GHR 2016 Q4: Stability/Serenity

This quarter’s focus might be a challenge for many of us…Serenity. Hopefully, we can accept the challenge and find serenity among the chaos so that we can provide Stability to those around us. I am deeply appreciative of Jo Ann Mast’s BEAUTIFUL prayer/meditation. (I am thinking of copying it, laminating it, and using it hourly).

Thank you to all who work to offer a place for others to find Peace, Healing and Serenity!

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Global Healing Response Quarterly

2016 Theme: Stability
“The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside.”
—Unknown

October-November-December

Focus: Serenity

Quote: “Today I want to feel the release of fully letting go of those things I cannot change. May today feel lighter and more joyful as a result.” —Shawn Fink

Picture/Symbol: Calm water (Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color: Blue

Prayer/Meditation:
SERENITY
Fully letting go of those things we cannot change.
Releasing things of the world—the wild, dangerous, fearful, tiresome, and challenging outside world.
As you take the first step into the labyrinth, close your eyes, take a few breaths, then a full breath.
Imagine diving deep into the calm waters of the lake washing away tension, fear, hurt and worries of the outside world and your world. Trusting the labyrinth and yourself, putting one foot in front of the other, letting go stress, tension, fear and doubt.
Mindfully reaching the labyrinth center—Your own center. Continue releasing, letting go, especially those things you cannot change. Breath-in and breath- out feeling lighter and lighter…
Now leaving the center with, lighter steps, quieter mind, body refreshed, and spirit renewed, light-hearted and joyful.
Path of Serenity

In Light and Joy,
Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

Ideas for benefiting organization: Organizations that work to improve the quality of our oceans and lakes, or provide clean water and drinking water. In the Midwest, the Great Lakes Alliance is doing wonderful work cleaning up the beaches and water quality.

Ideas for ambiance: Water filled mason jars, floating candles, buckets of sand with candles

Music: Try using calming nature sounds, waves, and wind. These tracks are available on YouTube and even Pandora.

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GHR 2016 Q3/Stamina

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” —ConfuciusMountain250

The quote for this quarter’s focus of stamina feels right for a couple of reasons. After reading what I wrote for Q2 Support, I am feeling a bit frustrated that I could write the exact same things today. I said, “In the States we are struggling with some chaotic election energy, racial and religious tensions while the rest of the world experiences many of the same things.” And the sad thing is….it isn’t going to stop any time soon. We need stamina! We need to hold the course of stability and as the quote says, not stop. It seems we don’t need to worry about how much we are accomplishing or how often we are offering support. We just need to try and persevere as Jo Ann Mast so eloquently wrote in this quarter’s prayer/meditation. By doing this, we WILL create change. I hope this plan for an intentional labyrinth walk, for prayer and for meditation helps us all persevere. Thank you for all the light you each bring to the world. You ARE making a difference.

Peace & Healing, Ellen

Global Healing Response Quarterly: Quarter 3 (July, August, September)

2016 Theme: Stability
“The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside.”
—Unknown

July-August-September

Focus:  Stamina

Quote: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius
Picture/Symbol: Mountain (Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn)
Color: Green
Prayer/Meditation:
Perseverance
Perseverance is a choice. It is not a simple, one time choice.
It’s a daily one. There’s never a final decision.
Our first “yes”—-filled with energy and enthusiasm—-brought us here,
but it’s no use as the waters rise and the turbulence increases.
By the time we’re surrounded by obstacles and opposition, by aggression and and mean-spiritedness, our initial choice has no meaning.

Having to make a choice everyday, keeps us alert and present.
Do I have the resources, internal and external, to keep going?
Can I deal with what’s in front of me right now?
Do I have any patience left? Is there a way through this mess?

These critical questions require a momentary pause, a little reflection.

Rather than striking out or being reactive to a bad day, we offer ourselves freedom.
Do I continue or do I give up? Even a brief pause creates the space for freedom.
We’re not trapped by circumstances or fatigue.

We give ourselves a moment to look as clearly as we can at the current situation.
And then we make a conscious choice—–Every Day
—Veriditas Master Teacher, Jo Ann Mast 

Ideas for benefiting organization: Organizations like the Red Cross who have been around to support us for a long time, who have endured through good and bad times.

Ideas for ambiance: Large or small bowls of water with floating flowers or colorful rocks in small/large bowls (or other containers) with water.

 Music: Music: Drums, rattles, chimes walkers can bring to play when walking or CD “Ashana: All is Forgiven” or “Chartres – Path of the Soul” by Catherine Braslavsky.

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GHR 2016 Q2 Stability/Support

Last quarter when I posted the materials on Stability/Strength, I truly hoped our planet would have made a few energetic changes and be a bit further along. Sigh.

In the States we are struggling with some chaotic election energy, racial and religious tensions while the rest of the world experiences many of the same things. I hear (through the Wisdom grapevine) that things “they are achangin.”

Last quarter we thought about Stability and Strength—for the world and for ourselves. I called on the stability quote and prayer many times last month. This quarter perhaps we can use our new found strength to offer support to someone else. Or, if you find yourself in a tough situation you will have the courage to ask for support.

Perhaps offering a community or private labyrinth walk is the perfect supportive gesture for our friends and family to find stability. Thank you for all you do!

Peace & Healing,

Ellen

Global Healing Resource Quarterly: Quarter 2 (April, May, June)

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2016 Theme: Stability
“The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside.”  —Unknown

April-May-June

Focus: Support

 Quote: “What I can do is offer myself, wholehearted and present, to walk with the people I love through the fear and the mess. That’s all any of us can do. That’s what we’re here for.” —Shauna Niequist

Picture/Symbol: Bridge (Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color: Purple

Prayer: Prayer is being aware of “the deep heart’s core” that nourishes our heart with meaning. It perceives the divine in noise and quiet, in light and dark.
Prayer enables us to live freely and gracefully in harmony with the universe.
Before we can pray,
Before we can dream,
Before we can witness
To justice and peace,
we must be a single circle.
A single unbroken circle
A wide open, welcoming circle
Let us build the circle of love and support.

A Walking Prayer—

“Today, we walk together side by side, through the winding safe, secure Path of the labyrinth. Feel the tension slowly dissolving into the labyrinth. There is comfort and support placing one foot in front of the other. Following your breath—in and out, in and out.

Your pace slows. You feel a deep fluttering sigh of release, letting go the deep stress inhabiting your body. The restless mind, the “monkey mind” jumps into fear mode: lost lives, starvation, suffering children, hopelessness— pause, breath deep, breath deep in and out, in and out, step by step, step by step, the waves of sadness gradually subside falling from your body into the labyrinth path.

Notice your heartbeat slows, the mind is quiet. As you enter the center, a small heart voice whispers, all will be well, life is an ongoing journey of change and choice, surrendering the old and trust in new beginnings.

You walk quietly out the sacred Path, one foot in front of the other.

The small voice ringing with fresh insights, carrying in your body, in your mind an attitude of the heart that can transform every aspect of your life. Your step is soft, your mind is calm and your heart is alive.”
—Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

We support one another. The labyrinth supports ALL.

 Ideas for benefiting organization: Local Youth Clubs, Libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs etc. Bring books, puzzles, games, (all ages) kites, etc. for Spring and Summer activities.

Ideas for ambiance: Spring Flowers, colorful scarves for dancing on labyrinth, small Easter baskets, May Day baskets, kites, bubbles if walking an outdoor labyrinth.

Music: Christine Tulis “Portal” (www.christinetulis.com/music.html) and  Harold Moses “Edges of the Soul” (www.allmusic.com/album/edges-of-the- soul-mw0001585657)

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GHR 2016 Q1 Stability/Strength

Global Healing Resource Quarterly: Quarter 1 (January, February, March)

Wow! The preparatiocalifornia-redwoods250n for this year’s GH Resources has been very interesting. With the help of Veriditas Master Teacher, Jo Ann Mast, we have let Spirit guide us. And that ride has been a roller coaster! We thought we had everything done and then, boom, we had the sense it all needed to change. Then there were lost files (very mysterious), interesting dreams and blank minds (no comments needed) that kept us zigzagging. FINALLY, we think we have what we were called to create. Sigh.

We knew the theme needed to be something very grounding—lots of “loose” energy these days. The labyrinth facilitator community knows a bit about staying grounded, holding space and allowing. Perhaps we can share that concept with others. With that said, we need to take care of ourselves. We aren’t helpful to the world if our energies are depleted, unclear or unbalanced. The Stability the world needs comes from our core. We hope the materials resonate with you this year. The healing you offer will make the world a better place!

Peace & Healing, Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response

2016 Theme: Stability

“The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside.” —Unknown

January-February-March

Focus: Strength-to stand or endure, a sense of steadiness, a steadfastness

Quote: “Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.” —Ho Chi Minh

Picture/symbol: Redwood Trees              Color: Auburn

Prayer/Meditation:

You are invited to use the following reading as a focus for your labyrinth walk. In these days of uncertainty, fear, and suffering by many, we are not alone. We hold space, offering strength and caring for others and for ourselves.

“Anytime we can listen to true self, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.”  —-Parker Palmer

We hold space for ourselves so we can better hold space for others.

Creating a safe, loving space for others is a willingness to walk alongside another person whatever their journey, without judgment, making them feel inadequate or trying to fix them.
When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts and offer unconditional support, safety, and calm.

A Meditation on Solitude –John O’Donohue

May you recognize in your life the presence,
Power, and light of your soul.

My you realize that you are never alone,
That your soul in its brightness and belonging
Connects you intimately with the rhythm of the Universe.

May you have respect for your individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
That you have a special destiny here,
That behind the façade of your life
There is something beautiful and eternal happening.

May you learn to see your self
With the same delight,
Pride, and expectation
With which Divine sees you in every moment.”

Ideas for benefiting organization‎:

  • In the freshness of the New Year, share lightly used winter clothing, especially coats, shoes, hats, boots for children and adults at local thrift stores.
  • In the cold season food and staples are always needed at local food banks, homeless kitchens and shelters.

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth:

  • Walk an outdoor labyrinth under the stars or moonlight,
  • Carry battery candles walking an indoor labyrinth,
  • Write messages of gratitude, of letting go that which no longer serves you and leave it in the center,
  • Carry an item symbolizing your soul or yourself

Music:   Judith Tripp CD: “Return to the Land of Your Soul.”

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