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Hive Celebrations

Day 131: May 11
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

A honeycomb labyrinthThe beehive represents community and in communities there are parts that come together to make up the whole. Bees work together to create a harvest and like all communities that pull together there are times of celebration to commemorate special occasions, honor customs or provide ritual.  Bees are essential for our survival because they pollinate up to 1/3 of the world’s food supply, that’s typically one meal a day.  In their small way, the humble bumble bee and the multitude of varieties that make up the world’s bee population exist and produce simply because it is a function of community. It sends an important message about the small steps we take each day in pursuit of a purpose, goal or dream.

Finding six nests in the low hanging rafters that border the side of the house a year ago, I waited till the season had passed before removing them and offering them to a local beekeeper. Today, they are back perhaps to remind of the importance of our role in community. By removing select honeycombed pockets, the gooey wonders of a walk with honey brings a sweet celebration of the steps in this day.

 

On this 131st day…
Consider your contributions to the many communities you belong to today in your walk and how significant your participation is.

 


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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Gung Hay Fat Choy

Day 49: February 18
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love

In this month of love and honesty comes the beginning of a New Year in the Chinese calendar. It is the year of the Earth Dog and surprisingly it is noted as a year of growth and endurance rather than one of bliss and harmony. In the travels of time of one year will be the trials and triumphs in each step. The Dog shows up in the Chinese calendar every 12 years, the Earth Dog shows up cycling through the five elements once every 60 years, so the significance of this year when the element is considered makes this almost once in a life time event.

Today walk in the natural element of the Earth feeling its vibration speaking of any new beginnings emerging for you. Progress in your steps as if it were a walk of once in a lifetime and how you might move and flow with your steps in process. The qualities of the dog are loyalty, steadfast and community mindedness. Moving further into your walk consider what you are truly loyal to and why. Where do you hold firm and remain persistent?  How do you unite and build those around  you?  In your steps, focus only on what you are doing; aim to come out of this walk knowing more of what you are capable of.

Remember this focus is about how you are, not how you are not. Should you find yourself considering otherwise, stop, sniff the climate you are creating and when you are ready for something better, follow the scent of what is true and honest. Be loyal to your greatness. I made this design with my daughter in mind, the Canine Kid… find the heart in your walk.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this 49th day…
Walk in the love of your loyalty. Realize the ways you are a true, steadfast companion to yourself and others. Count only the ways you are.

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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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Walk of Solutions

Day 7: January 7
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

where there is a problem, a solution can be walked upon.Discovering a new labyrinth from an article of research, I made plans to visit it today. It was a project that involved an elementary school and built by students, faculty and parents. Upon arriving, the school was surrounded in chain link fence without public access. School was out of session, though all area schools were addressed in the same outer containment for children’s safety. It is completely understandable, given the climate of unfathomable random behavior that has inflicted communities across the nation in recent years. It speaks largely of awareness as to how out of control this situation has become, when one moment of imbalanced mental aggression can unbelievably be so severe as to inflict a rage of misunderstood vengeance upon societies’ most innocent. Not a soul could fault such a measure of protection, though it says so much about the status of our freedom when met with this heinous instability of mental health as it does to the powerless feeling it creates in a community and the underlying freedom it curtails in a place where we want to provide it the most.

The raw and honest moment of this encounter stirred a flash of healthy angry emotion rooted in the unfairness for our most harmless of citizens on a national and global level. Walking around the perimeter, I could detect the stretch of landscape where it was most likely to reside, though it remained invisible from the distant observation. Instead of walking, I made a silent walk in my mind about what would service this moment and making contact for understanding its specific use for these children might warrant a visit with permission, learning a new story of purpose and perhaps provide an opportunity to offer a program of service with it for students, staff or parental communities.

I walked on these thoughts at a nearby labyrinth and realized it brought an honest new way to make more of the community connections I had been looking to establish. The labyrinth can provide a tool for service in such a variety of ways.

Take the time to define a problem today and realize how great the definition of your solution can be.

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:
So far we have a daily blog and an unscheduled mid month podcast to explore the monthly focus. Share this week at: 365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

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Bringing Light

TLS 365 Experience #298
December 23, 2017

Bringing your light where ever you go

While out of town, I found myself on a group walk with individuals celebrating the season.  I discovered the labyrinth we walked was brought into existence through the efforts of an individual who lived far away though visited the area for family and relatives.

She wanted to give something back to the community that she came from and so inspired the idea of bringing your light where ever you go. So with a lit flame in the center to light our candles, we each lit the idea of what we could do for community.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Valerie S., Labyrinth Facilitator
California

 

 


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Giving Walks

TLS 365 Experience #279
December 4, 2017

This is the time of year where giving is part of the season. There are many without in this season and a good time to produce a labyrinth walk around the giving to those with less. Over the years our community group has produced labyrinth walks of food to fill the donation pantry for the homeless, clothing to bring in anything from socks to sweaters, outerwear walks such as overcoats, gloves, hats and scarves too. We have brought in blankets and toiletry items by putting out bags that can be filled. We are considering a cookie walk to donate to a local ministry too.

As people come to walk, they leave their items on the labyrinth and we walk with the items in mind offering prayer, blessings and song. All the good will of bringing and preparing the goods with love and compassion make the giving even more special.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Debbie O., Community Outreach, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Community Love Walk

TLS 365 Experience #274
November 29, 2017

Walk of Community, Walk of love, light, healing and blessings There was such love for our friend in the community beyond family and friends that we all discovered quickly, as people began to show up at the hospital making our private family waiting room grow so much that we had to be moved to a larger space.  We waited with many emotions present as our loved one clung to life support and as it became news, more people appeared.

As there was a labyrinth outside, a few of us decided to create a walk of prayer and hope and invited those in the waiting room to join us. We asked for all to have hope, send healing wishes and blessings with light and I have to think what it did for our friend, it also did for those who walked. They had to allow and bring it up in themselves to send it on and on this very tragic and scary day, we created community for our community member.

We are so grateful for this labyrinth that brought us together in such a purposeful and special way. It gave us a place to do something with the grief and a way to turn it around into something better for everyone. I have to think that this body of love and light of hope made all the difference as our loved one found her way back to us.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lyn Connelly, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Realized Purpose

TLS 365 Experience #265
November 20, 2017

The labyrinth at our Health Center had been received with such enthusiasm only a year ago upon its unveiling, and I wondered as I walked it alone, where were the people using it today? There used to be many and I liked when I was with others, it gave me a sense that this was a tool of purpose; even when I didn’t understand it. The more often I walked it, the more I began to fall away from what I thought it was, to what it became for me.

One day in walking, I began to realize where there were many disagreements in our department, and though they do get smoothed over, the realization of how beneficial the labyrinth would be in smoothing over more of them. In fact, if they used this regularly, there just might be less of those disagreements and more time and energy for creative use.  Walking further, it dawned, that retention is something we gain by using, understanding and realizing importance and purpose. Maybe if I had stopped walking it, I wouldn’t fully understand what I do now.

By the time I finished my walk, I realized a greater value in what I could offer to re-stimulate the labyrinth by sharing my own discovery of repetitive use. I wrote an article and created a walk for our department. Later I created some walks for the center and then for the community. It was in the walking and practice that I learned how to be of value and purpose for myself and my center too. Do what interests you and share it, then you really add.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Jayne T., Volunteer Services, Labyrinth Enthusiast to Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
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Paths of Great and Full

TLS 365 Experience #238
October 24, 2017

I began this walk grateful with the feeling and understanding of gratitude itself. As I turned to walk another pathway I shifted to the gratitude I felt in walking, doing, thinking and being as a person. On the next turn I extended the feeling of gratitude to my family for their contributions to me and the opportunity to give to them. Beyond that the thankfulness poured out to my friends that I had chosen in life and how we served each other in what we became in knowing and being together.

Turning again, those I work with and associate as aquaintences became my focus and how each was a helpful part of the whole.I noted with appreciative awareness how I fit into it and grew in knowing them and they in knowing me. In another shift of direction, those I interacted with on a passing level in my community became a curious as well as thankful gesture. While they are often fleeting moments of exchange, each passes into my life and I into theirs as if to make a moments impression for known and unknow reasons at the time.

Circling to the next path, gratitude lifts to include those in my country who are engaging for the good of our nation and those just trying to understand. Like me, each has a value in what we offer and in this moment I am grateful for this. Finally as I turn onto the last path of this labyrinth a heightened sense of gratitude for those I will never know, breathing out what I breath in and for myself as an unknown in the greater world, I am thankful for our existence and minute traces of movement that matter.

Walking into the center I have become the gratitude in my being and feel its vibration as if speaking clearly to the world. It provides a sense of grace in the steps that follow back home.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
K. Chesterfield, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
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Useful Centering Practice

TLS 365 Experience #225
October 11, 2017

Our Yoga group practices on the labyrinth in the mornings a few days a week. It is nice because we are using a space that is sacred and peaceful throughout. If we get to class early we can walk the labyrinth until the rest are there, though everyone has the opportunity to take that centering point that they have come to and walk the labyrinth afterwards.

It demonstrates that both Yoga and the labyrinth can be achieved anywhere and when we put two centering practices together, we just get more out of the experience. It is a plus for the studio to use the community and bring more into what Yoga is all about and at the same time bring attention to the labyrinth.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Carol Chen, Labyrinth Facilitator and Yoga Teacher in Training
Kansas


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
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Labyrinth of Joy

TLS 365 Experience #219
October 5, 2017

Labyrinth of Joy 2007LATYears ago, I found the small town of Joy.   On a trip that stopped at many labyrinths along the way, it was fascinating to learn the how and why of each creation, which became a later writings shared. The town of Joy was hard to resist in name, and only about 25 minutes away, so inquisitively I found myself on the Road to Joy.

Talking to a few in the community, they had never heard of what a labyrinth was and thought I was some kind of foreigner. Indeed I was and appreciated what they did have. With not enough time to gather interest, a growing thought and parting gift idea emerged. Perhaps one day, a trip back to invest a little more time, and maybe drop a little money in the Bank of Joy too:)

Finding Joy Park at the edge of town, with a great overhanging oak tree shading the farthest corner was the perfect spot. Being that it was fall, raking up a pile of leaves was easy and soon a small labyrinth formed under the tree. The birdseed pouch in the trunk was poured to form a line on top of the leaves and in the center. Drawing the word JOY into the center was the completion.  Now the birds could enjoy The Little Labyrinth of Joy, the leaves would fly away but a marker and imprint of it had been declared and the community was gifted silent wishes for joyful abundance.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
L.Tourloukis, Labyrinth Designer and Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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