I’m at the halfway point in the Living Alive Phase 1 program on Gabriola and enjoying a break.
This is always a great time to reflect on what I’ve be learning and discovering during this 26 day journey.
Probably for me, one of the biggest joys has been in witnessing a group of people with diverse backgrounds, ages and stories – come together and be so willing to embrace each experience and support each other along the way.
Sure there have been some moments when I have wondered if someone will hang in or come back when it’s been too much or something deep has been stirred. However, I haven’t found myself losing faith in the process or the more importantly the person!
I like that I haven’t found myself pushing or thinking – “They have to get this NOW!!”.
Somewhere along the road of my own journey, I have become less anxious when I don’t have control or the contact I might want with someone.
I have less need to get them on the path I think is best and so have more willingness to let someone do their own thing while I am simply maintaining my location.
I’m thinking a lot of my willingness to stay located inside myself and less focused on an agenda for others comes from my work with the horses.
I think watching and learning from the herd has helped me trust the connections even when there’s distance or differences that appear to be big. I settle knowing the best path through a storm is to maintain my own location and be a beacon, the mare – not pushing or pulling but present and aware.
So far I find myself being less concerned about making sure everyone ‘gets it’ – whatever ‘it’ is – and instead tracking my willingness to be open, curious and clear.
I’m not there all the time, but much more than in the past. As a result, I find myself much more joyful and open-hearted.
Who knows what will be stirring as we step into Part B.
I do love this program because it such a wonderful opportunity to settle in and discover. Discover patterns. Discover new choices. Become more comfortable in my own discomfort and/or uncertainty.
Some may wonder, as a leader shouldn’t I be more certain about what might come next.
I know enough to provide the playing field, the boundaries and a path. I also know enough now to let the each person’s journey unfold from there.