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The Labyrinth of Lungs

Day 85: March 26
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discover

labyrinth of LungsOne of the essential natural spirals for the human condition is the respiratory cycle. It’s purpose is to create an exchange of oxygen from the atmosphere to release the carbon dioxide that forms in the body’s cells. It is a process of inhalation and exhalation of breath to the tune of 23,000 times per day on average. the ratio of the Golden Mean can be found residing within the muscle fibers and rings of the trachea that move the atmospheric oxygen into the environs of the nose, mouth, larnyx and trachea, into the interesting asymmetric area of the bronchi.

The bronchi forms at the base of the trachea and separates into the triple lobed area of lung on the right and the double lobed lung on the left. The Golden Ratio shows up in the fact that the bronchi on left is  longer and the one on the right is shorter by proportionate ration of 1.168, the golden mean. Researchers Bruce West and Ari Goldberger discovered this proportional body significance between 1985-87 .

We may also think of the inhalation of breath is of straight linear composition, however its very nature arches into the body’s oral and nasal cavity into a structure of spiraling components as it moves through a gas diffusion process during the intake of atmospheric oxygen and release of cellular carbon dioxide. This design of today creates simple spirals in-between the ending bronchial tubes and connected alveoli air sacs and network of capillaries moving proportionately from three lobed shorter bronchi to the two lobed longer bronchi before navigating an exit from body to universe.

 

A suggestion to walk with:

On this 85th day…
Walk with notice of breath movement from inhalation to exhalation and the ratio created between the two.

 

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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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A Walk with Theodorus

Day 70: March 11
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discover

At the square root of the Pythagorean spiral is a spiral of right angles called the Spiral of
Theodorus. Hailing from the African colony of Cyrene, Theodorus lived in both Alexandria and Greece. Much of his life is a mystery, though the theorem of this spiral suggests a few other contributions as a mathematician and a sophist. What is known of Theodorus comes from Plato’s dialogues referring to the mid fifth century BC as a time when he would most likely have been active and contributing. As it relates to this spiral, his theorem suggested that square roots of the non-square numbers up to 17 are irrational. This spiral indicates a lengthening of each right angle and square root as it spirals from a central point. The hypotenuse (longest side) of each right angle builds the support for the next and even though it begins with an isosceles, a right angle of equilateral proportion, the remainder are varied expanding lengths that form the structure of an outward spiral.

If Theodorus were to continue this spiral, many other interesting facts would be revealed and in the last century it was discovered that this spiral in infinite design would never overlap the hypotenuse of any right angle. 

We can find this spiral in everyday construction, such as winding stairs or clocks.  We can also find this design in the natural order of life. The chambered Nautilus shell can show us the angles more clearly. Taking those long right angles and eliminating the bottom of the supporting right angle, one can create a winding labyrinth that spirals to a core as depicted in today’s design from a walk on a makeshift beach area at a hotel. Longing for something more natural and drawing out a quick labyrinth in the sand, the walk focused on what might be more natural and with the Nautilus in mind, the spiral appeared all around in design of color, shape and function.  It was a reminder that what you seek, you will find naturally.

Some whimsical displays of the Spiral of Theodorus

A suggestion to walk with:

On this 69th day…
In your walk of the labyrinth and of the day, be inspired by natural spirals and their seamless integration into everyday life. Realize your own seamless integration and what is more effortless.

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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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Impromptu Education

TLS 365 Experience #272
November 27, 2017

We suddenly had extra time in our schedule open up in between lectures with a speaker absence and adjustment and when put on the spot to engage our group, I offered an exercise to listen and draw out what each heard, giving instructions for following the path of a labyrinth design. Without framework for size or purpose, proportion was off in the drawings, though interestingly consistent in some areas. They were all then shown the design that had been used.

Next I asked them to close their eyes and draw the design with the same set of directions. While some aspects were understandably distorted, the consistency of the design held and most shared that seeing the design in their mind assisted them. We finished by showing all a seed pattern and had them draw it out and then finger walk and journal to complete our time together. It was well received and wonderfully engaging for being an impromptu activity.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Julie S., Educator, Labyrinth Facilitator
Washington


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