Posts Tagged With: Simplicity

A Simple Line of Significance

Day 224  August 12
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: States of Being United

partial image of the tape labyrinth in Lincoln's Church

The labyrinth in Lincoln’s Church, Springfield, IL   Photo Credits: Tourloukis 2007

With historical reference we unite our history with our spiritual significance. Whether we walk with a simple personal memory and reflect on how it shapes who we have become or in a larger sense, realizing how we appreciate  a national treasure for its past presence and live with its benefits better as a result today, our past paths provide presence.  Such is a case of the simple labyrinth that was added to Lincoln’s Church in Springfield, IL. Familiarly it is called Lincoln’s Church, honored by the attendance of Abraham Lincoln’s family, it is formally called the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield.

The Minister of Lincoln’s Church, and his wife, joined our Heartland Labyrinth Circle years ago, traveling three hours, to attend our monthly group activity. Befriending them both, they presented an invitation to visit their labyrinth. Joining them a few months later, a wonderful tour of the church provided a peak into the many levels this church was designed with.  On one of the lower levels was the construction of a simple labyrinth designed with a single strip of black tape.  This  simple design created in a simple way actually served this church well as it was a spiritual home for a very simple President.

State of Illinois with labyrinth designAbraham Lincoln’s simplicity was his genius as was the wisdom of the Minister in opening the smaller congregation to newer ideas. The invitations of the Minister and his wife grew interest and a congregation of families that helped to revive and restore this church that holds reverence for our history and spiritual significance.  Most of my older photos were destroyed of this simple labyrinth, so this is a minor representation of the larger understated labyrinth.

 


Daily Insights : On this 224th day…
Explore how your past brings presence with relevance in your steps 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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World We Window

Day 114: April 24
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

Lines of the Labyrinth in windows of the world of weThe truth within us communicates many meanings and messages that encompass our depth, expanse, wisdom, compassion, insight and even our amusement. We are given a lifetime to explore the nature of our truth, capacity and contribution and the more we lean toward the lightness of who we are, the easier the simplicity and exploration and appreciation for the importance of this time which we are allowed to discover. A lighter look at the world can allow us the chance to view it with greater vision and perspective and in doing so we can weave the elements together that bring out more of who we are as a whole.

Today’s sojourn among the Miracle Keepers brought us on an internal journey that became connected in the path we walked collectively. Listening to the sharing of the members became a reminder of how each communication had a way of being relevant to all participants. Listening elevated the feeling of the group on the walk and in the talk and in reflection today’s design developed from the evolution of the experience. It brought a window of light into the window of the world of we. The lines of listening can provide us with many light moments and levity as this might be the actual opportunity in the world wide web to discover the world’s we window.

On this 114th day…
Walk with others who have come on the path before you taking the same steps with individual perspective, walk with those who will come and realize a moment of connectedness in your steps.

 

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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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Season of Construction

Day 97: April 7
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Amusement

Labyrinth for a Construction SeasonOne could be confounded by the sudden flip of a switch that seemed to take place a few days ago when the Winter season moved into construction season.  What were open roadways now became littered with traffic cones and barrels, barricades and an assortment of ominous looking machines designed to alter the normal routines of our day. After developing an intimate relationship with the striped barrels each day that routinely began to divert my path leading to detours to the left and right that circled back to find the main road in a circuitous manner that could only be described as labyrinthic; it dawned that each day’s travels had been following a path that redirected thought, emotion and physical direction.

This labyrinth under construction brings us through the barricades and beyond where we are redirected not to go, only to find that going there might reveal the secrets under the symbolic manhole cover. Turning mystery into mirth this design brings together the elements of amusement, simplicity and new perspective for a more interesting outcome that inspires creativity with a little cheek!

Follow the lighter gray path from thick to thin and back again.

On this 97th day…
In your walk or work of this day, can you define a way to create something more out of what you are given?

 

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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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Prime Walk

Day 63: March 4
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discover

In 1963 mathematician Stansilaw Ulam doodled with numbers and ended up with an ordered labyrinth called the Prime Spiral. It is so named because if you circle the prime numbers in the logical ordered sequence he prescribed, what appears are the formations of diagonal lines. Math is an infinite equation for universal discovery and Ulam was a master of finding simplicity in the complexity. Finding simplicity is a sign that we are using more of our capacity and genius, whether the complexity present is ordered or a product of our own development. Expanding our capacity is an honest effort of our ability and our larger purpose in this year.

Life is complex or as simple as we make it. Like the prime numbers in today’s design, a classroom of students today helped to complete the patterns of the spiraled square and followed with completion of  the number sequence that was added. When asked to find patterns they found several and finally one drew a line where the prime numbers lay.  Our conversation was about discovering patterns. Adding a reverse square spiral inside of the existing we shared conversation about how this made more more complexity and what we might gain in insight or intrigue from it. Some enjoyed the complexity citing advantages while others preferred the simple structure and its basic elemental offering. There was neither a right or a wrong, only the opportunity of choice and a way to recognize our relationship with both sides of complexity and simplicity.

A suggestion to walk with:

On this 64th day…
Observe the complex areas of your walk that can be simpler and the simple that might grow different with complexity.

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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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Repeating Patterns

Day 34: February 3
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Love

Creativity is found in the swirls and designs that are all around us. A study in circles might be considered an infinite loop of endless time coming to the same conclusion repeatedly, though the art of circles has offered us depth and perspective when we move outside the three dimensions and into the Labyrinth Zone.

Using the heart as a medium this month is lending a new way to elevate creative consciousness. On one hand the drawing of the heart labyrinth can take on many design adventures of interpretation, and on the other, there is discovery of a new dimension unused by another’s design with appreciation for pointing the direction.

Creating the heart in your walk might be as easy as finger drawing it in the air as you move with a conscious intention to love every thought that pops up… no matter what. It might be found in walking with thoughts and expressing the word love into each sentence. This of course can lead to some interesting opportunities to noticing an honest resistance or the honest opportunity as well. Recall that this experience of honesty is all about elevating ourselves to what is possible when we speak to the truth in our soul. Love just gives us a reference point and notice of how much we actually do love and ways we might not have thought of that can bring us clarity, simplicity and honesty. It is there that we discover how capable we truly are. Love well today in your walk.

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A suggestion to walk with:

On this third day…
Repeat or insert a love motion or expression into what you take into the labyrinth and stay dedicated to the experience to notice the end result.

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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.
Care to Share and Share to Care!

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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:
Next Mid Month 365 Experience Gathering on February 15th at Noon (EST)  to explore the monthly focus. Share your posts from your walks and experiences with our theme this week at: 365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

 

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Weighted Steps

TLS 365 Experience #181
Aug. 28, 2017

smooth stones for carrying on the labyrinthUsing the labyrinth to demonstrate the value of simplicity with clients and groups, it is a very effective and experiential way to both present and activate this idea simultaneously.

Confusion comes up when our focus is distracted from our purpose, and while this can be applied to a larger life message, my intent is for easy understanding. Walking the path brings us to the moments of where we are, what is in front of us and consideration for what is now behind.   Creating this walk in many ways for approaching similar and relative threads, this one has a tangible idea of giving each a container to put the things that come up on the path and stick with us, as we move forward.  Placing small stones along the path represent the elements we notice, pick up and carry.

In reaching our center point in the walk, the middle serves as a turning point to consider the use, practicality and basic logic of the things collected and the true weight of their significance or necessity as we walk out and into new experiences.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
L. Connelly, Labyrinth Facilitator, Life and Leadership Coaching
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:
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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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Appreciating The Grass

TLS 365 Experience #97
June 5, 2017

Roscoe Grass LabyrinthSummer is here when you can feel the heat of the temperature on your skin and you find a grass labyrinth to sink your feet into the Earth and experience the blades between your toes.

In between the mowings are the shoots of border grass that have the chance to spring up in collaboration to form an outline for a walk or movement of action on the labyrinth. It is a delight to the natural senses.

In this labyrinth a stone has been placed to mark its center and it’s simplicity makes a lot more room to sit on it or with it and consider the weight of any issue. I like the stone in this because it can also remind of the great rock we stand upon as the Earth too.

Today’s Experience submitted:
A. Roscoe, Labyrinth Facilitator, Earth Enthusiast
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

1. 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

2. Give
Share your own “Experience” and add to the wisdom:
https://labyrinthsociety.org/share-your-experience

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

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Day Three… Finding Unity in the Community

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 1  l  Day 2 


 

CPark_SignOn the third day of labyrinths, Charlie Frias Park was the location for the walk of the day. This interesting park, situated near the Red Rock Mountain recreation area, really used the natural elements well and in some uniquely creative ways.

The Park had two levels. The rock formations that surrounded the length of a six block area also contained parking, tennis courts and play areas. The center was the main focus of the park and almost a natural amphitheater that sported a long triple length field at sub level for a variety of sporting events.

CFriasPark_Panarama

They called this a maze, though it had only one entrance path. At one point in the design, it gave a choice of direction and by labyrinth standards, this could be classified as a contemporary style instead of a maze. The one choice just gave the walker an opportunity for a little diversion before completing the walk.

CFriaspark_PathsFrom the list of things that matter in this game, the idea of unity in the community has long been one of my themes in leadership. While in the past I have coordinated people with purpose and passion and brought things together that were meaningful and fitting. This past year I had some new opportunities to create some unique ideas for individuals that wanted to learn some new skills that uniquely fit their abilities. I loved designing specific programs to meet these requests and realized this was just another way to bring the unity of the myriad of abilities each of us has into the community of the individual and how they lived in work and play.

CFriasPark_3

 

As I walked this labyrinth I was reminded of wanting to bring unity to the many diverse branches that make up my community. Simplify became a word I had been using in this diversely transitioning year as I knew the more I simplified and reduced, the more of what was really important and significant would show up.

 

CFriaspark_PathsLike this labyrinth, the outline or structure of it was set as the unity and the many ways I could walk it would be the community. If the directions I was taking didn’t fall into either category, it wasn’t necessary and just added complication. This labyrinth had a built in point of diversion, though the choice to take it was always mine. A good reminder that I can choose to keep it simple or stir things up a bit when needed.. it’s all part of my community of choices.

The person who playfully popped into my head was one delightful individual that I had the opportunity to assist in putting a workshop program together with. I created an outline and over months of time we chatted and filled in the pieces. We often side tracked with other conversation, relative though not germane. To build the many aspects of the workshop, we tossed out a community of ideas, and then over time unified them into simple concepts.

CFriaspark_GirlsLike this walk today, two girls happily came running into the labyrinth and raced around to the center. A young boy came with  a dog he hoped would walk the circuits unleashed and then a young mother with two children in tow talking constantly. Each had a different pace and purpose for being there, though all walking together with a common interest in mind building a unity in our community as we walked appreciating each others individuality.

 

 

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