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.”


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
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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3 thoughts on “GHR 2016 Q3/Stamina

  1. Today (August 1) is the occasion of my Monthly Labyrinth Walk at Duncan Conference Center in Delray Beach, Florida. Working with synchronicity, I have drawn together these inspirations.

    Global Healing Response 2016 Theme: Stability 3Q Focus: Stamina–“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius

    The spiritual journey is a gradual path of deeper realization and transformation; it is never a straight line, but a back and forth journey that ever deepens the conscious choice and the conscious relationship. It is growing up, yes, but even more it is waking up.” —Fr. Richard Rohr

    In the end, having a more interesting life, a life that disturbs complacency, a life that pulls us out of the comfortable and thereby demands a larger spiritual engagement than we planned or that feels comfortable, is what matters most… have kept one’s appointment with destiny, to have taken one’s journey through this dark, bitter, luminous, wondrous universe, to have risked being who we really are, is, finally, what matters most. James Hollis, Ph.D.

    Also this day, 1944: Anne Frank’s last diary entry; 3 days later she is arrested. 1942-06-12 Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam; 1942-06-14 Anne Frank begins her diary; 1942-07-06 at 13 German born Dutch Jewish national Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in After House, Amsterdam to escape persecution under Nazi occupation. Betrayed two years later, they were sent to concentration camps where Anne later died from Typhus. Anne’s diary from June 1942 to August 1944 is regarded as the most famous personal account of the Holocaust and has been turned into a play and film. (Born: 12th June, 1929 Frankfurt, Germany. Died: 12th March, 1945 (aged 15). Cause of Death: Typhus in German concentration camp.)
    Writings from Anne Frank:
    • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
    • Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
    • Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
    • We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
    • The young are not afraid of telling the truth.
    • I live in a crazy time.
    • Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
    • Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?
    • Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.

    Noting this date, ancient tradition celebrated Lammas, the first harvest festival of the year, by bringing to church a loaf of bread made from the first harvest of wheat. Turning to the poem, Harvesting Mercies, we begin our contemplation for the walk before us–
    “There are many seasons,
    Horrific and kind reasons,
    Ponderings of the heart,
    Manifesting Love’s pure start,
    Reaping graces and glories,
    Never ending stories…
    Of regrets profained,
    Hatreds slain,
    Understanding proclaimed,
    Wisdoms sustained…
    Now Mercy remains,
    From within our toils and pains,
    Plowing and shearing our plains,
    Shouting and rejoicing in mountainous rains,
    Welcome these new grains of merciful grace…
    Spirit nourishing gleaming face,
    Prayers revealing heavenly space,
    Truths from labors now found in resting place…”
    ~Mandy L Gero, Abiding Perspectives

    Rev. Linda Hurley
    Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

  2. Monthly Labyrinth Walk September 12 , 2016 Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, Florida
    Global Healing Response 2016 Theme: Stability
    The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside. ~ Unknown
    1Q Focus: Strength—to stand or endure, a sense of steadiness, a steadfastness.
    2Q Focus: Support–We support one another. The labyrinth supports ALL.
    3Q Focus: Stamina–“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius

    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway

    History of the opening of the 9/11 Memorial to the public on September 12, 2011—NYC. “Those we’ve lost live on in us in the families who love them still, in the friends who remember them always, and in a nation that will honor them now and forever.” President Obama.
    On September 11, 2011, a dedication ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the attacks was held at the memorial. It opened to the public the following day; (the museum that accompanies the memorial was dedicated on May 15, 2014 and opened on May 21). The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed during the September 11 attacks; the design is a forest of trees with two square pools in the center where the Twin Towers stood. Beginning in 2013: Each day before the memorial opens to the general public, the staff places a white rose on top of the name of each victim who has a birthday; there’s at least one birthday for every day of the year, and six on Sept. 11 itself.

    Thich Nhat Hanh on Peace “We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds, our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come.

    To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way. Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.

    Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form. There is no enlightenment outside of daily life. We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time when we can walk slowly, smile, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth. Smile, breathe, go slowly.

    Conscious breathing is my anchor: Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.”
    Thích Nhất Hạnh, Living Buddha, Living Christ

    Great resource: Jewell Parker Rhodes, Towers Falling, 2016.
    In the hours, days and months after the 9/11 attacks, Americans asked a series of questions: What happened? How many people died? Who did this? And, in the parlance of cable news, Why do they hate us? For those of us who lived through the attacks, the responses to those questions are familiar if not complete. But 15 years later, parents of children born after 2001 struggle to come up with answers that explain the events and their aftermath without diminishing the terror of that sunny September day. Novel for grades 4-6.

    Building stamina, together,
    Rev. Linda Hurley
    Verditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

  3. Monthly Labyrinth Walk November 7, 2016 Duncan Conference Center
    4Q Focus: Serenity


    When you travel,
    A new silence
    Goes with you,
    And if you listen,
    You will hear
    What your heart would
    Love to say.

    A journey can become a sacred thing:
    • Make sure, before you go,
    To take time
    To bless your going forth,
    • To free your heart of ballast
    So that the compass of your soul
    Might direct you toward
    • The territories of spirit
    Where you will discover
    More of your hidden life,
    • And the urgencies
    That deserve to claim you. –John O’Donohue (1956-2008)

    This date, November 7–
    • Eve before the U.S. Presidential Election 2016
    • midpoint of Autumn “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus, philosopher
    • birthday: Albert Camus (November 7, 1913-January 4, 1960) quotes:
    “The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”

    “I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t,
    than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.”

    “No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one
    resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people. No cause justifies
    the deaths of innocent people.”

    “We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile.
    And now we realize that we know where it lives…inside ourselves.”

    “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

    “Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.”

    “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”

    “I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.”

    “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”

    “Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
    Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.”

    “Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”

    “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead.
    Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow.
    Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

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