Simply having someone be witness to your story, however that story gets shared, is a powerful experience. No advice giving, no judgment, no commentary … no need to even understand.
I’m three weeks into the Expressive Arts program here in Haliburton. It’s been a fascinating journey so far. Buttons both pushed and soothed. Perceptions both challenged and affirmed. Mostly from
Soon…those blossoms are going to be on the apple trees, filling up the air with their sweet scent. And the snow tires are coming off today. The feeling of spring,
Time for a change again.
I’m off for a while to take part in an Expressive Arts Graduate Certification program. I’m excited to be following this thread that has been with me for 12 years but not fully acted upon. It’s time for a commitment.
I’m looking forward to immersing myself in a creative milieu for several weeks. I’m looking forward to be spending time with what I assume will be like minded and hearted folks who want to learn about the various ways we humans can express – and meet – ourselves fully. I’m looking forward to bringing more of that back here to Ottawa and Rupert, to you.
I believe this barn, this hamlet in the hills, is meant to be shared with others. I believe this is meant to be a place for people to come to simply be with themselves and nature and their own creative, knowing selves. This apartment on the ground floor provides that space. Me leaving for this course opens it up for others to come and enjoy. (Contact me if you’re interested in a mini retreat.)
I believe that the loft above is meant to be an expressive arts venue for myself and for others to host groups of people open to exploring this process together. I trust that the resources I need to do so will present themselves in due time. I commit to being open to receiving what I need to make this happen – idea’s, people, funding, skills, moral support etc.
Lots of reference to the future here. I’m also appreciating the present moment, the vision renewed, the decision made, the action taken. There’s a softening where the tension has been living for far too long a time. I am grateful for this new dance step.
May you be grateful too, for whatever dance step or stillness you are needing in this very moment.
I’m at home sick this week. Not much brain power for real thinking so I’ve been listening to CBC radio, dipping into a book or two, and checking out a few TED talks. Feeding my brain instead of working it.
This TED talk in particular caught my attention: Don Tapscott talking about Openness in the world, in business. He believes Openness has different meanings and four corresponding principles. He lays them out with some interesting examples: collaboration, transparency, sharing, and empowerment.
And if you want to see something beautiful and mystifying check out the last few minutes where he shows a murmuration of birds, a metaphor for what his talk has been about. “There’s leadership, but not one leader”.
What would your life be like if you adopted these principles? What would your organizational culture be like if it were to embrace these principles? Might be fascinating to think about…discuss…perhaps even try out with your team.
Let me know what happens.
There’s something poetic about a power outage on New Year’s Eve. And there’s something magical watching the sunset on the hills from my deck on the first day of 2013.