The Journey of our times

February 25, 2012

In a psycho-spiritual development of an individual, there is a phase called simply ‘wandering’ where one abandons the known, secure yet ultimately constraining identity and plunges into the uknown, mysterious and unpredictable to search one’s true essence and reason to be alive…

It is a dangerous and scary journey as the dying of the old resembles a complete annihilation and the new that is waiting to be born seems infinitely small and faint in the distance.

Yet it is this exact journey our survival as a species may depend on…

Perhaps the uncertainty of today invites us subtly to venture into the dark woods, with no guarantee, just a small flame of courage in our hearts. Onto the oldest and most meaningful journey one can embark on, a journey towards finding the direction for our lives, aligned with the cosmos, embodying its unfolding… The search for our souls…

And perhaps a similar journey is waiting for our organisations and for all of humanity. A journey beyond all we have ever created ourselves towards a discovery of the alignment with all that is, towards discovering and hearing the oldest rhytm that was here before anything else. The music that created ourselves our planet and our universe…

We are on the journey already, may we travel well…

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Wandering in nature

July 1, 2010

Bill Plotkin in his book Soulcraft refers to nature and soul as our inner and outer wilderness. It is by wandering in nature we can discover things about our soul and the other way around. Wandering in nature is one of the most intense, meaningful, enjoyable and calming practices I use.

When was the last time you were walking in nature without a purpose? When you were taking in its beauty and all the smells that remind you of childhood with every breath? When you were looking in awe on the monumental trees, listened to the sound of grass in the wind or to the buzzes, trills and other sounds around you? When was the last time you got so present in the moment that few hours have passed without you knowing what actually happened?

The instructions are simple. Get rid of all the things that might distract you (things to carry, mobile phones, etc.) and spend an hour wondering in nature. Choose a spot where this is possible (one where you can be alone and undisturbed by others, one where you can easily find yourself and get back after you are done) and start walking. Notice everything. Focus your attention on the sounds, colours, stillness and movement. Breathe in and out deeply and notice the scents. Touch the trees, the soil and the water. Be playful and allow yourself to do what feels right. No one tells you what is allowed or not, what is appropriate, normal or silly. Roll in the grass, connect with the trees, sing with the birds or run as fast as you can. Allow the lost child to come out and play, to discover as if seeing for the first time, to rejoice like it once used to, to live carefree for an hour.

Allow your thoughts to appear, acknowledge them and let them pass. After a while there will suddenly be much less of them, so little in fact that you can start seeing the world as it is again. Everything that will happen during that hour has a meaning. Or nothing does… You will know in any case…

Once the hour is gone, sit down on the grass or by a tree and write everything down. How you feel, what happened, what meaning did you add, what opened up for you. Write nothing if you want to honour the experience that way…

What are you waiting for?