Weekly Practice 28
Every week we profile one of the “Reflect to Create! “ practices from my book, they are chosen at random from a jar on my desk. My invitation is for you to try it out if it speaks to you in some way.
This week we are profiling Practice 134 An Exercise in Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff (from page 221 of my book).
Practice 134 is one of the dance steps in The Denouement’s Crafting Focus. Crafting Focus is the invitation to hone, refine, test and apply our discoveries from The Flow. Focus is not usually something we just arrive at but needs to be crafted, honed and refined as we test what is needed.
Practice 134 is also a practice for autumn. As I head off this morning to co-host a group supervision session in the gardens of Hampton Court with Karyn Prentice my own mood for pruning connects to chill of this November morning in London.
The ancient craft of whittling can be seen as a process of focusing – a process of delicate shaping and refining of your insights into gifts and actions to test in the world. For this practice:
- Decide on your question and put aside some time to review your insights and discoveries, which you have captured in your journal or sketchbook from dancing through Moves 1 and 2. These are your raw pieces of wood.
- Now metaphorically take these pieces of wood, sort you wheat from your chaff, and see what beautiful shapes emerge to signal or represent what now needs your action or focus. You canals try this with wood or clay or from sketching as you shift to making ever bolder outlines on the page
- Draw, design or find images or photographs of what you have found to remind and inspire you.
For Ann Voskamp¹: ‘Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.’
Have a go!
Start with small steps.
Please do share your stories so we can all learn together.
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¹ Downloaded 13th December 2017 from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/focus