GHR 2019 Q2: Intention/Focus

Dear Facilitators,
As promised, our focus for the second quarter of 2019 is “FOCUS”! After paying “Attention” last quarter now it is time to concentrate that attention and focus on what each of us needs to align our energy, spirit and soul. Perhaps clarity will help you find a path that takes you to a better place so you can become a stronger healer and presence in the world.

As you guide labyrinth participants, it would be lovely to give them the permission, suggestion, ideas that when they make their own energy more peaceful and coherent they do, in fact, impact the world in a positive way. We can all use reminding that we make a difference!

Peace and Healing on your labyrinth journeys!
Ellen

Global Healing Response Quarterly

2019 Theme: Intention

Our intention creates our reality —Wayne Dyer

April-May-June

Focus: Focus (this is not a typo)

Quote:
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. —Socrates

Picture/Symbol: The budding flower symbolizing new growth and focus.

Prayer/Meditation:

A Prayer for Focus on the Labyrinth

As I enter the labyrinth I am here now.
I am mindful and in the moment. I release that which does not serve me.

As I stand in the center of the labyrinth, I realize the distractions that I feel are outside of me. The center is a place within. I put my thoughts aside for the present moment. I am willing to receive what Spirit wants me to hear.

As I walk out of the labyrinth, I feel peace and commitment to stay focused in my journey that will continue after I leave the labyrinth.

As I leave the Sacred space of the labyrinth and cross the threshold back into the world, I feel gratitude for this moment.

Click here for a PDF version of this prayer

Ideas for benefiting organization: Is there a nonprofit organization in your community that you feel helps people find their center and their focus, a calm place for folks to find peace? Perhaps an arboretum, retreat center or park?

Ideas for ambiance: Let participants write their focus on a rock or piece of paper and carry it with them. You could even have rocks with words like “release”, “gratitude”, “trust”, “clarity” as choices. Provide lots of journaling ideas after the walk. The meditation is available as a PDF to write and give to participants.

Music: Here is a three-hour track of music developed to help you concentrate. Makes figuring out a soundtrack for an entire event easy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9nooPrbCCA

Attention is the ability we have to discriminate and to focus only on that which we want to perceive.  —Miguel Angel Ruiz

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GHR 2019 Q1: Intention/Attention

The theme for GHR 2019 is Intention. The study of the energy of intention is fascinating—the science, the possibilities and how to maximize it for healing. Using this science, I have created a three-step process that dovetails beautifully with the use of the labyrinth to create healing for ourselves, our communities and the world.

It’s often said, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Right? Well, perhaps we can look at intention a little differently. Not as what we intend to DO but how we intend to BE— how we “set our course” each day. Science is finding that our intention is an actual energy we emit and communicate to others. Think of the light we see from a star. It may be thousands of years old, but the light still goes out into the universe and we see it. It hasn’t disappeared. So, goes our energy we put out into the world.

GHR Q1: Attention
The first quarter of 2019 we will begin our process for healing with intention by paying Attention. The quote I used for this quarter from Jonathon Lockwood Huie feels especially appropriate today, “I hold my course with focused attention and relentless commitment, as I weather the storms of life.” It is -27 here in Chicago and I know many of you in the Northern Hemisphere are suffering from sub normal temperatures today, too (and if you are somewhere warm and sunny, well…lucky you!) As Wayne Dyer says, “Our intention creates our reality.”

This might be a nice time to pay attention to what you are putting out in the world. Is it representing who you want to be? Take gentle care of yourself and find out why it doesn’t align, if that is the case. Or, celebrate your awesomeness if you are rockin’ it!
In the materials I have used The Rev. Warren Lynn’s meditation again because it is perfect for what we are beginning to do this year: Center, Connect, Send Forth Healing. And, I chose the Statue of Liberty as the symbol because she calls our attention to remember kindness, welcome and healing through all weather and storms.
As you lead walks this quarter it might be nice to ask participants to pay attention to a certain aspect of the walk (be creative!), what they are feeling (Balanced? Anxious? Peaceful? Connected?)

GHR Q2, 3 and 4
The second quarter focus will be “Focus” (not a typo 😉), the third quarter will be “Connection” and the fourth quarter will be “Amplification.” Throughout the year we will learn more about this three-step process I have created for healing.
In April I will be in Hiawatha, Iowa leading a workshop and in June I will be with the Labyrinth Summer School, too. Hope you can join us. Let me know if you would like more information. Would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

With Hope and Healing, Ellen Bintz Meuch

Global Healing Resource Quarterly

2019 Theme: Intention

Our intention creates our reality —Wayne Dyer

January-February-March

Focus: Attention

Quote: “I hold my course with focused attention and relentless
commitment, as I weather the storms of life.” —Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Picture/symbol: The Statue of Liberty is a vision of strength through all storms and calls our attention to remember kindness, welcome and healing.

Prayer/Meditation:
Before we can create an intention, we first pay attention to where we are in life. Can we execute an intention if our energy isn’t centered and strong? I am repeating Warren Lynn’s two step prayer so we can pay attention to how we each feel as we enter the labyrinth and then pay attention to how we can help others as we exit.

Walking into the labyrinth….
Walk into Lightness
The peace of All Peace be mine on this path.
Let all tumult of life’s storms within me cease.
May the weight of heavy burdens release;
The diminishing shackles upon me drop free from my soul
May True Light illuminate the habitations of my dark shadows, setting me free from all forms of suffering.

Walking out of the labyrinth…
Send Forth Healing
Envisioning what Light, Peace and Love is needed in the world beyond me,
I send empowering energy outward, beyond myself,
Into the shadows, storms and suffering all around.
By my actions, relationships and ways of being
I will participate in the greater community of healing in this world.
—The Rev. Warren Lynn

Ideas for benefiting organization‎: Veriditas! Let’s support the organization that supported us. www.veriditas.org

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Have journaling paper so walkers can write their intentions. Or, create a basket of stones that can have intentions written on them and walkers can hold them as they walk. Ask walkers to pay attention to their heart messages.

Music: I found this beautiful music for focus (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU13sdrLQ-M). But you could use any music that you find relaxing and centering.

Click here for a PDF version of these materials