"Sulla corteccia, dentro la goccia.." by mariateresa toledo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Cultivating intimacy with life Everyday practices to embrace a Living Systems View In our first online Learning Journey Summer Season, we explored what it means to take a Living Systems view of life. A key theme emerging from the season was a desire to be (re)connected to the intimacy of life and what it means to be alive. While it can be easy to get swept away in the heady conversations and theory around this, but throughout our journey together we identified some simple, everyday personal practices that can connect to a living system view – we invite you to try them out too. Daily Practices • Take a break from technology and distractions • Stop – sit down – ask yourself and reflect on “What is going on?” and write it down • Read and meet with people to broaden our perspectives • Practice spirituality, praying and connecting to the whole • Barefoot Morning Garden Walk, to feel the daily changes of the soil temperature • Practice conscious saying no to the things that are not part of the emergent future I want to see • Morning gratitude practice asking myself: What am I grateful for: in other people / in my surroundings / in myself? • Cultivate my receptive capacity to sense and feel the world in our body • Meditation • Listening to the crying of the world • Liberating body energies through dance and movement Beyond individual practices, being in community and relationship with others is the other powerful practice to support intimacy with life. If you’d like to connect deeply with international peers, our next season starts in October 2021, exploring Power Dynamics. Join us!