Posts Tagged With: Compassion

Remembering Aid

Day 9: January 9
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

Memorial Wall Las Vegas, NevadaFinding myself in the downtown section today,  I thought I would revisit an area I am intending to add service to in building a labyrinth. Their is a memorial heavy with intense feeling that a labyrinth might move in a healthy way. For the past few days there seems to be a direction calling forth service with the labyrinth and today I happened to catch the end of a tribute ceremony of survivors. In speaking with an individual that has found a mission as a daily guardian for the site, the grassy area that seemed a natural place to add a labyrinth seemed to hold something of sacred persuasion and where many walked across it, he suddenly became protective of any intrusion, including the aid of a labyrinth of which he was unfamiliar.

It is a reminder to move with respect and consider all parties in what is offered.  A few told me of their stories in a more open way than in prior visits and I realized that time was passing and shock had moved a bit into the natural grief process for this community. Listening was the best response and in hearing the stories, much time would have to pass for the healing to process. We tend to be in the moment when tragedy strikes with compassion, though it ebbs as our life moves on forgetting the continued need and simple acts of those who are struggling or still finding a way to make sense of what does not. The thought occurred to me that instead of using other community members in the building, it would better serve the families of this tragedy to come together in the healing of creating it themselves. In this way so much more could be offered. As I drew out a design for one curious individual, I also found  another who shared the resources that would best integrate this idea more delicately.

The honesty of these moments today would best be described as  humbling, heartfelt and hopeful.

Suggestion for your walk:

When we honestly put service for others in place, what do we gain?

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.

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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

The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
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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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Community Offerings

TLS 365 Experience #96
June 4, 2017

Community Labyrinth IllinoisI dropped in to take a quick walk on the community labyrinth one afternoon and found a group assembled off to the side.  I couldn’t tell whether they were getting started or just completing, so I ventured over to see if there would be the chance for a walk. I had a question on my mind and thought an outdoor walk would be good for the soul and the curiosity on my mind.

The group was preparing for a walk and gathered monthly for a special reading before they walked and as I approached they invited me to join.  I had not wanted to intrude and simply wanted the solace of silence to quiet my mind, so wasn’t really prepared to join a group in the moment. Their was a gentle kindness in inviting me and a beautiful sense of compassion as a group that made me reconsider and join in.

Wouldn’t you know, the message they had for the world, community and their own hearts opened up my own internal dialogue and on the walk of many I became one with them.  Truly the larger message of this day was in the unity that gave me my answer and opened the door to the community and so much more.

Today’s Experience submitted:
Arlene S., TLS Member, Labyrinth Enthusiast

The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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

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

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

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Day Eight… Mindful Compassion

12DaysOfLabyrinthsPlay along in December, any 12 days or just make it last all month. Today’s post moves beyond the simple preparations into the action of the game itself. Read The Game and How to Play in the link below to follow along. Then send along comments of your experience. 
The Game and How to Play
Preparations…12 Things that Matter
Preparations…12 Gifts, Talents or Abilities
Preparations…12 People of Influence
Day 1  l  Day 2 l Day 3 l Day 4 l Day 5 l Day 6
Day 7 l

On the eighth day of Labyrinths… There was presence with compassion and I thought about my kids.

LabyFootPrintsThe day got away from me as it began with an awakened epiphany that tore me away from sleep with an even greater realization than a small situation called for. I might be using the labyrinth as I moved into my morning from bed to laptop to the kitchen for a morning meal back to the laptop for a conversation. Then into the kitchen again for some coffee and conversation with Mom then off to the office for a few phone calls and so on traversing the path of the everyday.

If I were to track my movements, they would have indeed produced a lively patterned labyrinth. photo 2-1As it was I used one of my favorites, a small black plastic double classical finger labyrinth. It was one of my first purchases and it reminded me of sharing a room with Virginia LoneSky years ago at a conference. I had wanted to meet her and then found we were room mates. We have been compassionate souls in friendship ever since and I bought this labyrinth from her.

This was a morning of mindful presence. The night before I had gone to sleep with an exercise to complete before retiring. That and a question that wouldn’t let go joined me in slumber. The answer in the mornings awakening shed a dynamic presence onto the whole day. It was as if I were woken up with an idea of what mattered from my list in this game and was directed to people who I wanted to partner with who had compassion and empathy. These were abilities that I could see in others as I noted them in myself.

heart_earthTo be mindful both can serve to open the mind with the heart and that I find is where presence is reminded of its purpose. In this place solutions meet the answers that were waiting for each other and opportunities find a way to engage with needs and wants. It is like the in and out walk of the labyrinth going in knowing and leaving in growing from the experience.

Who popped up today, my kids. I felt a need to connect as I will miss them for the holidays. My daughter couldn’t talk so texted and promised to speak later. My son was busy at work and sent me a bunch of funny pictures until he gets home from work. My other daughter did connect and we spoke for over an hour making up for the two that got away.

We decided to have our own Christmas celebration on Skype. Where we turn on the group and bake cookies, share dinner and get a few other family members to join us for a song and a toast. Knowing them they will have all kinds of antics in place and I can’t wait. In the end as we talked, in walked an idea where I needed a replacement for myself.

I was going to count on others I had trained when it dawned on me that here was the person who had helped me run a few of my trainings and accompanied me to a number of events. I was so excited to realize this because while it wasn’t her ideal job she could do it better than most and she would love to do something to help me and in turn all the parameters would most definitely help her out too.

As I walked the synchronicity of the day blended and I realized how  a compassionate presence brought forth so many gifts of connection, resource and support. What mattered showed up and my great skill in this day was to be able to notice it.

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