Posts Tagged With: service

Reciprocal Cyclical Steps

Day 235 August 23
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

image of the Idaho Botanical Garden Labyrinth

The landscape of labyrinth at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Photo Credits: Idaho Botanical Gardens

In between the herbal garden and the exploratory garden of Lewis and Clark, the Boise Botanical Gardens feature a labyrinth. Situated harmoniously between growth and explorations the labyrinth has been a welcome presence at the garden and like many in the world who are experiencing shift and change in their present circumstance, the labyrinth as well has made a change to a new home and finds a comfortable fit within the new landscape changes of 207.

The state of Idaho labyrinth imageThe beauty, natural education and preservation of Idaho’s natural flora is made possible by the state of Idaho being in community and connection with its citizenry. It is through the donation of funding that the botanical garden continues to exist and by the use and application of its presence and programs that funding continues to develop uniting a happy and healthy harmony of service that gives and receives. It is much like the labyrinth, which offers a similar cycle of service in a variety of ways of provision for use to how we might use what’s provided.

This labyrinth in the state of Idaho provides us with the state of being in service and the cyclical nature of what that can mean in a continuous beneficial and reciprocal way.

 


Daily Insights : On this 235th day…
Explore the cyclical ways in which you provide and use to use and provide in your day’s walk.


 

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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Dual Devotion Memorials

Day 222  August 10
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

The image of the Memorial labyrinth of Goodland, KS

A memorial labyrinth in Goodland, Kansas. Photo Credits: First Christian Church

When a labyrinth is designed in memorial, it typically stems from the interest of the labyrinth from the individual being memorialized or by the family and/or community that want to create a way to acknowledge the individual for their contributions with a way to continue to also service the community. In this united purpose, the labyrinth is a dual devotion that continues to be an education of life, while it yields to a sacred space to remember and reengage with a walk.

The state of Kansas with labyrinth designHaving traveled through Kansas a few times as well from border to border, it is reminiscent of Nebraska with a straightforward drive of flat plains that seem at time, endless. I observed that there are few labyrinths that span the state of Kansas, rather the majority are found nearer the Eastern border of the state spreading out Wichita and from the Kansas City area of Missouri. There are a few scattered in various locations that make finding them a feeling of good fortune and a happy surprise.  The labyrinth at First Christian Church  in Goodland, Kansas is one of those surprise finds, as it sits nearest the Colorado border in the northern part of the state.

This labyrinth was created and dedicated as a memorial to Marlin and Yvonne Musil who lived, contributed and loved their community. Their love lives on when people join together in a walk or in the simple steps of one who invites themselves to a solo walk, appreciative that the labyrinth exists because of another’s gift of service, friendship and community.


Daily Insights : On this 222nd day…
Explore the contributions you have made in the world that can be a legacy or part of one that speaks to what your greater abilities have been in your walk today



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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Uniting in Service in the State of Evolution

Day 220  August 8
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

image of the labyrinth in Oklahoma

The Alpha and Omega Labyrinth in Oklahoma City, OK.  Photo Credits: Souvenir Chronicles

The labyrinth of today is one of service to its community. The plaque that sits at its base denotes it as the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. It is a reminder that each walk is a beginning and an end with another beginning at the ending.  The labyrinth is located at the institution of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City in Oklahoma. It has been in service since 1904 serving it’s community well and in 1995, it became a triage site for the bombing of the Alfred Murrah building, which was only two blocks away. The blast was so powerful that it blew out portions of the church as well. In spite of all it served to bring the community back together in service of body and spirit and the inclusion of the labyrinth at this location made the service one more united in purpose.

The state of Oklahoma as a labyrinth imageDevastation and joy are two sides of the same side of life, interpreting our circumstances more fully in a wholistic way. When we walk the labyrinth we discover this more and more from the different perspectives that come together to form our thoughts and elicit our feelings. What often erupts allows for an old ideal to fall away and a new evolved one to take its place. May the journeys we travel reflect this well

Daily Insights : On this 220th day…
Explore the ways in which the things that fell apart made way for something new and improved to grow today in your walk.

 

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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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.

Daily unfolding the process:
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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


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