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Stimulating Sense

Day 233  August 21
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

four images of labyrinths combined on beach, in forest, in lavender and at a winery

Sensory Opportunities with Labyrinths of Oregon. Photo Credits: UL – Geneva Miller, UR – Katherine Audley, LL – TeBri Vineyards, LR – Fairsing Vineyards

Uniting ourselves with our innate sense ability is often an occurrence of the labyrinth, though perhaps not fully appreciated for the activation it brings to the senses. Our human appreciations often extend to what we realize with a cognitive mind that relaxes in a walk, though what helps it to relax the mind isn’t just in what we see with our visual sense, or understand with comprehension, it is also heightened by what and how we touch, hear, taste and smell in our experiences.

The state of Oregon has encouraged many labyrinths with a number of enthusiasts to inspire a curiosity within. Among them these four inspire the senses. The labyrinths at Bandon Beach invite the barefoot experience of feeling the natural element of sand beneath each step. The breeze of the sea air brings a refreshing sense felt in the body. Denny Dyke, an area artist invited a New Year’s celebration in 2015, and perhaps a way to feel our way into a new year.

Move south by only 20 minutes and one can discover the artist town of Port Orford and while art can stimulate our visual abilities, they also often invigorate our other senses indirectly. The labyrinth at Wildspring Guest Habitat however invites a walk in the woods for a sacred listening experience. Hearing the sound and effect of the breeze through the trees for instance stimulates our auditory to sharpen its acuity and listen to the sounds of what moves around us and often within us.

Stimulating the olfactory sense, the scent of lavender at the TeBri Vineyards stems from seeding and nurturing of a lavender labyrinth planted in 2009. Where we might overlook our chemoreception of smell, it is our great detection source deciphering over a trillion different smells according to a new study at the Rockefeller University. An often overlooked sense, the olfactorial process is a great aid to exploring and expanding our human abilities and a walk with a focus of lavender with its numerous curative properties might be a healthy healing walk indeed.

The final sense of taste awaits at the Fairsing Vineyards where the discerning abilities of varietal grapes are further explored on the labyrinth outside the tasting rooms. In Oregon there are a number of different wines relating to the labyrinth, yet the TeBri and Fairsing vineyards allow the opportunity to move and explore greater capacities. Our sense of taste is an exploratory field adapting to its available environments. At least six basic tasting abilities our found to help us identify and detect and while there are offshoots of those basic categories, we might discover more of them in our discerning walks with it in mind.

The state of the labyrinth in Oregon image



The labyrinth yields us opportunities to expand ourselves to the environment and the environment to expand for us. Using the senses today, we open our abilities in a greater sense and honestly look at what we can do when we utilize more of our natural functions. Oregon is a welcome host to that investigation and leaves us in a more complete sense.




Daily Insights : On this 233rd day…
Explore more of your sensory abilities as you turn into a new direction in your walk of today, heighten your awareness to a more discerning level to notice what activates, integrates and makes more sense of our body in our environment.


Building Paths of United Insights
US Interactive Map Progress

Based on what is sent in this month, we will track our travel process across the United States to create a labyrinth or a maze? Help us to direct our focus with unique labyrinths, locations and information each day that will diagram a path that unites us. Link to our United Path for August


States of United August Focus Banner Image
Opportunities for August

As we traveled the globe in search of exploration and returned with an abundance of realizing the consecutive connectives of the world in June and July, we touched the mere surface of our planet through the eyes of the labyrinth.  In the month of August, we continue the explorative nature looking for what insight brings us to unite. It can be a  discovery of the united purpose that we connect with others, or in the way we bring who we are with what we can and want to do.  What August brings is a focus of how the labyrinth brings state of being united, within ourselves within the United States. Send along the labyrinths, programs, art, and offerings within the United States that you feel best represents this for daily postings. 

  1. What Unites
    Reach out and share the unique labyrinths in this month within the United States that serve to unite. We look for the unique design, interesting purpose, connected message, in the labyrinth or in the ways we share with others in message or program, art, design and education applied. Share your ideas, programs, purpose images and experiences at the 365 Experience on the TLS website providing some detail of why you design, share, create, build or simply walk, who benefits and how it helps us unite. Personal insight or National perspectives are welcome.
  2. What brings Insight
    As we take each day of the 31 available in August exploring what brings us insight with our selves or as a nation through the paths of the Labyrinth.  This quarter focuses on the ways we apply the insight we gain and as we are united with our own insights, may we use them as well in a way that unites us personally and also purposefully with others as a nation united.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday August 15th at NOON PST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique United States labyrinths, the people, the programs, the designs, the resources or simply the desires in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with a greater appreciation of what unites us with more impactful insight that brings our labyrinth connection in line with greater perspective in our year of living honestly.   Call connection Information
  4.  Share your Ideas, images, designs and add to the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Adding Begets Adding

TLS 365 Experience #266
November 21, 2017

Labyrinth in the sand on the beach of a cool autumn day
Having the afternoon off and wanting to spend it outdoors while the weather still permitted, the open air called for a walk that ended up on the edge of the beach. Not complete with the walk, a long stick provided the right tool to create a quick labyrinth in the sand.

Slipping off shoes, the coolness was perfect and the grains soft and giving beneath the weight of walking. Meeting just the right requirements for soul soothing, the landscape, nature and outdoors created moments of fullness and restoration that added to me when I added them.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Yvonne S., Labyrinth Facilitator

The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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

2. Receive
Read/Bookmark/Apply the Daily Experience:

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

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