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December’s Walk

Image of people walking on the labyrinthIn the final month of this tumultuously changing year of 2019, we come to the final steps in the month of December. Learning more about the journey to the heart through the making of connections and building of communities in the variety that has been explored, the final focus is to contemplate the common ground.

What we walk upon in steps individually, can become the common ground underneath our feet and in our hearts. Discovering the journey to the heart in this month will be full of evidence from the ways it comes from our common threads.

Walk the weeks of December with these weekly suggestions to discover the nuances of common ground and its journey to your heart.

Use these suggestions to creatively enhance your experiences:

Week One: Consider the idea of what creates grounding and how experiences become better when we do.
How are we grounded by the labyrinth and how does it ground all who walk?

Offer the ways you ground, and what you suggest for others.

Week Two: How does the labyrinth become common ground during a walk? How does it become a place of unity for a community?

What do you add in your art, walks, programs, labyrinth designs to create common ground?

Week Three: What natural elements affect the point of coming to common ground with the labyrinth? How do individuals find a sense of natural or nature on the labyrinth? How does that create a journey to the heart? Why does it make a difference?

How do you encourage the natural elements to be a part of your personal or program experiences?

Week Four: When do you realize that a place of common ground has been reached? What do you do to honor this sacred space? In what ways does it offer a journey to the heart?

Tell us how you know that the journey to the heart has been reached. What do you do to honor this?

 

Thank you for taking the time to walk and express how the labyrinth makes a difference for yourself and others and how you make a difference with it. More will know and understand the subtleties of the labyrinth with the simple thoughts you add or the in-depth suggestions and instruction you provide. Walk each day or once a month. Whatever you December provides, find a sense of common ground and realize why it is significant to appreciating and understanding the labyrinth and a journey to the heart.

Questions, Comments, or Suggestions?
Lynda Tourloukis
365 Experience Coordinator

 

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November’s Walk

Girl Scout Labyrinth in Park Ridge

The Park Ridge Girl Scout Labyrinth

The month of giving and thanks arrive to herald our walks for November. Continuing with the Annual Gathering theme of taking a journey to the heart, the second focus of building community will provide a way to notice in the walks of November, all the ways that we create while we travel to our heart destination.

Bring in the heartfelt gratitude of this month as you step onto the path and in each week, take in what is built as a result of the many ways we use and apply the labyrinth in our lives.

Suggestions for the month are divided into four weekly considerations:

Week One: Walk to appreciate the many communities you belong to. How do you apply the labyrinth to interact with those communities?  Take note of the ways the labyrinth helps to make a change personally to connect more personably with others. Notice how it helps others to come together.

Tell us about those experiences and help more to understand the labyrinth

Week Two: Walk to become aware of the communities that surround you that aid and assist you or your family. We often don’t think of the communities we are unaware of that have an indirect impact on us. How does knowing about them build a larger sense of community for all? How does it become a heart journey?

Let us know about the community the labyrinth builds and help others to consider this too.

Week Three: Walk to recognize the global communities, their structure, and their purpose. How do they impact us personally, our families, friends, and local efforts? How do we affect the world with our offerings, walks, teachings, designs, expressions, and programs?

Help to build the communities with your insights, wisdom, and experiences with the labyrinth.

Week Four: Walk with the Labyrinth Society in mind. Consider the ways it builds community, how you add to it and what you are able to take away from being a part of it. What are you grateful for?

Generously provide us with your perspectives of this community and why its better with you in it.

Thank you for your helpful thoughts and wisdom. Each expression, sharting and experience helps to define and explain the labyrinth to the world. Your experiences this month can offer an overview of how the labyrinth builds community and what it needs from you to do so. The world is a bigger place when we realize how important are small efforts make a difference. The many ways you use, apply and create experiences with the labyrinth provide much in its definition to others.

May the building of community for you in the weeks of this month offer reflective realizations of how each creates a journey to the heart.

Questions, Comments, or Suggestions?
Lynda Tourloukis
365 Experience Coordinator

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A Contribution within a Contribution

Day 30

January 30, 2019
Month of Beginnings
Quarter of Consciousness
Let’s Walk the World, a focus of contribution

  1. For Your Walk:
    Consider the contributions, rituals, customs and blessings that have been a part of the walks before you as you step into your experience on the labyrinth today and the experiences in life you step into.
  2. For Your Experience: 
    Realize how many of those contributions you have been a part of, contributed to and how it has made a difference.
  3. Share:   Share your message
    When we collectively offer the ways to begin, someone sees a new idea, thought or experience to enjoy. Today, share images, art, ideas, designs, tips, facilitations, building strategies, ideas from your book, poems, teachings, etc.

Today’s Experience:

Image of the Springdale labyrinth at the hilltop in Springdale, UTIn the spirit of Contribution, Flannigan’s Inn built this labyrinth on the hilltop for all to find solace and inspiration from. Located in Springdale, UT, just outside the entrance to Zion National Park, the labyrinth is a beacon of welcome with an environmental message. The Manager and a few participating guests from the Inn shared perspectives of their experience that spoke of its contribution to the community, environment, and personal perspectives

Recalling a memorable moment, the Manager Reeves shared that visiting monks had contributed a blessing for the labyrinth. The Manager also shared of another contribution by Labyrinth Society’s Founding Member Taffy Lanser’s ceremonial tribute. While this labyrinth is a contribution for so many, it is made up of a number of contributions.

Shared by:
L. Tourloukis
with Flannigan’s Inn Participants
Springdale, UT

Image by: L. Tourloukis

 


 

January 2019 banner image

January: A Month of Beginnings

With a focus on sharing this month and the ways we set up our plans to the actual way we place our first step, beginnings can offer us a way to realize our outcomes.

  1.  Explore what beginning is like for you, personally or professionally in all you do.
  2.  Observe yourself in this first quarter of the year as a contribution.
  3.  Walk, design, teach, build, express yourself in sharing an experience this month.
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Global Giving

Day 340  December 6
In The Year of Honest Living
In The Quarter of: Contribution
In The Month of: Honest Gifts

Segment One: Giving
Days 335-341

Global Giving 

image of star labyrinth for Global GivingOne may think that giving to others is giving globally as it is outside of ourselves, though there is a mindset that goes with giving globally that is consistent in a way that giving to others does not encompass. To realize the fullness of our gifts, exploring the ways we already focus on giving in a global fashion and to open to a larger appreciation expands our considerations. 

The labyrinth is a good example of giving globally as its purpose in creation is to be of service. It is open and non discriminatory, it is radically accepting of all. It is a local community tool. Reaching a global community might be to design an online interface with its image in the background to finger walk. Connecting a particular labyrinth to a grid of conscious contribution around the world may be yet another way and by offering prayers, wishes and well being to others in the world, it becomes a tool to branch out globally wherever the need or desire is called for. 

In our own journeys, to consider all is to consider ourselves and any we care for. By opening ourselves in the giving way for the good of all, we are always considered in that good as well as others we may never know personally. It is our higher consciousness to consider the acts we participate in and give to as for a greater global good. 

In our armchair travels this summer, each labyrinth we explored in the world could be enjoyed in the sharing of it for all in the world who joined us. It was a global giving. 


Daily Insights of this 340th day…
Consider the greater good that you can impart in each step in some way with global consciousness in mind. 


December’s Focus

Image of the December 2018 Banner

Refresh, Renewal and Redesigns of Your Year

31 daily walks. ideas, topics and considerations for personal appreciation to professional sharing will be focused in this month utilizing six five-star labyrinths and a summary day to encompass what the magnitude of what has been discovered this year and bring it forward as gifts realized in the ways we gave to ourselves and others and received for ourselves and others. Following the five pointed star labyrinth this month in five points:

  1. Follow along Daily or as often as you can
  2. Consider what you have created or developed this year in regard to honest abilities
  3. Reflect on the five day segment focuses throughout the month with those abilities
  4. Review, journal, create or develop your own reflection in a daily experience
  5. Share your experience and add to the Daily Wisdom of the 365 Experience

Review the Gifts in Five Day Segments:

    • Giving to ourselves as well as what we give to others is a reminder of what we do possess in gifts, capacity, ability, skills, and talent that bring us fulfillment. The first five days will focus on what has been developed in this year and what it gave.
    • Inspiration in the inner motivation we possess, the focus of looking back at our discoveries to notice over the next five days about what inspired our capabilities into actionable realizations will be a great topic to select meaningful moments this year.
    • Fortitude in the courage, resilience and mettle that have risen this year when in consideration of the ways we understand, use, and apply the labyrinth and relate it to ourselves either personally or professionally, the next five days will be reflective.
    • Talent is something everyone possesses, discovering natural gifts using the labyrinth in a variety of ways reveals depth of talent to reconsider and perhaps discover something new over the following five days.
    • Skill is learned, developed, and practiced through desire and the more we can apply it in various ways, the more we comprehend with new levels of learning. The last five days will be an opportunity to renew, remember and redesign skills.

Consider the weekly and daily focus presented this month in review and rediscover through the many ways you have used or ideas below that you can use the labyrinth with:

• Personal Walk
• Group Walk, Program, Workshop, Education, etc.
• Designs, Artwork, illustrations, photos of labyrinth you walked, etc.
• Building concepts, tips, techniques, design ideas, etc.
• Personal Development, Guidance, Growth orientation, etc
• Writing, poetry, creations, installations, etc.
• Learn something new about yourself, others or the labyrinth this month.

Questions:   365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

 


Image of Mid Month Dialogue ReminderJoin the -NEXT -Mid Month Dialogues
Saturday
December 15th
NOON PST

Be curious, join the conversation and share your experiences of the first two weeks in the month of thanks and appreciative gratitude.

Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you have discovered in the first half of the month, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with a greater appreciation of what may bring morel insight into the second half of the month with a labyrinth connection and a greater perspective in our year of living honestly.

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Re Uniting with Loved Ones in Ceremony

Day 238 August 26
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

The image of the stone labyrinth at Sacred Grove

The stone labyrinth of Sacred Grove in Webster, WI. Photo Credits: Sacred Grove LTD

In the far reaches of the north western edge of Wisconsin is the town of Webster, of which 10 acres is set aside for an area known as Sacred Groves. The area is full of natural wonder and with the implantation of the labyrinth almost 20 years ago, the purchase of the land surrounding it by a local couple, allowed them to create a nature sanctuary open to all.

One of the unique features of this labyrinth and the Sacred Groves is the idea of a greener way to appreciate ceremonials of bereavement, calling them Cremains. Burial sites for the cremated remains of loved ones or the scattering of ashes are allowed in the Sacred Groves. They also provide ritual walks with the labyrinth for ceremonies of closure and life celebration. It is a healthy way to appreciate the end of life in quiet honor and respect.

The labyrinth shaped state of Wisconsin image
The labyrinth itself is a large  12 circuit path of stone borders that sits nestled at the forest edge, allowing for serenity and quiet in the sanctuary setting. It is a wonderful place to reunite one’s self with nature, and with the ceremony and ritual of closure, it’s remote location offers privacy in a sacred way to actively release to unite in a whole new way with loved ones.

The stones become a primitive and basic use of land to form the labyrinth and a reminder in a sacred way that each stone is a piece of the larger mantle of Earth we all exist upon.

 


Daily Insights : On this 238th day…
Explore a walk in ritual and ceremony of what is sacred to you today.


 

Building Paths of United Insights
US Interactive Map Progress

Based on what is sent in this month, we will track our travel process across the United States to create a labyrinth or a maze? Help us to direct our focus with unique labyrinths, locations and information each day that will diagram a path that unites us. Link to our United Path for August

 


States of United August Focus Banner Image
Opportunities for August

As we traveled the globe in search of exploration and returned with an abundance of realizing the consecutive connectives of the world in June and July, we touched the mere surface of our planet through the eyes of the labyrinth.  In the month of August, we continue the explorative nature looking for what insight brings us to unite. It can be a  discovery of the united purpose that we connect with others, or in the way we bring who we are with what we can and want to do.  What August brings is a focus of how the labyrinth brings state of being united, within ourselves within the United States. Send along the labyrinths, programs, art, and offerings within the United States that you feel best represents this for daily postings. 

  1. What Unites
    Reach out and share the unique labyrinths in this month within the United States that serve to unite. We look for the unique design, interesting purpose, connected message, in the labyrinth or in the ways we share with others in message or program, art, design and education applied. Share your ideas, programs, purpose images and experiences at the 365 Experience on the TLS website providing some detail of why you design, share, create, build or simply walk, who benefits and how it helps us unite. Personal insight or National perspectives are welcome.
  2. What brings Insight
    As we take each day of the 31 available in August exploring what brings us insight with our selves or as a nation through the paths of the Labyrinth.  This quarter focuses on the ways we apply the insight we gain and as we are united with our own insights, may we use them as well in a way that unites us personally and also purposefully with others as a nation united.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday August 15th at NOON PST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique United States labyrinths, the people, the programs, the designs, the resources or simply the desires 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 a greater appreciation of what unites us with more impactful insight that brings our labyrinth connection in line with greater perspective in our year of living honestly.   Call connection Information
  4.  Share your Ideas, images, designs and add to the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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A Diverse Oneness

Day 231  August 19
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

The Mosaic labyrinth image at the El Sereno Gardens in East LA

The El Sereno Labyrinth of Mosaics in East Los Angeles, CA. Photo Credits: Don Sabin

With the State of California being quite diverse in a variety of ways, the labyrinth is an insightful tool to bring those differences into a healthy harmony and a larger sense of purpose in bringing the gifts of those diversities into a useful united function. While California has much to offer in the way of labyrinths, one particular design and purpose that brings an understanding of diversity to union is the labyrinth designed for the El Sereno Arroyo Gardens of East Los Angeles.

The artist conception from artist Jolino Bessara in collaboration with landscape architect Matt Lysne added this contribution to the growth of the garden and the connection of the community. The contribution of the community to become involved in the building of this project brought the unique interpretations together in a mosaic that wove the novelty and flavor of this urban area into a purposeful fabric of use for the community. Sereno means Serenity, and in the larger focus of creating and building this design, it described the feeling that arose in its development.  The artist used to live in this community and being able to return to add something of who he has become was a reuniting with a sense of completion.

The state of California as a labyrinth image

 

This labyrinth is located at the entrance to the gardens as a welcoming message of unity with serenity. Its colors reflect the natural diversity celebrating the individuality and how it looks when it all comes together for one greater purpose.

 

 

 


Daily Insights : On this 231st day…
Explore the ways in which you are diverse and how those different facets come together for one true purpose in your walk today.


 

Building Paths of United Insights
US Interactive Map Progress

Based on what is sent in this month, we will track our travel process across the United States to create a labyrinth or a maze? Help us to direct our focus with unique labyrinths, locations and information each day that will diagram a path that unites us. Link to our United Path for August

 


States of United August Focus Banner Image
Opportunities for August

As we traveled the globe in search of exploration and returned with an abundance of realizing the consecutive connectives of the world in June and July, we touched the mere surface of our planet through the eyes of the labyrinth.  In the month of August, we continue the explorative nature looking for what insight brings us to unite. It can be a  discovery of the united purpose that we connect with others, or in the way we bring who we are with what we can and want to do.  What August brings is a focus of how the labyrinth brings state of being united, within ourselves within the United States. Send along the labyrinths, programs, art, and offerings within the United States that you feel best represents this for daily postings. 

  1. What Unites
    Reach out and share the unique labyrinths in this month within the United States that serve to unite. We look for the unique design, interesting purpose, connected message, in the labyrinth or in the ways we share with others in message or program, art, design and education applied. Share your ideas, programs, purpose images and experiences at the 365 Experience on the TLS website providing some detail of why you design, share, create, build or simply walk, who benefits and how it helps us unite. Personal insight or National perspectives are welcome.
  2. What brings Insight
    As we take each day of the 31 available in August exploring what brings us insight with our selves or as a nation through the paths of the Labyrinth.  This quarter focuses on the ways we apply the insight we gain and as we are united with our own insights, may we use them as well in a way that unites us personally and also purposefully with others as a nation united.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday August 15th at NOON PST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique United States labyrinths, the people, the programs, the designs, the resources or simply the desires 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 a greater appreciation of what unites us with more impactful insight that brings our labyrinth connection in line with greater perspective in our year of living honestly.   Call connection Information
  4.  Share your Ideas, images, designs and add to the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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People Working with People

Day 226  August 14
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

image of the Bart Rea Learning Circle in Wyoming

The Bart Rea Learning Circle in Casper, Wyoming. Photo Credit: West Winds Magazine

Of the many things we can do with the labyrinth, sharing it with an insight into how people live is one of the best ways for others to understand its purpose and practical uses to enhance the quality of life.  The Bart Rea Learning Circle is a wonderful example of utilizing the fullness of the labyrinth in a variety of educational practices that teach about alternative methods of health and improved well being. A group of individuals gather regularly to offer Yoga on the labyrinth, Stories on the labyrinth, Dances, Parades, Meditations, ceremonies and more.

image of the labyrinth in use in WyomingThey embrace the culture of the labyrinth and together have grown interest by integrating the labyrinth into everything they do to promote wellness. This is unity in action for a better world. People working with people to provide for other people. Classes are provided every week and local events are incorporated on the labyrinth.

State of Wyoming as a labyrinthIn the state of uniting people with purpose, Wyoming has a passion  for sharing and caring. Find out more


Daily Insights : On this 226th day…
Explore the many things you already to with the labyrinth in a variety of ways in your walk today and consider adding anything that adds to your development and desire.


Building Paths of United Insights
US Interactive Map Progress

Based on what is sent in this month, we will track our travel process across the United States to create a labyrinth or a maze? Help us to direct our focus with unique labyrinths, locations and information each day that will diagram a path that unites us. Link to our United Path for August

 


States of United August Focus Banner Image
Opportunities for August

As we traveled the globe in search of exploration and returned with an abundance of realizing the consecutive connectives of the world in June and July, we touched the mere surface of our planet through the eyes of the labyrinth.  In the month of August, we continue the explorative nature looking for what insight brings us to unite. It can be a  discovery of the united purpose that we connect with others, or in the way we bring who we are with what we can and want to do.  What August brings is a focus of how the labyrinth brings state of being united, within ourselves within the United States. Send along the labyrinths, programs, art, and offerings within the United States that you feel best represents this for daily postings. 

  1. What Unites
    Reach out and share the unique labyrinths in this month within the United States that serve to unite. We look for the unique design, interesting purpose, connected message, in the labyrinth or in the ways we share with others in message or program, art, design and education applied. Share your ideas, programs, purpose images and experiences at the 365 Experience on the TLS website providing some detail of why you design, share, create, build or simply walk, who benefits and how it helps us unite. Personal insight or National perspectives are welcome.
  2. What brings Insight
    As we take each day of the 31 available in August exploring what brings us insight with our selves or as a nation through the paths of the Labyrinth.  This quarter focuses on the ways we apply the insight we gain and as we are united with our own insights, may we use them as well in a way that unites us personally and also purposefully with others as a nation united.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday August 15th at NOON PST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique United States labyrinths, the people, the programs, the designs, the resources or simply the desires 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 a greater appreciation of what unites us with more impactful insight that brings our labyrinth connection in line with greater perspective in our year of living honestly.   Call connection Information
  4.  Share your Ideas, images, designs and add to the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Dual Devotion Memorials

Day 222  August 10
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

The image of the Memorial labyrinth of Goodland, KS

A memorial labyrinth in Goodland, Kansas. Photo Credits: First Christian Church

When a labyrinth is designed in memorial, it typically stems from the interest of the labyrinth from the individual being memorialized or by the family and/or community that want to create a way to acknowledge the individual for their contributions with a way to continue to also service the community. In this united purpose, the labyrinth is a dual devotion that continues to be an education of life, while it yields to a sacred space to remember and reengage with a walk.

The state of Kansas with labyrinth designHaving traveled through Kansas a few times as well from border to border, it is reminiscent of Nebraska with a straightforward drive of flat plains that seem at time, endless. I observed that there are few labyrinths that span the state of Kansas, rather the majority are found nearer the Eastern border of the state spreading out Wichita and from the Kansas City area of Missouri. There are a few scattered in various locations that make finding them a feeling of good fortune and a happy surprise.  The labyrinth at First Christian Church  in Goodland, Kansas is one of those surprise finds, as it sits nearest the Colorado border in the northern part of the state.

This labyrinth was created and dedicated as a memorial to Marlin and Yvonne Musil who lived, contributed and loved their community. Their love lives on when people join together in a walk or in the simple steps of one who invites themselves to a solo walk, appreciative that the labyrinth exists because of another’s gift of service, friendship and community.


Daily Insights : On this 222nd day…
Explore the contributions you have made in the world that can be a legacy or part of one that speaks to what your greater abilities have been in your walk today



Building Paths of United Insights

US Interactive Map Progress

Based on what is sent in this month, we will track our travel process across the United States to create a labyrinth or a maze? Help us to direct our focus with unique labyrinths, locations and information each day that will diagram a path that unites us. Link to our United Path for August

 


States of United August Focus Banner Image
Opportunities for August

As we traveled the globe in search of exploration and returned with an abundance of realizing the consecutive connectives of the world in June and July, we touched the mere surface of our planet through the eyes of the labyrinth.  In the month of August, we continue the explorative nature looking for what insight brings us to unite. It can be a  discovery of the united purpose that we connect with others, or in the way we bring who we are with what we can and want to do.  What August brings is a focus of how the labyrinth brings state of being united, within ourselves within the United States. Send along the labyrinths, programs, art, and offerings within the United States that you feel best represents this for daily postings. 

  1. What Unites
    Reach out and share the unique labyrinths in this month within the United States that serve to unite. We look for the unique design, interesting purpose, connected message, in the labyrinth or in the ways we share with others in message or program, art, design and education applied. Share your ideas, programs, purpose images and experiences at the 365 Experience on the TLS website providing some detail of why you design, share, create, build or simply walk, who benefits and how it helps us unite. Personal insight or National perspectives are welcome.

  2. What brings Insight
    As we take each day of the 31 available in August exploring what brings us insight with our selves or as a nation through the paths of the Labyrinth.  This quarter focuses on the ways we apply the insight we gain and as we are united with our own insights, may we use them as well in a way that unites us personally and also purposefully with others as a nation united.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday August 15th at NOON PST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique United States labyrinths, the people, the programs, the designs, the resources or simply the desires 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 a greater appreciation of what unites us with more impactful insight that brings our labyrinth connection in line with greater perspective in our year of living honestly.   Call connection Information
  4.  Share your Ideas, images, designs and add to the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Uniting in Service in the State of Evolution

Day 220  August 8
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

image of the labyrinth in Oklahoma

The Alpha and Omega Labyrinth in Oklahoma City, OK.  Photo Credits: Souvenir Chronicles

The labyrinth of today is one of service to its community. The plaque that sits at its base denotes it as the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. It is a reminder that each walk is a beginning and an end with another beginning at the ending.  The labyrinth is located at the institution of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City in Oklahoma. It has been in service since 1904 serving it’s community well and in 1995, it became a triage site for the bombing of the Alfred Murrah building, which was only two blocks away. The blast was so powerful that it blew out portions of the church as well. In spite of all it served to bring the community back together in service of body and spirit and the inclusion of the labyrinth at this location made the service one more united in purpose.

The state of Oklahoma as a labyrinth imageDevastation and joy are two sides of the same side of life, interpreting our circumstances more fully in a wholistic way. When we walk the labyrinth we discover this more and more from the different perspectives that come together to form our thoughts and elicit our feelings. What often erupts allows for an old ideal to fall away and a new evolved one to take its place. May the journeys we travel reflect this well

Daily Insights : On this 220th day…
Explore the ways in which the things that fell apart made way for something new and improved to grow today in your walk.

 

Building Paths of United Insights
US Interactive Map Progress

Based on what is sent in this month, we will track our travel process across the United States to create a labyrinth or a maze? Help us to direct our focus with unique labyrinths, locations and information each day that will diagram a path that unites us. Link to our United Path for August

 


States of United August Focus Banner Image
Opportunities for August

As we traveled the globe in search of exploration and returned with an abundance of realizing the consecutive connectives of the world in June and July, we touched the mere surface of our planet through the eyes of the labyrinth.  In the month of August, we continue the explorative nature looking for what insight brings us to unite. It can be a  discovery of the united purpose that we connect with others, or in the way we bring who we are with what we can and want to do.  What August brings is a focus of how the labyrinth brings state of being united, within ourselves within the United States. Send along the labyrinths, programs, art, and offerings within the United States that you feel best represents this for daily postings. 

  1. What Unites
    Reach out and share the unique labyrinths in this month within the United States that serve to unite. We look for the unique design, interesting purpose, connected message, in the labyrinth or in the ways we share with others in message or program, art, design and education applied. Share your ideas, programs, purpose images and experiences at the 365 Experience on the TLS website providing some detail of why you design, share, create, build or simply walk, who benefits and how it helps us unite. Personal insight or National perspectives are welcome.
  2. What brings Insight
    As we take each day of the 31 available in August exploring what brings us insight with our selves or as a nation through the paths of the Labyrinth.  This quarter focuses on the ways we apply the insight we gain and as we are united with our own insights, may we use them as well in a way that unites us personally and also purposefully with others as a nation united.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday August 15th at NOON PST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique United States labyrinths, the people, the programs, the designs, the resources or simply the desires 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 a greater appreciation of what unites us with more impactful insight that brings our labyrinth connection in line with greater perspective in our year of living honestly.   Call connection Information
  4.  Share your Ideas, images, designs and add to the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Monastic Meanderings

Day 218  August 6
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

Image of the Benedictine Center labyrinth

The Benedictine Center of Christ the King Priory in Schuyler, Nebraska. Photo Credits: Soulfully You

We pass through life so quickly on our journeys from here to there, though when we can stop awhile, stroll bit and unwind the mind in the remembrance that the labyrinth is, we can appreciate again the vastness of our capacities and how longing and urgent they are to expand and explore the quantity of time and space in the small human container that has invited their spirit to reside in.  Taking a walk through the wiles of Nebraska, one can find a uniting of simplicity and an inviting of soul retreat in the town of Schuyler in the south western portion of the state.

Having driven through Nebraska enroute to other locations on numerous occasions, I’ve always found it remote with at least six hours that seemed a monotonous flatland in the drive from border to border.  It’s motto is Equal before the Law and in finding a place to call home, that is essential, though the state slogan says It’s the Good Life. They did invent Kool-aid in Nebraska, so maybe there is a little cheek too, though the idea of the Good Life produced a state of pondering.

The labyrinth image imposted on the state of NebraskaThe Benedictine Center at Christ the Priory in Schuyler is one of monastic virtue, peacefully coexisting with its neighbors and inviting all. Those who wish to learn to bring their life to simpler values, might begin to see more value in the wide open spaces Nebraska provides perhaps. Though through the acceptance of the monks, the oblates who learn to appreciate their lifestyle of spiritual work, and the community that comes to retreat and remember; the labyrinth here has unfolded a purpose of coming back, devotional inspiration and acceptance.  It’s a simple truth of what a good life is all about. Who are we not to grow in that premise?

With appreciation a walk in retreat goes a long way to clearing the cobwebs of confusion and reuniting the mind with what matters.


Daily Insights : On this 218th day…
Explore where your own cobwebs grow on your walk of today and how you come back, are inspired and accept more in the world. 



Building Paths of United Insights

US Interactive Map Progress

Based on what is sent in this month, we will track our travel process across the United States to create a labyrinth or a maze? Help us to direct our focus with unique labyrinths, locations and information each day that will diagram a path that unites us. Link to our United Path for August

 


States of United August Focus Banner Image
Opportunities for August

As we traveled the globe in search of exploration and returned with an abundance of realizing the consecutive connectives of the world in June and July, we touched the mere surface of our planet through the eyes of the labyrinth.  In the month of August, we continue the explorative nature looking for what insight brings us to unite. It can be a  discovery of the united purpose that we connect with others, or in the way we bring who we are with what we can and want to do.  What August brings is a focus of how the labyrinth brings state of being united, within ourselves within the United States. Send along the labyrinths, programs, art, and offerings within the United States that you feel best represents this for daily postings. 

  1. What Unites
    Reach out and share the unique labyrinths in this month within the United States that serve to unite. We look for the unique design, interesting purpose, connected message, in the labyrinth or in the ways we share with others in message or program, art, design and education applied. Share your ideas, programs, purpose images and experiences at the 365 Experience on the TLS website providing some detail of why you design, share, create, build or simply walk, who benefits and how it helps us unite. Personal insight or National perspectives are welcome.
  2. What brings Insight
    As we take each day of the 31 available in August exploring what brings us insight with our selves or as a nation through the paths of the Labyrinth.  This quarter focuses on the ways we apply the insight we gain and as we are united with our own insights, may we use them as well in a way that unites us personally and also purposefully with others as a nation united.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday August 15th at NOON PST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique United States labyrinths, the people, the programs, the designs, the resources or simply the desires 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 a greater appreciation of what unites us with more impactful insight that brings our labyrinth connection in line with greater perspective in our year of living honestly.   Call connection Information
  4.  Share your Ideas, images, designs and add to the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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