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Welcome to the Global Healing Response.

The GHR is a simple plan using the labyrinth and the labyrinth community in a unified response to promote healing, calm and grief integration in the case of an emergency or disaster.

The GHR has been successfully implemented on several occasions: Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami, Myanmar Earthquake and floods in China, and Haiti’s Earthquake, Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami, Hurricane Sandy and most recently, the tragedy in Newtown, CT at Sandy Hook elementary school.

Over the years, the GHR Quarterly developed as a tool for continual healing intentions. Each year a theme is chosen and each quarter has a focus for the theme. All the materials needed to conduct an intentional labyrinth walk or healing event are provided.

It is our hope that the GHR will continue to be a simple model for healing that will promote peace and provide hope throughout the world. As I always say, never underestimate the power of unified healing energy and the labyrinth.

Peace & Healing,

Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response

GHR 2018 Q3: Light/Shine Your Light for Others

Dear Facilitators,

As this time of year brings a warmer and brighter earth (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), let our lights shine brighter, too. As our meditation points out, we can bring our lights to the darkness and also warm those places that are cold. It may take courage (lots of courage) to illuminate the dark, but we can do it! We have the tools of the labyrinth, our community with each other and our communities where we live.

Keep your light burning glowing with lots of self care. It’s easy to “burn the candle at both ends,” as they say. One person doesn’t need to handle the burden of all the problems—Many candles make a bright light.

Thank you for all you do in the world!

Peace & Healing,

Ellen Bintz Meuch

PS: Don’t forget to join our Facebook page. Post any GHR pictures or activities so we can share ideas and energy!

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Global Healing Response Quarterly

2018 Theme: Light

To love beauty is to see light. —Victor Hugo

July-August-September

Focus:  Shine Your Light for Others

Quote: “The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.”  — Felix Adler

Picture/Symbol: Torch

Prayer/Meditation:

I share my light of love so that I may
…Illuminate a path for those who are stumbling.
…Brighten a dark corner where fear incubates.
…Glow for those who have found too much comfort in the darkness.
…Warm a heart that has grown cold.
…Torch injustice and blaze luminous beams on a situation that has slipped away from integrity.
…Shine with others to create a rising sun of hope for peace everlasting.
                                                                                 —Ellen Bintz Meuch

Ideas for benefiting organization: I found a very interesting organization called “The Compassion Games”. They have an opportunity to “Build a Global Fire.” Read about it here: http://compassiongames.org/globalfire/

Ideas for ambiance: Begin the walk in near darkness, as the walk progresses, turn the lights on slowly. Or, have each person hold a votive light that is electric. When they feel their light “shine.”

Music: Ashana, “The Illuminated Path”: https://www.amazon.com/Illuminated-Path-Ashana/dp/B00AB3A0A6

GHR 2018 Q2: Light/See the Light in Others

Dear Facilitators,

Spring is on its way in the Northern Hemisphere. The days are becoming longer, we are having more light. Yay! Our focus for this quarter is “To See the Light in Others.”

We all know those people who light up a room just by entering it. It’s easy to see their light. But, sometimes it isn’t so easy. Especially if we have to search through differences, hurts and misunderstandings in order to see a spark. If we just remember, there is always a light.

I think it is very powerful to know that someone “Sees” you, “Sees” your light. When this happens, it can (pun intended) BRIGHTEN your day! So, let’s look for the light in others and brighten our corners of the world just a bit.

Peace & Healing,

Ellen Bintz Meuch

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Global Healing Response Quarterly

2018 Theme: Light

To love beauty is to see light. —Victor Hugo

April-May-June

Focus: See the Light in Others

Quote: See the light in others and treat them as if that’s all you see. —Wayne Dyer

Picture/Symbol: The rising sun

Prayer/Meditation:
If there is breath in a being, there is also a light.
May we remember this and see it, even if
Life has dwindled the other’s light to a spark or
Flamed it to a warm fire that shines bright.
Either way, look for it in the other. Find it.
We all need to hear, “I see your light.”
Breath these words on their eternal embers.
For in those words are the witness of the
Hope, Love, and Beauty of the connection of life.
—Ellen Bintz Meuch

Exercise:An Exercise in Seeking God’s Light” by The Rev. Warren Lynn. (Click Here)

Ideas for benefiting organization: Chicago Lights Tutoring, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois https://www.chicagolights.org/about-us/.
This organization tutors disadvantaged youth in Chicago. Our own Veriditas facilitator, Janice Lewis, is doing great work to introduce Peace practices via the labyrinth to the children.

Ideas for ambiance: Candles! Or, flashlights if you can dim the lights for your walk. Perhaps some kind of light for each person to carry with them as they walk the labyrinth.

Music: Here is some beautiful piano music by Soothing Relaxation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCOF9LN_Zxs

For a PDF Version of these materials click here.

GHR 2018 Q1: Light/Shine Your Light

Dear facilitators and friends,

Welcome to 2018! The theme for this year is LIGHT. We will explore letting our Light shine—and the courage that takes— and we will talk about shining our Light in a dark place —and the courage that takes, too. We will also work to see the light in others and finally, Lighten Up!

I love the meditation for this quarter that suggests we think of ourselves as lighthouses and not life boats.I often wonder if the healers of this world have been over functioning. I think we have a tendency to try to do too much of the healing for others when we might need to remember each person has a journey of their own. Perhaps we can let your Light shine so others can see your love while remaining centered and solid, like the light house that withstands many a storm. I am also reminded of the saying, “You don’t need to set yourself on fire to keep others warm.” How do you plan to let your light shine? What holds you back?

I believe Marianne Williamson is right when she says, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, nor our Darkness, that most frightens us.” What is it that keeps us from allowing our Lights to be completely lit. Many of us sang a little song when we were young….”This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Hide it under a bushel, NO. I’m gonna let it shine.”

As our beacons of light, shining from our hearts, bring others to the labyrinth, we can help to illuminate this cloudy world. Thank you for all you do!

Global Healing Resource Quarterly

2018 Theme: Light

To love beauty is to see light. —Victor Hugo

January-February-March

Focus: Shine your Light

Quote: As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.—Marianne Williamson

Picture/symbol:   Lighthouse

Prayer/Meditation:

“I am a lighthouse
rather than a lifeboat.
I do not rescue,
but instead help others
to find their own way to shore,
guiding them by my example.” – Modern Affirmation

Ideas for benefiting organization‎: Solar Aid (https://solar-aid.org/)
SolarAid is an international charity that combats poverty and climate change. They provide access to solar lights in some of the most remote regions of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia. Find out more at their website.

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Candles set in sand, floating on water, set in mason jars. Perhaps each walker would like to walk with a tea light (battery operated might be safest)

Music: “Morning Light (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZHSR5VG0uU)

PDF Version of these materials can be found HERE.

GHR 2017 Q4: Love/Hope

Dear Facilitators,

Creating the materials for this quarter has felt like trying to hit a moving target. We began by trying to create a response to all the hurricanes, global floods, earthquake, fires in the upper Northwest and California and the Las Vegas shootings. And now, I must include the hurricane in Ireland.

The GHR was created eleven years ago and we have never had a period of time when so many events happened consecutively like this. After discussing this dilemma with fellow facilitator, Jan Mahood, I wondered if the materials for the entire fourth quarter should be approached like a response. Perhaps we could plan to walk the labyrinth globally on three dates: October 22, November 22 and December 22 at 2 pm wherever you reside.

If you can’t plan a community walk, how about doing a walk in solitude or with a friend.  You could even do a finger labyrinth. (click here for a PDF finger labyrinth)

Our world is in great need and, therefore, we are all in need of healing each other; those who are experiencing great upheaval from the disasters and those who look on not knowing how to help. Please take a few minutes to read an article that I feel is very hopeful about what is possible in our community of facilitators. It will show you that we CAN make a difference.

Thank you, again, to Jan Mahood for her help and vision with these materials.

Thanks for all you do to make the world a more loving place.

Peace & Healing,

Ellen

Global Healing Response Quarterly

 2017 Theme: Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is Love.
1Corinthians 13:13

October-November-December

Focus:  Hope

Quote: Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou

Picture/Symbol:  Rainbow

Color: White—for bringing in white light of healing, blending of all color

Prayer/Meditation:

As we look to the East each morning, to the rising sun, may we begin again with hope.
May we feel the hope that is sent with each donation given.
May we feel the hope in the acts of the survivors, helpers and heroes.
Renew OUR hope by their strength and courage.
And so, like Hope, we will Rise.

Also, Warren Lynn’s “Meditation for Mindful Response To a World in Such Great Need” (click here for PDF version) is great for use during a labyrinth walk.

 Ideas for benefiting organization: The organization that is addressing the needs you feel drawn to, making sure not to forget those organizations that are serving beyond these disastrous events.

Ideas for ambiance: Candles floating on water

Music: “Hope”Native American Flute Music.Gray Fox Flute in Key of “E minor” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSyLoH7hUUo)

Click here for a PDF version of these materials

Click here for Rev. Warren Lynn’s “Meditation for Mindful Response to a World in Such Great Need”

 

To a world in such great need…..

Just when I think the world has stabilized, it seems another disaster occurs…Texas, Florida, Mexico, South Asia, Puerto Rico. These are only some of the weather related problems.

Rev. Warren Lynn has written a beautiful meditation to be used at this time during a walk. Please feel free to print the entire meditation and hand it out to fellow walkers when you open your labyrinth for Global Healing. I hope you have an opportunity to do that soon. Thank you, Warren, for your healing words

We want to help, relieve suffering, provide relief. And we search for ways to do that.

One of our tasks is to offer a place for others to find peace among the chaos. A labyrinth walk can do that, as we all know.

Peace & Healing,
Ellen Bintz Meuch

Click here for a PDF of this meditation

Meditation for mindful response
To a world in such great need

Chaos surrounds me
But chaos moves within, too

Turmoil and disaster undoes the world beyond my world
But turmoil and calamity keep knotting up my own experience

So, let me first begin, here; with me.
Within my own life, let me begin untying knots
To free myself up so I can begin to address the chaos elsewhere

One breath at a time
One step at a time
I begin with me
But not only for me
But so I can turn
And offer the world my best self
My complete self
A healing and whole self
For the sake of greater need
beyond what even I know.

And so I begin,
By just breathing
Naturally,
Slowly
Relaxed

Breathing in,
I feed my spirit
Breathing out,
I cleanse my soul
Breathing in,
I receive the gift of life
Breathing out,
I relinquish distraction and suffering
Breathing in,
I accept new possibility and opportunity,
Breathing out,
I release doubt and skepticism
Breathing in,
Breathing out.
When I am ready,
When the time feels right for me,
I begin to walk
One step at a time.

One foot
Then the other
Slowly moving upon the path
Walking and breathing
Receiving what I and the world needs
Letting go that which keeps the world and I from knowing recovery and wholeness once more.
Breathing in, Breathing out
One foot, then the other.

There are great undoings around us.
Around me.
But there is me.

I am not able to do all things
But I am able to do respond to some things
Amazing things
I am full of generous potential;
Capable of lavish possibility.

And I am part of connected sacred communities
Who can act together
in ways beyond my own holy goodness
but who may need my inspiration, leadership, and example.

And so, I walk on.
One step, one breath, at a time.
One after the other
Listening for my place
in a mindful response to a world in such great need.

Until I reach the center,
Where I lay down all remaining burdens
That might keep me from attending as fully as possible
To a world in such great need.

With life now unburdened
Standing in centeredness
I open my life wide
Considering the fullness yet inside me
Exactly because I have finally emptied myself.
I am now ready to give
Ready to respond
Ready to realize my place in the reaching out
To those whose lives have been undone by greater forces.

To the human and more-than-human world standing in flood waters
I proclaim myself as a place of refuge

To those torn asunder by winds I can barely imagine
I declare my life a resource for renewal and rebuilding

To lives undone by the violence of hate and bigotry
I stand ready to enfold them with arms of loving acceptance and care

I may be only one
But I am one
And I am part of
Communities of healing wholeness

And I will not turn my back
On a divine calling
To share myself
With those who do not have such

Still, I do not forget
To breathe and walk
One breath, one step
At a time.

When I am ready
I move from the center
To head down the path
Back toward the entrance
Into the wider world

I use this time
on my way back into the world
to consider practical options.

Upon leaving the labyrinth
How will I respond?
How will I behave?
How will I act?
Where will I use my time?
Where will I share my resources?
To what organizations will I send my money?
Because I am a holy human creature
Full of exactly what is needed
for this world in such great need.

I can do this.

I will do this.

And such a response
as is given to me in this time
is a gift
whose joy can only be known fully
if I say, “yes!” and move forward in action.

Amen.

GHR 2017 Q3: Love/Faith

Dear Labyrinth Facilitators and Healers,

I think your calm, trust, love and faith are needed more than ever. Our world is fragile and bent. But with people like you doing the work you are called to, we will not break. These materials are created for your service. I hope you find them helpful.

With gratitude, trust and faith in all you do,
Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response

Global Healing Response Quarterly

 2017 Theme: Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is Love. —1Corinthians 13:13

July-August-September

Focus:  Faith

Quote: Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy. Dwight L. Moody
Picture/Symbol: A Leap of Faith

Color: The rainbow

Prayer/Meditation:

Faith is the refusal to panic.
It’s the setting of an alarm clock, it’s the “see you later.”
Faith is in a parent’s hand when giving a teenager keys to a car.
It’s boarding a plane or bus or boat.
Faith is trusting a vision to the next step. It’s a leap.
It’s now.
It’s fueled by love.
Let our daily acts of faith help us see that we can have faith in our world…
And each other.

Ideas for benefiting organization: Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift stores—Encourage your walkers to donate or purchase.

Ideas for ambiance: Stones that allow us to stay centered and grounded.

 Music: Chant your Faith: https://soundcloud.com/sama-renuka/10-chant-your-faith

Click Here for a PDF version of these materials

GHR 2017 Q2: Love/Light

Dear Labyrinth Facilitators and Healers,

The focus for this Spring quarter of the GHR is Light. I have to admit that it was set to be Wisdom and at the last minute, Jo Ann Mast and I felt sure that Light was more appropriate. Not just the idea of shining light for others—or even reflecting it— but also to BE Lighter. The world feels heavy now for many reasons.

When I introduced the GHR in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina our responses were to disasters and other global events that needed healing….one at a time. Now it seems we are hearing events everyday that could warrant a Global Healing Response. (As I write this I am hearing news of the chemical attack in Syria where many of the victims are children.) That realization feels heavy to me. Thankfully, we have our GHR yearly theme and focus to use continually and the world has folks like you to offer modes of Healing, Centering, and Sacred Spaces. Thank you for all you do.

As always, our intention is that these materials will help you plan an intentional labyrinth walk that when joined by others doing the same thing globally will have a unified effect of Healing for our world.

In Light and Love,

Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response
Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

Global Healing Response Quarterly

 2017 Theme: Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is Love. —1 Corinthians 13:13

April-May-June

Focus: Light

Quote: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Picture/Symbol: The rising sun (Picture courtesy of The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color: Blue

Prayer/Meditation:

Divine Power
“To give love from the heart and to receive love
To be the light and project the light
To know yourself and thus know spirit
I am part of you and you of me
The seeds of yesterday,
Today and tomorrow have been painted
Now we must learn to nurture,
To love to overflow with Spirit.”
Light your faces with a smile.
—Jo Ann Mast, Master Labyrinth Teacher

Ideas for benefiting organization: Prayers and Support for our elected local, state and government officials. Write post cards messages to elected officials.   Volunteer in community sanctuary groups

Ideas for ambiance: colorful flags (could be made by walkers before or during the walk) scarves, stones with messages, ribbons.

Music: “Embrace” – Deva Premal- www.whiteswanmusic.com

For a PDF version of this material click here.

GHR 2017 Q1: Love/Courage

Dear Labyrinth Facilitators and Healers,

I am so happy to let you know that the theme for 2017 is LOVE. The planning for this year and this quarter are a great example of how the Global Healing Response is an organic creation. Jo Anne Mast and I had agreed at the end of the year that we needed a theme of LOVE. In fact, it hit both of us like a ton of bricks one morning—the same morning. And then, we developed the quarters. We knew we would need courage to face what was ahead of us after the US election and its effects around the world. We just had no idea how much courage. Sigh.

The Women’s March that I attended in Chicago was a Lovefest and has inspired me to see how strength can be rooted in Love, support and hope. I know many of you have had the same experience. The GHR walks that happened on January 15th for Standing Rock, thanks to Robin Dilley, were inspiring and the issue continues to be so important! The intense yet calm eyes of our image, the lioness, feel like a great energy to hold on to. Thank you, Rev. Warren Lynn, for the photo. The meditation that Judith wrote is going to be taped on the left side of my computer at work. I think it is beautiful and inspiring.

One of my favorite quotes is by Annie Kirkwood, “Peace on earth lies only in the hearts of peaceful men, women and children.” We are each responsible for the Peace and Love that surounds us right now. If you are like me, and have to resist the overwhelming feelings of fear, sometimes this takes courage. It takes courage to stay awake to what is happening and not bury your head in the sand and yet balance that with a calm trust that the Universe works for the good. Our quote for the quarter feels absolutely right and I thank the powers that be for bringing it to me.

The labyrinth is the perfect vessel to help us stay rooted in Love and find our Courage and community. I’m sure there are amazing courageous acts of faith (peaceful marches, phone calls to legislaters, creative art, gatherings, and more) that will be revealed to us.

We are the leaders in this movement of LOVE. This is what we have been trained for. We know how the labyrinth can help an individual, heal a community and reveal possibilities. Let’s share our knowledge and wisdom.

With that said, please take time to take care of yourselves. Don’t let your vessel become empty. We need you!! Feel free to share these materials with anyone who might be interested.

With Loving gratitude for all you do that will lead to acts of Courage,

Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response
Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

PS: Sorry I got a little preachy, but desperate times…..

Global Healing Resource Quarterly

2017 Theme: Love

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love.” —1 Corinthians 13:13

January-February-March

Focus: Courage

Quote: “It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory and still to love it.”

—Oscar Wilde

Picture/symbol:    Lioness (picture by The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color: Pink

Prayer/Meditation:

A Prayer for Courage
May we find a glow of light
deep in the place of courage, just below the heart
where the breath swells
and the spine straightens
May we remember our strength
And the strength that multiplies in the circle,
in the crowd, in the People
May we kindle a fire of hope
in our words and deeds
Stoked by our belief in freedom, justice and love
May we know the power of deep listening,
find the balm of compassion,
Know the power
of right timing
of right action
May courage find us worthy companions
And accompany our walks, our commitments and our prayers.
—Judith Tripp

Ideas for benefiting organization‎: Standingrock.org, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Feathers, stones, water, blankets

Music: Chariots of Fire Soundtrack

For a PDF version of this material click here.

 

Standing (and Walking) Together for Standing Rock

Dear Facilitators and labyrinth lovers,

Fellow Veriditas facilitator, Robin Dilley of Arizona, has urged us to stand together with the water protectors of Standing Rock on January 15th, 2017.This will be an important time considering the recent events.

Even though there are big victories, like the December 5th decision by President Obama to deny the last permit, forcing the Army Core of Engineers to re-route their initial plans, our President Elect has a financial stake in the pipeline moving forward. With the recent appointment of Scott Pruitt as the director of the EPA, it is more pressing now than ever before that the Standing Rock encampment and its supporters increase their visibility and message to the public.

I helped Robin put materials together to create a template similar to what we do for our quarterly resources. The PDF version of these materials can be found by clicking here. Hopefully you will want to make copies and hand them out at your walk on January 15!

If you can’t lead a group walk on the 15th, perhaps you would like to follow the ceremony Robin created for an individual ceremony.

Please let us know if you will be leading a walk so we can create a map of the labyrinths that will be involved. Let’s work to cover the globe with Ppeace on the 15th.

Thanks for all you do to create healing in the world and thank you, Robin, for uniting us in this effort!

Ellen Bintz Meuch
Creator, Global Healing Response


Standing with Standing Rock

Global Healing Response
Labyrinth Walk

January 15, 2017

Quotes: “The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our people. So, you must give the rivers kindness you would give any brother.” Chief Seattle’s Letter 1852.

“You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, and so you have prepared it.” Psalm 65:9

Prayer/Meditation:

Grandfather Great Spirit
All over the world the faces of living ones are alike.
With tenderness, they have come up out of the ground
Look upon your children that they may face the winds
And walk the good road to the Day of Quiet.
Grandfather Great Spirit
Fill us with the Light.
Give us the strength to understand, and the eyes to see.
Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live.
— Sioux Prayer

 Idea for a group ceremony:

  • Welcome participants to bring drums, rattles, Native American flutes.
  • The facilitator chooses a large bowl or container for water.
  • A ladle for pouring water in individual cups.
  • Small paper cups (recycled if possible) should be available for participants.
  • Native American music or even Hallelujah can be provided in background.
  • Participant carries empty cup into the center with silent reflection on the necessity of water.
  • Fill the cup with water, with gratitude.
  • Carry out with silent reflections and prayers for the people standing their ground at standing rock.
  • Take place around outside of labyrinth.
  • Last walker takes his/her place in circle.
  • Facilitator offers a final prayer and all drink the water together in solidarity.
  • The water, container, and ladle should be blessed in some way.

Idea for an individual ceremony

  • You may want to carry your own cup of water on this walk or warm up the labyrinth prior to your walk with a blessing of water that you sprinkle around it.
  • Enter: May the Holy One of Blessings come and walk with me as I walk for those at Standing Rock.
  • Remember: Reflect on our oneness. We are all one. Remember that our bodies are at least 65% water. We all need water to survive. Our water sources are sacred and all of us are dependent on them. Let you mind flow to images of water that are important to you.
  • Release: Release the people at Standing Rock to freedom. May they be free of fear. May they be free of suffering. May their land be freely released to them and may their water flow freely for them. Release your own fear, anger, and angst over the injustices committed to others, in order that your energy is free to send peace, victory, and joy to Standing Rock.
  • Receive: At the center, receive guidance and blessings for what you need to do to continue to Stand with Standing Rock. Receive healing for those injured in the past, present and future.
  • Return: As you walk out from the center, imagine that each step you take is bringing healing to the earth, healing to the waters of the world, and healing to everyone that has been hurt and wounded in the battle at Standing Rock.

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.

For a PDF version of these materials click here.