The foot labyrinth in the snow at Colorado College
The month of December calls a close to the year and a great time for reflection of the labyrinths we have created, the labyrinths we will have traveled and perhaps the labyrinths we have been in the full year of 2015.
Last year we played a game in December to close the year in reflection and in this year we might do the same thing. Simply take each week like we did in November and reflect a little differently upon the ways in which you have achieved the following this year:
The labyrinth can take you in circles and back out again… they are everywhere in life.
1st Week in December: Where have I been?
Consider the the many turns of the labyrinth and where you might have criss crossed, looped and moved out and then again returned. Reflect this week on where you have been and plot the journey on a map. Connect the dots and be amazed at how wherever you begin and where ever you end, there is always a home point that draws you back again. It does not matter whether you have just traveled back and forth in your house, the great reflection is in what you have found on your path. Have fun in discovery and reflection
New Brunswick’s Winter festival creations
2nd Week in December: What have I accomplished?
Consider things you have been wanting to do, big things and little things that matter. Think of the first thoughts that come up and write them down and then place them on a page. Make a word up about what each is all about and then draw an image that fits around it. Prioritize the importance, what was most significant and what was least and perhaps put the important at the center, etc.
Keep it simple and let your mind begin to realize more and more as each point ventures out in expansive directions, notice as they end they come back and discover where good ideas return and begin…
in reflection of all you have accomplished.
Endless Opportunities to travel far and wide
3rd Week in December: Who did I meet this year?
Who is new in your life or who has come back? Who has made an impact and what is the significance of each person? Maybe it is a book you read where impact was created, a workshop, a Gathering or someone who didn’t seem to make much difference until you think of them now.
Place their names on a page and circle each, add a characteristic, meaning or significant purpose of this person in the center of your page, like the center of a labyrinth. Now create a beginning point with the first person you met and then connect to another person with similar traits or the next step in meaning and follow with the next and complete with others. When you have prioritized all on your path where ever you put them on the page you can then move into the center. Reflect on your way back out and do share this… if you wish add photographs, drawings or symbols… would love to see what you create!
Questions of the labyrinth
4th Week in December: In what ways was I a labyrinth this year? What paths did I create?
We often don’t realize how our bodies, thoughts, emotions or spiritual sense of who we are can be much like a labyrinth winding around, moving out and returning to familiar only to stretch outward and then return again in a sense of completion. Where have we expanded, diverted and sought out new destinations for the many aspects of ourselves?
Explore the phases, extensions and variables of your year in reflection to really take on the aspect of the labyrinth of your life, in your life and about your life differently this December to realize greater value in the gifts you are and give to the world. Not everyone walks the same labyrinth in the same way over the year. This is your opportunity to make notice by adding the ways you have walked, the different labyrinths, and the paths you have created for yourself or for others.
Beyond what you accomplished, this is just about the labyrinth journey. On a page write a description of each, prioritize importance in your life and trace your path to a center place on your page where you drop a note or two of thankfulness, appreciation and gratitude for the gifts. Then reflect in your journey back about the gift of each in your life… this is a life purpose labyrinth. You may discover how you have become the labyrinth in the journey.