In "The Ocean and Everything" and "Gail Sobotkin: Walking A Sand Labyrinth", I received a great number of positive comments and e-mails.
Across the board, people I care about have an appreciation of the need for peace and mental clarity despite the chaos called 'life'.
I thought long and hard about these comments. I also thought about a recent piece of fiction by a talented author reminding me of transcendental possibilities.
What better way for me to 'quiet my ever busy mind' than to begin working on these finger labyrinths. I love that someone with zero artistic ability can create a colorful masterpiece.
One of the first finger labyrinths I mailed out was to a friend who continues to teach me so much about reflective meditation practices - actually about life in general. This labyrinth had lots of blues and greens - which seem to be the colors that I'm currently drawn to - with accompanying feelings of tranquility and calm.
It touched me when she wrote: "Your beautiful finger labyrinth and quote arrived today. I love that it's in its own protective folder and it's also my favorite colors."
I wondered if there was a connection, as I think about my recipient when working on their labyrinth. Being with my friend brings me supreme comfort and peace. Hmmm...??
One of my friends was honest enough to write me the following feedback: "I tried the finger labyrinth you gave me, but it only made me yearn to be walking it, my brain didn't register the experience correctly in this manner the way I had hoped it would! I want the full body experience!"
There's no doubt that walking a labyrinth is markedly more beneficial. I was surprised when I placed my zip code with a 15-25 mile radius how many labyrinths were kinda 'under my nose'...
Here is the link I shared with my friend so you can check out the location of 'the real thing' as far as labyrinths in your neck of the woods: World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.
"Thanks for the super-cool FINGER LABYRINTHS in the mail today!!!! We LOVE them and we're gonna make them into a touchable display! We want to coat them with something so that if little ones visit then we can share the labyrinths with them to help them stay occupied, along with our collection of children's books.
"Thank you so much for thinking of us! They made an awesome gift that we can share and put to good use!"
"In my family's home, my sister has an art studio that doubles as a private reflexology clinic in which she see's clients on a regular basis. Sometimes her clients bring a friend or relative with them to their appointment.
"Since the house doesn't have a waiting room or a television, we (my sister and I) thought the finger labyrinths you sent were so pretty and intriguing, they'd make a great addition to keep on hand in the studio/clinic for guests to enjoy while they wait for their friend or relative to finish their therapy, especially the little ones.
"Thank you so much for thinking of us. We love the intricate designs and vivid colors you used in them and we're sure the clients will be as smitten with them as we are!"
This feedback was music to my ears. I love when a gift is both used and has a special meaning to the recipient - sharing with others, especially children, is all the better.
I know Gail Sobotkin taught me that kids love the benefit of frolicking in a labyrinth - so why couldn't they enjoy exploring finger labyrinths as we do...? This is an idea worth following up on with the little ones in 'my world' and I wanted to share with you.
"Thanks for my finger labyrinth. This gift could not have come at a better time. I keep it by my side to utilize when I get a break. Now if I could just stay cool, calm and collected enough to complete a journey through the path without getting distracted!"
Oh how I could relate to my friend's feedback. I often find myself thinking: I'm too busy to take time for me. My mind is all over the place anyway. How can I get from Point A to Point B...?
I decided to start working on my finger labyrinths every day - some days for a little while, other days a great while...a girl has to start somewhere, right?
I also wrote my friend back: "As far as the labyrinth goes, please do it 'when' you are distracted, 'when' you are sad, 'when' you are absolutely anything. It is YOURS. You are the boss. You can work on it for as little or as long as you want or need. You never have to finish it... feels like life in some ways".
Another friend wrote me: "It is so interesting to me that you sent me this 'finger labyrinth' because I have always drawn these same type of designs, but never thought about them being a labyrinth. As long as I can remember I have doodled or drawn these swirling designs just like this labyrinth."
My friend is creative and inherently centered, so I was not surprised to get this feedback from her. We share a need for inner respite - well, don't we all at some point in time?
A quote, by Aliyah Schick, that I share with my finger labyrinth gifts is: "May this bring you balance, calm, intuitive wisdom, spiritual connection and peace - where you can access the best of yourself and be more of who you are meant to be."
If you're interested in checking out a Meditative Coloring Book for yourself, here is the link to the one for labyrinths, Labyrinths: Meditative Coloring Book 5: Adult Coloring for relaxation, stress reduction, meditation, spiritual connection, prayer, centering, healing, ... into your deep true self; for ages 9-109.
Over time, I'll be getting Aliyah's other books on Angels; Crosses; Ancient Symbols and Hearts. They each look like wonderful opportunities for reflection and expansion of self-awareness.
Soooooooo, if you're on my 'gift list', get ready... ☺ You know what Karen Carpenter says - "We've Only Just Begun"...
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