Evolution Lounge, Shared Mindfulness and Co-Presencing — a poetically geeky description


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There is a beautiful moment that I always experience in Evolution Lounge. It happens quite subtly but it always does happen. It’s the realisation that not despite, but *because* of the chaos in which we are situated, and what we are doing,  the group have connected in a very deep way together. You can sense the one-ness as a visceral experience. It is as though you are all breathing together.

There is a certain point, it’s as if a gateway opens – like a “glitch “ in the matrix and you know that other dimensions of perception are now accessible.  It is difficult to describe this with words, as it is experienced with the whole body but at that point you can feel it.

This part is the “Inner journey” module of the Evolution Lounge, which is composed of several other modules. The whole experience lasts one hour. The inner journey last about ten minutes.

What the group actually does to get to this point?

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The Courage Files: Ode to Piglet

(Reposting an old article)

Who would have thought that little Piglet in Winne the Pooh would be a symbol of courage?

Benjamin Hoff wrote two beautiful books about the A.A. Milne characters. The first was called “The Tao of Pooh”. It takes Winne the Pooh and compares him to the “uncarved block” in Taoist philisophy. Pooh just is. He meets life with simplicity and a straightforward attitude. As a result he is able to be sponteneous and is essentially happy. A teacher for all of us!

‘When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,’ said Piglet at last, ‘what’s the first thing you say to yourself?’ ‘What’s for breakfast?’ said Pooh. ‘What do you say, Piglet?’ ‘I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?’ said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully.’It’s the same thing,’ he said.

In the story of Winne the Pooh, we get to know Piglet as a jittery, ‘Very Small Animal’. He seems quite insignificant compared to the other characters — an endearing frightened little thing. In his second book, “The Te of Piglet” Benjamin Hoff shows us how Piglet is actually the one who manages to go beyond his fears and limitations. Instead of regretting his smallness, he manages to apply it for others. He thus becomes a very different ‘Very Small Animal’.

“Poem from Pooh to Piglet”

Animal so shy and small, dreaming you were bold and tall. You hesitate, all sensitive, waiting for a chance to live.

Time is swift, it races by. Opportunities are born and die. Still you wait and will not try; a bird with wings who dares not rise and fly.

But that ‘you’ you want to be, is not You and will never be. No one else will ever do the special things that wait inside of you.

You can be a guiding star, if you make the most of who you are. And the sensitivity, that you are now ashamed to see, can be developed even more, so you can find the key to hidden doors to places no ones been before.

And the pride you’ll feel inside, is not the kind that makes you fall. It’s the kind of pride that recognises, the biggness found in being small.

I first read this poem in 1993. It touched my heart and has lived inside me ever since.

The poem has a profound message in it. In Benjamin Hoff’s words: “ ‘Te’ means virtue and in the way of Piglet, the first thing we need to do is to recognize and trust our own inner nature, and not lose sight of it. In each of us there is something “Special” and that we need to keep!”

Courage is loud, bold and boisterous. It is also silent, shaky, and hyper-sensitive.

Many people do not quite realise what it is that they bring to the world and spend years trying to be something that doesnt touch on what they really are. It is as though they are blind to what everyone else can see about them. We must make sure that we recognise and own our core gifts that we are born with. This must be prioritised in our life.

The poem also describes a courage that often comes disguised by shaky knees and a lot of dithering. When you are wondering whether to make a brave move, absorb the wise words of Pooh and let your spirit be moved. Find in yourself the Te of Piglet.

Boldness And Poetry

BoldnessIsn’t it interesting how, when all hope seems to be lost, the mythic, the poetic and the romantic take over. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with that. In Iran, the drive to keep hope alive turned poetic when the collective peaceful protest seemed crushed. You can sense the change in tone the moment hope raises its head. Today, as renewed protests erupted, the famous Goethe quote appeared in relation to the convulsive situation in Iran.

Poetry accesses the “river beneath river” “rio bajo rio” as Clarissa Pinkola Estess says — the deep knowing of the soul.  A brilliant peer of mine says that he thinks that what he does only contributes at the subconscious level to strategic processes. But you see, the poetry, the myth is what sets the frame of our conscious perception. So it is vital we have the right kind of poetry in our hearts. It becomes the connecting thread to a logic that is right for us but that that we do not yet understand. It is paramount therefore that at the subconscious level, we have the right programs running in our minds 🙂 It influences our capacity to access strength when there is no strength, courage when we are feeble and insight when all is confusion. It enables us to “see in the dark.”

After visiting Bangladesh, I have come back with a deep drive, to stimulate the emergence of more Social Business to address our societal problems. Wow. Its a big mission! I better have the right poetry in my head right now. What would that be, I wonder?

I think that for myself, the right poetry in this case would be the stories of what is possible when people who are attempting to change society do not accept failure. They might fail along the way but they get up again and again. Their approach is disruptive. They look for the systemic assumptions in society that are not working to the betterment of society. They turn them upside down. As they succeed, the stories they leave in their trail are poetic to me. By keeping them in mind, they will set the frame for what I am doing. They become the incentive for staying in the game. Stories of dignity, holistic solutions. This is the kind of poetry I want to hold in my head.

Where can we apply ideas of Social Business such as those in Bangladesh, in London? I am so eager to discover! What are the limits of Social Business? What is its potential? I can’t wait to begin and am full of the spirit of new beginnings. I feel as though a new age is dawning and success is tentative. Perhaps this is why I am drawn to watch what happens in Iran. I hope to celebrate with the Iranians. I often heard people talk about what a fascinating city Tehran is. I had heard about the changes bubbling within Iranian society for several years now. Let us hope that people hold the vision strongly enough for the poetry that ultimately liberates the society.