Last night in the closing circle, my friend Pauline LeBel offered an observation that so much of our conversation, informed as it is by the great cosmological story, is very human- centric. She asked “What can we learn from the great love affair between the sun and earth?” It is a love affair in which the Sun asks for nothing in return.
A group of us today took a walk on the land as a response to that observation. I posted a session in the Open Space today called “How does a forest change a mind?” We walked into the forest and spent time reflecting on what the forest was doing to have an impact on our minds, spirits and hearts.
As we continue to engage with the story the universe is telling us, my invitation extends to us to take time with other parts of the universe that are not human and inquire into how they teach us and shape us. I suspect that wise action may be embedded the way the universe self-organizes and teaches us about itself.
While we were on the land we had some wonderful conversation and perspectives shared with one another. One which made me smile broadly came from Tesa Sylvestre who noted that for the apparent stillness in the forest, there is a whole lot of growth and activity going on. Kenoli Oleari then asked us to imagine what that would look like if it was all taking place in one tree in front of us, how all the growth happening in the forest in that moment would send a tree rocketing skyward in front of our eyes and the heat and sound would be immense. Someone then noted that this was the energy of the stars, and how true that is.
As the Salon progresses I find myself more and more curious about this relationship between cultivating the growing edge for people and shaping the quality of the moment. In the forest the quality of the moment was markedly different from here in the hall, with the buzz of people and voices all around. The growing edge that appears in both of those environments are very different, but they invite my to find learnings in th emoment that bring my perspective more towards wholeness, in an every evolving journey to see what I know and who I am as whole and part of a bigger whole all at the same time.