Over my outdated corded landline, my dear friend, Berta read me a poem she translated from German. We are keeping distant as she’s 96 and can suffer from weakness in her lungs. I can’t recall the exact words but it was a series of reminders repeated over and over. They were paradoxes. Never forget our uniqueness AND what we share; our isolation AND our connection.Continue reading “over the phone”
We can’t say now,
‘No, we didn’t know…’
We can’t say,
‘There’s nothing I can do.’
We can’t tell ourselves,
‘I’m not good or strong or wise enough.’
hard to sense
beyond these walls
seeded by a tiny dragon
threatens a global community
united but carefully separated
so we may not unwittingly
shed the viral nuclei
an uncaught sneeze
At our house, we have a ritual that we practice almost every morning.
It started with a pack of ‘Inner Beauty’ cards, that a friend gave me many years ago. They are kept in a small wooden box. I used to select one or more every now and then, or use them with groups or friends, but then my partner and I began to create a ritual with them. We chose three.
Three inner qualities. Every day.Continue reading “a ritual to welcome serendipity”
Perhaps you already know about this initiative through the Presencing Institute. The acronym stands for Global Activation of Intention and Action. I’ve taken their wonderful mooc, u.lab, several times since 2015.
You can read about the background to this initiative in Otto Scharmer’s excellent analysis of the Covid-19 crisis at this link.Continue reading “maybe you'd like to know about the GAIA initiative”
The desire to hoard, to stash away, to buy what you can for yourself at the detriment of others is an unfortunate extension of the ‘winner takes most’ mentality on which capitalism is based.Continue reading “Cultivating connection or just stashing away?”
I started writing about this topic last week whilst reflecting on my own need to go to ground for a while. This was before it seemed as though a bit of a rest has become a worldwide imperative.Continue reading “resting and fallow ground”