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Embrace

Day 329  November 25
In The Year of Honest Living
In The Quarter of: Contribution
In The Month of: Grateful Pathways

Week Four: Counting Your Blessings

 The grace of a blessing is offered without condition and bestowed in a variety of forms. Not always gentle, a blessing is a connection of our internal expression that is met in someway by our action that stirs it into our presence for realization and appreciable gratitude. In the state of higher gratitude of practice or consciousness, we are likely to see more blessings as we change our ability to tune in.

To embrace the abundance that blessings bring, being available to receive is an essential quality to possess. Asking may be a beginning process, yet allowing ourselves to experience and appreciate them is a necessity. It is when we embrace and own the experience of receiving that we become true in what we give and offer to others. As the blessings are not always understood, we may dismiss what we ask for if it comes in a different package.

Embracing path of the blessings labyrinth by theAmusedmuse.com
The Third Blessing: Embrace

The labyrinth can seem daunting to some. It is a seemingly curious set of geometric circles, shapes and patterns that flow with spiraled purpose into a center point and back out, traveling on the same path that we travel in on. This makes it a simple instrument, with complexities that show up in the realizations and blessings that occur when we walk with as a natural human spiral on a geometric spiral.

Embracing the unknown, is a way to make known something new, different and beneficial. As a society, we make wrong what isn’t understood and when we embrace the unknown with curiosity to make small knowns, we change our dynamic understanding. That alone is a blessing, though by inviting and accepting more, the blessings tend to pour.

 


Daily Insights : On the first path of Appreciation in this 329th day…
Embrace the blessings that show up on your path today.


November’s Focus

Banner Image of Grateful Pathways for November 365 Experiences

Week Four Focus: Blessings

In discovering the elements of gratitude, thanks is an expression we use to communicate our sense of what we hold gratitude for. Explore the ways Appreciation is felt this week on the labyrinth in daily walks, group facilitation, program creation, offerings, artwork, illustration and design, building canvas or permanent designs, books written or poetry created. However you find thanks as the path, on the path or of the path you are on… how is it expressed?

    • Personal: consider the ways of your own personal adventures and use.
    • Associations: contemplate the ways of use with friends, family, and relationships or other acquaintances.
    • Environs: realize the community uses, organizations, landscapes encountered.
    • Global: imagine the ways that what you do reaches others in the world environs.

Share and become part of history and her story…

Consider the topic with the ways you currently use the labyrinth for self or sharing with others:

• Personal Walk
• Group Walk, Program, Workshop, Education, etc.
• Designs, Artwork, illustrations, photos of labyrinth you walked, etc.
• Building concepts, tips, techniques, design ideas, etc.
• Personal Development, Guidance, Growth orientation, etc
• Writing, poetry, creations, installations, etc.
• Learn something new about yourself, others or the labyrinth this month.

Questions:   365Experience@labyrinthsociety.org

 


Mid Month Dialogues November 15thJoin the -NEXT -Mid Month Dialogues
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December 15th
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Be curious, join the conversation and share your experiences of the first two weeks in the month of thanks and appreciative gratitude.

Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you have discovered in the first half of the month, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with a greater appreciation of what may bring morel insight into the second half of the month with a labyrinth connection and a greater perspective in our year of living honestly.

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Our Mind of Design

Day 209  July 28
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

A floral circular labyrinth image

The Silver Springs Botanical Garden Labyrinth in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Photo Credits: Play Outside Guide

South of Edmonton in the Province of Alberta, Canada, the Silver Springs Botanical Gardens appreciates a variety of ways to showcase the natural flora of the area. Together there are 14 different types of gardens in the Botanical Park and the beautiful representation of purple flora and artistic brick make for a visual appreciation to accompany any walk.

The children in this photo remind us to step lively in our explorations and discoveries and in doing so we might find a little of the magic that children naturally do. The labyrinth does not have to have visual aesthetics to be pleasing, though when we can explore a bit about each, we become a little more intrigued in what all is provided. The unknown is always a walk of wonder, though sometimes a little exploration gives us meaning in the purpose of the known. Realizing that the labyrinth design can make such artistic contribution that it shows up in such interesting ways, is an artists exploration of the labyrinth too. While a walk is more than design, a design is often found in the walk.

On this 209th day…
Explore the fascinating explorations you have made with the labyrinth and what designs you have created in your walks or talks in sharing.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths 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 an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Neolithic Translations of the Known and Unknown

Day 173:  June 22
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Exploration

One of the 14 stone labyrinths of the Solovetsky Islands in northernmost Russia

The Bolshoi Zayatsky Islands of Russia. Photo Credits News LM

On the westernmost tip of the edge of Russia in the northern area that extends to the White Sea, lays the Onega Bay tucked into a pocket of Russia’s expansive land mass. At the bay’s most northern point the archipelago of the six Solovetsky Islands can be found. The largest of these is the Bolshoi Zayatsky Island which measures approximately 95 square miles. The serenity of its remoteness and its rock formations seem to use it as an instrument for the sun’s focus might make it significant, though its history as a prison camp now occupied by a great monastery may be lend a more transformative perspective. What makes it interesting for our explorations is the 14 neolithic labyrinths that are found. From 6 to 25 meters, they are believed to be around 2,500 years in age without much in history available to tell their story, their stone structures are remarkably well preserved.

In 1992 Unesco declared the monastery to become a world heritage site and data suggests there has been habitation on this island since the 5th Century BC, though up until 1960’s the public was not allowed. It has been the seat of Monastic activity since the 15th century, so the origins may well be a reflective of this northernmost natural environment and sacred institutionalism.  There are also references that almost 30 labyrinths exist on this island as well. It is in all the unknown that much speculation arises and with intentional exploration and open mindedness, how we appreciably use what we do gather and share can make all the difference in what we learn about ourselves in making the unknown known.

On this 173rd day…

Explore your unknowns today. Those items that you might like to know more about or the ones that have been shunned. What known facts can surface in your walk of this day?

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


June Banner 2018 TLS 365 Experience World Wide Wonder

Welcome June

Our exploration this month is to discover the World Wide Wow in the unique and innovative labyrinth designs world wide that inspire us to move beyond the everyday and give us a larger labyrinthic look at what our path can truly provide. From the idea of living outside your box to simply doing something different everyday, allow this journey of June to educate you and your relationship to life with the labyrinth. We’e taking a global course in Labyrinthing!

  1. Get Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too.
  2. Act Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday June 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths 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 an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
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Chapters of Inspiration

TLS 365 Experience #258
November 13, 2017

We might never know who we affect when we share the stories and experiences of the labyrinth and it isn’t really important to know, more to share and grow in what we know by doing so. Sometimes, we do get a glimpse of the difference it makes when we share.

A client who was curious about the labyrinth, met me on a quiet local labyrinth and found that was where she wanted to grow in our time together, so we met regularly and used the labyrinth in our understanding as its location offered a place of refuge where we were undisturbed. Over the time together, many ideas were raised and issues resolved. I could see how the results of the walks played into our sessions regularly. As she moved successfully into her own steps in life, guided by her own resilience and understanding, I would receive messages from time to time about success moments, though not much about the labyrinth or if she still used it.

So it was both surprising and delightful to hear from her in depth, learning how she had enjoyed the labyrinth in our sessions but fallen away from regular use in her daily life. It wasn’t until she began writing and fell into a slump that she remembered one of our technique’s and by using it, found herself back out on the labyrinth. As she walked, the last three chapters for her book were revealed. Even greater,  she realized now the depth of some of our earlier work and how the labyrinth was much more than a tool for coping and has since found inspiration a way to walk.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
G. Cassidy, Life Coach, Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois


The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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

TLS 365 Experience #245
October 31, 2017

The Labyrinth of Chicken Bones, Cobwebs and things that Go Bump in the night... LAT2010It’s always fun to work with kids, they have wonderful imaginations and I often find their creativity inspiring as it is playful, limitless and speaks to their truth.  As Halloween approached I asked a teacher to gather chicken bones and secured more at the local butcher shop during the month. Chicken bones tend to be small so work well in the building of labyrinth in pieces. The teacher brought the kids into our nearby center for an afternoon of discovery with the idea of appreciating the imagination and inspiration and in a world that can be unnerving for kids;  finding the fun of tethering on the edge of the unknown.

On dark table tops the illuminated circles brought light to work with as the kids played a game in teams and got to pick out the bones from a bucket as they guessed correctly. We played a variety of games with the bones and part of the fun of the day was in building a labyrinth with them.taking away the myth and the monster to add magic and meaning.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lynda Tourloukis, TLS 365 Experience Coordinator
Illinois & Nevada


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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The Shadows of the Labyrinth

By daylight this wouldn’t be the same, photographed by Candace Porth, Franciscan renewal center in Scottsdale, Arizona

We are blessed with both day and night, dark and light and all kinds of opportunities to see balance in nature. Have you ever considered that wrong is here because right is or that good and evil are the twins of mischief?

Just for a moment consider the necessity of darkness because anyone can smile in the sunshine. It is where we plant the seeds, nourish the womb and rest our little heads when our bodies grow weary. The dark is a necessity of life and when the unknown is lurking in the dark, who is to say it is evil? It is just the unknown and our tendency as humans is to make wrong what we don’t know.

Balance then becomes an essential in life in taking in the unknown of the dark and seeing it perhaps as a learning so that growth can take place. It is natural and the change that happens constantly. Becoming familiar with the great shadow and seeing it as the reminder of what is possible makes all the learning more palatable and in the scheme of balance, understandably necessary.

Enjoy a shadow walk today and ponder the delight of what growth lies ahead. I found that this early, early walk that I took this morning had the newness of the day just peeking over the horizon as I enjoyed the dimness of the hour. It was in the state of anticipating the growing light that I was reminded of the peaceful serene nature of the darkness I was present to.

In that moment and in those steps I enjoyed the fullness of what I did not know, what lay ahead and the great opportunity to place contemplation in my pocket as a companion for the remainder of the walk. In the end, it was a more gratifying experience and some of the things that I was walking with came to a thoughtful conclusion.

May your walk in the shadows present a growing knowing,

Lynda

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