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Tiny Steps

TLS 365 Experience #167
Aug. 14, 2017

Preschool Children on the labyrinth When it comes to children on the labyrinth, their small steps speak volumes of education and entertainment for any who are lucky enough to be in earshot. Sharing an opportunity with our preschool children one afternoon, I was curious to see where their curiosity and natural exploration would lead them.

So I lead them to the labyrinth and asked them to tell me what they saw in looking at the labyrinth. The answers were a priceless collection of ideas. Then I asked them to explore and some ran, some were tentative and still others were remarkably care free. At first they formed a line and wiggled as they walked. Then they began to play a kind of snake game trailing after each other.

The more they moved, the more they became independent and soon there was a mixture of collective movement in independent style. I marveled at watching how they interacted with the labyrinth in their own way and how these little tiny beings took steps to explore every inch and make it their playground of discovery.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J. Friedman, Educator, Labyrinth Enthusiast
Indiana


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A Natural Playground

TLS 365 Experience #147
July 25, 2017

children on the labyrinthThe labyrinth is a playground.

So many take its design and purpose very intently, sacredly and seriously and while each has its purpose and place, what seems forgotten is how versatile the labyrinth can be. I like that it doesn’t have to be one way or one thing, it can be many things to many people.

I use it with young children in a care giving situation. There is a labyrinth in the park nearby and when we use the park for outdoor activities, the labyrinth often becomes a place to play. Sometimes there are dancing and movement activities, at other times we use its maze like quality to race, run and unwind. We play games on the labyrinth as it is a natural place for adventure. We play and pray together.

Through we also create much in collaboration, taking turns, inclusion, communication and creativity is explored so it also becomes a tool of learning. When we leave it up to kids, the labyrinth is a just a natural tool for discovery.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
S. Kissle, Childcare and Play
Illinois


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Entertaining Education

TLS 365 Experience #40
April 9, 2017

Sharing the labyrinth experience with kids is always an adventure. It can remind us of our own youthful curiosity and at the same time bring about the unexpected direction creatively.

One after school group was particularly wiggly from the long day and while using meditative experiences in the past has been beneficial, this day called for movement.

We set up a game like experience where a set of ground rules established safety and concern for others and then each found a different way to walk the path and no one could walk the same as others before. It proved just the right amount of activity and creativity that led to some interesting discussion about how and what we learn independently and collectively.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Labyrinth Enthusiast
Illinois


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Of the Labyrinth and Reflection

foot labyrinth in snow

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:

Ice rink labyrinth

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

 

ice sculpture labyrinth New Brunswick Winter Fest

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.

 

snow blocks of labyrinth

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

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.

 

Welcome to December… Our Monthly News and Reflection

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