Posts Tagged With: focus

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


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A New Rhythm

TLS 365 Experience #158
Aug. 5, 2017

Many tines in walking the labyrinth I have had thoughts on my mind as I entered. Some were questions of what I wanted to know, others were of people I wanted to pray for or focus a concern for and well wishes. Other times I just wanted to sort things out, and often just to walk and become aware of what occurs in feeling or ideas that emerge. I’ve come to the labyrinth with a busy mind.

On this day, I came to the labyrinth with a chant that I wanted to express and memorize. As I walked I began the verbalization and continued to repeat as I moved into the walk. The chant became fluid the more I moved and by the time I realized the center, there was a rhythm to my walk and the chant. The stillness in the center seemed to capitalize on what was required of the moment and the quiet prevailed. As I walked back out, the chant seemed to be lighter and more relaxed. It wasn’t something I was saying, it was something I was becoming and when reaching my end, I leave the labyrinth grateful, peaceful and knowing.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Uma Avous, Labyrinth Facilitator
Nevada


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