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Sharing a Labyrinth Meditative Journey – Victoria Yoga Conference ’19

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness, Living in Natures Love Blog & Renee Lindstrom Live

 

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Journey the Labyrinth Meditative Pathway Description for the Yoga Conference, Feb, ’19

“As people tread through the turns and counter turns of the labyrinth, the world begins to drop away. Walking, breathing, being—things that we never think of in the day-to-day whirl of life—become conscious and deliberate.” 

Helen Curry, Author The Way of the Labyrinth

A labyrinth is a meandering clockwise or counter-clockwise spiral pathway that usually favours an east facing entrance. This entrance is the threshold that transitions one from the known into the unknown and this unfamiliar walk encourages one to deepen trust in their journey. The spiral leads through the four cardinal directions towards a center point and then back out. This 5000 year old walking pattern symbolizes a physical, metaphorical, spiritual, and healing walk through life and is designed for learning to listen to ourselves on the ‘inside’ while maintaining awareness of the ‘outer’ in a quality of exploration and curiosity. One does not need special training, or a level of fitness and spiritual belief to walk a Labyrinth as a meditative process.

The experiential process of walking a labyrinth is similar to a yoga asana practice that begins with setting an intention at the entrance and then when walking shift ones focus to the felt sensory awareness at the physical, mental, and emotional levels. At the center of the labyrinth there is time to pause to listen to ones
intuition before reversing and walking the pathway back out.

5 PARTS OF WALKING A LABYRINTH IN MEDITATION

  • Intention: Prior to entering speak a prayer or mantra or set an intention to find resolve or answer to a decision.
  • Release: The walk towards the center is a time to be receptive to ones sensory experience transition to what is seen, heard and felt and not focusing on thoughts and judgments.
  • Receive: One then may spend time mediating in the center of listen to any inner guidance that may occur.
  • Return: On the journey back out of the labyrinth one will be reversing the spiral pattern. This is once again a time for noticing the somatic sensation for any changes. On the way out one may find themselves with solutions to their intention simply coming with ease.
  • Gratitude: Immediately after stepping over the entrance threshold, turn to bow to the center of the Labyrinth with attitude of appreciation.

The seed pattern of the Labyrinth will be explored in our workshop with a focus on how it is relevant to our physicality, balance and counter balance abilities. An
introduction on how to draw a 7 Circuit Labyrinth using this seed pattern that
reflects our ability to transition body weight to balance.

A short time will be spent on learning to drawing a 7 Circuit Labyrinth as this can be as effective as walking in one. It can be a nice skill for future creative walking
path creations. This seven circuit labyrinth can be set with the intention of becoming a Chakra Pathway which will be touched upon.

An introduction to walking a labyrinth for meditation will be introduced with a focus on the connection to the patterns effecting movement, mindfulness and emotion and how walking a labyrinth can be a pattern for integrating into leadership qualities. The labyrinth is a wonderful independent walk that is stronger when walked in community. A new way of being leaders of the heart can be reflected in how one walks a labyrinth while in community.

The Labyrinth pattern has been walked since before organized religion. Ancient patterns are still being discovered and new patterns are being created. Before
closing our workshop there will an opportunity to walk an 11 Circuit Labyrinth in community to explore this wonderful tool for centering and becoming present to the moment.

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Copyright 2014 – 2019 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

Walking in Winter with my ‘son’ on Winter Solstice

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:

Solstice began at 8:27 a.m. in our Greater Victoria Region this year, 2017.  My son joined me to walk in winter in the frost at our Irving Park Labyrinth in James Bay.  We arrived about 8:15 a.m. to join a few other souls to walk under some beautiful old cedar and sequoia trees.

Irving Park Labyrinth Walk

Sari Pouch

The day before I went with my son to Instinct Art and Gifts (on the corners of Broad and View) so he could pick out a pouch and stones representing the astrological houses of the zodiac.  He picked out a beautiful pouch made from a used sari and 12 stones using a great chart posted showing what stones align with each month.  (For more on crystals and stones that I am sharing with my boy)

He brought his pouch of stones along with him to walk in winter!  For me, I enjoy planting these seeds and sharing this way of connecting with nature that can be a support for his health and well-being anytime.

We paused before starting the labyrinth walk and discussed possible intentions for walking the labyrinth on the eve of the first day of natures new year.  It became clear that I wouldn’t be able to hold the space by letting others walk first and then follow-up behind them.  The need seemed to be for me to lead and  I loved being able to turn and ask, “Matthew will you go last and hold the space for the walk?”  He was happy too!

Afterwards he was thanked.  This support made a difference for one person.  As I look back on it now it was a very gentle and subtle way of guiding my child into understanding how important it is to hold a safe space and create a container for others to trust their path.  This can be in walking a labyrinth or in dialogue!  More seeds planted!!!!

A very beautiful morning indeed!  The ground was frozen and the steps crunchy as we made our way into the center and stopped to experience the sun rising over the neighboring buildings.  The early morning sounds of a waking city in the background didn’t take away the experience of nature.  As I was standing in the center myself I happened to notice two old trees at the entrance of the park behind the ones circling the labyrinth.  I realized I had not noticed them over the years of walking the labyrinth thus recognizing my focus was closer to the labyrinth itself!

If you are visiting the James Bay Village, the labyrinth is in the back corner of the park farthest away from the corner of Menzies and  Michigan.

 

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Crystal Zodiac Paperback – by Judy Hall (Author)

You may already know your birthstone, but you may be surprised to learn that there are several other stones associated with your birth chart. Whether you are looking for profound soul growth, healing or help with everyday decisions, this book will show you how to select the right zodiac crystals for you.


Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication,  Empathy,  Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

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2014 Victoria Labyrinth Friendship Day

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Tuesday, Sept 17 ’14 – Co-sponsored by Victoria Public Library – Central Branch, Christ Church Cathedral & Henri Lock of Multi-Faith Chapel @ University of Victoria and Inside Awareness

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Heart Centered Labyrinth @ B.C. Legislature

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#yyj Labyrinth @ World Refugee Day ’14

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World Refugee Day – Central Branch of the Regional Victoria Library

“Walking for a Prouder Canada”

World Refugee Day – Victoria

Celebrations held at the Victoria Regional Public Library Main Branch

1 – 4 p.m.

The theme of World Refugee Day 2014 is “Walking for a Prouder Canada”. Please join us for this family-friendly event in the courtyard for an afternoon of live music, food, button making, interactive activities, storytelling, walking a labyrinth and more. Presented in partnership with WUSC, VCST, VIRCS and ICA. No registration required.

*A walking labyrinth display will be available during these celebrations!  Come enjoy a new or old walking experience and find out more about Labyrinths!

Main Branch, 735 Broughton Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3H2 – www.gvpl.ca