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The Labyrinth of Acceptance

Day 208  July 27
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

Image of the glacier formed stones that make up a portion of the 85 foot labyrinth in Saskatchewan

The stone labyrinth at the Crossing in Saskatchewan, Canada. Photo Credits: Legacy Labyrinths

The Legacy Labyrinths Project has a purpose of positioning a labyrinth on each of the seven continents by the year 2020 and by 2030 to have installed several on each continent. The vision is to have each of these labyrinths represent a connection of labyrinths represented in the world. So far there are four other labyrinths created on three continents. This marks the 5th labyrinth. This labyrinth located in the Village of Val Marie in the Saskatchewan Province of Canada.  It is an 11 circuit Chartres style labyrinth measuring 85 feet in diameter and is made from native glacier formed stones. It is dedicated to the designer’s mother and similarly named in dedication to Mother Mary.

There are many wonderful world projects to inspire the gift that the labyrinth provides those interested with and a way to educate others to explore and discover their unique affinity to its design. The Legacy Labyrinths is just one. The Artline Project is another that brought together those labyrinths that fell on the 39th parallel and so brought a line across the United States Together. Like the Carol Shields Memorial, others have left a tribute to a cause, a person or a purpose. The great perspective of the labyrinth shows us there is no right or wrong, just the way things are and so what tribute we provide from its greater message that accepts all, is to be accepting of all ourselves. That is a legacy to appreciate and tribute.

On this 208th day…
Explore who you might honor with a labyrinth tribute and how it connects to a central purpose of service in your walk today.

 

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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Spiral Encounters

Day 72: March 13
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discover

Today’s walk was dedicated in spirit to a sister in law who’s caring sharing heart is remembered on her birthday by many. Looping the spirals together combined different ordinations of curved plane with each adding an element to the wholeness of this labyrinth and the thoughts behind its creation. Six sisters brought their feminine spirit together today on the labyrinth inspiring this design. It incorporates the individuality of each individual and the connectedness made when we come together.  It moved from one sister’s focus to a focus for all feminine spirit.

As each brought their significant gifts, all benefitted from the exchange of giving and receiving. Like a ribbon in a dance passing through each sister, it picked up their character and larger world element each represented to the whole of our story on our path of tribute and dedication. The three symbols in the center remind us that when two join in one mind, a third element occurs that is a result of the two working together.

It was a moment to realize significance and surprise how the form of this design evolved with the sister tribute, the included women and the feminine elements spiraling together  A light insight into how spirals show us our movement and engagement with existence, either walking into it, from it or in the moments in between. Combining spirals, elements and purpose with the labyrinth makes the whirled go round with ease, enjoyment and great relevance.

A suggestion to walk with:

On this 72nd day…
Walk in mind of connection and in all you encounter, give a name to what it represents and note how it relates with the next item you encounter and so on.

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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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Gifts that Give

TLS 365 Experience #293
December 18, 2017

As the morning coffee began to brew, I wondered on the small finger labyrinth what message to bring to our group for the evening.  There were lots of ideas mulling around in my head, though nothing stood out and really felt much like the contribution I wanted to share.  As I smelled the coffee, my fingers moved faster and I realized I hadn’t been paying much attention to what I was doing as the aroma reminded me of morning rituals. The overwhelm of the holiday bustle had packed in too much and I could feel it.

Just in that moment as I traced another turn, the reminder that I could take another direction on this. I realized people had a lot to say and why not bring my portable labyrinth with and just get people walking, talking and sharing their thoughts. More over, it would seem like a special activity meeting for the holidays, this was just getting better and better.

Printing out finger labyrinths and writing a quick holiday message on each realization came as I finally stopped to sip the coffee, a simple and very effective meeting was planned using the idea of what gave me the idea. The labyrinth can be a gift that keeps on giving… and I now would be passing that on in giving that idea to others.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Beth Nellis, Manager, Labyrinth Facilitator
Indiana


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

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A Fine Vine

TLS 365 Experience #291
December 16, 2017

A Labyrinth Vineyard in South AfricaYears ago when looking for holiday gifts, I ran across several wines with a labyrinth name. As my brother in law was a wine salesmen, it seemed the perfect gift from a Labyrinth enthusiast. Investigating further, there was one choice really to settle on as in reading their information, looking up more and later talking to a representative,

I learned that they had indeed planted the first vineyard labyrinth in 2003. In drinking the wine,  one would essentially have enjoyed a taste from each of the vines that made up the labyrinth. It was the name that caught my attention, Labyrinth 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon by Simonsig, the conversation and the purpose and mission in creating that sold me. It also made a wonderful auction item too and turned out to be a very decent wine.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lyn Connelly, 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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Gifts, Talents and Abilities

12DaysOfLabyrinthsWe are playing… The 12 Days of Labyrinths Game
Play along in December, any 12 days or just make it last all month. I chose to take three days and set it up well before I began, though all are welcome to play it their way.
The Game and How to Play
Preparations for Play

 

Who would have thought discovering our gifts would be as easy as a simple walk?

A curious mind can create all kinds of wonder as it seems persistent to know a truth and relentless in the ways it might pursue it. ChildsLabyrinthHopefully the idea of relating to the 12 different gifts, talents, skills and abilities will be enjoyable, affirming and enlightening in some small way. Whenever I think I have arrived and know a great deal, a little introspection tells me I really have arrived at the very tip of a large iceberg… look deeper.

Walking on this today proved much like yesterday, much more than expected. Yesterday the 12 things that matter to me came out in two parts, one from my first thoughts before the walk and the other half from my introspective feelings. When I later looked at that list I realized the concepts I listed were related to the projects and ideas I wanted to materialize. What was important to me registered further on an internal level personally, then purposefully and professionally what was important externally. The closer look produced a profound and purposeful stamp of aha!

Today I found acknowledging all those special things that make me who I am add purpose to what, how and why I do what I do was very affirming.  On the walk I discovered a hilarious blend of depth and introspection mixed with a light hearted reminder that none of this is all too serious. Rather, it is meant to serve as a way to remember in December a more reflective quality of what this year has been all about.

YogurtIt could very well be that the feeling of lightheartedness had something to do with the labyrinth I used today.  I felt a bit playful so opted in favor of a yogurt labyrinth… lunch and learning!  A thin spreading of creamy yogurt on a platter made it easy to use my finger to draw out the design, while snacking along the way. I could have drawn it in reverse so that the border would remain while I dined on the yogurt path. Instead I wanted to every bite, so drew my finger through the yogurt on the platter to create the borders.

YogurtLabyrinthOn the second time around, I enjoyed the tangy paths until the yogurt was consumed leaving no evidence of it on the platter and now laying somewhere on the inner labyrinth of my intestines, digesting happily. This is finger walking finger licking goodness! (I’ve also done this with school children using chocolate pudding…yummy!)

I realized that 12 different labyrinths might seem daunting to some, playing with the idea gives way to all kinds of opportunities. When I start thinking of only what is in front of me, I know a few things. Just a  happy headslap later, I am reminded to open the eyes of scarcity to see the abundance that surrounds.

Play well with yourself, be kind and discover more when you explore!

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