Posts Tagged With: Family

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


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Bless and Be Blessed

TLS 365 Experience #172
Aug. 19, 2017

I had a lot on my mind as I went out for a walk, all family oriented. By the church there was a labyrinth I would pass on my walk and at times it intrigued me enough to walk and at other times I preferred to walk the terrain to where I was going and back again. In walking today, I thought I would invite the family and when I came to the where the church was in my walk, the labyrinth seemed to be my path of progression.

I recognized right away that the separate paths were walks with different family members and now understand why the labyrinth drew me in.  As I brought up the conversation of one, it led into the conversation of the next family member until I had reached a point of conclusion in the center. There I noticed what was similar in all and how everyone of them could benefit by my blessing and not my confusion.

As I walked back out, each path was a family member’s blessing and when I came to the end, just being in the blessing mode made me feel the blessings too. Grateful for this walk.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
S. Tomas,  Labyrinth Enthusiast
Indiana


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Day Two… In step with family

We are playing… The 12 Days of Labyrinths Game
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 One


One note to remember is that you have all of December to play your 12 Days, so feel free to take your time and let the messages sit with you. It is a time when we all seem to put more time in to get more time off and in the end we are so tired that we don’t really get to spend the earned time enjoying it. Irony abounds! 

Today as I was doing some little extras for my Mom, I cleaned and dusted her rooms and had to move all the photos from the piano and shelves. She has us all there perched like prize possessions and while she used to have scads of photos in what seemed every vacant corner, she has become happily more minimalized, preferring to carry some of the memories in her heart. As she forgets things, it is a comfort to know we are there with her.

CordsAs I pulled out a box of chords I looked over at the empty space on the floor and soon the chords were connecting to form a labyrinth. Down came the pictures and as I put them around on top of the chords, I looked around for other things and found some favorite glasses of my father in law whose been gone 10 years now, though the glasses remain to keep an eye on us I think. I found little notes, cards and things that represented my family back in Chicago.

IMG_2922I missed them for Thanksgiving and will for the Christmas Holidays as I spend some time with Mom. The floor was suddenly shaping up into a circle of family surrounding meIMG_2032

I sat in the center for a time with my kids photos closest and meditated feeling everyone happily connecting from afar. It was as if I touched them all in this way and then I got up to walk. Family came to mind on my list of what mattered as natural and easy.

PicMemories2As I walked Mom came to mind as the person of influence because at the core of this challenging changeable year, she has become a sort of home all over again. I came out to be with her and somehow the tables have turned and she is with me. We are laughing and finding the fun, the amazement of each other and the heart in who we are in deeper connection. What a gift this time has been and when I thought of my abilities that made this possible, it was leadership.

PictureMemories_LabyrinthShe was the one who gave me a ticket to a class and thought I should go. She always said that I took one little ticket and made so much more out of it that she couldn’t be prouder and knew I had found a calling. I think that is the thing for Mothers, to see their children passionate about life and living purposefully in it, no matter what comes their way. It is a year of challenge, though the truth is walking through the challenges in a particular kind of way that makes all the difference.

IMG_3977My Mother had taken some of the leadership classes with me and in one particular outdoor experience, it made me smile all through my inside to see her climb a fifty foot telephone pole. She didn’t have to get to the top, just watching her was inspiring. She hadn’t wanted to go earlier in the morning and the staff made me leave her to her own experience, so watching her determination later is probably what moves me through anything. It is like my mind is unwinding and finding all these wonderful memories and reasonings spiraling into meaning that is much more profound looking at it now.

 

I saved the labyrinth and when Mom woke up, had her take a walk with me. She just thought it was the best gift ever and well, l found tears are truly a sign of communication that speak volumes.

Family + the authentic leader within + Mom = Pricelessness

I do hope you are all having such wonderful moving experiences, as I put this out to stimulate our members and I find I am receiving the most benefit it seems. 

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