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
Day 7 l
On the eighth day of Labyrinths… There was presence with compassion and I thought about my kids.
The day got away from me as it began with an awakened epiphany that tore me away from sleep with an even greater realization than a small situation called for. I might be using the labyrinth as I moved into my morning from bed to laptop to the kitchen for a morning meal back to the laptop for a conversation. Then into the kitchen again for some coffee and conversation with Mom then off to the office for a few phone calls and so on traversing the path of the everyday.
If I were to track my movements, they would have indeed produced a lively patterned labyrinth. As it was I used one of my favorites, a small black plastic double classical finger labyrinth. It was one of my first purchases and it reminded me of sharing a room with Virginia LoneSky years ago at a conference. I had wanted to meet her and then found we were room mates. We have been compassionate souls in friendship ever since and I bought this labyrinth from her.
This was a morning of mindful presence. The night before I had gone to sleep with an exercise to complete before retiring. That and a question that wouldn’t let go joined me in slumber. The answer in the mornings awakening shed a dynamic presence onto the whole day. It was as if I were woken up with an idea of what mattered from my list in this game and was directed to people who I wanted to partner with who had compassion and empathy. These were abilities that I could see in others as I noted them in myself.
To be mindful both can serve to open the mind with the heart and that I find is where presence is reminded of its purpose. In this place solutions meet the answers that were waiting for each other and opportunities find a way to engage with needs and wants. It is like the in and out walk of the labyrinth going in knowing and leaving in growing from the experience.
Who popped up today, my kids. I felt a need to connect as I will miss them for the holidays. My daughter couldn’t talk so texted and promised to speak later. My son was busy at work and sent me a bunch of funny pictures until he gets home from work. My other daughter did connect and we spoke for over an hour making up for the two that got away.
We decided to have our own Christmas celebration on Skype. Where we turn on the group and bake cookies, share dinner and get a few other family members to join us for a song and a toast. Knowing them they will have all kinds of antics in place and I can’t wait. In the end as we talked, in walked an idea where I needed a replacement for myself.
I was going to count on others I had trained when it dawned on me that here was the person who had helped me run a few of my trainings and accompanied me to a number of events. I was so excited to realize this because while it wasn’t her ideal job she could do it better than most and she would love to do something to help me and in turn all the parameters would most definitely help her out too.
As I walked the synchronicity of the day blended and I realized how a compassionate presence brought forth so many gifts of connection, resource and support. What mattered showed up and my great skill in this day was to be able to notice it.