In stillness we can sense the future as it emerges

A friend shared the below with me from Cit. F. MORELLI, (Italian writer and psychologist, translated into English). It resonates deeply with the sense I am making of now.

I feel the tension of holding the paradox of feeling some fear yet trust… sadness for those already suffering sickness or loss by the virus and relief that so far my friends and family are safe… shock at the selfishness of bulk buying yet pull to make sure we have what we need… a nagging concern about the effects of the isolation on so many and desire to offer my support with all I have learned about nurturing connection with oneself and community… and most of all a deep respect for those right in the thick of things.

May we all where we can take this time as the world is quietening to take a pause. I feel the potential or even inevitability of a deep shift in the world. With travel increasingly restricted, emissions reducing, air clearing, the earth has a chance to breathe and we can catch our breath perhaps. I am aware of the challenge of that symbolism right now but the connection can’t be avoided. And I am talking daily with people about the capabilities for virtual connection being realised… organisations are considering or stepping into paradigm shifts in the way they work. Having worked virtually for years and managed and facilitated virtual teams for years, so much is possible.

And we have the possibility to embrace this general slowing of the fast pace and rushed movement that takes us away from ourselves and the present moment. And to lean into the uncertainty with curiosity.

I feel we are in transition, devastating as it is – and there is hope for us to allow a rebalancing if not even more…

Here is how F Morelli wrote it 🙏

I think that the universe has its way of returning the balance to things according to its own laws, when they are altered. The times we are living, are full of paradoxes… In an era in which climate change is reaching levels of concern about the natural disasters that are happening, China in the first place and so many other countries are then forced to block; The economy collapses, but pollution drops considerably. The quality of the air we breathe improves, we use masks, but nevertheless we continue to breathe … In a historical moment in which certain discriminatory policies and ideologies, with strong claims to a shameful past, are resurfacing all over the world, a virus appears that makes us experience that, in the blink of an eye, we can become discriminated against, those those who are not allowed to cross the border, those who transmit diseases. Still not having any fault, even being white, western and with all kinds of economic luxuries within our reach. In a society that is based on productivity and consumption, in which we all run 14 hours a day chasing it is not very well known what, without rest, without pause, suddenly a forced break is imposed on us. At home, day after day. To count the hours of a time to which we have lost the value, if this is not measured in compensation of some kind or in money. Do we still know how to use our time without a specific purpose? In an era in which the raising of children, for greater reasons, is often delegated to other figures and institutions, the Coronavirus forces us to close schools and forces us to look for alternative solutions, to put dad and mother back together with the children themselves. It forces us to become family again. In a dimension in which interpersonal relationships, communication, socialization, is carried out in the (not) virtual space of social networks, giving us the false illusion of closeness, this virus takes away the true closeness, the real one: that nobody touches, kisses, hugs, everything must be done at a distance, in the coldness of the absence of contact. How much have we taken for granted these gestures and their meaning?… In a time when just thinking about oneself becomes the norm, this virus sends us a clear message: the only way to get out of this is to make pineapple, to resurface in us the feeling of helping others, of belonging to a collective, of being part of something greater about what to be responsible for and that in turn takes responsibility for us. Co-responsibility: feeling that the fate of those around you depends on your actions, and that you depend on them. Let’s stop looking guilty or ask ourselves why this has happened, and let’s start thinking about what we can learn from all of it. We all have much to reflect on and strive for. With the universe and its laws it seems that humanity is already quite in debt and that it is coming to explain this epidemic, at an expensive price. “

Be safe, take care and love to those who are suffering or anxious and deep respect to those on the frontline.

If you can, be still.

Reach out 🧡


2020 Visions

Its time for 2020 Vision. Join me on Sunday 19th January to get clear on the next steps in your journey.
The turn of the year is often a time we feel drawn to reflect and contemplate our hopes and dreams.
This workshop is an opportunity to dive deep and connect into what you really long for in 2020.
I will hold the space for you to plant the seeds for your 2020 visions to flourish, connect to your powerful natural creative force and create vision boards to inspire and motivate. #meditate #create #2020vision #presence
@ The Creamery, Craigmyle, Torphins AB31 4HP
Sunday 19th January 10.00-16.00
Cost: £40
Drinks and snacks provided but please bring along some lunch to share.
Spaces limited to 8 people so please contact me to reserve your spot.
Leonie 🧡

Love your perfect imperfections

Many days we are bombarded on social media with 100 ways to improve ourselves – how to be happy, lose weight, succeed at this or that, reach this goal, smash this target, be all the things. Life can feel like a contact sport! Change, improve, develop, progress – the culture of self-improvement is all-pervasive. Of course, this motivational culture can support us to reach for the stars – believe anything is possible. However, the flip side of this constant striving for perfection is an existential dissatisfaction – exhaustion, overwhelm – eating away at our self-esteem.

Now, I have nothing against a desire to learn and grow, but when it involves too much focus on what we feel is wrong with us, we risk rejecting parts of ourselves – what we perceive as our imperfections. Continue reading “Love your perfect imperfections”

Life is alchemical

Nature loves courage. You make the commitment, and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these philosophers who really counted, who really touched their alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed. Terence McKenna

There are so many ways of awakening, or tuning in, or whatever we call it – committing to being open to some creative life force that is within us all – a way of being that is looking out wide-eyed through the curtain of our eyelashes at life and spotting the possibilities, trusting the flow, leaning into the magic, into the alchemy of life that allows us to feel its deep mystery, the call of the divine. It is when we open to this feeling that we can trust and hurl ourselves into the abyss – and experience the soft landing – the open arms that await us when we let go of control and allow life to happen for us.

This is real living and it may well be exquisitely painful sometimes but it is also exquisitely joyful. Because we feel the mystery of life – the alchemy of our souls. Synchronicities happen, serendipity is our soundtrack, we feel the soft velvet touch of presence caressing our dreams and whispering Yes.

Dare to Dream into 2019

Are you secretly already dreading setting New Year resolutions only to break them within days or weeks? Are you ready for something different, to go deeper?

Towards the end of each year, many of us turn (consciously or subconsciously) to reflecting on the past year’s successes and ‘failures’ and thinking about what we want for the year ahead. Often we use goals and New Year’s Resolutions to help us get to where we hope to get to in the year ahead. So often we have given up before we even begin…. reset the self-destruct button…

Well, I am done with all that and find out here about my Dare to Dream online retreat starting on 27 November…

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Be that one.

One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring,
One smile can begin a friendship,
One hand can lift a soul,
One star can guide a ship at sea, 
One word can frame the goal,
One sunbeam can light a room,
One candle can wipe out darkness,
One laugh can conquer gloom,
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care,
One voice can wake up everybody,
One life can make the difference.
Be that one.

-Author Unkown

I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are

A friend shared Mary Lambert’s song Secrets with me this morning….  I’d never heard her before and wow I love it! So here I am sharing it with you: Mary Lambert – Secrets.

Have a listen,  but come back here as it set me off on some musings I would love to share with you.

So it got me to thinking about secrets, and how I love how Mary brings lightness to such a challenging subject – shame – the feeling that we need to keep parts of ourselves secret – the cause of so much pain for so many people. Especially young people.

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