Nothing in the world
is as soft, as weak, as water;
nothing else can wear away
the hard, the strong,
and remain unaltered.
Soft overcomes hard,
weak overcomes strong.
Everybody knows it,
nobody uses the knowledge…
'Paradoxes' by LaoTzu, translated by Ursula Le Guin
In conjuring possibilities for workshops during a global pandemic, I came up with a few ways we could use Zoom to connect… partnering group meetings with individual coaching sessions… I fully framed out two courses… and then…
I listened a bit deeper.
Brian and I have both, together and separately, been (re)considering the way we do things. Leaning into unasked for changes, willing to learn how the challenges that find us might strengthen and expand what we do – rather than diminish it.
So, we had several conversations, the two of us, and as Brian would say, here’s the scoop.
There are a plethora of online offerings right now – and though we trust we have something unique and useful to offer, adding even more screen time to our lives doesn’t feel like a healthy solution for any of us. Especially during springtime.
So we’re going to hold off for just a while longer.
In the meanwhile, I invite you to join us in this way:
find some stillness
There is not always language to articulate all that we experience... but there is time in each day to breathe fully so we can hear the questions that arise, and then to extend some grace to ourselves as we explore new ways of being that will allow for radical change and joyful new beginnings
by Pico Iyer: The Art of Stillness
(an all time favorite and most wonderful gift to your self or someone else)
by Day Schildkret: Morning Altars
(a gorgeous practice for creating impermanent art in your own back yard or in community spaces…)
direct your attention towards your intention and get in motion…
Listen to how your breathing changes when certain topics arise, or when you engage in a particular activities, or when you bump up against something unexpected. Acknowledge this without judgment and determine how this information might reveal if you are headed towards or away from your intentions.
We're all challenged with difficult tasks now, and this will continue in the days to come. There are always circumstances beyond our control. But, we get to choose where we place our attention. We get to choose how we move through our days...
suggested sources for the craft of writing and shifting perspectives:
by Natalie Goldberg: Writing Down the Bones;
Long Quiet Highway; Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home
by Ursula Le Guin: Steering the Craft; No time to Spare;
The Wave in the Mind; Conversations on Writing; Words are
My Matter; her translation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching
When we can all safely gather together, Brian and I fully plan to return to in-person gatherings where we share real space in real time. As soon as we have something settled, we’ll give a shout out. Until then, you can always contact us for future speaking events or reach out with any questions you might have.
always in motion,
p.s. A few folks have asked specifically about the authentic voice workshop: how your body is organized to function; why the way you talk to yourself matters; what you can do on your own to access the wholeness of your own voice
As we’re all (re)organizing our routines, it’s a great time to consider some new practices aimed towards releasing your authentic voice. I am able to do some of this coaching online. Those of you that gave me a shout out in recent months, let me know if you’re still interested and we’ll go from there.