Each fortnight 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 160 a reminder that we are enough (from page 245 of my book).
Practice 160 is one of the dance steps in The Denouement’s Working Wisely.
Working Wisely means making wise choices – and being held responsible and accountable for those choices – which are in service of you, your clients and your systems.
As we set off for our summer breaks we can get caught up in our busy schedules and to-do list. When we get caught up in a scarcity mentality we forget that life is innately generous. Habitual striving, seeking, comparison and competitiveness mean that we can forget that we are already enough and already have what we need both within ourselves and between us. This practice is that reminder. As Wendell Berry wrote in his poem ‘What We Need is Here’¹:
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.
Working from an abundance – rather than a deficit – mindset changes how help is defined and sought.
For this practice:
- Ask yourself:
- ‘What is my relationship to scarcity and abundance?’
- ‘How have my scripts influenced me in this?’
- ‘Do I/can I believe that who I am and what I have is enough?’ and ‘If not what else is needed?’
- ‘How could I move from a scarcity to “I am enough” mindset?’
- Journal your reflections
- Ask yourself how you might role model this for others
Accepting the simple gifts of right here, right now in this place gives us a great launch pad. As William Stafford writes in his poem ‘You Reading This, Be Ready’²;
Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?
Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?
When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. The interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –
What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?
Have a go!
Start with small steps.
Reflect on what you are noticing.
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[¹] Downloaded 17th January 2018 from https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/what-we-need-is-here/
[²] Downloaded 17th January 2018 from https://gratefulness.org/resource/you-reading-this-be-ready/