GHR 2021 Q4: Grace/Welcome

Global Healing Response Quarterly

Welcome, dear labyrinth facilitators and healers!
I have to tell you I love this focus of "Welcome." Maybe it has something to do with the pandemic and the void of welcome and connection we have been feeling. 

As the holidays approach, I have been thinking of the people who have welcomed me and my family into their homes most graciously. I realize that to be welcoming you must be open and fearless. As I reflect, the most gracious hosts are usually very calm. So, as we invite our labyrinth walkers onto the path, I hope our welcoming energy will prevail! 

As our meditation supports, it isn't only people we can welcome this season. We can graciously accept change, challenges and ideas. 

With Peace, attempted Grace, and most definitely a welcome heart,
Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response

2021 Theme: Grace

“Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.”-William Shakespeare

October-November-December

Focus:  Welcome

Quote: “When grace moves in…guilt moves out.” –Max Lucado

Picture/Symbol: The Grace of nature that allows, adapts, and welcomes constant change.

Prayer/Meditation:

The Welcome Prayer, by Thomas Keating

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today
because I know it’s for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons,
situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem, approval and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and God’s action within. Amen

Ideas for benefiting organization: A Homeless Shelter near your home.

Ideas for ambiance: Greet your labyrinth walkers with a welcoming token that shows you are happy they are there. A meditation rock with a labyrinth painted on it? If you have your own labyrinth, invite a few friends over to walk together. Or, Zoom with a few friends and do a finger labyrinth walk.

Music:   It bears repeating- Amazing Grace Harp Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm4WwrpBrOk

A PDF Version of this material can be found here.

GHR 2021 Q3: Grace/Service

Dear Labyrinth friends,
It’s time for us to put our graceful kindness into action. In fact, I believe that grace in action is service. With Covid restrictions lifting a bit after vaccinations, we all are getting out a bit more. An appropriate community labyrinth walk might be just what our souls need. We might need to sit and listen to each other before or after our walks. We have a lot to share.

2021 Theme: Grace

“Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.”-William Shakespeare

July-August-September

Focus:  Service

Quote: “If I’m not showing grace… have I forgotten the grace I have been shown?
–John McArthur

“Grace is not a little prayer you say before you eat. It is a way of life. Eph 2:8,9” ―John Paul Warren

Picture/Symbol: Lend a helping hand.

Prayer/Meditation:

Infuse your life with action.
Don’t wait for it to happen.
Make it happen.
Make your own future.
Make your own hope.
Make your own love.
And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.
—Bradley Whitford

Ideas for benefiting organization: Volunteer! Wherever your service can be used, pitch in and help… A senior? A single mom? A food pantry? Your neighbor? Keep your eyes open for opportunities to serve with Grace.

Ideas for ambiance: Start the service at your labyrinth. Provide treats and refreshments so your attendees feel cared for and refreshed!

Music:  Healing Tree Music by Mayrain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPVoeWOokz8). Beautiful harp Celtic music!

Click here for a PDF version of these materials.

GHR 2021 Q2: Grace/Kindness

We can all use some kindness.

I can just hear someone yelling, “You can say that again!”

We can all use some kindness.

It seems that Grace in action is almost always kind. It’s that simple. And yet, that profound. I hope, as we keep moving through our Covid Friendly lives we offer kindness to strangers, friends and family.

Offering a labyrinth walk is a graceful way of offering gentle care for our friends. We provide a container for their journey, discoveries and processing without any judgment. Even walking with a friend or family member (in a Covid safe way) can provide comfort.


Global Healing Response Quarterly

2021 Theme: Grace

“Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.”-
—William Shakespeare

April-May-June

Focus: Kindness

Quote: “Do everything with gentleness, with kindness, with reverence. That is how Grace moves; that is how Love dances.” —Heather K. O’Hara

Picture/Symbol: A spring flower that so gracefully appears after a bleak winter

Prayer/Meditation:

Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots.
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the truth.
—19th century rhyme

(Kindness isn’t complicated)


Ideas for benefiting organization: Donate to your community in a way that is meaningful to you or your labyrinth group. Women’s shelter?  Food bank? Is there a friend that could use a homemade dinner? Perhaps just a random act of kindness every now and then?

Ideas for ambiance: I love the idea of painting stones with a simple labyrinth and gifting them to your labyrinth walkers. Sometimes a small token can mean so much when given with kindness. River rocks can be purchased at most craft supply stores. A permanent marker and then a coat of clear finish (optional) makes them shine.

Music: Amazing Grace Harp Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm4WwrpBrOk

A PDF version of these materials can be found here.

Response 2021: Inauguration Eve

“Peace on Earth lives only in the hearts of peaceful men, women and children.”
—Annie Kirkwood

January 20, 2021 is predicted to be a tense and possibly violent day in the United States. By unifying and and sending peaceful intention energy into the world we can make a difference. Click here to read more about collective energy.

Marion Patterson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a member of the Veriditas Council, has created an online event for the eve of that day. As she says, “The 2.0 comes from the fact that at the last inauguration I collaborated with the Interreligious Council of Linn County and Unity Center to hold a labyrinth event of hopefulness to counter the impending dark that did indeed descend.  Friends sang the Peter, Paul, and Mary song “Light One Candle”, people made and walked labyrinths.

Considering our GHR theme for 2021 is Grace, our unified intention will be, “We will allow Grace to show us how to move forward.”

Register for the event:
Contact Ellen Bintz Meuch if you would like to attend Light One Candle 2.0. This event only has space for 100 participants.

Steps to create your own event:
We urge you to create your own circles of three to one hundred and three via phone or zoom. Keep it SIMPLE!

Invite: Send a virtual invitation via email or text to interested parties. (Faith community, Interreligious Councils, personal contacts, other organizations.)
Click here for a sample invitation.
Click here for an invitation template to fill in with your specific information.

Materials: In the invitation, send template links of labyrinths people can print. Choose music to play during the finger labyrinth walk portion of the gathering.
Click here for a link to a page of paper labyrinths.

Event Schedule
• Welcome your participants.
• Offer a meditation, prayer, poem for peace. (click here for ideas)
• Confirm each participant has a finger labyrinth.
• Offer instructions for the finger labyrinth walk- allowing about 12 minutes of silence.
• If on zoom, be sure participants are muted.
• Begin gentle music of your choice.
• After the meditation welcome everyone back and ask if anyone would like to share.
• After sharing, close with a prayer, meditation or poem. Share what you have learned about the power of intention energy.
• Thank everyone for participating and encourage them to hold the intentions and energy you formed.

When: Any time ahead of and the day of the Inauguration: Saturday through the entire week of January 16 through January 23, 2021 and beyond.

Why: We know the power of collective energy on January 6, 2021, we saw negative energy in action. Energy follows intention. May we intentionally send forth our positive energy for blessings and Grace to and on all.
Click here to read about the power of collective energy and intentions.

GHR 2021 Q1: Grace/Forgiveness

Dear Labyrinth Friends,

Grace is a word I thought I understood. However, while “investigating” the tenets of Grace I realized how profound it is. Ram Dass talks about asking for it and calling it down from your Guru, Guide, Guardian Angel or Spiritual Friend. John Paul Warren says, “Grace is not a little prayer you say before you eat. It is a way of life.” Some talk about allowing ourselves to see it in others or say it is within us. I wonder if they are all correct. At least we have a lot to ponder during the year! A labyrinth walk, most likely on your own these days, could be a perfect place to consider what Grace means to you.

2021 begins with the continued frustration of Covid 19 that is born of lack of connection, touch, movement and fear. Add to that the need for unity after the US elections and new leadership.  During these winter months in the Northern hemisphere, let’s allow ourselves the space to understand a Grace that comes from within after we accept and forgive ourselves. Then, let’s look for it in others. Is there a place to show others your Grace through forgiveness? And most importantly, let’s be grateful for it- however it arrives.

Peace,

Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response


Global Healing Resource Quarterly

2021 Theme: Grace

“Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.”William Shakespeare

January-February-March

Focus: Forgiveness

Quote: “We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions. We need to offer grace to all, because we all need a little grace.” -Jayce O’Neal

Picture/symbol: The olive branch to offer to others, or yourself, with grace.

Prayer/Meditation:

To come home to yourself
May all that is unforgiven in you
Be released.

May your fears yield
Their deepest tranquilities.

May all that is unlived in you
Blossom into a future
Graced with love.
-John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us

Ideas for benefiting organization‎: Offer support to the frontline workers of Covid 19 via the hospital or other medical facility near you.

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Create a big pot filled with sand. Put candles in the sand and allow each walker to light a candle as they offer grace in the form of forgiveness to themselves and others in their lives.

Music: Experience Grace Instrumental: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBAo1jykk6g&list=RDYBAo1jykk6g&start_radio=1&t=2255

Click here for a PDF version of these materials