GHR 2015 Q3 Restoration/ Release

Dear fellow labyrinth facilitators and friends,

I particularly relate to this quarter’s focus, “Release.” As I consider the possibility of releasing my grip of control (or my illusion of control, right?) on life, I think about the labyrinth facilitator community as a whole. Though our backgrounds, intentions, and goals might differ, I have experienced a common thread among us. We like to be in control. I even wonder if our attraction to the labyrinth and facilitating the labyrinth experience holds a lesson for each of us…As much as we try, we can’t control a labyrinth walk.

During July, August and September may we each trust the process of release that leads to restoration. Let’s not just release control but, also, all that no longer serves us and what might be able to serve others. Hopefully, these materials will help others find comfort in releasing as we lead walks across the globe!

Peace & Healing, Ellen

2015 Theme: RestorationSunset

“All the beauty that’s been lost before wants to find us again” ― U2


Focus:  Release

Quote:  “I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” —Carl R. Rogers

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

Color: Orange


In this time, we give thanks that all around us the fullness of summer is expressed with abundance. And yet, we should know, such richness is only manifest through selfless surrender to potential and possibility. The tree does not say, “I will not bear fruit.” Waving fields of wheat, corn, beans do not fail to relinquish themselves to a harvest unimaginably greater then their original sacrifice. NO. All is given up. Every last bit of energy exhausted; exactly for this season of overflowing treasure.

So may we, too, offer the world our delicious fruit of generous release.  For the sake of so much more, let us offer to the world what we have been given. By our surrender, let us celebrate a means to sate the hunger of countless souls.  In letting go the seeds of self, may our gifts find redemption through a harvest of miraculous grace.

Even as the harvest-time world around us gives itself, utterly, completely, for the life of the other, let us, too, send forth an abundant harvest of wisdom, care, and nurture – made possible only after we have let go of our own self-minded intent, bequeathing our futures for the sake of the wider world.

May it be so.      —The Rev. Warren Lynn 

Ideas for benefiting organization: Local food banks and Global Relief Organizations

Ideas for ambiance: Leaves, acorns, pine cones, harvested items

Music: “The Healing Journey”, Tami Briggs

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6 thoughts on “GHR 2015 Q3 Restoration/ Release

  1. Monthly Labyrinth Walk
    July 20, 2015
    Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, FL
    GHR 3Q focus: Release

    from Bearing the Divine Fingerprint,Nature as the first Bible,
    Fr. Richard Rohr, Center for Contemplation and Action:

    If you would learn more, ask the cattle,
    Seek information from the birds of the air.
    The creeping things of earth will give you lessons,
    And the fishes of the sea will tell you all.
    There is not a single creature that does not know
    That everything is of God’s making…
    God holds in power the soul of every living thing,
    And the breath of every human body. Book of Job 12:7-10

    Are you a Tourist or Pilgrim?
    A Tourist is a visitor to a place ‘without’…a Pilgrim takes a journey to ‘within.’
    A Tourist is a leisurely observer, for pleasure; a Pilgrim journeys mindfully as
    an observance. For me, the call to ministry was a call to Pilgrimage.
    Rev. Linda Hurley

    Pilgrim Blessing by Macrina Wiederkehr:

    May flowers spring up where your feet touch the earth.
    May the feet that walked before you bless your every step.
    May the weather that’s important be the weather of your heart.
    May all of your intentions find their way into the heart of the Divine.
    May your prayers be like flowers strewn for other pilgrims.
    May your heart find meaning in unexpected events.
    May friends who are praying for you carry you along the way.
    My friends who are praying for you be carried in your heart.
    May the circle of life encircle you along the way.
    May the broken world ride on your shoulders
    May you carry your joy and your grief in the backpack of your soul.
    May you remember all the circles of prayer throughout the world.

    Walking the Path,
    Rev. Linda Hurley
    Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

  2. Monthly Labyrinth Walk – Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, FL
    August 17, 2015
    GHR 3Q Focus: Release

    Appreciating the harvest of blackberries in August…

    When the blackberries hang
    swollen in the woods, in the brambles
    nobody owns, I spend
    all day among the high
    branches, reaching,
    my ripped arms, thinking
    of nothing, cramming
    the black honey of summer
    into my mouth; all day my body
    accepts what it is. In the dark
    creeks that run by, there is
    this thick paw of my life darting among
    the black bells, the leaves; there is
    this happy tongue. ~ by Mary Oliver

    Blackberry Picking
    Late August, given heavy rain and sun
    For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
    At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
    Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
    You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
    Like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it
    Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for
    Then red ones inked up and that hunger
    Sent us out with milk cans, pea tins, jam-pots
    Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots.
    Round hayfields, cornfields and potato-drills
    We trekked and picked until the cans were full.
    ~ by Seamus Heaney. Irish poet playwright translator lecturer;
    1995 Nobel Prize in Literature

    In gratitude for Nature’s ongoing practice of release.
    Rev. Linda Hurley

  3. Monthly Labyrinth Walk September 21, 2015 Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, FL

    Global Healing Resource
    2015 Theme: Restoration
    1Q focus: Reflection
    2Q focus: Renewal
    3Q focus: Release

    Psalm 17: Be thou my feet that I may walk
    along your paths;
    that I may be a benevolent
    presence on life’s highway.

    (Nan C. Merrill, Psalms for Praying)

    International Day of Peace
    The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.

    Psalm 14: O that all people, all nations
    might know that harmony
    and beauty reside in diversity,
    that we all are One in
    consciousness of Love!
    O that we may rejoice in Life
    in the abundance of Love’s gifts
    created and given to all!

    Today we walk for Release (of all source of ignorance) toward Restoration (of global peace).

    Rev. Linda Hurley
    Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister
    Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator (2007)

  4. offered NAIKAN (from Japanese Buddhist practice)
    how to practice Naikan self-reflection: three questions
    1. What did I receive from _______________?
    2. What did I give to ____________________?
    3. What troubles and difficulties did I cause____?
    and added poem:
    Added Poem:
    Autumnal Blessings
    Onward we go ’round the spiral
    Touching darkness, touching light
    Twice each time we rest in balance
    Make choices on this night.
    Make choices on this night.
    ~Peace Arnold

  5. offered NAIKAN (from Japanese Buddhist practice)
    how to practice Naikan self-reflection: three questions
    1. What did I receive from _______________?
    2. What did I give to ____________________?
    3. What troubles and difficulties did I cause____?

    and added poem:
    Autumnal Blessings
    Onward we go ’round the spiral
    Touching darkness, touching light
    Twice each time we rest in balance
    Make choices on this night.
    Make choices on this night.
    ~Peace Arnold

  6. (post attack on Paris N0vember 13, 2015)
    Monthly Labyrinth Walk November 16, 2015 Duncan Conference Center

    “Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work
    and to play and to look up at the stars.” Henry van Dyke (1852-1933)

    THE WAY IT IS by William Stafford (1914-1993)

    There is a thread you follow. It goes among
    things that change. But it doesn’t change.
    People wonder about what you are pursuing.
    You have to explain about the thread.
    But it is hard for others to see.
    While you hold it you can’t get lost.
    Tragedies happen; people get hurt
    or die; and you suffer and get old.
    Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
    You don’t ever let go of the thread.

    Note: How do we do such a thing? How do we follow some invisible, intangible thread that runs through our life? Following the thread, listening for the next right thing—are no small things. They dramatically shift the way we see, the way we choose, and the way we live. It is useful to clearly define the difference between how we make choices and why we make them. Wayne Muller (1939-) A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough

    BEANNACHT ‘Blessing’ by John O’Donohue (1956-2008) written for his mother Josie

    On the day when
    the weight deadens
    on your shoulders
    and you stumble,
    may the clay dance
    to balance you.

    And when your eyes
    freeze behind
    the gray window
    and the ghost of loss
    gets into you,

    may a flock of colours,
    indigo, red, green
    and azure blue
    come to awaken in you
    a meadow of delight.

    11162015 Rev. Linda Hurley

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