely occurring on the path of others like yourself as well. The events are becoming interesting and a great message when it all seems to feel as if an overwhelming surge, is to return again to what is true and right.

Zion Congregational Labyrinth, MN

Zion Lutheran Church in Minnesota

Zion Congregation labyrinth in Minnesota” class /> Zion Lutheran Church Labyrinth, MN[/caption]Such is the nature of change to teach us many things, as adversity builds are character and countenance, we evolve. As we move forward in this evolution we also can realize that it comes full circle like our walk on this unicursal path, we return to where we began only richer for have taken the road.

There is a book called the Forgiveness Labyrinth and a quote that resonates is “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering… is to forgive.” David Greene

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