Space, but not the sort you think

January 29th, 2010

Tonight I had space in my head – and it was such a joy. Usually, when I’m with a group I’m facilitating, so my head is full of all sorts of things: watching what’s going on, keeping track of the time, thinking about the next bit, ensuring my mouth is somewhat connected to my brain – you get the picture.

Tonight, I took part in a Playback Theatre workshop run by Melbourne Playback. We did some body and vocal warm ups, we explored shapes, we listened and connected and were playful with movement, sound and stories. It was great fun. It was energising. But more than that it was a relief.

I realised just how full my head is when I’m facilitating. Tonight I emptied my head of all that ‘stuff’ and I even practiced being completely and totally present to what was happening right now, right in front of me, with my partner. I practiced being ordinary, letting go of control, embracing mistakes and accepting offers. And wow! I mean wow! It was so good I could almost feel the dopermine shots in my brain. I should really make time to do this more often.

And here’s my favourite quote of the night (sorry I don’t know the source):

“We act our way into a new way of thinking, we don’t think our way into a new way of acting.”

2 Comments so far

  1. J-S Bouchard on January 29, 2010 11:51 pm

    Your unattributed quote brought this quite similar one to my mind:
    We do not find our own center. It finds us. We do not think ourselves into new ways of living. We live ourselves into new ways of thinking. — Richard Rohr

  2. Viv McWaters on January 30, 2010 9:10 am

    Thanks J-S, I think you’ve found the real quote and the source. Excellent!

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