Posts Tagged With: Observing

A Window in the Clouds

TLS 365 Experience #206
September 22, 2017

finger tracing the labyrinth in the clouds.Traveling today was tiring with many delays and reschedules. On the last flight I looked out the window wishing I was aready home and watched as the clouds passed by to occupy time. Each had a different shape and structure and in watching the scenery,  my finger began tracing their shape on the window.  The pattern became that of the labyrinth as moving my finger to follow the different shades of white.

The first I realized was the classical design from a half round shaped cloud. Then a repeating Roman design in the box like cloud that appeared.  A meander followed that from the ribbons that appeared as we moved.  Finally a medieval path in a particularly complex cloud structure. Noting some clouds were fleeting, while others larger and more encompassing,  created awareness for the smaller and quick designs that can be rapidly designed,  as well as the larger that allowed for a little more adventure and time.

It appeared that every cloud might suit a different design of the labyrinth well and it became a sort of game to see how many different designs I could remember and accurately trace on the window. I am sure the cleanup crew must have wondered, though the simple tracing gave my mind something to do that was both exercising the ability to repeat all the designs from memory and activated new and creative ideas for other designs.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J. James, Labyrinth Designer and Facilitator 

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True Learning

TLS 365 Experience #106
June 14, 2017

My education comes when I share. I may begin sharing about the labyrinth with groups and organizations and even offering some innovative ideas in my walks, though the true learning comes in observing the interactions of people with the labyrinth and each other. It is in what they share that my education always improves.

Then, appreciation raises considerably.

Today’s Experience submitted:
Wanda H, Labyrinth Enthusiast, Educator

The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:

2. Receive
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The cycle of giving and receiving is a cycle of caring and sharing of our wisdom and appreciation

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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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