Day 193 July 12
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return
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!
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.
- 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!
- 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?
- 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
- Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society