With appreciation to Martin Challis, who gave me a collection of his poems when I was in Australia a few years back. Though I don’t know Martin well, I feel like I knew him quickly through his grounded ways. And through his invitation to light, seeing, and home.
Three Lines of a Poem Martin Challis
the first line of a poem is a window, to let the light in, across the sill, though each imperfect pane swirls in the glass amend perception and to look within alters the view
the second line of a poem enters further into a room, many rooms where light diffuses as it passes down a corridor, touches patchwork, to thread the edges of fabric, of lived in textures and in so touching, opens the way of seeing
the third line of a poem makes a home for the heart to take up residence, to visit where spaces and shapes partly familiar, alive at the peripheral, are eagerly awaiting your arrival and for your recognition of that something, you have always known
At the heart of all that Quanita Roberson and I offer in our programs, rests a commitment to contributing to more wise and more soulful ways of being. We think of it as helping to land people in more of themselves, individually and communally. For leadership. For family. For community. For inner journey and for outer journey.
Our 4-Week Series (online) is one of the entry points to such experience. It’s 4 weeks, each two hour sessions online. It’s also a few invitations between meeting.
Our overarching theme this time is Joy. We’ll be giving attention to the weekly themes of Commitment, Activation, Freedom, and Flow. We know that joy is one of the reliable entry points to grow more wisdom. And, that joy has a way of expanding possibility rather than contracting it.
Group size is limited to 18 participants. Times are chosen to welcome those who wish daytime participation (and European / Africa-friendly times) and those who wish evening participation (Australia / NZ / Asia-friendly). This series will be held in English.
The image above is from a beach on Whidbey Island. From my recent trip, two weeks ago. It is looking north and west into the Puget Sound near Bush Point. One of the things I love to do on such a beach is stack stones and shells. Simple moments of balance and spaciousness. Impermanence given temporary form.
Words of balance and spaciousness often come to me. One time said a particular way. Another time changed by the tide and reconfigured with difference yet repeating theme. I love the feeling of simple words to dwell in, and to connect a wee bit of continued life and of continued intention.
This morning, these simple words stacked for me. A mix of what I sometimes share to guide others, and what I inevitably return to in myself, to also guide.
Just be. Dwell in self. Inhabit self. Breathe fully in and and fully out.
I am in several conversations these days about purpose and meaning. With teams that I’m working with. With colleagues old and new. With family. With participants in the programs I get to be a part of offering.
It’s not new to be in these conversations. However, it is renewing.
One of those conversations is about what it takes to bring circle — deliberate process for turning to one another rather that away — in hierarchical circumstances where the pattern of circle is foreign or even disparaged.
It occurs to me that these conversations require rather immense courage to invoke seemingly small things. It takes courage to interrupt a pattern with the suggestion akin to, “…perhaps there are other ways that we could share our learning together here that brings more wisdom and clarity…” It takes courage to name form that contributes to a relational path — “…let’s begin with a check-in that invites a bit of presence; let’s close with a check-out that invokes a bit of witness…” Courage for seemingly small things that in the bigger story are about growing a culture of connection.
In these conversations, I enjoy them most when they are oriented to learning. Learning practice. Learning orientations. Learning granular steps that have impact. Learning refreshed pictures of the broader view.
It is learning, and sharing, and integrating — with kindness, with consciousness, and with flow — that have a way of restoring lot of purpose and meaning in groups.