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Folklore

Day 279  October 6
In The Year of Honest Living
In The Quarter of: Contribution
In The Month of: Message, Metaphor and Magic

Image of portion of a labyrinth in black and white with a metaphor of Folklore
Topic: Folklore

A cultured path of yesterday for today’s footsteps. 


The  Message:

Ancient stories to future fantasy incorporate the idea of journey traveled by cultures, ingrained as beliefs  and delivered in a systematic set of steps. 

Folklore has purpose in creating value by opening a suggestion to adopt that holds explanation and meaning. It is collective and inherited knowledge that leans toward a spiritual understanding. Myth and storytelling come alive in folklore as it brings an environmental and historical perspective to light in a way that fits community. Folklore can bring a sense of tangibility to the often immeasurable nature of spirituality.  In the village of Vedharampatti in the Dharmapuri district of Southern India lays a 2,000 year old labyrinth that has become a way of life and a talk of folklore in its origins and meanings to the people it lives among. 

The Magic: 

Folklore in the footsteps of the present offers a way to begin to comprehend the traditions and customs of our past. In walking from a past, with the present, in steps toward the future, the mists of the morning provide a pathway of solid structure along a mathematical design. The form allows bodily form to listen deeply and feel the magic of the meanings. 

 


Daily Insights : On this 279th day…
Take footsteps into the folklore of what is known to explore what is yet to cultivate.


October’s FocusBanner Image Year of Honest Living October 2018

Use Today’s Topic Above

  1. Walk the Labyrinth with the topic in mind of how it relates to the labyrinth.
  2. Share a message, metaphor or magical experience that occurred with the topic in the walk.
    • Message: Story, Information, related poem, image, design, tip, program, walk, etc.
    • Metaphor: Statement and brevity of the meaning discovered.
    • Magic: The unknown that became known in the experience of the walk.
  3. Choose one of the above, or all three to experience, explore and share.
  4. Title it, add identification and your location and share your experience  as part of the
    Labyrinth Society Wisdom Archive.
  5. Consider the topic with the ways you currently use the labyrinth for self or sharing with others:

• Personal Walk
• Group Walk, Program, Workshop, Education, etc.
• Designs, Artwork, illustrations, photos of labyrinth you walked, etc.
• Building concepts, tips, techniques, design ideas, etc.
• Personal Development, Guidance, Growth orientation, etc
• Writing, poetry, creations, installations, etc.
• Learn something new about yourself, others or the labyrinth this month.

Questions:   365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

 


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Be curious, research and share what you know of unique United States labyrinths, the people, the programs, the designs, the resources or simply the desires 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 a greater appreciation of what unites us with more impactful insight that brings our labyrinth connection in line with greater perspective in our year of living honestly.

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Paths of People

Day 257  September 14
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Labyrinth Expressions

image of labyrinth with people and expression

Paths of People

Along each journey, those who we encounter on the path add something to our encounters as much as we add to their’s.  When I think of all the paths I’ve explored, the people who have been a part have imprinted something.

 


Daily Insights : On this 257th day…
Even if you are alone today, your walk is possible because of people… celebrate!


September’s Focus

image of the theme for September, Labyrinth Expressions

Time Frame:

Introduction: September 1
Week One: Personal Internal Expression: September 2-8
–>Week Two: Projected External Expression: September 9-15
Week Three: Passionate Inspired Expression: September 16-22
Week Four: Purpose Soul Expression: September 23- 29
Conclusion and Review: September 30

What to do:

Make a Labrinth Expression ->  Take a picture of it ->  Title it and add a description ->  Send it to share it

  1. Begin with your favorite designs of the labyrinth or create your own.
  2. Add something to it like color, elements and/or different aspects to make them stand out and fit the week’s description in a way that you can relate to.
    Reshape, add or subtract elements of the design to make it fit what you want it to say.
  3. Enjoy discerning your expression. Make it fitting, honest and accurate in how it describes your experiences.
  4. Title it, add your artistic name and your location so we can see a world expression of the labyrinth taking shape.
  5.  Share your designs with a simple description to interpret your expression for posting on this site.

If you need Suggestions to help you find a weekly Expression, check our suggestion page.



Simple Reminders for your Labyrinth Expression
:

• You can add one design over all, or four designs, one for each week. Send images or photos and description
• It can be an opportunity or a challenge for you.
• There is no right and wrong, only honest expression.
• Don’t wait for perfection, act on impulse and feeling, that is where our expression comes.
• Notice every time that you give of yourself, you become larger.
• Do this alone or do this with others…. be creative!
• We are not asking for personal names, only your creative cultivated name, so the world won’t know it is you; it will know your expression however.
• If you have questions, do leave your email to connect.  365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org


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Saturday September 15th
NOON PST

Be curious, research and share what you know of unique United States labyrinths, the people, the programs, the designs, the resources or simply the desires 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 a greater appreciation of what unites us with more impactful insight that brings our labyrinth connection in line with greater perspective in our year of living honestly.

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Face Time

Day 107: April 17
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

Navigating the Labyrinths of the FaceLooking into the face of another, one can see a lifetime etched in the soft lines that form and illustrate the character and changes that have transpired. Expressions that leave traces behind discreetly display attitude and when we have the chance to truly study the face of an individual, we can see how the structural lines flow into form with interesting design. A deeper look with a labyrinthic eye will reveal the significant movement of line perhaps a little differently.

Amused by the various laugh lines present during a meditation experience of looking into other’s expressions, today’s exploration and amusement reveals a journey of the face to realize a number of intersections and directions that resembled a hidden value for our anatomical experience.  Beginning with a simple curl, the ear offers an interesting spiral and leads to the traversing of strands that are connected by a spiral design in the scalp. The fine lines of the eye brow offer a circuitous traveling from outer edge to the inner line of the nose. Dropping away to the eye lashes another round of curious navigation comes round to the fine lines of the eye and the very interesting designs of the eye all the way to the center point of the pupil. Moving along the long curve of the nose from the small lines around and curving up into the nostrils meet the ridge of skin that moves us down into the lip line.

Traversing the fine lines of the lip we can travel from one side to the other between the lines from top to bottom to find ourselves moving from external to internal by opening our mouth and dropping into the oral cavity. Were we to have freckles, moles or birthmarks, the navigation would find a way to encircle and embrace the way in which they grace the face.

While this may just be an amusing way to see the labyrinth in interesting places, we were designed with all these features and to explore them in light hearted ways can often help us to understand and explore more.

On this 107th day…
Discover the labyrinths of your face that are apparent and explore with another for an amusing adventure in having curious fun with others.

 

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April's Banner Year of Living Honestly 2018April’s Focus

Let this month unfurl your creativity, spontaneity and jocularity. It feels good to feel good and while we have been conditioned to shush our good times, let the labyrinth be our own private creation station of amusement, enjoyment and playful experiments. This month educate with amusement and see how much farther you get. Have fun and be creative.  We have three opportunities to education your potential with amusement this month that involves either your personal walk, your ability to design and how much you can learn by sharing. On your Mark, Get Set…Go!

  1. Innovate – Walk Amused
    In the 30 days that grace this month, play with the way you personally experience the labyrinth. Let this season of education be one of personal bests and enjoy finding a new way to be innovative, creative, inspired and amused in your personal experiences. I’d love to see what you come up with!
    Please share your wonderful experiences! 

2. Create – Design Inspired 
To date I have created 95 different labyrinth creations and designs since the beginning of the year, let that inspire you to create something new this month that is inspiring and firing for your imagination. Einstein said that playing with ideas was the highest form of research and this is an education for all of us.  As you walk in new ways, share your designs as I have done with mine last year and this. Perfection isn’t what we are after, amusement is! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! I will toss out lots of inspiring ideas… stay tuned daily.
Share away and become a glad designer instead of a mad one!  

3. Relate – Share with Care
One of the best ways to learn anything is having to teach or explain it to someone else. Whether you facilitate others, teach or simply share with a few, spend the month discovering amusing new ways to help others get more out of their walk with a lighter attitude and a more earnest enjoyment in what you share. Anything you want to know more about, share and this month share with a fun flair and notice how much more you actually begin to understand. You just might find a side of yourself forgotten. To receive all that, be a great giver.
Share what you discover! 

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Welcome March

Day 60: March 1
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discovery

Welcome to the 61st day of the year and the new month of March in the calendar year of 2018. Let it become a month like none other in the exploration of the quarterly theme of Awareness to both realize and surprise yourself in what you are honestly capable of.

Let this become the month of Discover, and become aware of what you put into your explorations and what you receive as result.
Focus on the design of the Spiral to inspire a reminder of what you put into this month and come away with.

March brings with it a changing time of seasons. We welcome Spring in the last half of the the month and shrug off the winter weariness in pursuit of new growths and direction. Let it be a time to consider change and what we want to seed for the future. Our theme of honest living, reminds us of being true to exploring our greater capacities and reveling in what we discover as the rich reward of our efforts and belief. In today’s walk, the spiral intently became a focus of the walk and an introspective look at the nature of the labyrinth in use, ability and design broadened, thinking of the natural spirals in our life and Earth design.

March forth into this new month eager, ready and willing to discover something new, something more to realize the natural gifts within and around us that are the simple definition of honesty.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this 61st day…
Walk with the newness of this month and observe your relationship with what you realize and what surprises you.

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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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Curious Navigation

TLS 365 Experience #248
November 3, 2017

The steps are somewhat painful in the walk today. Each placement takes notice of what is emerging in disease and with keener awareness, Feeling into the pain of the moment to make connection as the broadening and expanding action of my foot as it steps first with heel and then unrolls to make contact using up the whole of each part of the foot.

Noticing with this kind of awareness, I breathe with more ease. With slow motion of the mind and moving more purposefully to acquaint my body from footstep to the gait in between,  I am aware of the juxtaposition of the hips and spine and the overall effect. I am carried from the pain into the listening of the motion that each step requires from the top of the head and its slight bend to the shoulders, evaluating the inertia. Finding slight adjustments for each impact, I walk out of the labyrinth a different person.

I discover I am more curious than furious and that may make all the difference in how I choose to navigate this new journey of life and labyrinth.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
E. S., TLS Member
Florida


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Journey of the Journey

TLS 365 Experience #230
October 16, 2017

Journey of winding roads to and from Labyrinth gatheringOn my way to one of the Annual Gatherings of the past,  the labyrinth was the experience of going and coming.

I stayed nearby and drove in each day, though the winding of roads and travel wound back and forth before reaching the place of our gathering. Each in our car had turns at the wheel and all commented on the labyrinthic journey from here to there and back again.

In gathering, we all took this journey on the way in, some of us just had a daily experience of it.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
N. Anders, Labyrinth Facilitator
Indiana

 


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Keep Walking

TLS 365 Experience #208
September 24, 2017

I walk the labyrinth for many reasons: to release the stresses of the day, to work out knotty problems, to gain insights and ideas, to relax, to share in community, to heal my heart when it is broken.

The most powerful times seem to happen when I am lost, when I feel that somehow I have lost my way or can’t find my “next step.” The labyrinth reminds me that we can’t always see very far ahead, but that is fine because we are always on the path. It tells me that sometimes we have to backtrack, that inspiration is always available, and that I can find my way.

I just have to keep walking. It reminds me that I have to listen to my heart, that it always knows. In the center, I get inspiration and new paths to explore. When I walk out, it is a new journey.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Kay Whipple, TLS Board President
New York


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Adventure

TLS 365 Experience #150
July 28, 2017

Today I am headed on a road trip.

I often drive and sometimes across the country. One of the things I like to do is find where the labyrinths are along the way. Sometimes I divert a little farther than I plan, though it is always interesting to meet new labyrinths along the way. They have a story to tell that is unique to the purpose it was built for.

I think of it as a journey and an exploration that is a trip within a trip and where I can plot out its destination on a map, once on the labyrinth… I never know where it can take me.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
SJT, Labyrinth Enthusiast, Designer and Facilitator
Nevada


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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The Curious How…

Generally “How” can be identified as Hundreds of Ways. The how of anything is up to the creator of the desire to know. It is embarked upon with a point of reaching satisfaction and sometimes this point of surrender and completion comes from reaching a destination and sometimes it is the fascination of the journey from here to there.

How ?

Yesterday I was asked how I created my traveling journey labyrinth. I found it a playful excursion in relating and reflecting upon my year and my artistic or enjoyable rendering of the travel in lines and segments. It does little to tell of the bounty of the travel, the hardships, discoveries or the purpose of each transit, rather it paints a simple outline for the story to flow with a prioritization that is anchored in time. Sometimes that is all we need is the mere outline to give us the structure to share rich content.

To form the outline, I simply wrote out my travel log from beginning to end. What I discovered was that I began the same place I ended, very like the unicursal travel of the labyrinth. I also found that I had a center point to all the separate trips that I traversed and each took me generally to more than one location and back again, mostly on the same path or along a vein that ran in the same direction. How labyrinth like is that?

If we only looked at our daily trips around the house, we might also see a pattern as to where we begin and end and where we find our central focus. We might also see the revolutions we create and the extensions that allow us to more fully utilize our space followed by a return value to center or beginning point. We might do this in our daily travels; knowing home is our beginning and consummation as the day draws to a close.

I simply used the same concept to materialize the many places I moved from the center in exploration and further purpose and returned again. Indeed it is a marvelous reflection for I have traveled a number of places this year and all with diverse purpose that flows into one larger meaning. It’s reflection speaks volumes to me and in doing so, perhaps your travels of the year, no matter how expansive or how close to home they may have been, will impart a memory, a moment of realization or a meaning that affects you.

How do I ...

As to the How….

  1. I began with a piece of paper as I attempted to list out the places I had been on a map, though found the map to small for visual appreciation. Listing the geography on a timeline.
  2. Next I turned the paper over and simply dotted the paper with all the locations.
  3. Then I drew intersecting lines of my trip to and from, watching the circles develop.
  4. I noticed the pattern of Chicago as my center from which I traveled.
  5. I noticed Las Vegas from where I began and now ended
  6. I noticed the labyrinth of my separate journeys were one larger one of my year
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