Posts Tagged With: Meditation

Activating Sensory

Day 4: January 4
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

Meditation is simple. It is being in the moment of whatever you are doing in a full and present way. Not always easy, but simple in its plan. The flow and cycle of breath can be a simple meditation, though keeping one’s focus on the breath is often distracted by thoughts from the mind. This is where the labyrinth in its walking form keeps one in the flow of meditation as the focus is on the movement where the busy mind unwinds in the traversing pattern and relaxes interruptive thought.

Today’s walk used the double intuipath finger design. Meant for the connection of two, it can serve as a quieting or connection of both hemispheres of the brain. In the dark all sense is heightened, and touch, our first sense, is magnified. Tracing the pattern becomes a synchronized movement that unites what opposes and in the dark the definition of both labor and labyrinth, also become one in experience. It creates a deep listening that encompasses what lays beyond sound. In the dark, feeling is intensified and breath finds a slower more efficient rhythm. It defines the experience, realizing more of the intricate and finite nuances that blend and in this way arrives at an honest and complete expression of the moment.

It is a definition of an honest use of our faculties and an appreciable way to intimately know the lines and patterns of the labyrinth. It is a falling away of everything that is not truth for a great revealing.

What is defined in the intimate listening in the walk of today?


TLS 365 Experience 2018: The Year of Living Honestly

Whether it’s a daily walk, teaching others, sharing an experience, expressions of art, building or design, we explore the questions of what brings us to honesty in our use of the labyrinth. 

In a world of emerging truth, the labyrinth is a great experience to discover more of what is right and true about ourselves and humanity. Join us in sharing the honest moments it reveals.

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Walk Before You Talk

TLS 365 Experience #254
November 9, 2017

Having a difficult meeting of our committee board, tensions were rising, communication was not a two way street and stress was on the rise. I was feeling the force of it all and thought of what I do when things make my skin crawl as this was beginning to do.  It was too loud for a walking meditation, and then I remembered the walking meditation of the labyrinth that was right on our premises.

Typically I have enjoyed them in retreat settings and after lunch will come out and walk before the afternoon begins. I spoke up and let everyone know how I was beginning to feel and how unproductive we were becoming. I suggested we all take a walk on the labyrinth to see if we might recall our main points again and be able to find some solutions. One of the managers immediately saw my point and rallied everyone to the labyrinth.

It made such a difference that I suggested we walk the labyrinth before we met so we might come in more grounded and there was some support for this among the group.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Jane Cooper, Labyrinth Enthusiast
Iowa


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The Wisdom of Waiting

TLS 365 Experience #237
October 23, 2017

Our message to the class today was to put something in and take something away.

We demonstrated this balanced equation on the labyrinth by walking in with a problem and returning with a solution. To prove the point we asked for it to be of a personal nature that each could find some element that was the solution or could lead them to one.

As the walk completed our discussion added the value of patience as several had been blank on finding solution, though noted the more peaceful way they felt. We offered a patience meditation and made a writing assignment for the evening.

By the next day everyone had found an answer or element that led them to look in a new direction.  When we teach we discover more than we knew before.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Jen Stone, Educator, Veriditas Facilitator
Indiana


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Walk of Breath

TLS 365 Experience #211
September 27, 2017

Walk of Breath

Our class has been exploring different types of meditation including the labyrinth.
incorporated deeper breathing along with the walking of the labyrinth by using a suggestion from a workshop facilitator.

We began an inhale as we walked into the labyrinth and at the first turn expressed a slow exhale, learning to walk peacefully with the exhalation. At the next turn we inhaled more and soon found the belly extending naturally, the sides expanding and the rise of oxygen into the clavicular area for a fuller expansion of breath. The slow exhale at each turn truly aided us in finding a calm and peaceful reserve.

It was appreciated by all and a way to honestly find step into each facet of our breathing.

 

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Renee Raseen, Labyrinth Facilitator
Indiana


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Pool Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #198
September 14, 2017

Classical design in an above ground pool.

Painting a labyrinth on the liner at the bottom of the pool is a great workout, meditation and just an introspective quiet time in the water. The water has much more force when walking so attention is called forth and where it can be a walk of attention, it can also be an exercise walk or even a swimming one. In the water, a chanting exercise while walking added a vibrational toning to the experience and where our bodies are mainly water, the labyrinth is a welcome addition to those who might wish to consider adding one to what you already have.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
S. Sharp, Labyrinth Facilitator
Nevada


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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.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Zoe T, Labyrinth Artis
Nevada


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