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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Wounded Knee Healing Hearts Event

Friends and Healers,

In the wake of the events in Paris, California, Africa, Georgia (the list can go on and on), please consider joining the Native Elders as they create a Global ceremony to end massacre, and all that massacre means, and to finally heal our hearts. The event will take place on December 29th at noon.

If you plan to host a labyrinth walk, or host any other type of healing event please register it on their site by clicking here. You can also see where events are happening all over the world. Also, please email Ellen Meuch with the details of your event.They will be posted on this site.


For more information, see below and click here.

Join the Wounded Knee Celebration by using a finger labyrinth. Make copies for those in your community who would like to participate but can’t get to a public labyrinth!! Click here for the PDF Finger Labyrinth with information and prayer on the back.


Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee
Global Healing Labyrinth Walk

Noon, December 29, 2015

“WE CAN END THE TRANSMISSION OF WOUNDING”—James Odea

For the past 25 years, Native American people have been riding, running and walking the route that Chief Bigfoot followed with his people, before they were massacred at the site of Wounded Knee in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. This year, to honor the 25th anniversary of the Chief Big Foot Band Memorial Ride and the 125th anniversary of the massacre, we inaugurate a 4 year cycle for global ceremony to end massacre and all that massacre means and to finally heal our hearts.

This December 29th at 12 noon in your local time zone please enter into prayer and sacred space with us.

Together let us honor all who have fallen not only at Wounded Knee, but all of our beloved ancestors who have fallen throughout the millennia of global conflict.  Let us create a Global Wide Ceremony together wherein we begin the sacred journey to redress and heal our multigenerational and multi-lineal wounds.

 Prayer/Meditation:

 Hand in hand, heart to heart, let us step forward together into this new millennium to engender Peace!  We envision a world in vibrant health, joyous abundance in balance with our earth with governance arising from wisdom, truth and justice, love and peace.

 Visit www.healingheartsatwoundedknee.com for more information

Register your walk at: http://healingheartsatwoundedknee.com/global/ceremony-registration/

Join the Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee on Facebook by clicking here.

 For a PDF flier about this event click here.

GHR 2015 Q4 Restoration/Rejoice

Dear Friends and Facilitators,

After the beautiful lunar eclipse on September 27th… and a new shift in energy that is emerging…I think the perfect response is to REJOICE! (what else is there to do??) We have reflected, renewed, released and now it’s time. The world needs joy. That is very clear to me. Let each of us keep searching for, and finding, JOY!!

Global Healing Response Quarterly

2015 Theme: Restoration

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

October-November-Decemberstars

Focus:  Rejoice

Quote: “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

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

ColorGold

Prayer/Meditation:

As light joins us late and leaves early,
May we make our way deep inside our hearts,
As our animal kin turn to hibernation and renewal,
May we take it slowly and rest abundantly, remembering the season of waiting
and longing with hope and with joy.

May each day remind us to curl up with our memories,
May each night bring us to holy dreams and simple receiving.
And as the light begins its slow ascent,
May winter’s deep embrace strengthen our souls in love.
— Judith Tripp

Ideas for benefiting organization: Homeless shelters, and programs which provide sleeping bags and warm clothes

Ideas for ambiance: Candles, glow stars, shawls

Music: United Guitar Players, “International Spanish Acoustic Guitar Tribute to the Legend Bob Marley

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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

July-August-September

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

Prayer/Meditation:

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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GHR Nepal & World Labyrinth Day

nepalWe would like to initiate the Global Healing Response for the victims, survivors and land of Nepal after the devastating earthquake on April 28, 2015.
My thought is that many of us will be walking on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. for World Labyrinth Day. If possible, perhaps we could integrate the GHR materials into our walks.
The Rev. Warren Lynn has written a wonderful prayer that can be used to unify our energies. Also, we can use the materials for the GHR 2015 Q2. If you remember the theme is Restoration and the focus for this quarter is Renewal. Click below for a link to a printable copy of the prayer along with the Q2 materials for your convenience.
Please respond to me if you plan to have a GHR Nepal walk. I will collect the details and post it on this website to keep you updated. Or, post your walk as a comment at the end of this post.
I realize there is so much going on in the world right now (I am in the US and the violence in Baltimore is what first comes to my mind). Broadening the Healing circle beyond Nepal is perfectly acceptable and encouraged!!!
Thank you for all you do to make this world a better place. I am honored to be in this community of healers. If anyone can pass this information on to The Labyrinth Society, or any other organization that might be interested, please feel free to do so. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, comments or ideas.
Click here for a PDF version of the prayer
Click here for a PDF version of the GHR Q2 materials
Labyrinth Prayer for Global Relief
to Nepal Earthquake Victims
April, 2015 by Warren Lynn
Amidst pain and suffering and loss and injustice beyond our words and feelings,
we bring ourselves into the intimate presence of holiness —
to ask and ar
gue and doubt and cry.
And when all is said, and all is thought,
and exhaustion replaces the raw energy of our grief…
…finally we let our quiet breathing replace what keeps us from
letting Śānti, Shalom, Salaam, Peace have its way with us.
Indeed, now, breathing in Spirit feeds our spirit;
breathing out Spirit cleanses our souls.
Breathing in feeds — breathing out cleanses.
Br
eathing in — breathing out.
True inspiration!
In this space, we find strength in our breathing to abide in each new step;
one after the other.
In this space, in our breathing and in our walking,
we experience the intimate presence of holy sustenance along the way
towar
d a more-focused compassion.
Slowly, we begin to seek less after answers about why disasters happen.
More and more, we begin to ask, “how can we help?”
“What creative solution can come from our gifts?”
“Who ar
e we, who am I, to be used for healing,
reconciliation, new wholeness, generous comfort…
…for those in places like Nepal wherein lives have been
undone by mysteries of the ear
th’s ways.
So, let us listen for inspiration in the deepest places of our living.
Let us acquaint ourselves with sacred possibilities within our own lives.
Let us affirm and confirm our ability to bring a new light of relief and recovery
into the presently darkened holes of grief and pain across our world,
and even next door;
…into the life of each of our neighbors,
even those amongst the communities of Nepal.
Amen.

GHR 2015 Q2 Restoration/ Renewal

SunriseAs always, it is hard to believe we are already in the second quarter of the year. While we spent the first quarter reflecting, this quarter we will move on to thinking about how we can renew the world with our thoughts, our actions and our hopes. And…to remember that renewal is possible in every present moment.

World Labyrinth Day is May 2nd. I hope that you will consider using these materials for your walk that day!

2015 Theme: Restoration

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

April-May-June

 Focus: Renewal

 Quote:  As wave is driven by wave
And each, pursued, pursues the wave ahead,
So time flies on and follows, flies, and follows,
Always, for ever and new. What was before
Is left behind; what never was is now;
And every passing moment is renewed.  ― OvidMetamorphoses

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

Color:  Green

Prayer:

As the earth breaks forth into new birth and life,
As the dawn brings burst of new light
again and yet again,
So may the energy of possibility burst forth in renewal,
Healing the hurt and pain of past.
May our voice, step, act join with others to sing again
The morning song, to embody the dance of renewal,
to reclaim the vision.
May the promise of restoration be real. —The Rev. Kay Mutert

 Ideas for benefiting organization: Prisoner community re-entry programs, organizations assisting those beginning life again

Ideas for ambiance:  Flowers, grass, eggs, nests

Music: “Call of the Mystics,” Karunesh

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GHR 2015 Q1 Restoration/Reflection

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The theme of RESTORATION for 2015 came clearly to the Veriditas Council when we met in October. It was a great collaboration of minds and it felt right. I so appreciate their generous Wisdom. And now, as the terrorist events in Paris and around the world keep our attention we must remember that our unified efforts for Healing are critical. We CAN make a difference. We can restore Peace. By focusing on Reflection (Self and World) this quarter perhaps we will find strength and creative ideas for implementing Restoration. Thank you for joining us and creating a circle of global healing with the labyrinth! —Ellen Bintz Meuch

Global Healing Resource Quarterly 2015 Theme: Restoration

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

January-February-March 

Focus:   Reflection 

Quote: I believe that our society is merely a reflection of what is going on inside each and every one of us.—Seal

Picture/symbol: Moon (Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color:  Purple

Prayer/Meditation:

CLEARING
Do not try to save
The whole world
Or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
A clearing
In the dense forest
Of your life
And wait there patiently,
Until the song
That is your life
Falls into your own cupped hands
And you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
How to give yourself
To this world
So worthy of rescue. — Martha Postlethwaite

As you walk the labyrinth, consider reflecting on lines or words from the poem that touch your heart. Or if it’s a group walk, invite the group to read the poem out loud together or individually. —Master Labyrinth Teacher, Jo Ann Mast

Ideas for benefiting organization‎: Family Shelters in your area

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Mirrors, water

Music:   “Homage”, Judith Tripp

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GHR 2014 Q4: Unity/Inclusion

bonfireGlobal Healing Response Quarterly

2014 Theme: Unity

So powerful is the light of unity that
it can illuminate the whole earth. —
Baha’u’llah 

October-November-December

Focus:   Inclusion

Quote: “Peace requires everyone to be in the circle – wholeness, inclusion.” — Isabel Allende

Color:  Red

Prayer/Meditation: St. Francis prayer seems to work perfectly this quarter…

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. Amen

Ideas for benefiting organization:

The Southern Poverty Law Center works tirelessly and fearlessly to promote tolerance and provide teaching materials for tolerance: http://www.splcenter.org/

Ideas for ambiance: Musical instruments such as bells, drums, tambourines that can be played in unison or in collaboration with fellow walkers

Music: Any Chant album such as ChantIII: The Benedictin Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos

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