Weekly Practice 42
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 68 : Weaving Together the Threads of our Interconnections (from page 130 of my book). Practice 68 is one of the dance steps in The Opening’s Relating to the Whole.
Relating to the Whole invites us to relate and sense from the interconnected whole. Working wholeheartedly means embracing the heart’s natural intelligence and innate human capacities for relationship, connection and compassion.
I notice in this time of lock down that I am becoming more and more fascinated by the threads of our interconnectedness and interconnections with each other and with our planet, which exist wherever we are in the world. I trust that it is the strength of these interconnections, which will help us to BE kinder and different as we emerge from our lock downs.
With this practice we are reminded to honour the threads of our interconnections and interdependencies, which have made our life and living possible. It helps us to see that we are not washed up accidents, but belong to the world because of the history which has gone before us and the visible and invisible threads of support which we are fortunate to receive and which we also depend upon in our daily lives.
The practice can be repeated many times with many different scenarios and story-lines.
Here is the process and are a few suggestions to get you started.
- Find a quiet space.
- Select a product, a piece of clothing, an object or a person. This may be for example, a cup of coffee, a picture, a piece of equipment, or a tree.
- Start to tell yourself the story of how your choice got to be with you right here right now. In your imagination reach back to the sequence of events, people, activities, choices and decisions which might have been involved. Reach back in time and across space and locations.
- When feel yourself getting stuck ask yourself ‘who else?’, and ‘what else?’until you come to a natural ending.
- Draw, chart or write out the web of interconnections and interdependencies as you follow the threads of your thinking.
- Step back and reflect on what you have peeled back.
- Repeat the practice as often and as frequently as you like.
As Chief Seatle reminds us¹:
‘Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.’
Please do share your stories so we can all learn together.
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