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The Ides of Humor – Mid Month Reflections

Day 105: April 15
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

Mid Month Reflections ImageToday marks our mid month check in and as we reach the center of this month we can take a look back at what we have created in the way of personal experiences from our walks that have brought more light heartedness to the time spent. We can also explore any ways in which you shaped your walk, designs or experience in amusing ways and what came in the way of honest enjoyable insight. We asked a third idea this month in expanding how we shared our experience with others through design, teaching, walks, building, artwork, or alternative methods in which you educated yourself and others with the labyrinth in amusing ways for honest reflection.

Mid Month Reflection Connection
April 15th
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On this 105th day…
Join us and reflect on the experiences you have created in the first half of the month and look forward to what you will create in the second.

 

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April's Banner Year of Living Honestly 2018April’s Focus

Let this month unfurl your creativity, spontaneity and jocularity. It feels good to feel good and while we have been conditioned to shush our good times, let the labyrinth be our own private creation station of amusement, enjoyment and playful experiments. This month educate with amusement and see how much farther you get. Have fun and be creative.  We have three opportunities to education your potential with amusement this month that involves either your personal walk, your ability to design and how much you can learn by sharing. On your Mark, Get Set…Go!

  1. Innovate – Walk Amused
    In the 30 days that grace this month, play with the way you personally experience the labyrinth. Let this season of education be one of personal bests and enjoy finding a new way to be innovative, creative, inspired and amused in your personal experiences. I’d love to see what you come up with!
    Please share your wonderful experiences! 

2. Create – Design Inspired 
To date I have created 95 different labyrinth creations and designs since the beginning of the year, let that inspire you to create something new this month that is inspiring and firing for your imagination. Einstein said that playing with ideas was the highest form of research and this is an education for all of us.  As you walk in new ways, share your designs as I have done with mine last year and this. Perfection isn’t what we are after, amusement is! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! I will toss out lots of inspiring ideas… stay tuned daily.
Share away and become a glad designer instead of a mad one!  

3. Relate – Share with Care
One of the best ways to learn anything is having to teach or explain it to someone else. Whether you facilitate others, teach or simply share with a few, spend the month discovering amusing new ways to help others get more out of their walk with a lighter attitude and a more earnest enjoyment in what you share. Anything you want to know more about, share and this month share with a fun flair and notice how much more you actually begin to understand. You just might find a side of yourself forgotten. To receive all that, be a great giver.
Share what you discover! 

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The Helical Heart

Day 84: March 25
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discover

The Helical HeartTheir are a harmony of spirals within the human heart that include a myriad of functions. The muscular shape of the heart is formed by a process of folding into a helix  in four basic motions or narrowing, shortening, lengthening and widening. The actual spiraling nature of this action was not fully understood until Dr. Francisco Torrent-Guasp dissected the heart to find where the heart began and ended. Previously spirals were known to exist internally and externally in the way the ventricles opened to allow the nature of blood flow to spiral though the heart and the natural electrical system flow, though not until this new discovery of the heart’s very nature was it ever considered as a spiral.

Today’s solo walk of reflection allowed for a deeper listening that engaged feeling to experience the path of blood flow through the heart and the expanded breath opening the spiral of our heart and the folding back into place in exhalation. To be still in the realization of this wonder of our continual nature made up as a spiral and then to walk the spiral in conjunction with this concept. The falling in love, out of love and spiring into and out of action may be more emotional in nature, though when connected to the breath it is easier to see the very nature of our ability and actions inspiraled in our existence.

Today’s inspired design follows the spiraling nature of the heart unfolded flat and narrowing, shortening, lengthening and widening in the way of its natural design.

A suggestion to walk with:

On this 84th day…
Create a helix of awareness as you turn and weave your way spiraling into the center of your experiences today. Observe what you walk away with in each.

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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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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.

 

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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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Heart Within Heart

Day 57: February 25
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love

A new friend and I have realized our similarities in the area of caregiving. She lovingly cares for her husband who’s care requires regular attention from a paralyzing stroke as I care for an aging mother with mobility issues and cancer. Each of us has worked in the field of relationships, though nothing really prepares one for the relationship of caregiving and the new role of love that is discovered. It is one that in its experience allows us to grow richer, especially during the times when we might rather not.  We encounter things we would have never considered and open ourselves to both the highs and lows of wellness. The vast range of emotion and experience fall between the moments of patience and urgency and at the end of the day, we both agree that we are better off having been a part. It is a blessing to both know, assist and receive from another who walks a similar path.

We had opportunity to spend a little time together today and walked the path of a nearby labyrinth. She was familiar though appreciated the new perspectives in walking and how it might relate to caregiving for both our patients and our patience in the walks of love we could create. It’s a lot like the labyrinth as when we walk in the reflection, we see more of what is and less of what isn’t. It is the heart within the heart that reveals itself as we journey and in that, there is a lot to consider, appreciate and love. Designing this labyrinth today took on this theme of the hearts within the heart that are realized with perspective.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this 57th day…
Walk within your own heart today, step in and keep going and growing.

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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.

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Mid Month Reflections

Day 15: January 15
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition
Today is the walk of reflection of what the month has defined in honesty so far and thoughts of what we might like it to provide for the remainder. It is the Ides of the month and a time that I think brings us into a better place to communicate with honest insight. I’ve been a part of and have run many programs and life development games  that give the instruction at the beginning and give the opportunity to exercise activities throughout the month, though one of my favorites is the Game of Confusion where our essential work is done in the middle of the month.

As we have been in the process without any rules and only the suggestion of defining what honesty is to us and utilizing the tool of the labyrinth to excavate it, the time has come to uncover what was discovered. In today’s walk, reflect upon the previous days from January 1st until today. Consider the experiences you created and how they defined what honesty is to you.

 

Here are a few prompts to consider:

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?

Mid month will be the time of open discussion for any that care to share. (See Below) It is a time to consider what has been and what will be based on your current considerations of this year of living honestly. In this month of defining, it is a look at what we have defined and how it brings the truth, trust and our own life code into the picture. In this way we can also evaluate what is of service and adjust what is not. By the year’s end we will come up with some truly great reflections about how we made our honesty work for us.  Do join in or send me a note:  365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

A suggestion to walk with:

Today whatever shows up in your walk, ask yourself, is it true?

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MID MONTH CONNECTION:

For those that wish to join in a monthly discussion at the Ides of the Month, please let me know a preferred method of connection as this month we will simply use a dial in call at Noon PST.

Date: January 15th
Time: Noon PST
Connect: (702) 832-8320
Duration: One Hour
Hosted by: Lynda Tourloukis, TLS 365 Coordinator
Open to All enthusiasts of the labyrinth

 


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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The Gift

TLS 365 Experience #302
December 27, 2017

gift of a finger labyrinthThere is a moment of utter delight when opening a gift that was carefully selected and offered with the love. This holiday I received just that gift and I think just watching the opening of it was quite of love for the recipient.

A recent injury sidelined me from daily walks on the labyrinth and while it gave me plenty of opportunity to draw, create and follow the finger paths, at this point in my journey of the labyrinth, I hadn’t owned a finger labyrinth that had any dimension. Opening this gift and discovering the fine marble design was truly a gift of love as it came from my husband and kids who didn’t seem to have much interest in it.

I couldn’t help but experience the first finger walk out loud expressing gratitude in each path for each member and as I turned sharing how each had made me feel. Somehow I filled each path with all that I felt and in reflection shared how this gift had brought the love of family, the joy of delight and the peace of goodwill forth.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Celeste T. , Labyrinth Enthusiast
Arkansas


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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


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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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


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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The cycle of giving and receiving is a cycle of caring and sharing of our wisdom and appreciation

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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


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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The cycle of giving and receiving is a cycle of caring and sharing of our wisdom and appreciation

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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


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:
Website: https://labyrinthsociety.org/daily-message
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LabyrinthSociety
Blog: https://tls365experience.wordpress.com

The cycle of giving and receiving is a cycle of caring and sharing of our wisdom and appreciation

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