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The Labyrinth in the Maze

Day 172:  June 21
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Exploration

In the Yanquan Province there is a labyrinth that extends throughout the Philosophers Garden at the foot of the Great Wall of China

The Philosophers Garden along the Great Wall of China. Photo Credits: Marguerite Carstairs

The Great Wall of China is a world wonder that is approximately 2300 years old and extends just over 13,000 miles through nine provinces. In the Northern section lays the Yangquan Shanxi Province that includes the Niangzi Pass also known as the Ladies Pass to honor the garrison that hosted an army of women led by the daughter of the first Emperor of Tang Dynasty. There is much that honors the feminine contribution in protection of its people in this area of the Great Wall. This might make it not so surprising to discover a labyrinth that is called a maze yet is a labyrinth at the ground level near the Ecological Gardens. It is called the Philosophers Maze and where it creates a labyrinth in one area, it extends to traverse through the entire garden structure. Golden statures of soldiers remind of defense, while a gallery of Calligraphy balances with the wisdom of expression that enhances the ambience of the environs. It is said that the philosophers walked the labyrinth with an idea and by the time they came to the end, they had manifested their calligraphic story.

The exploration and discovery of this labyrinth was a journey of search and research as its subtle existence was present, though where it could have led to dead ends and confusion, it turned into a labyrinth with an open mind to discover what else might be significant and related. Each clue led to another and soon the labyrinth revealed itself. The difference in all was the ability to look for possibility and be open to explore and discover with clear intent. Turning a maze mind into a labyrinth is to look past what appears to be a dead end by appreciating and turning into a new beginning.

On this 170th day…
Explore your relationship with labyrinth and maze today, do we turn one into the other for a useful outcome?

 

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!

 


June Banner 2018 TLS 365 Experience World Wide Wonder

Welcome June

Our exploration this month is to discover the World Wide Wow in the unique and innovative labyrinth designs world wide that inspire us to move beyond the everyday and give us a larger labyrinthic look at what our path can truly provide. From the idea of living outside your box to simply doing something different everyday, allow this journey of June to educate you and your relationship to life with the labyrinth. We’e taking a global course in Labyrinthing!

  1. Get 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.
  2. Act 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.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday June 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

 

 

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The Art of Simplicity

Day 170:  June 19
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Exploration

the spiral labyrinth of Muro Art Forest

The Undulating Spiral labyrinth of the Muro Art Forest. Photo and design by Dani Karavan

In the Southern area of Japan lays a remote landscape of artistry known as the Murou Art Forest in the countryside region of Nara in the village of Muro. It is the work of Israeli designer Dani Karavan who creates life-size monuments and tributes. He is known for creating monumental pieces and installing them in significant places of the world. The landscape of this forest park brings translates the natural world with artistic expression. In this park Karavan uses the idea of the spiral triumphantly with a Bamboo forest spiral that opens into a spiraled canal. The pattern continues into a simple labyrinth of a spiral that follows the stream in undulating curvature.

When one thing leads to another, we evolve and idea, concept or in the case of the Muro Art Forest, a design. The labyrinth here seems to bring a natural ending or start a natural beginning. Walking all three sections and returning gives us a full labyrinthic journey into art, expression and nature. Walking the spiral to and from can give us the simplicity that is nature in purest form. In the many complex designs and concepts available, the simple clean lines of opportunity can be impressive.

On this 170th day…
Explore in your walk of this day the natural way that one thing leads to another and how it comes to an expression for you.

 

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!

 


June Banner 2018 TLS 365 Experience World Wide Wonder

Welcome June

Our exploration this month is to discover the World Wide Wow in the unique and innovative labyrinth designs world wide that inspire us to move beyond the everyday and give us a larger labyrinthic look at what our path can truly provide. From the idea of living outside your box to simply doing something different everyday, allow this journey of June to educate you and your relationship to life with the labyrinth. We’e taking a global course in Labyrinthing!

  1. Get 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.
  2. Act 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.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday June 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

 

 

 

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Scrabyrinthing

Day 139: May 19
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

Scrabblizing the Labyrinth with ideas from the Amused Muse 2018As the play with words continues on our scrabble message boards today, a number of expressions have come up that make the experience all the more enjoyable in creating designs with words and words of design. It seemed it would be a fun game to develop and so am putting together designs and ideas for something that could be educational and inspirational. With young students, it’s typical for us to create labyrinths out of a variety of materials that are on hand or with a greater intention, such as canned or boxed food for a food or gloves and mittens for a mitten labyrinth. Though with words and designs it can inspire something new.

These were a few of the designs that speak to our purpose in this year of finding our greater abilities and a definition of what the labyrinth is. In the game of Scrabble there is a limitation with the number of letters available so some creative solutions are coming forth to explore on the path, with the path and for the path of the labyrinth.  Cause for appreciation, celebration with inspired realization

On this 139th day…
Walk with your favorite expressions of the labyrinth in quote, story or saying. Observe the ways in which you are that expression.

 


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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May Day

Day 121: May 1
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

Maypole labyrinthThe May flowers promised by April showers have arrived this month in the honest expression of celebration, appreciation and realization. On this first day of may we celebrate the dance of the Maypole and its ancient message of fertility. May we enjoy an abundance of prosperity and reap fertile new growing edges of appreciation as we dance each step in this month of 31 days to explore our own appreciations and the realizations that offer us celebrations.

The labyrinth is a wonderful backdrop for a dance of the Maypole as each who take hold of a ribbon can have a way of winding the pole with intentions of celebration. Having participated and led a Maypole dance on the labyrinth, lively music adds a spring to the step and when each participant stands round the labyrinth with ribbon and proceeds in their walk, the weaving ribbon makes a colorful decorative appreciation for the Maypole. It is spirited and joyful and with intentions of sowing the celebration of life into the walk, the experience can leave everyone light hearted and mirthful.

On this 121st day…
Set your intention to celebrate this month and observe the weave of your own ribbon’s journey in your steps through the labyrinth.


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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Tuning In

Day 26: January 26
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

The walk of today brought out the honesty of listening. We speak much more frequently than we listen and it is an immense skill to hone in learning to create better ways to relate to everything. When listening can become our first response rather than the commonality we think we are creating with our stories, sharing and comments, we give ourselves a moment of leverage to listen, understand more of what is said through words, body language, tone and expression. Then what we communicate comes from a place that adds to the conversation and contributes to the well being. We have efficient and effective communications.

The labyrinth is a wonderful listening tool. It hears  our communication and speaks to us in steps and stages in our ability to listen and hear more of the conversation between the words as we see it at the beginning of our walk and the honesty that invites us gradually to the center. Listening in inspired this labyrinth of the ear this morning after my walk, fashioned after the natural labyrinth found in the ear.

A suggestion to walk with:

Fine tune your listening today in your walk and notice all you hear that isn’t spoken.

 

 

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  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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Commitment’s Message

TLS 365 Experience #76
May 15, 2017

I love to walk the labyrinth and have made it might daily practice.

Over the years there have been times when I wondered why I had made such a commitment and what it was truly offering me on a daily basis. These would be normal questioning of anyone who makes a commitment to a daily practice, as I have many of them.

What I have noticed is that each practice and commitment walks with me through the living of my life. They make me consider, remind me of what is important and bring me into the moment. The more I walk in this way, the more I realize the moment is not something to come to, rather it is already present and the pause is the moment for gratitude. In the labyrinth, it might be the moment of the center or maybe the beginning or ending.

An everyday walk of the labyrinth then becomes an everyday expression of gratitude.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
LTD, Labyrinth Expressions
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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The cycle of giving and receiving is a cycle of caring and sharing of our wisdom and appreciation

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Many Ways to Walk

TLS 365 Experience #72
May 11, 2017

Today I shared the labyrinth with the members of a class I was teaching.

They had never walked and found the experience exciting and curious.

It was just the right outdoor moment to shift our day from consumable knowledge to the remaining experiential activities planned. As they completed their walk I asked them to walk in silence back to our classroom and there, they found printouts of finger labyrinths to then write out their experiences.

Many shared they wanted to walk again and found that the writing gave them both that choice and a voice of expression that they may not have shared out loud.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
AT, Labyrinth Expressionist
Nevada


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LabyrinthSociety
Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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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In Between the Lines

TLS 365 Experience #61
April 30, 2017

If you have walked a labyrinth… you have a story to share.

Whether is yielded an insight or an epiphany, or it seemed to give nothing more, each walk is an experience.  Those that are enriched in between the lines, are more so when they tell the tale as in the telling the expression is interpreted and the witness is educated and touched.

It is the double meaning of the meaning when we care to share the stories in between the lines.

Today’s Experience Submitted by:
L. Tourloukis, TLS 365 Experience
Nevada


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LabyrinthSociety
Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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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