Posts Tagged With: Meditation

Singing the Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #173
Aug. 20, 2017

For years I walked the labyrinth in quiet meditation. Then one day I felt like singing and it was a wonderful comfort to be expressive with a connected feeling of my body to the earth and my song to the sky. It opened up much and I found that there are times of silence and times of singing now and the more I sing, the better I feel after a walk.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J.J., Labyrinth Facilitator, Meditation and Breath work
Colorado


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Weed Walking

TLS 365 Experience #171
Aug. 18, 2017

The labyrinth near me is not old, but older. It has weeds now that the warmer weather has come and there are a few rocks missing. Often there is something kicked out of place, so I know it is used, though not as well cared for. I never thought much about its condition, just that it was older, though now that the weeds have sprung up it appears there is no regular maintenance as I haven’t seen anyone in months.

I decided to simply care for it a little more each day when I came to walk, so began with the outer circle weeding half of it walking in and half walking out. The next time I worked on the next circle inward and the following week the next. By the time I had weeded to the center, still no one had come and some of the outer areas were beginning to grow back. I realized that this might be my simple ministry of weeding and walking and with regularity it could serve others as it served me to bring up ideas that I would like to release.

As the thought occurred, it seemed the whole nature of the walk was to become weedless, releasing any thought or distraction that occurred in my experience and just be with the experience.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J. Bass, Labyrinth Enthusiast
Colorado


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Offerings of the Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #166
Aug. 13, 2017

I share the labyrinth with my classes offering them a chance to understand a different kind of meditation, a new way to examine deeper and more efficient breath and the opportunity to practice mindfulness.

Participants are often intrigued as to how the labyrinth can make the type of difference that it does make and I send them home with finger labyrinths and the world wide labyrinth locator information, so that they might find a permanent structure near where they live. I find there are such a variety of ways to utilize the idea of the labyrinth where learning and education are involved.

In self education, the labyrinth provides a vital reflection.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Anna L., Labyrinth Facilitator, Trainer
Nevada


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The Temperature of Gratitude

TLS 365 Experience #141
July 19, 2017

It is so hot that the air seems to be sitting on top of a furnace unmoving allowing the atmosphere to swell and take up what might be left for natural breath.

I came outside this evening in hopes to cool a bit, though it is just as hot outside it seems and as I sit wondering of a way to cool, I look out upon the labyrinth looking for a switch to relieve the intensity. I am used to asking questions of the labyrinth and find a gratitude of the heart in what it answers, knowing it is but a sequential structure for my mind to relax and inner knowing to flow, though it is nice to be able to extend the gratitude outward and get my heart and mind reprogrammed a bit.

It is in this thinking that I rise and move toward the labyrinth in this question of cooler solutions. I walk in and consider that maybe stillness wouldn’t work up a sweat, though I move on. As I move more in quite and subtle ways I begin to consider coolness. As I traverse the paths I remember my body in cool and relaxed ways. I seem to find a calm and a cooler perspective by the time I have reached the center and with much gratitude I begin a coolness meditation with my focus and breath as I walk each pathway and when I arrive at the end.

I find that this discussion has changed my inabilities and found an inner reserve that adapts, speaks and blissfully relaxes the anxieties of the heat. Mind and body are relaxed, ready to rest and appreciating the opportunity to question and answer.

Today’s Experience submitted:
Heath C., Labyrinth Enthusiast
Illinois


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Peace is Present

TLS 365 Experience #134
July 12, 2017

Today I walk for peace in the world. Actually everyday I walk for peace in the world. I just don’t think about it. When I walk, I just become part of the experience and there is nothing but being in the experience. It is a meditation in this way. Whether I am the peace in my mood or action, how I walk in the world is my reflection. My moments on the labyrinth are a way to reflect that alignment. It is there I connect and remember that peace is always present and only when I am not in it do I seek it.

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Zoe T, Labyrinth Artis
Nevada


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Creating a Foot Bit

TLS 365 Experience #120
June 28, 2017

A Foot Bit Labyrinth Step DeviceI do not have a Fit Bit device. I am not tracking my steps and while it helps many to create a helpful fitness routine, a woman on the labyrinth who kept looking at hers,  made me think of another way to use it for a mindful experience.

When I have designed labyrinths in the past, I want to know for my own description, how many steps there might be in its design.  Just an interesting piece of trivia that I have enjoyed knowing in all the designs I have created. To figure this out I have had to take many trips to finally arrive at the number; as when I walked I tended to fall into the relaxed mind and lost my track in counting. It was amusing to see how many times I might have to walk the labyrinth to figure out its step count. It created a new awareness of my own ability and an appreciation for a new idea for mindfulness awareness.

I used a reverse process of counting to move into the meditative quality. By asking how many steps I might take before I lose count, I worked towards the message of the labyrinth instead of against it. When I used this technique more in my labyrinth walk,  I find it takes less steps before I drop into the experience than before, so it’s become my own “foot-bit” of mindful fitness.

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


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Day Seven… Home is closer than you think

Play 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 l Day 4 l Day 5 l Day 6


On the seventh day of Labyrinths… the messages and metaphors were walking close with me.

I wanted a simple experience to unlock something I was mulling around in my head, so I pulled out one of the 15 finger labyrinths I had brought with me on this trip out west. It was one of the two that used to hang on the wall in my home and at the time it didn’t seem all that significant.

FullSizeRender-2It was dark and late and I couldn’t sleep, so I just sat with the night, the feelings and soon picked up the labyrinth. I decided to take it  into the bed thinking I might fall asleep afterwards. I didn’t want lights so just put my finger in the first groove and began moving into the walk. My finger held the edge of the groove in a way that pressed intensely and the movement didn’t seem to glide as easily as it might otherwise.

Noticing but not really considering any significance in the moment, I was suddenly a bit confused, until I realized I had found the center. I sat in the dark realizing that I really had made the experience hard by concentrating on making it happen instead of the typical allowing flow. All year I had been quite intentional about the difference between what was pushing and what flowed naturally as a result I find myself in the space of flow more automatically.

Today had been a strange day where much had seemed out of balance, and not surprisingly something in my mind couldn’t quite sort itself out too. Just like what I was doing with this walk, pressing the point where I knew how much easier it was to simply stop and allow. Indeed it was a day to listen well.

2014-10-14 14.57.17I sat for awhile with half a laugh in my head just wondering what this message and the metaphor might be preparing me for. It’s often like that, confusing messages tweaked just enough so there isn’t a pattern I might recognize. What I do realize is that the bigger the confusion, the bigger the message that comes. Then suddenly as I pondered the bigger question, the answer to the smaller question of the day popped into my head. Very funny!

Listening for the greater message of the strangeness of the day, though it seemed to have a mind of its own, I put the labyrinth aside, knowing it would come when ready and opting for the sleep that finally called to occupy the meantime.

 

MusicalRaptureIn the morning I woke early, rested and feeling curious.  I meditated with the sheets a bit and then realized the labyrinth was still on the bed, so pulled it over. I thought I might add some music so pulled out the iPad and the idea to look up Patricia Coate Robles, Musical Rapter, a healing gift for humanity beckoned.

 

A knowing mindfulness was present instantly as something of importance to me and meditation was the product and the skill. My fingers danced to the vibration of the celestial sounds. They fairly skimmed along the grooves of the path and the easy glide and flow  was notably contrary to the evening’s experience.

KidsI began to think of my children back at home. I have traveled much this year and even though they are grown and live independently, this has been a transitional year for them as well. My mind brought attention to each and in the meditative walk, they had their independent paths, yet like the labyrinth in whole they were a collective.

The feeling of home and the many homes I have had this year as a result of all the travel. It seems I have stayed for two months in many places and in each there was an element of home. It is a question as I am currently unknown where I will make a more permanent home yet, it seems to early to make this decision as the feeling of travel still calls.

Day7The bigger question for me, is what do I call home? I seem to be taking it with me wherever I go. I pulled out a sheet of pictures my kids had made me for Mothers Day one year, they made copies just in case I might need to distribute them to others affectionately. I placed the pictures with the labyrinth and walked again, flowing with the music.

For now the simplicity of knowing what makes a home and what I put into it is enough. I carry it in my heart. The permanent structure isn’t necessary just now, as I find myself in the calling of releasing attachments for a more unique and significant purpose. It isn’t for everyone, though in this moment it is for me.

The labyrinth that I walked today was one of a set of two in my old home. While the home is gone, the partner to this labyrinth has been repurposed gracefully as is the partner that used to sit beside me. All in harmony and all gratefully appreciating the journey that has been, preparing in a new way for the journey that is and the one that will be.

Today’s message brought me closer to home than I have been in awhile, in touch with my kids introspectively and mindful of the practice that allows me to flow and grow with purpose. 

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