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Joining Paths

Day 211  July 30
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

an image of the Ocean Labyrinth on Vancouver Island BC

The Ocean Labyrinth on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Photo Credits: Frank Devries

The Labyrinth Society Gathering of 2013 brought us to the serenity of Vancouver Island. There one can find an active labyrinth interest and a great network of effort in the people who hosted the Gathering and the connections that have supported the growth. It appears there are 73 established labyrinths in British Columbia alone and that takes a good deal of spreading the word to create interest, enthusiasm and value. Our Gathering brought school children out to the beaches where numerous labyrinths were created by small groups. Including the designs we left embedded in the Earth’s awareness from the Gathering, there must be over 100 labyrinths that grace the space of the area of British Columbia. Vancouver Island Network.

This labyrinth in Parksville was one we visited and its vibrant blue colors emulate the sea. There are references to the sea throughout and words to bring one to a place where the water within us is activated in the walking to a calmer degree. The larger message of Canada that we can take away, is that even though they are as wide as the United States and have vast regions of uninhabitable lands in between, each province has formed a network and united in common interest, sharing the wealth in the designs and land formation and in the education and interest.

As we begin our descent from our world explorations and our look at what we bring back, this last part of Canadian labyrinths networks can be an inspiration of how we can create more together. I wanted to unite people in the region of Illinois and together with two others we began a small group of interest, so as we rejoin the United States, perhaps this world wide look might instill a closer connection for our communities in each state.

On this 211th day…
Explore the connections of the labyrinth you have within your own community. Consider how it flows and how you are a part of helping it to do so, if not, it might be an opportunity to consider.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths 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 an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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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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New Paths New Purpose

TLS 365 Experience #68
May 7, 2017

When I moved to a new state,  there was much that was new, and orienting to the community was different, job, purpose, home and family situation were all different too. Alone in a new area, how to begin was both an adventure and a bit daunting. Anything was possible, though habits and customs familiar didn’t quite seem to fit into all this newness.

The labyrinth was one thing that had given comfort in the past, so seeking out a community of other enthusiasts did not at first yield any prospects of people, though it turned up the labyrinths present. I began visiting the different sites, experiencing and communicating with the people who showed up. Soon, I found in the walking a sense of purpose unfolding, a sense of understanding this community and a sense of home slowly emerging. People became interested in what I had to share and made welcome space.

From those beginnings, others in like mind connected and my sense of newness began to fade. It was as if my pathways were filling with purpose and people and at the center was this labyrinth that had gracefully reminded me how to walk again and find my footing in a new world.

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


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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