Posts Tagged With: Listening

Illumination Time

TLS 365 Experience #103
June 11, 2017

It’s quite when I walk.

In the dark of the moon, I like to appreciate the silence and stillness. It is as if I am the only movement. The steady light of the moon illuminates the labyrinth just enough to lay out the path before me and my eyes adjust to the rest. It is a time to savor and often I walk barefoot just to feel all that is natural.

From the activity of my day, all falls away and I am just in the moment with the labyrinth, speaking to it with my footsteps and listening in response with the whole of my body. I become the walk and hear my day more clearly and all to often,  just the moment at hand and find it very comforting and very much, enough.

Today’s Experience submitted:
IM, Labyrinth Enthusiast
Nevada


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Discerning is Learning

TLS 365 Experience #79
May 18, 2017

Listening into the idea of discernment with a group, we discussed the nature of it in ways of movement, listening, globally and universally present, following a truth and understanding that we don’t have to see or know the whole as we begin, though we understand it more completely in the end.

This was merely a conversation that the labyrinth embodies. When we listen and move with presence, we grow into the global awareness that allows us to follow the path honestly. We know we will find a center with reflection.  We realize too, the whole of the experience is found in the steps we take to create it.

I find in the step by step approach on the path, learning is discerning, and discerning is learning.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Labyrinth Expressionist
Illinois


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A Greater Communicator

TLS 365 Experience #51
April 20, 2017

Sometimes there is little to say and lots to convey.

That is when the feet communicate much, in the pace, the persistence, and the patterns that form on the walk. The body moves in accord to what calls from within and sometimes what moves from without.

Listening and learning, appreciating and receiving all in purpose with practical steps. The parts come together, beginning, middle and end and relate a mindful reflection that speaks clearer in the silence than voiced words or sound.

We might call it introspective silence, though that itself is the greater communicator.

Walking without, deepens walking within.

 

Today’s Experience Submitted by:
Labyrinth Enthusiast and Facilitator
Midwest


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Feeling the Labyrinth

I use the finger labyrinth when there is no larger place to walk with my body, though I find this simple activity moves my body and my mind to listen to my soul more frequently and with an honest communication that can only speak a truth to the questions I ask.

As my finger feels the groove and moves in concert with the feeling that calls, it could travel on its own as the only reality that seems to be present is the finger to the labyrinth. The rest of my being seems to float along in a knowing way. This is feeling, listening, awareness…and the path of the labyrinth.

Today’s Contribution Submitted by:
LAT, Enthusiast and Designer
Illinois


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Day Four… Walk with your Eyes

We are playing… The 12 Days of Labyrinths Game
12DaysOfLabyrinthsPlay along in December, any 12 days or just make it last all month. Today’s post moves beyond the simple preparations into the action of the game itself. Read The Game and How to Play in the link below to follow along. Then send along comments of your experience. 
The Game and How to Play
Preparations…12 Things that Matter
Preparations…12 Gifts, Talents or Abilities
Preparations…12 People of Influence
Day 1  l  Day 2 l Day 3


On the fourth day of labyrinths… Observance educates

The fun of this game is to find new paths to walk, and as you may have noted, a little bit of creativity goes a long way. There are endless ways to walk when you get outside the circle of what you see before you. Finding new labyrinths is all about discovering designs planted in the world, as part of the natural landscape, envisioned creativity, and innovative expressions.

photo 1-2Today’s game used my eyes.  It hadn’t occurred to me to consider this  method until I realized I was sitting back with a cup of tea just relaxing as I watched my mother using one of the finger labyrinths I had brought with. It was affirming and endearing to watch her get excited when I brought out my box of finger labyrinths. She asked about each one and I shared a little bit about the significance of the style and where I had secured them. Then she closed her eyes and took off.

photo 2-1I had forgotten that she had kept a double classical design that I had left her years ago and she found it as we were digging through boxes today. She thought my nephew had taken it home awhile ago, so was happy to have claimed it once again.

photo 5I sat back with my tea and merely watched as she put her fingers in place, closed her eyes and then silently moved her fingers intent upon her actions. Noting her careful manner and the searching fingers as she maneuvered the paths quietly, there was a sense of respect she had for what she was doing, as if she had experienced this conversation many times before. I asked if she knew that she didn’t have to close her eyes. She said she did and that this was just her way of listening to it.

That would be an accurate description. She had the eagerness of a child and the reserve of someone knowing. With each labyrinth I placed before her,  she closed her eyes and felt her way through. This was much like the dogged persistence she displayed when she was on task with a project, determined she would finish, though this had an air of peacefulness to it.

photo 4It made me wonder at my own persistence and I noticed how I closed my eyes to feel the experience too. Her careful manner on the labyrinth was a part of her makeup, aged and aware that all was not the same as it once had been. Her playful nature was evident as well as her enthusiasm and anticipation grew as I reached in the box to share another design, she played with several.

I thought of what was important as I watched her walk and became aware of communication. We both seemed in the same boat on many aspects, mirroring a true image for the other. We had been listening to each other and at times over speaking. It was clear we both needed to be heard. To listen with the heart of appreciation was my task, mirroring for my mother the listening she longed for as one now alone in the world.

photo 1-1What I began to notice however was that I also needed to speak up, to get louder as her loss of hearing had grown. In our family we can be loud as a group, though individually we are rather soft spoken. I turned on my speakers voice and when I did, it made all the difference in her ability to hear me. The aged aren’t always aware of their hearing difficulties and are sometimes reluctant to accept it. This small observation made a world of difference in our communication.

The person who popped up in mind today as I was moving through the experience was Jean. She had been a presence in my life this year at a most significant time. She did the one most important thing for me that mattered, she listened empathetically. I didn’t require assistance only someone to listen as I sorted things out loud. In that ability she both gave and earned respect in our relationship.

The power of observation can be enhanced when we let go of expectation and simply accept what we see when we do. As someone who guides self actualization, observation is key to developing meaningful conversation. I’ve often observed groups walking as a way to study behavioral modes and assisted individuals and families to build relationships by observing each other on the path. Today I was gifted with an observation that will engage and enhance the relationship between mother and daughter significantly.

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The Heartbeat of the Labyrinth

The focus of the heart continues…

Heart Labyrinth

The Heart Labyrinth at Ghost Ranch

Everyone has a unique appreciation of the labyrinth and a version of the story to tell. As we walk in this year, with this focus on this day, the heart will guide us. Listening to the heartbeat of the labyrinth is much like stilling ourselves to hear our own heart and purpose.

What is the pulse, pace or purpose of the flow within and how, why or where will we come into alignment with it? The labyrinth offers us diverse opportunities to listen.

Today I came across the Heart Labyrinth of the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.We featured an image of it in our Monthly Newsletter for February’s Heart Focus.

 

John Phillip Newell directs a short video that captures the spirit of the Heart Labyrinth at Ghost Ranch in image and shares a timely message about listening. Listening to the Heartbeat of the Labyrinth.

May we all be reminded to listen with spirit,

Lynda

 

 

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