Posts Tagged With: Reflection

Hope, Remembrance and Growth

TLS 365 Experience #195
September 11, 2017

On the tenth anniversary of the attack of September 11th, there was a Hope Fest in our town. It was  a way to emerge our growth through the largeness of a positive and lifting experience that we were finding a readiness for as a nation.  Asked to offer a program with the labyrinth, it seemed a good way to appreciate how the concept of hope had actually been present in each of the past years.

We had a beautiful tall glass urn in the center of the room that held a candle and encircled by 11 small candles that sat in between the two labyrinths I had brought. One would symbolize then, and the other now. We sat in silent reflection for 11 minutes hearing the clear ring of the tinghshaw instrument resounding a vibrant chord that broke the stillness. This was followed with a few softly spoken sentences that reminded of where hope had actually been present in the way that people gathered, remembered, cared and shared.

After each reading a smaller of candle would be lit and we sat in silent reflection of the moment and message before the tingshaw cleared the air for a graduate message of hope throughout.   As we reached the 11th minute to signal the coming year of Hope, all were invited to sing out a tonal articulation that was choir like to hear.

As the final message was read and the last candle lit,  the instructions were to move to either the labyrinth of then or now when they were ready. Each might walk with their own appreciation, understanding or experience of hope. It was a powerful and moving experience and the shares were rich and defined with what hope stood for in the ideals of a nation growing through its pain.

Today on this 16th Anniversary, there is a small walk planned. Like every walk I have done since the 10th anniversary, blessings for hope, rememberance and growth are always a part of the walk, though this tenth anniversary will always be remembered for its powerful lifting message.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lynda Tourloukis, TLS 365 Coordinator
Illinois


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Realizing Goals

TLS 365 Experience #146
July 24, 2017

Begin and achieve Goals on the LabyrinthI used the labyrinth as a concept for Goal Planning. To me each part of a goal is a step that takes us closer to a dream and as the very act of walking the labyrinth is goal oriented in moving toward the center.  I discovered however that once we have found the center, it isn’t always the complete goal. I found the steps in reflection, considerations, and perspective are equally important to the wholeness of any goal.

At first I saw the labyrinth serving as a path to an objective, then a calendar, then a time line and then check points. Then I began to see it as markers for accomplishment and necessary points of question before moving on.

Walking the goal daily on the labyrinth, kept my intention focused, alive and directed in a very full bodied way. Each day the reflection served to make known the places for adjustment and acknowledgement that came more apparent in each walk.

This was a very whole and complete way to appreciate a goal as it incorporated many aspects, all moving my intention.  Unexpected realizations came in what I walked away with each day. Where the center of the labyrinth is often called the Goal, the truth is that the whole aspect of the labyrinth is the goal.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
LAT, Labyrinth Facilitator, Designer and Coach
Illinois


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Walk of Irony

TLS 365 Experience #143
July 21, 2017

When I am walking a labyrinth there is an irony occurring as my body is moving and yet my mind appears to have stopped moving. There is a permission for the mind in every step to relax, recede and release any sense of needing to know where we are going. It is especially apparent on the inward walk, though where the inward walk seems an involuntary release, the external walk in reflection is more voluntary.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
W. Reff,  Labyrinth Facilitator
Nevada


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Mid Year

TLS 365 Experience #124
July 02, 2017

Mid Year Time PieceOnce a labyrinth has begun, whether walking, building or designing, the beginning is no longer a question or imagination. It has been stepped into and developed. It’s purity has been accessed and it is virgin no more.

Once it has been completed, ended or finalized in design or use, it has been experienced and accomplished. Each component holds its own connection with the individual application and the anticipation and finalization in the experience now have time imprints as in the birth and death of an experience.

The time in the middle is the liminal space in between that often defines the journey.

On this day of mid-year where we reach the center point of the calendar year, we are in that reflection of what we have brought and what we will take away from it. In this 24 hour space of our 8,760 hours in one year, may the moments of our footsteps be noted and remembered for their definition of this day.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
MJT, Labyrinth Journeys
Illinois


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Walk With

TLS 365 Experience #85
May 24, 2017

We can have an experience of the labyrinth often with our eyes.

After a walk, I sit in contemplation in the park off on a bench just reflecting and observing what’s around me. Another walker may come to walk and my distance gives them a private experience. Though from that far away I can observe something in their walk that often adds a further reflection to my own.

I am reminded of when I think I know, and then someone or something comes along to show me what I don’t know… or what I really do. I think it’s a reflection that we truly don’t walk alone in this world.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
K. Isuol 
Utah


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In To and Out of

TLS 365 Experience #80
May 19, 2017

With intuitive wonder, I walk the path with wider eyes and peaceful heart.
I know that what is within will emerge to have counsel with my external being.
With each turn something unwinds and something allows.
Spiraling inward I meet my quiet voice.
In the center all the walls drop away and I am connected.
The inside and the outside are now the same. I listen, I feel and I know.
I move to create reflection and affirm the message, seeing evidence appear in the signs that are now everywhere and clear.
Where I walk into a labyrinth,
I walk out of another.
Love those winding paths!

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Labyrinth Expressionist
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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The Wisdom of the Walk

Walking the labyrinth often has often opened up surprises for me in small reflections on how I tend to approach life (e.g. being someone who is most of the time content being on the periphery and often appreciates being alone, but valuing being with others too).

I’ve often been reminded that I don’t need to rush or worry about ‘doing’, and to appreciate being in a safe space where I can allow myself to be open to whatever may come. I had these sorts of experiences early on during my labyrinth walking, so am not sure that I’m receiving anything particularly new now – though in reflection, perhaps I’m just more alert to listen out to the small insights and gifts that the labyrinth so often offers.

 

Today’s Contribution Submitted by:
Clive Johnson
Essex County, UK


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April Fool’s Reflection

April heralds many things including the practical joke. The legend of April Fool’s origination might be considered back in 1392 in the Canterbury tales by Chaucer. He quotes a date of March “thritty two”, which would translate to March 32nd or our April 1st.   Or it might come from the new Gregorian calendar initiated by the Pope in 1582, where many ignored the new calendar and continued to celebrate the New Year’s on April 1st instead of January 1st as we do currently.

hahalabyrinth

A design I created for National Humor Month

There are many ideas as to how we began this tradition of pulling a fast one in the name of fun and some of them have been quite amusing, the left handed whopper being a favorite or when Big Ben went digital. Behind it all is a little sport and fun and when the jokes are harmless, the fun is found more heartedly.

April is National Humor Month and so fitting when we have our US Tax day situated squarely at mid month… beware the Ides of April!

Let this be the month you pull a fast one on yourself, shift your walk to embrace something new, fun or just different than normal. Walk backwards to see where you’ve been, dance periodically down a path or two or start at a different point than the beginning. Let this be a month of getting out of routine.

Frequent a little fun and put some frolic in your step or add a little whimsy or light heartedness to your design if you are a creator. Enjoy 30 days of new creation in whatever way you walk, skip or sashay on your path in a metaphor of mirth.  This month, of the 12 words of the year focus, regards reflection… see your reflection in the walk and if it has become a little too serious, let this month represent a little of your light hearted nature.

Skip… and see where it takes you.

 

 

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Of the Labyrinth and Reflection

foot labyrinth in snow

The foot labyrinth in the snow at Colorado College

The month of December calls a close to the year and a great time for reflection of the labyrinths we have created, the labyrinths we will have traveled and perhaps the labyrinths we have been in the full year of 2015.

Last year we played a game in December to close the year in reflection and in this year we might do the same thing. Simply take each week like we did in November and reflect a little differently upon the ways in which you have achieved the following this year:

Ice rink labyrinth

The labyrinth can take you in circles and back out again… they are everywhere in life.

 

1st Week in December:  Where have I been?
Consider the the many turns of the labyrinth and where you might have criss crossed, looped and moved out and then again returned. Reflect this week on where you have been and plot the journey on a map. Connect the dots and be amazed at how wherever you begin and where ever you end, there is always a home point that draws you back again. It does not matter whether you have just traveled back and forth in your house, the great reflection is in what you have found on your path. Have fun in discovery and reflection

 

ice sculpture labyrinth New Brunswick Winter Fest

New Brunswick’s Winter festival creations

2nd Week in December: What have I accomplished?
Consider things you have been wanting to do, big things and little things that matter. Think of the first thoughts that come up and write them down and then place them on a page. Make a word up about what each is all about and then draw an image that fits around it. Prioritize the importance, what was most significant and what was least and perhaps put the important at the center, etc.

Keep it simple and let your mind begin to realize more and more as each point ventures out in expansive directions, notice as they end they come back and discover where good ideas return and begin…

in reflection of all you have accomplished.

 

snow blocks of labyrinth

Endless Opportunities to travel far and wide

3rd Week in December: Who did I meet this year?
Who is new in your life or who has come back? Who has made an impact and what is the significance of each person? Maybe it is a book you read where impact was created, a workshop, a Gathering or someone who didn’t seem to make much difference until you think of them now.

Place their names on a page and circle each, add a characteristic, meaning or significant purpose of this person in the center of your page, like the center of a labyrinth. Now create a beginning point with the first person you met and then connect to another person with similar traits or the next step in meaning and follow with the next and complete with others. When you have prioritized all on your path where ever you put them on the page you can then move into the center. Reflect on your way back out and do share this… if you wish add photographs, drawings or symbols… would love to see what you create!

 

Questions of the labyrinth

Questions of the labyrinth

4th Week in December: In what ways was I a labyrinth this year? What paths did I create?

We often don’t realize how our bodies, thoughts, emotions or spiritual sense of who we are can be much like a labyrinth winding around, moving out and returning to familiar only to stretch outward and then return again in a sense of completion. Where have we expanded, diverted and sought out new destinations for the many aspects of ourselves?

Explore the phases, extensions and variables of your year in reflection to really take on the aspect of the labyrinth of your life, in your life and about your life differently this December to realize greater value in the gifts you are and give to the world.  Not everyone walks the same labyrinth in the same way over the year. This is your opportunity to make notice by adding the ways you have walked, the different labyrinths, and the paths you have created for yourself or for others.

Beyond what you accomplished, this is just about the labyrinth journey. On a page write a description of each, prioritize importance in your life and trace your path to a center place on your page where you drop a note or two of thankfulness, appreciation and gratitude for the gifts. Then reflect in your journey back about the gift of each in your life… this is a life purpose labyrinth. You may discover how you have become the labyrinth in the journey.

 

Welcome to December… Our Monthly News and Reflection

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Day Two… In step with family

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 One


One note to remember is that you have all of December to play your 12 Days, so feel free to take your time and let the messages sit with you. It is a time when we all seem to put more time in to get more time off and in the end we are so tired that we don’t really get to spend the earned time enjoying it. Irony abounds! 

Today as I was doing some little extras for my Mom, I cleaned and dusted her rooms and had to move all the photos from the piano and shelves. She has us all there perched like prize possessions and while she used to have scads of photos in what seemed every vacant corner, she has become happily more minimalized, preferring to carry some of the memories in her heart. As she forgets things, it is a comfort to know we are there with her.

CordsAs I pulled out a box of chords I looked over at the empty space on the floor and soon the chords were connecting to form a labyrinth. Down came the pictures and as I put them around on top of the chords, I looked around for other things and found some favorite glasses of my father in law whose been gone 10 years now, though the glasses remain to keep an eye on us I think. I found little notes, cards and things that represented my family back in Chicago.

IMG_2922I missed them for Thanksgiving and will for the Christmas Holidays as I spend some time with Mom. The floor was suddenly shaping up into a circle of family surrounding meIMG_2032

I sat in the center for a time with my kids photos closest and meditated feeling everyone happily connecting from afar. It was as if I touched them all in this way and then I got up to walk. Family came to mind on my list of what mattered as natural and easy.

PicMemories2As I walked Mom came to mind as the person of influence because at the core of this challenging changeable year, she has become a sort of home all over again. I came out to be with her and somehow the tables have turned and she is with me. We are laughing and finding the fun, the amazement of each other and the heart in who we are in deeper connection. What a gift this time has been and when I thought of my abilities that made this possible, it was leadership.

PictureMemories_LabyrinthShe was the one who gave me a ticket to a class and thought I should go. She always said that I took one little ticket and made so much more out of it that she couldn’t be prouder and knew I had found a calling. I think that is the thing for Mothers, to see their children passionate about life and living purposefully in it, no matter what comes their way. It is a year of challenge, though the truth is walking through the challenges in a particular kind of way that makes all the difference.

IMG_3977My Mother had taken some of the leadership classes with me and in one particular outdoor experience, it made me smile all through my inside to see her climb a fifty foot telephone pole. She didn’t have to get to the top, just watching her was inspiring. She hadn’t wanted to go earlier in the morning and the staff made me leave her to her own experience, so watching her determination later is probably what moves me through anything. It is like my mind is unwinding and finding all these wonderful memories and reasonings spiraling into meaning that is much more profound looking at it now.

 

I saved the labyrinth and when Mom woke up, had her take a walk with me. She just thought it was the best gift ever and well, l found tears are truly a sign of communication that speak volumes.

Family + the authentic leader within + Mom = Pricelessness

I do hope you are all having such wonderful moving experiences, as I put this out to stimulate our members and I find I am receiving the most benefit it seems. 

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