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The Path of Simplicity in Order

Day 193  July 12
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

The interior view of the labyrinth hall

The Church of the Abbaye of Notre Dame de Saint Remy Rochefort in Belgium. Photo Credits: Luca Galuzzi  

Emerging from the vastness of French labyrinth appreciation, the solemn and austere life of the Trappist Monks of Belgium offer us the simple sincerity of life design though their labyrinth found in the Abbey of Our Lady of Saint-Remy in Wallonia, Belgium may be muted in color, its design is one of larger than life representation. This Cistercian order is one of strict observance known for its spiritual life with a triple focus of praying, reading and work. They are well known for their famous brewery and while the Abbey and the brewery are not open publicly, the church is open for mass at scheduled times.

The area of Wallonia is rich with marble in the soil and when polished brings on a wonderful shine and can be viewed in darker shades and in tones of pink. It is likely the  marble from the onsite quarry was used in constructing this labyrinth as it was believed to be built between the 12th and 14th century. Other images show the location of the labyrinth to be located in between rows of prayer chairs situated at the front near the alter area. While the labyrinth is grand and rich in its simplicities, it is also of use privately to the Monks and unavailable to the public. We are fortunate to share photos of its existence.

Our lesson for today may be in the simple and profound meanings of life that follow a truth for us over the vast indifferences we may observe around us. It is not in rigid boundaries or constriction that we find a great capacity within, it is of love, honor and spirit that offers us the choice that yields our best outcome.

On this 193rd day…
Explore the ways of your days today in the simple truths followed and the learning of yearning.

 

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 Way that Works

Day 149: May 29
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

Around, Over, Through... the labyrinth of ways by the Amused Muse 2018There is this way and that way, the right way and the wrong way, the spiritual way and the scientific way… and an abundance of directives that move us one way or another. The word way is simply another form of the word path. When first learning labyrinth facilitation, there is a respect and reverence to holding space for others that can hold many captive in the how of the way or processing the manner in which a walk is to be accomplished. The HOW of anything invites hundreds of ways and like the many paths in each design of the labyrinth, learning the ways tends to be about listening and service to the needs of the group. Though the real exploration of imagination is in finding that there are many more ways than that.

In walking the labyrinth, like walking in life there is the way around, the way through or even the way out and where each of us may offer The Way of the Walk,  it is only one way to consider.  Individuals find the best discovery when they find their own way.  It is in finding the way that works that is the key as all else is just the way that works for someone else. When we can find a way that works for all, we will have really found something!

We have been exploring the way of celebration in our month and while it can be unique to each, focusing on celebration, communicating about it, practicing it and experiencing it have brought realizations of appreciations that can deliver us onto paths of possibilities and ways of wonder into the journey of human capacity… and that is way cool!  May your way be blessed with a way that works!

On this 149th day…
Celebrate the ways of your days to discover your many paths and where celebration focus has taken you.


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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Beneath the Surface

Day 113: April 23
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

The Floor Tile direction that created a labyrinth of design Just as the amusement can be found in your day when you are of mind to look for it, the labyrinth can be discovered in the most interesting places too; often that can be an equally amusing encounter to appreciate as well.  In today’s adventure both amusement came and insight in discovering first the four way pattern in the flooring of an apartment. The landlord shared that it had radiant heat flooring so the floor would always be comfortable in the winter time. At first glance the grain of which the tile moved adjacently to the next tile in a different direction brought the back and forth traversing of the labyrinth paths to mind. In viewing four of the squares, the traversing pattern changed direction and focus when moving around the four squares, similar to the concept of the Roman Labyrinth with each square completing before moving on to the next.

This design moves back and forth again in each square for a forward and seemingly backward motion that propelled a forward motion. The traversing is not unlike the radiant coils that lay beneath the surface of flooring and only after completing the design did the illustration of the flooring arrive to demonstrate a similar pattern. When we follow a feeling and flow with it, we can often learn how on track with a certain path we are. In those moments, we become most honest with ourselves in what we are capable of and often humbled by the synchronous factors that come together to remember to trust ourselves more. On this particular day, the intuitive met the creative and together the radiant experience brought a new warmth to the path laying under our feet without our having realized its value. How amusing to focus and discover how much is truly apparent about what lays just below the surface.

 

On this 113th day…
Discover the patterns that appear today and recall where else these similar patterns show up in other parts of life.

 

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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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Triangulated

Day 68: March 9
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discover

Finding the day busier than expected, time for reflection moved later and later into the day. Finally, a chance to stop and refresh presented itself and while waiting in between, the colorful straws on the shelf  in a glass cylinder made for a quick design with fun in mind. While many intense moments can be wonderful in the education and application of a meaningful experience, the moments to step away and rejuvenate body and mind can be profound in importance and production.  Even with wonderful intensity, moving away from the magnetizing spiral of consumption benefits more with a new perspective. As the focus this month moves us inward with a concentration of the motion and matter of the spiral; work, rest and play are a triad of balance in what we can get caught up in.

Designing, and tracing this labyrinth of triangular function while taking time out, the three important focal points of the day resurfaced in this design. Something as simple as bending straws became a pleasurable new direction of intention and non intention.  A triad seemed to want to express itself in the straws and as it did, it reinforced these three concepts with each fold and turn.  By the time I had reached my  last straw, what brought the three together became  purposefully clear and somewhat amusing in the minimal ease that occurred to provide this insight for the moment and for the larger project I had walked away from.

Not all spirals are circular and not all intensities need be difficult, hard or troublesome. This was intensely brilliant and in playing with straws, a number of messages arrived in a way more expansive processes might have missed. It evidences my belief in the value of play over and over again in its genius method of finding what is truly important. Playing with the labyrinth in walk, process or design seems to provide endless creativity that brings all points together. Today, there was a  triangulated triumph.

 

On this 68th day…
Today triangulate what is important and discover  three main points of focus and as you move in, center and move out, find a triad of truth in what it opens.

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March’s Focus

As it is now the third month of the year and our last month of growing awareness before we delve into the ways of education, allow this month be one that creates both the light hearted discovery and profound realization. How can you create more awareness with the labyrinth personally or in the ways you share with others? Where do you notice a spiral effect that takes you to the point or away from it? Be on the lookout for the spiraling nature this month.

  1. Realize
    In the 31 Days this month offers, become aware of the daily realizations that you create and discover. Walking daily creates compound interest in what you look forward to and discover each day. Let March become your month of expanded capacity as you walk to make each day and adventure in exploration of what more you can explore. Seek to spiral into new and inspiring realization and whether it is rich and profound or light hearted and amusing… be open, walk with intention and you are bound to come away larger.

2. Surprise
One can realize and find much in the depth of understanding that awareness offers us, though when we look forward to realization of that depth and awareness, it can inspire new ways of appreciation and discovery in both our  process and capabilities as we are constantly growing, no matter what age. Invite the element of  surprise into what you realize as it can lift what you discover into seeing a bit more than before.  Notice the spiral effect of how you move from realize to surprise and make discovery more significant and true.

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Heart Designs

Day 53: February 22
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love


It is a blessing and a joy to bring the heart into focus in this walk of possibility we are creating daily in the 365 Experience. Leading with the heart this month has opened up numerous activities, valuable insights and appreciable gratitude in what can be accomplished in the name of simple honesty. When its not complicated, its value is immense and helps us to realize that potential is an essence of opportunity we can tap into and expand in any moment.

Today with a group of women, the conversation heart took on a new dimension of heart in the pathways of our connection and collaboration. Spreading out the Conversation Hearts, each designed and developed their own independent conversation of what their heart spoke in all honesty. The conversations that came in discussion were wonderfully rich and revealing.  Of the three I created, this is the one that I enjoyed the most.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this 53rd day…
Take steps into your heart, stop often, listen intently and continue as your heart speaks.

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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.

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Pouring Honesty

Day 38: February 7
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love

Asked today about the not so honest moments and the question of how that fits in this program offers a gentle reminder to love yourself well. We will find many areas where we aren’t as honest as we might like to be, though this program assists us in achieving better results by noticing what happens when we are.  Making that our focus and practice, we move into something considerably more effective as we shift to moving in our life instead of being stuck with worry or blame about what isn’t.  Being on purpose with what we are doing and what is working offers freedom to work with solutions.  The doors to what we can do then fling more widely open and we can spend time focusing and interacting with what is possible and use more of our abilities and capabilities well.  Infinite possibilities lay beyond that and we can’t really get to them when we are looking elsewhere.  Love and honesty seem to go hand in hand and with a focus on the great capacities of love, honesty is just inspired.

When you fill your cup with what is working it displaces what isn’t and a continual pouring creates continued results. Let your cup runneth over with what is true, worthy and great about what you do and who you are. That’s when the doors open to capabilities, possibilities and solutions become your optimized practice and what’s honest is what’s real.

Today’s walk met with this principle of pouring more into the walk and where love is an eternal faucet, the group became awash in fluid commentary of the peaceful change and the heartfelt connections made by leaving the tap running. Several noted that by habit alone they felt like turning off the faucet to conserve when they arrived at the center. Feeling the greatness of the experience they hoped to conserve the rest for later; though no sooner were the words out, when realization occured of the futility in stopping infinite flow and a pattern of doing just that. What a blessing to walk and realize the fullness of our lives in such an honest appreciative way.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this 38th day…
Love how you flow in all your steps today, remove your finger from any dike that blocks and just receive what pours naturally.

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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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Favorites

Day 37: February 6
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love

designs by The Amused Muse 2018

Inspired by my son who is my favorite and only son, the idea of favorites became the focus of the walk on this day. Why are some things favorites and some things not? What does it say about what is personally valued? In all honesty, how does something become a favorite? Does it create ease, appease or does it please?  In what ways might we be more honest with favorites and in what ways are we more honest with out them?

Walking on the savored and favored simple things came up at first, a favorite color, favorite foods, favorite places and then a realization that a smile was forming in thinking about those things that had become favorites. Memories and experiences along with preference and choice with what aligned became a way to define personality. Attitude, imagination, creativity and inspiration were all a part of the walk in considering the favorites that showed up and what made them favorites. Favorites have a ring of truth in them as an honest choice about what we like.

Considering the other side on the walk of return became a perspective of dislike, need and attachment. At the walk’s completion the findings returned the idea that there isn’t any need for favorites, no real attachment and when what is not favored is not wrong, acceptance is present. Favorites, without dependence,  seem to have of stating our honest opinions and uplifting attitudes. Where going along with the crowd can be an easier non confronting choice, what we favor will out our truth if we are ever in denial of it.

In a walk of favorites and unfavorites an interesting conversation opens the door to awareness and deciphers a little bit more of ourselves in a way that can be uplifting, decisive and appreciative.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this sixth day…
Walk with your favorites and walk without them. Discover what opens your honest capacities.

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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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The Twelve Paths of Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #276
December 1, 2017

Twelve Paths of the LabyrinthOn the first path of Labyrinth, I found a place to enter
and knew if I kept pace, I’d find my center.
On the second path of Labyrinth, I adjusted to the walk, and silently began my inner talk.
On the third path of Labyrinth, I swung into great stride, stepping confidently and with no need to hide.
On the fourth path of Labyrinth, I noticed what I learned, with new perspective and directive when I turned.
On the fifth path of Labyrinth, I recognized a spiral
moving back and forth and inward all the while.
On the sixth path of Labyrinth, it led me to the middle,
and once there, easily resolved a riddle.
On the seventh path of Labyrinth, as I prepared to leave, the way back home would indeed include a weave.
On the eighth path of Labyrinth, as I began to focus,
I left behind the story and the hocus-pocus.
On the ninth path of Labyrinth, I noticed more,
now with open mind, ideas began to soar.
On the tenth path of Labyrinth, from all the winding change,
broader vision and depth, expanded range.
On the eleventh path of Labyrinth, I considered steps I made,
and all the choices that had been conveyed.
On the twelfth path of Labyrinth, I thought that I was done and then realized in life, I had only just begun.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lynda Tourloukis, TLS 365 Coordinator
Illinois & Nevada


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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Just One More Step

TLS 365 Experience #275
November 30, 2017

Advice from long ago when I thought I was finished or had enough of something, was to take one more step. Thoughts of not being good enough surfaced at times and perfection at other times, though its larger message was much deeper than my small thoughts of the time.  Sorting out a problem one day, the labyrinth offered the opportunity to get up and away from the issue and clear the mind.

The peace of the walk was interrupted by thoughts that took me back to earlier days and the message of taking one more step surfaced. Remembering I was on a walk of peace and clarity, I began to release thoughts from my mind in order to have the clarity to focus on the problem at hand. As thoughts continued to surface, determination became the focus to continue the walk. The more thoughts arose, the more I walked until I stopped in the center and sat down to listen. Finally achieving the quiet and calm, I relaxed and felt peaceful again and soon after rose to complete the walk in the return steps. In those steps a realization of how determination was what drove the next step. Determination was indeed the answer to the problem at hand and taking one more step had helped to understand this.

A  greater understanding revealed itself however and in taking one more step showed a perspective that would not have been seen had I not. That further step provided a wonderful moment to evaluate efforts and really understand satisfaction. It also offered a curiosity; what if when I had the problem, I just took the next step and considered what the solution might be… what might I have truly realized in the walk of solution?

 

Today’s Experience submitted by:
R. Harris, Labyrinth Enthusiast
South Carolina


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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LabyrinthSociety
Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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Refocused Fun

TLS 365 Experience #169
Aug. 16, 2017

I love my kids and am generally a fun spirited parent, though this was one of those days when I had drawn the last of my patience and knew I was in great need of some alone time and unable to time myself out, so I took the kids to the park.

They generally want to engage me or be acknowledged as they play, though on this day I really just wanted them to play without need of my participation. I thought I would walk the labyrinth while they played on the swings and the slide next to it, though they seemed to find a sudden interest in the labyrinth and were already racing though it.

Rather than completely give into despair, I called them back and ask them to consider how many ways we could walk a labyrinth and challenged them to walk in one way and out another and then to continue with new and different ways until they could not find any more. As we all began to walk, I found my stride in a comfortable way appreciating my own walk as they sped by me with there own intentions lost in the challenge.

I began my walk and instead of the quiet reflection I thought I would focus upon, I found myself considering walking sideways, backward, singing and skipping. I walked along and more thoughts popped up in a similar pattern and as amused as I found it, my patience had shifted and my amusement grew. Watching my daughter attempt to summersault her way around the labyrinth and my son making faces throughout made me laugh and become just as inventive. Grateful for the shift and focus on fun.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
LAT, Labyrinth Facilitator
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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LabyrinthSociety
Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

The cycle of giving and receiving is a cycle of caring and sharing of our wisdom and appreciation

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