The Spiral journey of the Work that Reconnects starts with Gratitude.
Based in part on many indigenous traditions of giving thanks for what it is or has been, gratitude allows us to ground ourselves and start from what we already are and have. It also goes against the current story of separation and scarcity: that story says there’s not enough for all and that we are not enough ourselves. It pushes us to want more, buy more and continuously complain about what we “lack”.
The story of separation also teaches us to blame and shame others, to use power-over and to always assume the worst from others. We learn that others are “toxic”, “abusive”, “oppressive” and so on, so we build giant walls to isolate and protect ourselves and go “away” from conflict, discomfort, chaos and pain. Other times, we manipulate through sexuality, charm, money or by being “smart” to get what we were denied (or we perceived as denied).
Gratitude allows us to challenge all those stories, to see the beauty and abundance, the good intentions, the compassion, the sharing, the emergent possibilities. It also allows us to develop compassion and look behind the curtains of “toxicity” and all the other wrong-doings and misunderstandings.
There are many things I’m grateful for, and I will list them in my blogs.
Here are the top ones:
I invite you to design a stop, a retreat, even a short one in your life and listen to the ways you are grateful…
What are you grateful for?