For a long time, this has been a favorite notion that I’ve spoken into my facilitation — All life is meeting. It comes from the work of Martin Buber, a 20th century philosopher. I love the way that it points to small and large meetings at the edges. I love the way that it points to a never-ending spirit of encounter, where what I think is me (or we) meets what I think is you (or you, plural). I love the way that “all life is meeting” points to getting curious together.
“The way we gather matters. Gatherings consume our days and help determine the kind of world we live in, in both our intimate and public realms. Gathering — the conscious bringing together of people for a reason — shapes the way we think, feel, and make sense of the world.”
It’s such a simple message. It’s such an important reclaiming of possibility found in a simple message.
There are a few people that bring different approaches to facilitation. For me and most of the people that I work with, we value the importance of connection. And learning. And experiments. The personal is connected to the professional. The inner is connected to the outer. There are many of us that are trying to offer good and helpful meetings and gatherings. For me, the most poignant and potent emphasis in such gatherings remains how to amplify more belonging and trust in who we are together that is unique from who we are in isolation and fear.
Interrupting patterns of fear is important. So is reducing harm, or even eliminating it. Yet I continue to find that the most lasting impact I’m able to encourage in groups is in the sense of belonging, leaning to the amplified good that becomes available.
All life is meeting. I’m so glad for the many among us that are committed to gathering for the good that calls to our hearts and bellies.