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I just read a book by Deborah Rowland called ‘Still Moving’. In essence, she advises leaders on how to use mindfulness to optimise their impact. By being still on the inside, having that calm, that distance, you can better listen to others, tune in to ‘what is’ more objectively, understand how you are reacting to that, and see ways to guide others forward more clearly.
Mindfulness is edging into mainstream thinking in the workplace and it resonates strongly with Mirror Mirror because we help people align on ‘what is’. I was introduced to Deborah by a mutual contact and found that we some connections in common.
Mindfulness speaks about a universal energy. About connecting more strongly with that. In trying to understand this, I can see that we are all acting and reacting to each other and to the environment around us in the physical world. Signals from ourselves, from other people, from the weather, from plants and animals: everything is indeed connected in a whole system.
Deborah Rowland talks about the intentionality of that energy. I’m trying to appreciate that. By intentionality, she could mean direction. And here we go DEEP…
Ultimately, if you believe that the universe, over billions and trillions of years, is in a cycle of exploding and imploding, then everything is in a state of ongoing change and renewal. This is a direction of the wider system we live in. There’s a life energy that we are moving within our own ways. This energy is the meta-level, driving our motivations and our own connected energy. It’s just happening all the time around us. This could be what she means by wider intentionality.
Back to us individuals: if we can be still inside, if we can better sense what is happening around us, then we can align with that energy.
Your influence starts with the impact you can have on your own experience, then the impact you have on experiences of those you are in contact with, and then you can impact physical things like materials, items, buildings, terrain, as well as emotional, maybe spiritual things around that energy. Your influence can extend to the impact you have on the world and the universe in a tiny, tiny way.
When you align with this wider energy, you find more synergy, more possibilities, more traction. Even if you can’t see it or feel it, you’re going with a bigger flow and tapping into the way that travels, rather than battling it out on your own.
I think that’s how I would explain it. At least it makes sense to me like this.
I managed to get on to a call with Deborah and we had a wonderful conversation about the inevitability of empowering leadership (or enabling / servant leadership as it’s otherwise known). I’m sure we can refer clients to each other in the future.
Still moving. Learning how to live with 2 perspectives: having distance and being ‘in it’ at the same time. I personally find myself operating in my own energy and would like to sense the around me better. My days now start with a 10 minute meditation.
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