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Walk of Solutions

Day 7: January 7
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition

where there is a problem, a solution can be walked upon.Discovering a new labyrinth from an article of research, I made plans to visit it today. It was a project that involved an elementary school and built by students, faculty and parents. Upon arriving, the school was surrounded in chain link fence without public access. School was out of session, though all area schools were addressed in the same outer containment for children’s safety. It is completely understandable, given the climate of unfathomable random behavior that has inflicted communities across the nation in recent years. It speaks largely of awareness as to how out of control this situation has become, when one moment of imbalanced mental aggression can unbelievably be so severe as to inflict a rage of misunderstood vengeance upon societies’ most innocent. Not a soul could fault such a measure of protection, though it says so much about the status of our freedom when met with this heinous instability of mental health as it does to the powerless feeling it creates in a community and the underlying freedom it curtails in a place where we want to provide it the most.

The raw and honest moment of this encounter stirred a flash of healthy angry emotion rooted in the unfairness for our most harmless of citizens on a national and global level. Walking around the perimeter, I could detect the stretch of landscape where it was most likely to reside, though it remained invisible from the distant observation. Instead of walking, I made a silent walk in my mind about what would service this moment and making contact for understanding its specific use for these children might warrant a visit with permission, learning a new story of purpose and perhaps provide an opportunity to offer a program of service with it for students, staff or parental communities.

I walked on these thoughts at a nearby labyrinth and realized it brought an honest new way to make more of the community connections I had been looking to establish. The labyrinth can provide a tool for service in such a variety of ways.

Take the time to define a problem today and realize how great the definition of your solution can be.

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.

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A Tithing Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #197
September 13, 2017

A Tithing Labyrinth on CanvasA question of Tithing became a conversation in our small group discussion and as we walked the labyrinth after our conversation, the idea for a tithing labyrinth came to mind. Tithing in such a way that time, contribution, service, well being, family and money could all be factors of what we gave a 10% dedication consideration for.

Selecting a six circuit labyrinth, it’s paths could provide a symbolism suggestion for different focus, group or tithing consideration: 

Time: Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months
Contribution: Personal, Professional, Family, Friends, Local, Global
Service: Prayer, Purpose, Mission, Offering, Actions, Universal
Well Being: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, Faith, Finance
Relationship: Self, Family, Friends, Coworkers, Community, Humanity
Money: Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters, Half Dollars, Dollars

Designed in shades of green for the newness or “greening” opportunity that we would be open to as Tithing individuals.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
LAT, Labyrinth Designer
Nevada


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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


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Evolving Service, Evolves Self

TLS 365 Experience #25
March 25, 2017
Appreciation for service and community is evolving at the moment.

I’m especially beginning to appreciate the need for me to make myself accessible to as many different people as possible who may want to walk the labyrinth, e.g. by being sensitive to the fact that English may not be the native tounge of all walkers, and so trying to find uncomplicated ways to introduce the labyrinth to non English speakers.

I’ve no doubt that the labyrinth plays a vital role in bringing balance to communities who embrace it – it fosters a positive energy that touches many lives.

 

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Clive Johnson, Reverend
Essex UK


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Awareness Effect

TLS 365 Experience # 22
March 22, 2017

Since stepping over the threshold nearly twenty years ago and entering the liminal space of the labyrinth, my awareness of interconnectedness in life as a vast warp and weft of vibrational energy, has grown and deepened.

It’s hard to put into words the profound difference labyrinths have made in my life. I created a life of service because of labyrinths. I feel consciously connected to thousands of other labyrinth lovers around the world when I walk, do ritual and ceremony, lay down a pattern, and watch others as they walk.

Next to my grandkids, finding the labyrinth has been the biggest blessing in my life.

 

Today’s Experience Submitted by:
Christiana Brinton, TLS Board
Oregon


The TLS 365 Experience:  A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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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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