As I reflect on what draws me to this gathering, i think back to the first inkling I had - what that twinge of curiosity and excitement was - the tug and pull at my heart that told me there was something there for me to discover with others. This inkling has surfaced deeper questions around the pieces that I have yet to learn, the parts of this practice that I’m stuck on and keep bumping up against - the pieces within myself that get triggered when stakes are high… Systems change is never easy and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
I’ve been deeply engaged and committed to an effort here in my community that has surfaced all the “elephants in the room” when it comes to power, politics, resistance and creating real possibility for change. Relationships have shifted while the power is shifting - on a daily basis. Constantly adapting in a large scale systems change effort that is dealing with complex issues has me stretched on learning edges that I never knew were there. Beyond the Basics is timely, and so needed at this time for where my work and systems change efforts are heading. These upcoming three days together are an opportunity that will not only help us grow in our practice, but also strengthen old and build new relationships.
Beyond the Basics has sparked something deep within me that has opened me up to my own curiosities, questions, and reflections about where I’m currently at within this work in creating change in the world. I’m arriving with an open heart and an open mind, I’m ready to discover exactly what it is that has been drawing me in. My hunch is, there is something amazing about to happen - and I’m so excited to see old friends, meet new ones - and fully step into the possibilities that are waiting to unfold for all of us as we grow in our friendship and our practice together.