Sunday, April 22, 2012

My Labyrinth Experience...

Posted by Dancing Daring Delightful Diva at 8:38 AM 0 comments
I was asked some questions from my labyrinth blog and really what it boils down to is this:  What is my personal experience, can I explain it to others?  I realized in those questions that I kind of explained more ABOUT labyrinths, and not how they may affect me, or might bring experiences to you. SO I shall try to capture in words at small smidgen of what happens....for me...

First, since the point is to work your way to your center, and back out into the world, I try to create an experience to get away from the world.  For me that requires music in my ears - to be specific, instrumental only, as lyrics will interrupt my own thoughts and process. 

The entrance to a labyrinth is a time to ground yourself, calm, breathe, and get into a mindset so I will often meditate for a moment outside of it and focus on my breath, get into the 'groove' so to speak. 

Then, what happens varies, but typically I will begin with slow, methodical, ground-touching, earth-feeling steps, often in time with the music so my mind, body, spirit and the earth begin flowing together.  We get out of touch with Mother Earth, so the feet are a good way to get back in touch.

Once I get going, often the music will move me to groove a little, stretch, reach to the sky, scoop energy from the earth, and all kinds of other movements - that's for me and it really just depends on the moment. 

Now, what happens next?  It varies, but often during the meditation, life's questions, struggles, thoughts will start to happen, and I let them roll in, pass by me, let them sit with my body.  See, I am high energy so moving my body and having the music then allows my brain to quiet and let things fighting them, no analyzing, just allowing the deep, core thoughts, concerns and more just kind of float by you.  Answers are not the point, but often answers will come from the universe, God, a higher power, your soul, being...Often moving into the center, these thoughts or life concerns may come through and then when I reach the center I sit or stand and do a still meditation for a while and let those sit, settle the mud so to speak.  Once leaving the center, the point for me is to feel good and balanced, grounded, centered, sometimes resolution or letting go - so I will dance, often even more joyfully than to the center I came.  It is about reaching the exit again rejuvenated, full of life, love, and ready to enter the world again a little bit better than I came in...

Friends of the Garden - Lewistown, MT
I have travelled all over the area, and since finding the labyrinth locator I will stop and try new ones along my ways.  In fact, part of my last month almost solid of travel, I hit one in Sioux Falls, SD, Helena, MT and Great Falls, MT. 

Red Sun Labyrinth, Victor, MT
I have plans to go this summer to one in Victor, MT and Lewistown, MT.  As I travel all over the country and world I do plan on seeing, finding, and experiencing more.  I plan on teaching my children of these when they are a little bit older to understand the concept, the path in, to the middle and back out, and can focus, be still and quiet for about 30+ minutes.  While we do not regularly go to church and I personally don't believe 'church' is necessary - I DO strongly believe a spiritual grounding and path vital to your personal well-being, so teach them of things along the way to care for themselves and grow and develop into fine human beings. 

Happy Labyrinthing!
~Daring, Dancing, Delightful Diva~

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Labyrinths? What the...?

Posted by Dancing Daring Delightful Diva at 3:15 PM 0 comments
I mentioned labyrinths in my previous post and they truly are inspirational to me and becoming vital to my well-being so I thought I would share a little bit about what they are, their purpose and also how to find them!

Labyrinths are often thought of as a 'maze' but the two are very distinct...while they both have a path, in a maze it is complex branching and options for your path through, and often the point of a maze is to get lost, find your way (like fun fall corn mazes!).  A labyrinth on the other hand is single path leading to and then from the center, with the point of it typically being prayer or meditation - haha, perhaps being 'lost' is a metaphor! 

There are many historical and cultural meanings, functions and purposes you can click here or just Google labyrinths, commonly it represents a journey to your center and back out into the world again, and is a right-brain activity with intuition, creativity and imagery at play - great to stretch that side of ourselves!  My personal purpose is for all of that and includes meditation, grounding, centering and peace....and more - joy, contentment, anything really! 

As pictured, labyrinths come in a variety of styles, shapes, surfaces, and sometimes circuits or rings/layers. They are found all over the world! I even found a labyrinth locator as well!  Click here to find one near you, or if you are like me and enjoy them, search for them along your travels!
Here is what I told a friend who recently tried one for the first time - just keep it simple - walk, music or no music, just do what feels right - if you are like me and dancing moves you, then it will happen...and you just simply remain open to the possibilities of what will be great!  

Happy Labyrinth-ing!
~ Daring, Dancing, Delightful Diva ~

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Inspiration and NEWness...

Posted by Dancing Daring Delightful Diva at 6:18 AM 0 comments
Many many things and people have influenced my life, but in the last few DAYS it has been cosmically and comically amazing! 

We ALL deserve the best, correct?  So why would we possibly settle for LESS anyway?  How do we get ourselves in that position!?  We (women especially) can overthink something to death, but at times what is the harm in thinking deeply about our lives, our direction and being open to receiving sometimes needed changes?

I am just going to say it out loud - I like who I have become, who I am, and who I will be - partially because I think about my life, my actions, for myself and the affect on others - friends, family, my children, my future.  I don't want to be any different!  I joke that sometimes I'd love to go 'bumbling' through life oblivious, to give my brain a rest - but I don't want to live that way...I like the way I live.  And while I am in the health, wellness and coaching field, we all know we don't follow our own advice, so it took some nudging from the universe to make more changes, be more open, accept some things...and I'm LISTENING ALREADY!  ;)

Others around me happily or unhappily married or single, my children's needs of me, my own needs for me to grow, learn, change, live...have affected me this week, here's how:
  • A friend willing to take a risk and let go of someone 'old' and book a flight to meet someone 'new'; or another friend unhappy in her job took action, updated resume and is doing something about it to make that change!
  • Unhappily married friends teaching me what I won't settle for and that we all deserve the most minute ounce of respect - I'd rather remain single forever...
  • Someone being inspired by what I had to say or a post on Facebook, this blog, or shared over a glass of wine
  • Actions as well as lack of actions of others; either way you get to see someone's character and whole being and that's a good thing!
  • Meditating the way I see fit through a labyrinth (More on labyrinths coming up! o OK I have blogged about the labyrinths now - click here!)- unconventionally perhaps by instrumental meditation music in my ears to block out the world around me for a bit, and dancing...yep, dancing and moving my body through it - and moving me to laughter, tears, smiles, and JOY and CONTENTMENT, and inspiration TODAY - hence this blog! 
  • After the labyrinth and meditation, hitting shuffle on a playlist of 450 songs and having the first song move you to tears - thank you Jana Stanfield and "Amazing Things" 
  • Further refreshing myself on several of Jana's and others songs that inspire - If I Were Brave was the FIRST I ever heard and I am even IN this video! Others I like are All The Good, Let the Change Begin, and I'm Not Lost, I am Exploring...good stuff! :)
  • Time with my Life Coach (more on life coaching soon!) and a meditation/angel card on "Abundance" that all good is coming to me, abundance of life, love, money, career, anything...and you know what???? Believing it is KEY!!!  Thank you Alissa.  :) 
  • Spring cleaning my own house, creating order (okay any of you who have been to my house know it already IS orderly and tidy, but even I can just feel better about it and improve!) and rearranging, redecorating, purging (which is a bit difficult when you are NOT a pack rat!) and moving toward something, spring - a season of newness, growth, and joy....
Joy and Contentment - two words I set my intention to with my coach a couple months ago - and I am feeling it today!  :)

Peace, Joy and Love to all!

~Daring, Delightful Diva

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