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Idle Insights

Day 11: January 11
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

The idle moments can provide a useful reflection of what we do in the waiting periods of our lives. Today was met with doctor calls and hospital visits. Lots of time in between and no labyrinth to walk in the waiting, though there is always a way when we get clear about our intentions. Labyrinths in hospitals provide a benefit to waiting family members, patients, staff and community in a variety of ways. On the other side of town, there is a labyrinth at one of the hospitals so the pattern has been established and the labyrinth made on paper today might well become the labyrinth of this hospital in the future.

The test of time and patience walked in my fingers today and with the reflection in being honest with myself about expectation and defining the results, the clarity of the walk wasn’t about whether I would find function with my time or more patience, it was about how much I would create with the time in between. Once the question of being honest with the circumstance and myself was on the table, there wasn’t a need to search; leaving only wide open wonder to explore with what was available.

A suggestion to walk with:

Between drama or dreams, which is honest?

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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The Gift

TLS 365 Experience #302
December 27, 2017

gift of a finger labyrinthThere is a moment of utter delight when opening a gift that was carefully selected and offered with the love. This holiday I received just that gift and I think just watching the opening of it was quite of love for the recipient.

A recent injury sidelined me from daily walks on the labyrinth and while it gave me plenty of opportunity to draw, create and follow the finger paths, at this point in my journey of the labyrinth, I hadn’t owned a finger labyrinth that had any dimension. Opening this gift and discovering the fine marble design was truly a gift of love as it came from my husband and kids who didn’t seem to have much interest in it.

I couldn’t help but experience the first finger walk out loud expressing gratitude in each path for each member and as I turned sharing how each had made me feel. Somehow I filled each path with all that I felt and in reflection shared how this gift had brought the love of family, the joy of delight and the peace of goodwill forth.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Celeste T. , Labyrinth Enthusiast
Arkansas


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Gifts that Give

TLS 365 Experience #293
December 18, 2017

As the morning coffee began to brew, I wondered on the small finger labyrinth what message to bring to our group for the evening.  There were lots of ideas mulling around in my head, though nothing stood out and really felt much like the contribution I wanted to share.  As I smelled the coffee, my fingers moved faster and I realized I hadn’t been paying much attention to what I was doing as the aroma reminded me of morning rituals. The overwhelm of the holiday bustle had packed in too much and I could feel it.

Just in that moment as I traced another turn, the reminder that I could take another direction on this. I realized people had a lot to say and why not bring my portable labyrinth with and just get people walking, talking and sharing their thoughts. More over, it would seem like a special activity meeting for the holidays, this was just getting better and better.

Printing out finger labyrinths and writing a quick holiday message on each realization came as I finally stopped to sip the coffee, a simple and very effective meeting was planned using the idea of what gave me the idea. The labyrinth can be a gift that keeps on giving… and I now would be passing that on in giving that idea to others.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Beth Nellis, Manager, Labyrinth Facilitator
Indiana


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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

 


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A Tool for Tiredness

TLS 365 Experience #188
September 4, 2017

An interesting time to use the labyrinth is with tiredness and fatigue.  It is in those times where I feel quite undone with the day that I pull out the grooved finger labyrinth and sit back letting my hand randomly follow the path.

What I find is a relaxation that occurs that helps the tired fatigue to rest more fully. I think it is in the long stetch of graceful motion where a rhythm develops and in the turn a chance to take in the breath and release a slow exhalation moving in the opposite direction. This combination seems to have a soothing effect as after I have traced the finger labyrinth, I can rest more easily.

Perhaps a cure for the insomniac or sleep deprived?

Today’s Experience submitted by:
B. Fallow, Labyrinth Facilitator and Designer
Illinois


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Many Labyrinths

TLS 365 Experience #178
Aug. 25, 2017

I don’t have to walk the labyrinth to get something out of it I have discovered.  Yes, the magical walk is often insightful for me, though when I didn’t always have a footpath available, the finger labyrinth provided a chance to see the difference.

Even drawing out the seed pattern offered up insight or designing a labyrinth with objects yielded something in the building process. I noticed in watching others that the experience was also alive and appreciated, and in all what I realize is, that just as there are many styles of labyrinths, there are many forms and many methods to understand and appreciate it too.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Ann Marie, Labyrinth Facilitator
Nevada


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The Voice of the Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #161
Aug. 8, 2017

I got stuck today. Ideas that normally seem to flow were not and my focus was off. I couldn’t seem to concentrate for any period of time and even my focus could not seem to be narrowed down.

I picked up the finger labyrinth and thought it might shift my focus as it often is a place where I find new direction.  As my finger traced the path I began to feel a heaviness in my body and as I circled around, a sense of slowness crept in. By the time I reached the center I recognized how tired I was. The reflected return brought awareness to my breathing and as it’s slowness created a calm peaceful appreciation, a choice presented itself. In my attempts to accomplish a number of things, I had not been enjoying adequate sleep, my body was simply tired and I had not honored it’s message.

Not until the finger walk, did I stop to realize fully, the very thing that would bring back focus, function and creativity, sleep. The voice of the labyrinth is found when we engage with it.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Shannon P., Art Director, Labyrinth Facilitator
Nevada


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A Trip of Self Education

TLS 365 Experience #116
June 24, 2017

I educate myself with the labyrinth every time I use it. Whether I am walking on a designed path, drawing it out, using the finger labyrinth or doodling designs, I learn something.

It can be just the changing of direction that makes me stop and think. It can be in reaching a final point only to realize the destination is in returning to the next beginning. It can also be from the whole experience of it.

I see myself in a whole new way after a trip through the labyrinth.

Today’s Experience submitted BY:
Juanita L., Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


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Stimulating the Pattern

TLS 365 Experience #70
May 9, 2017

I have to write for others and there are times when it flows and times when I sit waiting for inspiration to visit. It is in those latter times that I stop sitting and decide to move to see what might come.

Finger labyrinths have served well for stimulating ideas and recessed thoughts. Other times a brisk outdoor walk on the labyrinth can move more of the body for different insight and sensation, as more seem to be stimulated in the outdoor experience.

The idea of dance and movement has also come into creation and in realizing the motions of a classical labyrinth, I can take long strides as if I am in the dance of the labyrinth by following its pattern:

Step in and move left. 
Take a long walk in three quarter circle arch and then reverse moving slightly outward and walking a little larger arch of the circle to the other side.
Reverse again moving slightly outward walking along the arch in even larger circumference.
Moving inward briefly about three paces and then back right around and in an almost complete, though smaller circle.
Move inward again, and move clockwise in a much smaller and almost complete circle only to reverse again and walk back in an arch in a slightly larger circle.
Reversing once again moving back in a slightly larger circle all the way around it to come to and opening, where walking in finds a centering point.

Then the ideas really flow.

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


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Sleep Walking

TLS 365 Experience #64
May 3, 2017

I can’t sleep.

I am up with thoughts filling the mind, where the disturbance is such, it wrests the natural night’s restorative slumber. In between the thought to surrender and rise or the want to turn over and give it another attempt, I spy the finger labyrinth near the bed and ease it over.

With the softest of pressure my finger applies itself to the grooved pathway and instinctively knows to follow and move into the circular spiraling peaceful adventure that it becomes within moments. It is as if the body exhales a deeper and longer breath satisfying the mind enough to momentarily release. Though as I follow the path silently, the mind releases with deeper exhalations and soon into the center their is a peaceful bliss.

The practice automatically moves the finger, as the waves of slumber call and as the trace completes its final turn what was desired becomes aquired.

I sleep.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Labyrinth Enthusiast
Arizona


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