THE BIG LISTEN
We called this The Big Listen because to really listen has magic. And in doing so we have an opportunity to find our True North. This programme involves listening for the call of the forest and for the myths of our lives, giving our full attention to each other, and then not forgetting ourselves.
This programme weaves together Wilderness Practices including The Fours Shields, Way of Council and solo time in nature, with Mindfulness and heart-based practices from the Buddhist tradition. All held within an emphasis of embodiment, which values the intelligence of the body, and sits at the heart of any meaningful change processes. To be embodied suggests to 'be at home', to be present and alive to our felt experience, to both the 'heart' and the 'guts' of us.
The life we refuse
Will breach our defences anyway
Even at the moment of death.
Don't wait that long
In every moment there is a door
With a sign saying “Now”
Waiting to be opened.
Don't hesitate, don't even knock
Even when we turn away
we will arrive again at the same place.
Every step we take is toward this door
The life we refuse is singing to us
From the other side
The old life with its comforting certainties
Is not a home for the soul
Break the furniture, run at the door
And leap into the place they call “Here”
- Here and Now by Daverick Leggett