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Our Mind of Design

Day 209  July 28
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

A floral circular labyrinth image

The Silver Springs Botanical Garden Labyrinth in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Photo Credits: Play Outside Guide

South of Edmonton in the Province of Alberta, Canada, the Silver Springs Botanical Gardens appreciates a variety of ways to showcase the natural flora of the area. Together there are 14 different types of gardens in the Botanical Park and the beautiful representation of purple flora and artistic brick make for a visual appreciation to accompany any walk.

The children in this photo remind us to step lively in our explorations and discoveries and in doing so we might find a little of the magic that children naturally do. The labyrinth does not have to have visual aesthetics to be pleasing, though when we can explore a bit about each, we become a little more intrigued in what all is provided. The unknown is always a walk of wonder, though sometimes a little exploration gives us meaning in the purpose of the known. Realizing that the labyrinth design can make such artistic contribution that it shows up in such interesting ways, is an artists exploration of the labyrinth too. While a walk is more than design, a design is often found in the walk.

On this 209th day…
Explore the fascinating explorations you have made with the labyrinth and what designs you have created in your walks or talks in sharing.

 

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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Independent Inspirations

Day 185  July 4
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

The Ceiling labyrinth of St. Sebastino and Palazzo Ducale from the 1600's.

The Ceiling Labyrinth Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. Photo Credits Nigel Voak

On this day of Independence and country pride in the United States, we are visiting the national culture of Italy and in particular the northern areas of Mantua and Milan. This began with an interesting find of the impressive Italian art and culture, yet turned into intrigue in discovering originals and complimentary copies of a ceiling labyrinth. It appears the first ceiling labyrinth installed at the Palazzo di S.Sebastiano occurred in the early 1600’s and was later moved to the apartments in the Palazzo Ducale. Impressed and copied, this impressive design is similar and can also be found in Milan at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi.

It is depicted as a gold labyrinth laid upon a celestial blue background and the illuminated blue band around the edge is in reference to the Gonzaga family’s patriarch Vincent, as a tribute to his battle with the Turks in 1601. Inside the five paths that make up the labyrinth is an inscription from the words of Bard and Poet Marchetto Cara that speak to the allusions of the uncertainty’s of life in a poem titled,
“Maybe Yes, Maybe not.” 

Vincent was intrigued with the Bavarian courts designs and commissioned the Palazzo Ducale to be built with similar elaborate ornamentation in the great wings of the apartments. The labyrinth takes up the entire ceiling of the room and is featured among the many great rooms designed to honor the stature and ideals of the Gonzaga family who lived in Mantua from the early 13th century until the 17th.

The ceiling labyrinth of the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

The Inspired Ceiling Labyrinth at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi. Photo Credits: Museo Bagatti Valsecchi.

Many of the great palaces have turned to museum status as the celebrated art accumulated in one family could now be shared as cultural pride in Italy. About two hours drive to the west in the city of Milan is the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi. Once a a home to the Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, brothers who collected volumes works of art. The labyrinth ceiling from the design at Palazzo Ducale intrigued them enough to commission their own ceiling design with a meaningful yet slightly different message inscribed within. The room is known as the labyrinth passage and a room between rooms as part of the living house that moved from  home to cultural museum.

On this day of independence, we can realize that the wealth in our uniqueness is much like the discoveries of these Italian families who learned to share their wealth for a more culturally appreciative nation. As we share our treasures, gifts and potent talents, we realize we are more free than when we are safeguarding and holding on to them. We are also never alone when we fortify others with what we have to offer.  


On this 185th day…
Explore the ways in which you have received more when you gave of yourself in the walk of this day and how much more freedom and independence you feel as a result.



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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The Scrabyrinth

Day 138: May 18
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

The Scrabyrinth Design by the Amused Muse 2018Celebrating creativity with words became more enjoyable, appreciative and engaging with the new super Scrabble game I surprised Mom with on Mother’s Day. Since then, using the game to engage has invited a number of opportunities.

Leaving the board on a table that is enroute to the kitchen, we each add to the game throughout the day and becomes a quick way to note her function, attitude and outlook for the day.  In spilling a number of tiles on the kitchen table, they became sentences that led to designs that opened up conversations and uplifted the dialogue.

Mom has become a bit of a designer too, learning the patterns of the labyrinth, she asks of their purpose and why they are significant. It’s easier sometime and often more fun and engaging on her part to follow the path for the message.

Finding simple methods for interaction and engagement, we’ve made a number of designs and messages with our new Scrabyrinth.  For Scrabble fans, the added note of fun is that if you start on the bottom, you’ll come out on top and there are 211 points here! 

On this 138th day…
Celebrate your words and observe how they fit into your walking design for more appreciation and realization today.


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 Ides of Humor – Mid Month Reflections

Day 105: April 15
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

Mid Month Reflections ImageToday marks our mid month check in and as we reach the center of this month we can take a look back at what we have created in the way of personal experiences from our walks that have brought more light heartedness to the time spent. We can also explore any ways in which you shaped your walk, designs or experience in amusing ways and what came in the way of honest enjoyable insight. We asked a third idea this month in expanding how we shared our experience with others through design, teaching, walks, building, artwork, or alternative methods in which you educated yourself and others with the labyrinth in amusing ways for honest reflection.

Mid Month Reflection Connection
April 15th
2pm CST
Join our online Zoom Conference

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April 15th at Noon PST 

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On this 105th day…
Join us and reflect on the experiences you have created in the first half of the month and look forward to what you will create in the second.

 

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April's Banner Year of Living Honestly 2018April’s Focus

Let this month unfurl your creativity, spontaneity and jocularity. It feels good to feel good and while we have been conditioned to shush our good times, let the labyrinth be our own private creation station of amusement, enjoyment and playful experiments. This month educate with amusement and see how much farther you get. Have fun and be creative.  We have three opportunities to education your potential with amusement this month that involves either your personal walk, your ability to design and how much you can learn by sharing. On your Mark, Get Set…Go!

  1. Innovate – Walk Amused
    In the 30 days that grace this month, play with the way you personally experience the labyrinth. Let this season of education be one of personal bests and enjoy finding a new way to be innovative, creative, inspired and amused in your personal experiences. I’d love to see what you come up with!
    Please share your wonderful experiences! 

2. Create – Design Inspired 
To date I have created 95 different labyrinth creations and designs since the beginning of the year, let that inspire you to create something new this month that is inspiring and firing for your imagination. Einstein said that playing with ideas was the highest form of research and this is an education for all of us.  As you walk in new ways, share your designs as I have done with mine last year and this. Perfection isn’t what we are after, amusement is! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! I will toss out lots of inspiring ideas… stay tuned daily.
Share away and become a glad designer instead of a mad one!  

3. Relate – Share with Care
One of the best ways to learn anything is having to teach or explain it to someone else. Whether you facilitate others, teach or simply share with a few, spend the month discovering amusing new ways to help others get more out of their walk with a lighter attitude and a more earnest enjoyment in what you share. Anything you want to know more about, share and this month share with a fun flair and notice how much more you actually begin to understand. You just might find a side of yourself forgotten. To receive all that, be a great giver.
Share what you discover! 

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Honey Adjustments

Day 93: April 3
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

Honey Adjustments from maze to labyrinthThe fun is where we find it. Last month when playing with Mom’s cereal, we had a wonderful time creating a number of labyrinth designs. This was inspired by the cereal’s package, which Mom thought was a labyrinth.

With a few simple adjustments to the packaging, it became a true labyrinth. This was a moment of spotting an opportunity and playing both outside and inside the box. Labyrinths are everywhere:)

Time for a little Cheeri-O!

On this 93rd day…
Play I Spy today and notice what you can change in your environment to suit your needs with a little amusement.

 

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April's Banner Year of Living Honestly 2018April’s Focus

Let this month unfurl your creativity, spontaneity and jocularity. It feels good to feel good and while we have been conditioned to shush our good times, let the labyrinth be our own private creation station of amusement, enjoyment and playful experiments. This month educate with amusement and see how much farther you get. Have fun and be creative.  We have three opportunities to education your potential with amusement this month that involves either your personal walk, your ability to design and how much you can learn by sharing. On your Mark, Get Set…Go!

  1. Innovate – Walk Amused
    In the 30 days that grace this month, play with the way you personally experience the labyrinth. Let this season of education be one of personal bests and enjoy finding a new way to be innovative, creative, inspired and amused in your personal experiences. I’d love to see what you come up with!
    Please share your wonderful experiences! 

2. Create – Design Inspired 
To date I have created 95 different labyrinth creations and designs since the beginning of the year, let that inspire you to create something new this month that is inspiring and firing for your imagination. Einstein said that playing with ideas was the highest form of research and this is an education for all of us.  As you walk in new ways, share your designs as I have done with mine last year and this. Perfection isn’t what we are after, amusement is! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! I will toss out lots of inspiring ideas… stay tuned daily.
Share away and become a glad designer instead of a mad one!  

3. Relate – Share with Care
One of the best ways to learn anything is having to teach or explain it to someone else. Whether you facilitate others, teach or simply share with a few, spend the month discovering amusing new ways to help others get more out of their walk with a lighter attitude and a more earnest enjoyment in what you share. Anything you want to know more about, share and this month share with a fun flair and notice how much more you actually begin to understand. You just might find a side of yourself forgotten. To receive all that, be a great giver.
Share what you discover! 

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The Heart of Breakfast

Day 44: February 13
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love

Everyone starts their day differently. This morning Mom requested some cereal for breakfast and was curious about the drawings of the labyrinth that were in the next room. Bringing in a few of the designs, she finger walked the boards that the designs were on while her cereal breakfast was being prepared. She was still curious about the designs and how each were different. So as she finished her breakfast we created a little fun playing with food.

We made a number of designs with the cereal, though the one she liked best was the heart shaped design. Even though she had eaten a regular sized  bowl of cereal, we both munched along on the Cheerios as we  designed and laughed at playing with our food. We thought if we had a tray with a lip or edge to it we could have poured milk in for the path and just grab a couple of spoons for an instant labyrinth breakfast.

It was an unplanned moment of spontaneous creation and curiosity; enjoyable for both. This is a new design of a heart within a heart that we created and both appreciated.  As we grow in age, the time we have together is more treasured and when we can enjoy honest moments of spontaneous fun with what is at hand, they become the quality moments that remind us about what is really important and what truly matters in life.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this 44th day…
Walk on what you can put into your day that will make it worthwhile and nourishing.

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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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Tactile Touch

TLS 365 Experience #252
November 7, 2017

finger labyrinths with seniors

Over the years I have bought many finger labyrinths from TLS Members and bid on several from the silent auction. I use them in working with Seniors who aren’t able to move as freely without a walker, cane or wheel chair for support Sometimes I begin a story and let them come up with an ending, this works well in the schools too.  Other times we talk about life and use the finger labyrinth before and after for different outcomes.

The variety is nice because some need a simple design with few paths, others like the more intricate and narrower lines of the Chartres design. There are many types of textures in the different varieties too as it can help with tactile stimulation with seniors or special education groups similarly. There are many similarities in working with youth and seniors and the labyrinth is something that can be a versatile education that is movement oriented, stimulating and can be fun and playful for either group too.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Mary O’Brien, Labyrinth Facilitator
California

 


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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A Window in the Clouds

TLS 365 Experience #206
September 22, 2017

finger tracing the labyrinth in the clouds.Traveling today was tiring with many delays and reschedules. On the last flight I looked out the window wishing I was aready home and watched as the clouds passed by to occupy time. Each had a different shape and structure and in watching the scenery,  my finger began tracing their shape on the window.  The pattern became that of the labyrinth as moving my finger to follow the different shades of white.

The first I realized was the classical design from a half round shaped cloud. Then a repeating Roman design in the box like cloud that appeared.  A meander followed that from the ribbons that appeared as we moved.  Finally a medieval path in a particularly complex cloud structure. Noting some clouds were fleeting, while others larger and more encompassing,  created awareness for the smaller and quick designs that can be rapidly designed,  as well as the larger that allowed for a little more adventure and time.

It appeared that every cloud might suit a different design of the labyrinth well and it became a sort of game to see how many different designs I could remember and accurately trace on the window. I am sure the cleanup crew must have wondered, though the simple tracing gave my mind something to do that was both exercising the ability to repeat all the designs from memory and activated new and creative ideas for other designs.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J. James, Labyrinth Designer and Facilitator 
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
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2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
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Artistic Applications

TLS 365 Experience #151
July 29, 2017

Our class was experimenting with creating molding clay from a recipe. We were sampling and experimenting working with different types and I liked the recipe that had the consistency of Play doh. Because I like to make labyrinths, I rolled out a few long threads and created some simple designs with the threads of the clay-doh.

It was also interesting just to create a meander with finely rolled strips of the clay-doh by piecing them together and then letting the meander take us away. Later I experimented with imprints and could make a variety of different items from jewelry to paper weights and small finger labyrinths.

I also rolled out some of the clay-doh and traced a labyrinth on top and then cut out the borders for a frame to quickly draw a labyrinth. I am still experimenting with my clay-doh labyrinths, and suspect there are many more ways to create with clay.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Jen J. , Labyrinth Artist
Illinois


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
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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