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Three Tears

Day 82: March 23
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discover

Arriving in the midst of a hard choice between a long time friend’s child’s wedding or the memorial service of an adult student were offered on the same day. Having a vital role in each, the three hour distance from one to the other would not permit attendance at both. Due to the long time connection of the friend/daughter, the wedding was the chosen option, though finding a suitable way to leave a sincere message for the ceremony was important. Two great moments that mark a milestone of life transition occurring on the same day is a humble moment to cherish the precious time of our existence.

Thinking of the tears and cheers a lifetime makes, the teardrop was the focus of this design that would be presented to the husband, son and mother of the student along with a memory collage of photos of her in our classroom. She loved the addition of the labyrinth in our workshops and so it seemed only fitting to dedicate the teardrops of life to her. Three tears reminds us of the large component of water we are made of, the spirals of life that wind like the rivers flow and the moments to cherish in our life cycle.

One tear for the reflection of our birth and how we come into the world gracing it with our presence for the hope and possibilities we bring. One tear fro the time in between our beginning and our end to celebrate how we lived and made the most out of it and what we leave behind as a result. One tear for our goodbye and for all those that touched us, were touched by us and the memories that linger. Walking three tears for this wonderful woman who made the world better for having been in it on the labyrinth was a spiral into her life and how we came into each others for a brief time to connect, laugh and learn together. We spiral constantly and if we are lucky, we have the chance to imprint a heart and impact a life.

Begin at the bottom and walk into the tears along the blue path. We are mostly water. Left to right, the birth, the living and the parting and in all there is always choice.


A suggestion to walk with:

On this 82nd day…
Walk with the tears and cheers of the moments in between where you arrive and leave.



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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A Tool Of Gratitude

TLS 365 Experience #268
November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! It is a day for thanks and giving to foster the rest of the days to be of similar praise.

A day of Great and Full Tnanks St. Louis 2010 LATEach walk is one of gratitude, even when we don’t seem to realize it. Creating, discovering, or finding a familiar path is the first gratitude. Without its being there, we would not walk the path…and we have gratitude.  Coming to the walk, arrives in listening to our inner voice and how it calls us to walk. Honoring that is something to be thankful for.  Walking it and allowing for the paths to provide is yet another great and fullness of the labyrinth. Being fast, slow or somewhere in between is our presence on the labyrinth and noticing it is another gift we are appreciative of. Observance itself is a part of our being, though a skill that grows with use and our practice is another gratitude we can enjoy. Completing our walk brings a sense of accomplishment and with that a natural self appreciation too.

No matter how you walk, there is a great sense of appreciation, thankfulness and gratitude that accompanies the labyrinth discovered by those who walk and share it.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
LAT, Labyrinth Expressions

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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 Eight… Mindful Compassion

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 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.

LabyFootPrintsThe 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. photo 2-1As 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.

heart_earthTo 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.

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Welcome May

Our focus for the Merry Month of May is presence.

Call it our buzzword for the month, though showing up, being present and contributing to the welfare of the world is a gift that benefits ourselves as much as it does for others.

Last month I was present with my initial commitment of walking the labyrinth, though time got a way from me in the many last things I attended to, that journalism or blogging did not find its way onto my plate of purpose for the month.

In this coming month my personal plan is about reconstruction, purging and preparing. It is that which I wish to be present to and realize more value for so the selection of “Presence” for me comes at a great time. How that applies to the labyrinth is curious.

I can see that walking each day drives home the commitment, it also allows for a refocusing and becoming intentional, which are hallmarks of presence. The other part is pure getting out of the way so it can happen. I am learning a lot about just how on that last part.

To getting out of the way,

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