Posts Tagged With: Movement

The Key of Flow

Day 98: April 8
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

The Greek Key Labyrinth and the Red Eggs of Orthodox EasterThe holidays of the Christian Easter and Passover have completed and are followed by the Orthodox Christian Easter that begins today as identified by the Julian calendar that sets the date after Passover. This Easter is the result of the excommunication of the Pope of the Catholic Church and the Eastern Patriarch of the Orthodoxy back in 1054 AD where the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by Catholic and Protestant Christianity set a new date for the Easter holiday. Easter is a time of resurrection and freedom added by the newness of Spring reminding us to begin anew and rise.

The use of the Greek Key is a great appreciation for the consistent pattern that moves the tide of flow. It comes from the ancient river Meander and symbolizes the natural order of movement; and when it comes in the form of a circle, it is a reminder of how we are connected in the bonds of friendships and families. The Greek Key has been an important iconic geometric pattern that flows throughout Greek history and is a symbol of infinity. The custom of the red eggs denotes the blood of Christ and the designs can be as simple as a pure red dye or  as different and intricate with patterns depicting the cultural basis and beliefs of the different Orthodoxies.

It was fun to create this element of time with 24 keys to walk each hour of this day in one instance to elevate the flow of possibility that exists in review of what we can make free with the honesty of this year’s program and amusing to add the design of the labyrinth to the depth of meaning that the red eggs symbolize humbly honoring what we can set free and realize within ourselves.

May the joys of connection, rising and infinite flow enhance your walk and exploration of ancient meanings for conventional times today.

On this 98th day…
Meander in the ease of natural flow in your walk and notice how much more at each your natural flow becomes.

 

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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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Move Matter

Day 64: March 5
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discover

The Archimedes Spiral is known as the Arithmetic Spiral because at its center point it has the ability to connect on radius with other equational points as it expands. Named after the Greek mathematician born in the 3rd century BC, Archimedes did not invent or discover this spiral, though translated its use to square the circle and trisect an angle. This basic form remains a significant basis for the mechanical designs that compress gases, coils for watches, water springs and even the grooves in our recording devices. We can find this design in microbiology, neurology and even digital light processing to name a few applications.

One may not consider this simple spiral much of a labyrinth, until you add the component of an individual walking it. We are the added element that becomes the movement and part of the mechanism of a scroll compressor.  Our movement into the spiral becomes a moving spiral that applies itself to the permanent element of the spiraled curvature line. When we do this, we are simulating the active motion of a scroll compressor.  In walking we activate the math and mechanism without much thought of the realization that we have indeed become a element of moving matter. It is no surprise that the spiral designs within our human structure are also activated with our movement and that we stir our mind, our body and the seat of our soul.

Activating the human condition awakens are part of the equation and as we move matter, we also move what matters.

A suggestion to walk with:

On this 65th day…
Turn your own spirals into a mechanism for what matters for your energy and matter as a human machine to realize, surprise and energize more signif

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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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The Message in the Wind

Day 51: February 20
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love

The weather can sometimes be a test of our truth. When the sun is shining, there isn’t much of a question as we find comfort in the warmth of the sun’s rise. This is the time we appreciate most as it is less conflicted and exists before or after a storm, or any period of seasonal turbulence. As the wind howls around today’s walk, grounding is a necessity as the gusts are picking up on anything not rooted or steadfast. Walking in the whirl of winds brings a message of change. Where change is constant, we find we are resistant to it as humans. We like our routines and known outcomes and change represents the alternative.

Today the weather’s winds are speaking volumes of change, leaving whispered messages for another day in lieu of the howling attentions sought in both its ability to create pressure and movement to provide sound in its spiraled circular masses.  The winds are not gentle in their communication, rather abrupt and demanding. Instead of resisting what might move me from the path of today’s steps, a decision to flow with its motion and use its undercurrent to advantage in staying upright became akin to playing with the wind and creating new paths.

In the release of resistance one can discover how the wind is a natural labyrinth.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this 51st day…
What ability rises in the walk of least resistance and pure listening?

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February’s Focus

As it is the second month of the year, enjoy two opportunities… discovery and realization.

  1. Discover your Love capacity:
    This month’s 28 days will focus on how we are loving the moments we are creating. Learning to be “in love” with our focus, it expands who we are beyond the partnered relational aspects and into the focus of loving what we offer the world, who we are in community, relating at a higher level to everything and everyone; and most significantly,  elevating the relationship we have with ourselves. Prepare for a wonderful experience of exercising the power of love with the freedom of honesty to realize a greater look at possibilities and potential n a delightful way. Discover how capable you are!

2. Realize synchronous evidence:
Inspired by the variety of heart shaped labyrinths, this month capture your experiences with images of the heart. Be on the look out for where the synchronicity of the moments where your heart is in focus and then look around to see where you can find the shape of a heart in symbol. Your awareness will expand and you just might be surprised to find that when we look with an open heart, we can find it in reference near by. It does require a bit of imagination, though the findings are wonderfully worth it. Share all the heart shaped labyrinth images you find with images, links or comments and I will be happy to post the images and moments.
Care to Share and Share to Care!

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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.

 

Daily unfolding the process:
Next Mid Month 365 Experience Gathering on February 15th at Noon (EST)  to explore the monthly focus. Share your posts from your walks and experiences with our theme this week at: 365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

 

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Walk of Darkness Enlightened

TLS 365 Experience #288
December 13, 2017

In curious explorations, the midnight hour is a time of perceived stillness.  The wee hours provide a depth of soul to awaken in the walk of the shadows and realize in the dark hours what grows  in opportunities that will shortly birth into the light. It is not a time of stillness, but one of great activity.

The walk is a listening of what is growing.
The listening hears the movement of flowing.
The movement is subtle evolving knowing.

It is a great and wonderful darkness to walk with as a part of the silent creations stirring.
In the wee hours.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J.Tunney, Labyrinth Walker
Illinois


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Exercising Variety

TLS 365 Experience #283
December 7, 2017

Coming out to find some air, the labyrinth in the garden seemed to invite some blood circulation with a walk. Rubbing palms together and pulling the scarf around my neck, I enjoyed the cool snap of crisp air as I entered. Thinking of it as an exercise, pumping arms and marching steps became part of the movement.

As I was getting into the movement, another joined me on the labyrinth. I had a moment of hesitation as it seemed a private experience and interruptive of another’s quiet time. Just as I was about to surrender my large movements, the other woman did the same arm circles and called out, “Great idea!”.  As we both continued to exercise the labyrinth, we were joined by others who had been watching from inside and soon we had to watch out in our thrusting of arms and legs, not to make a harmful connection.

It became a cheering experience of movement and amusing connection that invigorated all of us. It was also a chance to realize a different experience of the labyrinth, rather than the quiet mindful walks I have known. Realization on the labyrinth comes in many forms and today I moved myself in a variety of ways.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Darlene J., Labyrinth Enthusiast
Ohio


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A Natural Walk of Women

TLS 365 Experience #255
November 10, 2017

Using the labyrinth for women’s growth and appreciating the feminine, the metaphors and messages are always insightful and appropriate for our experiences. It seems to promote movement in women and allow a place that is stuck to become free in its spiraling fashion.  The body, voice, imagination, and heart all begin to move in rhythm to the paths and turns.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Charlotte M. D., Labyrinth Facilitator, Womens Educator
Utah


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Moving On

TLS 365 Experience #157
Aug. 4, 2017

Today I had my son in mind. I have missed him and know he is working on building a new life and glad when we can connect. Those first periods of adjustment can require moments to be reminded that evolution requires movement. When I first began the walk on the labyrinth today, I thought of what I missed and by the time I had come around to complete the walk, I was reminded of what both he and I gained in his moving on.  The labyrinth always offers a wise perspective.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
CMT, Labyrinth Enthusiast
Texas


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The Quiet

TLS 365 Experience #153
July 31, 2017

The quietness of a labyrinth in CaliforniaToday is a quiet day and as I reach for the labyrinth, it becomes a still and quiet walk. I find when I am in this kind of quiet, everything seems slower and more profound. Whether I finger walk or utilize full body, the movements I make are very purposeful as if I can feel the tense and release of muscles. noticing how  each is applied in the momentum. My awareness becomes very exact as the quiet is applied like a blanket, and rolls out in a complete way to encompass the entire body.

The quiet is internal and isolates the outside world from the experience. Each motion is observed for what it is, without any descriptive thought or plan from the mind. It is in these moments of the walk that the action of the leg striding to make its next step is complete with the natural force of the foot bearing weight onto the pathway. In the finger walk it is the extension of the arm and the texture felt under the finger as it reaches its destination along patterns and grooves.

To apply a deep quiet creates an expansion of awareness and greater appreciation of each chosen action.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
A. Fischer, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


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Move and Be Moved

TLS 365 Experience #136
July 14, 2017

Stone LabyrinthThe secret of the labyrinth’s ability is in how we each apply it.

Whether walking, watching, finger walking, drawing or creating a design, the common application is movement. We move with it and it moves us.

Our physicality is shifted, our cognitive construct considers and reconsiders, the way we relate to it, ourselves and others stretches our emotional response and how we connect and our moved internally affects our spiritual inner knowing.

A labyrinth is merely geometry until it’s geography is explored with movement.

 

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


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The Labyrinth Zone

TLS 365 Experience #114
June 22, 2017

The Labyrinth appears to be a tool of at least four dimensions. As we can measure the length, width and where it is not a flat, like in the outdoors, there is often some depth to the experience.

As we walk there is also a sense of energetic movement where the stillness of the labyrinth is interrupted by our movement and we stir up the depth of the labyrinth. I wonder if we measured the energy impact in walking from underneath the impact, what it might read.

When we factor in the element of time from our beginning to end and the liminal space in-between that time, we find our fourth dimension. It is here in this fourth dimension that the magic, meaning and moments of consideration seem to move time differently.

We might actually call this dimension, the Labyrinth Zone.

Today’s Experience submitted:
CM, Labyrinth Facilitator
Florida


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