I’m returning today — transitioning really — from cohosting QT in Cincinnati this last weekend, to participating in board meeting for The Circle Way. It’s an early morning ride with Quanita to get friend Rina Patel and I to the airport. It’s a flight that ironically stops in Salt Lake City (my home airport) where I change planes to go on to Seattle. It’s boarding the plane for Seattle only to learn of a “full ground stop” in Seattle. That means bad weather and they are not allowing flights to get near Seattle before something shifts. Me and about forty other people are using the plane to rest, do some work, read, etc. It’s not bad — just me in Row 19 and I have a power outlet.
QT, a creation by Q, Quanita, and me, T, Tenneson continues to have these foci and intents:
- to experiment with real-time, deep inquiry.
- to devote a weekend to the practice of being deliberately curious with friends.
- to connect more soulfully to what is important to you.
- to come into different relationship with stress and challenge.
- to interrupt unhelpful patterns and thoughts that restrict vibrancy and choice.
- to an ongoing annual series of dialogues that change human lives.
- to listen further to the whispers that come from soul.
The short of it is that I love this gathering. It’s honest. It’s simple. I learn things uniquely at QT that really come from a learning “field” — a shared energetic connection.
It was Quanita that offered these wise words this time.
“Most people think you have to be hard on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s about protecting what is delicate internally because the world is too rough. However, it’s just he opposite that is needed. Soft on the outside — to be able to encounter other and ourselves in relationship with others. And hard on the inside — meaning clear on what your purpose is and on what your contracts are.”
I’m grateful for Quanita’s wisdom, and the wisdom that comes from this group of 13 being so deliciously connected over the last two days that such gems can arise as more than cute words and slogans, and instead be felt as solid communal truths.
Wise words from a friend. It might just be that the friend is the group itself too!