Archive for March, 2010

Mad or wild?

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

A Spider Playing in the House

Conventional knowledge is death
to our souls, and it is not really ours.

We must become ignorant
of what we have been taught,
and be, instead, bewildered.

Run from what is profitable and comfortable.
If you drink those liqueurs, you will spill
the springwater of your real life.

Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.

I have tried prudent planning
long enough. From now
on, I will be mad.

~ Rumi

(Thanks to Cari for sending it along!)

The difference between facilitating and hosting

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

One of my Art of Hosting mates, over in the US, Tenneson Woolf blogged a few days ago on How is Hosting Different.

It is always kind of difficult to explain to people how hosting indeed is different than the ‘normal’ facilitation. I start with the last point that was named by his colleague

powerful alliance of the hosting team, trusting each other with simple eye contact

It isn’t named very much in the Art of Hosting training itself, but the fact that we trust each other, the fact that there is always friendship in the deepest sense between hosting ‘mates’ makes it different in many ways. One is that together, the two, three, four or more people on the hosting team we form ‘a field’ – now I know that is different to explain, and the word is used for many different things – but it is about the synergy of the different people and the different competences. It is not an added list, but a weaving together of these elements.
This links with the first point

a sustained intimacy

Because the hosting team has the intimacy between them, it can invite the participants also into it, and can sustain this level of connection throughout the training.

Another important element that is different from ‘normal’ facilitation is

less attention on group guidelines — working from the assumption that it as already safe and living appreciatively with that

this also links with the point mentioned before. Because it IS safe between the members of the hosting team, we model it and we can easily invite people into it. And we live ‘appreciatively’, for ourselves, with each other, and regarding participants and projects. That is nothing we do now and then, we live it in our lives, all the time.

Trust, intimacy, appreciation… that all is part of the practice of Art of Hosting; besides a lot more!

Every day do something that won’t compute

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion – put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?


Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.
by Wendel Berry
via Chris Corrigan

Grief and Climate Change

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

An online friend of mine, Toni Stafford, had an inspiring blog a few days ago: Kubler-Ross’ 5 stages of grief applied to Climate Change. I had never thought about it in these terms, but there is a lot of value in it!

It has long been my position that what is commonly referred to as resistance to change can be better understood as one of the first four stages of grief. In my own personal history I have experienced all five stages in relation to global climate change. And while I’ll describe that in order, I want to emphasize that my progression through the stages has been far from linear. Before reaching acceptance I swirled and spiraled around and through the first four phases a number of times.

A Song

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

A song to enjoy!