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Ides of February

Day 46: February 15
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love

Today is the walk of reflection of what the month has defined in the growing identity and honesty of who we are and what we are purposefully here to do.  It is again, the Ides of the month and a time that marks our half way point through this month of love.  Where the first two weeks bring a suggestion and walks to consider that suggestion in each day, the second half of the month takes what we discover, realize and appreciate and brings the dimension of reflection and purpose to a broader perspective.

We might think of this month as the first half of walking into the experience and the second half of walking out of the experience. How much more aware and evolved do we become when we have had the first half to consider? I’ve often heard that children have second half growth spurts in their annual aging as if the first half of their year was studying, reflecting and contemplating the world and the second half was diving in and exploring what their awareness could be.  Where the concept of discovery and honesty is both simple and deeply profound, appreciate what you do discover and discard anything that isn’t about your growth and discovery.

 

Here are a few prompts to consider in mid month reflection:

How has what is right and working shown up in your walk?
What is more true today than it was when you began?
What greater appreciation of your walk and yourself do you have?
What has changed in your attitude since the beginning of the year?
What has changed in your life since the beginning of the year?

Always feel free to join in with your thoughts, sharing and offerings that bring more wisdom to this experience.   Correspondence:  365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

 

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this 46th day…
What is your definition of love?

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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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Meaning Assigned

Day 14: January 14
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

Sometimes the labyrinth I choose defines the walk and sometimes the walk defines the labyrinth. Years ago when I made a point to travel the expansiveness of the entire state and get to know the labyrinths that were present, I learned the stories of the labyrinth from walking them. What spoke to me emerged from where they were located, the design used, the materials applied and the way it was cared for. I found I could tell a lot about the labyrinth just by walking it. There were rarely any indications as to the intent of any individual labyrinth, only the standard suggestions that most left in signage or pamphlet.

Getting to know the labyrinth we tread upon and the intimacy of time together, comes purely in the moments of created time and observation. It may not seem important to many, though in this walk, however brief, an honest relationship is born and an experience realized. There is much to take in of our surrounding, intent and activity and when we drop into this, it is authenticity defined.  In speaking to people that either provided the care or were responsible for their creation, information that was shared supported the story I felt in walking.

In today’s walk I am reminded of a labyrinth that kept defining itself with deeper and deeper meaning in each path and circuit that appeared. There was no information and no one to speak with; it was simply found in the woods in an area no one seemed to frequent. Further research provided no leads. It became the consequential essential labyrinth; existing for whatever meaning we might wish to give it and for whatever reason we might wish to walk it. Metaphorically; alone in the woods, a truth lies waiting.

A suggestion to walk with:

What meaning brings life to your walk today?

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:
So far we have a daily blog and an unscheduled mid month podcast to explore the monthly focus. Share this week at: 365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

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A Fine Vine

TLS 365 Experience #291
December 16, 2017

A Labyrinth Vineyard in South AfricaYears ago when looking for holiday gifts, I ran across several wines with a labyrinth name. As my brother in law was a wine salesmen, it seemed the perfect gift from a Labyrinth enthusiast. Investigating further, there was one choice really to settle on as in reading their information, looking up more and later talking to a representative,

I learned that they had indeed planted the first vineyard labyrinth in 2003. In drinking the wine,  one would essentially have enjoyed a taste from each of the vines that made up the labyrinth. It was the name that caught my attention, Labyrinth 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon by Simonsig, the conversation and the purpose and mission in creating that sold me. It also made a wonderful auction item too and turned out to be a very decent wine.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lyn Connelly, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Realized Purpose

TLS 365 Experience #265
November 20, 2017

The labyrinth at our Health Center had been received with such enthusiasm only a year ago upon its unveiling, and I wondered as I walked it alone, where were the people using it today? There used to be many and I liked when I was with others, it gave me a sense that this was a tool of purpose; even when I didn’t understand it. The more often I walked it, the more I began to fall away from what I thought it was, to what it became for me.

One day in walking, I began to realize where there were many disagreements in our department, and though they do get smoothed over, the realization of how beneficial the labyrinth would be in smoothing over more of them. In fact, if they used this regularly, there just might be less of those disagreements and more time and energy for creative use.  Walking further, it dawned, that retention is something we gain by using, understanding and realizing importance and purpose. Maybe if I had stopped walking it, I wouldn’t fully understand what I do now.

By the time I finished my walk, I realized a greater value in what I could offer to re-stimulate the labyrinth by sharing my own discovery of repetitive use. I wrote an article and created a walk for our department. Later I created some walks for the center and then for the community. It was in the walking and practice that I learned how to be of value and purpose for myself and my center too. Do what interests you and share it, then you really add.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Jayne T., Volunteer Services, Labyrinth Enthusiast to Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
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Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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All Souls Walk

TLS 365 Experience #246
November 1, 2017

A walk on the labyrinth for All Souls Day in the midstIt is the day of All Saints and Souls and post Halloween. It is a day where the veil lies thin across the universe allowing for our time of remembering to move us from the merriment into the meaningful.

As I walk the labyrinth today I am both reminded of the fun and frolic of the light hearted youthful nature the night before and the nature of spirit in the ancestors who have walked their own path. It moves the seriousness of this day into one not to fear, but revere.

Both bring an essence of spirit and as I walk with my ancestors, I am reminded of where I came and what my heritage has brought forth. I am evolved in this heritage as every generation is, walking forth with what has mattered to many before me. As I move from path to path, I call forth the different souls and saints that come to mind in prayer and affirmed gratitudes for their different kind of presence in my world.

It is a day to find the center and mark thoughts of purpose and presents for the souls of the world that walk with us past and present.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
K. Chelms,  Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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Messages of Meaning

TLS 365 Experience #239
October 25, 2017

Messages of Meaning... You are an insightful Wonder, thank you for being.... cards and affirmation of labyrinth appreciation... anonymous

 

For years I have made design after design and given them away on cards with affirmative quotes for others.

It is my labyrinth mission and one of great purpose and practice that provides a path to giving.

I receive creativity and more of it when I give. The messages uplift me as I hope they might others in the moment they reach for the card.

 

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Anonymous,
Labyrinth Facilitator & Designer
Nevada

 


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
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Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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Labyrinth As Community

TLS 365 Experience #190
September 6, 2017

The community that makes up a labyrinth as plotted on a labyrinthA woman in our city discovered the labyrnth and found an enthusiasm for them, the more she studied and researched. She offered it to her small community group and from there is grew into a small network of interested enthusiasts and it served their small community well.

In this way the labyrinth itself creates a community in its design. It takes one main unicursal individual who finds an interest and becomes the center point and purpose. They create the meeting point for internal and external experiences. A number of devoted individuals are like the borders that hold space for the labyrinth to flourish in its offering and solid in its message to the purpose and community. The labrys are the necessary individuals who help make the pivoting decisions and decisive directions for the community or network and often ask the questions that promote the growth of new directions. Where the group of community comes together for education, application and discovery, they in turn develop the path.

It is with the purpose, supporting foundation and the pivotal change positions that the labyrinth is provided. The community it then serves, will pave the path by its desire for it. Whether it is the larger Labyrinth Society, the local networks, or just a small group of enthusiasts, each member  plays a pivotal role and when we apply those roles to the labyrinth, we might see a purpose within the purpose that is created.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Anna K., Labyrinth Coach
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
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Weed Walking

TLS 365 Experience #171
Aug. 18, 2017

The labyrinth near me is not old, but older. It has weeds now that the warmer weather has come and there are a few rocks missing. Often there is something kicked out of place, so I know it is used, though not as well cared for. I never thought much about its condition, just that it was older, though now that the weeds have sprung up it appears there is no regular maintenance as I haven’t seen anyone in months.

I decided to simply care for it a little more each day when I came to walk, so began with the outer circle weeding half of it walking in and half walking out. The next time I worked on the next circle inward and the following week the next. By the time I had weeded to the center, still no one had come and some of the outer areas were beginning to grow back. I realized that this might be my simple ministry of weeding and walking and with regularity it could serve others as it served me to bring up ideas that I would like to release.

As the thought occurred, it seemed the whole nature of the walk was to become weedless, releasing any thought or distraction that occurred in my experience and just be with the experience.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
J. Bass, Labyrinth Enthusiast
Colorado


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
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2. Receive
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Learning Service

TLS 365 Experience #165
Aug. 12, 2017

Having traveled the breadth and width of Illinois years ago on my own labyrinth tour, I discovered there were about eight labyrinths built by Boy Scouts who were each independently earning the highest distinction award of Eagle Scout by building a community labyrinth.  It surprised me that there weren’t any built by Girl Scouts here or that any had endeavored to develop this for their Gold Award. Though in understanding that their aren’t as many High School girls that stay in scouting as boys, it made more sense.

The Girl Scout labyrinth Project Illinois 2013So, years later when approached by a small group of Girl Scouts who were in eighth grade and High School, I was delighted to mentor them for a year before we actually built the labyrinth for our community.  It was an honor to help them understand how they might personally use it and where it could serve a community.

We held many sessions to learn and appreciate more about the value they were considering offering. While not for their Gold Award, they did receive a badge award for their dedication and service. As they became more familiar, they began searching location options, drawing community interest, securing materials and considering design and purpose. As they planned and prepared they drew in support and assistance and discovered requirements and ideas for what to do once implemented.

The building took only a well planned week to plot, dig, surface, lay materials and develop and in all, members of the community were on hand to service and support the project throughout cheering the girls efforts from start to finish. Happy to be a part, it was great to see community come forth to accept, appreciate and support the labyrinth and the young ladies who learned much about service in the process.

 

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lynda Tourloukis, Labyrinth Designer, Facilitator, Coach
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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

TLS 365 Experience #150
July 28, 2017

Today I am headed on a road trip.

I often drive and sometimes across the country. One of the things I like to do is find where the labyrinths are along the way. Sometimes I divert a little farther than I plan, though it is always interesting to meet new labyrinths along the way. They have a story to tell that is unique to the purpose it was built for.

I think of it as a journey and an exploration that is a trip within a trip and where I can plot out its destination on a map, once on the labyrinth… I never know where it can take me.

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


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:
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Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

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