Update 28th April 2020:
A version of this post was first published in early January—the world feels changed in light of covid-19—millions of businesses struggling, the empty calendars and the palpable uncertainty—the inherent fragility of our way of being is out in the open.
We need self-aware, anti-fragile and courageous leaders now more than ever to collectively navigate this storm and emerge more resilient on the other side.
Being a leader is hard. Really hard. No-one hands you a map to get there. Committing every fibre of your being to a mission and team is a noble human pursuit, but…
I’ve been listening to Cory’s podcast the Astral Hustle for years now so had so much fun being on the other end of the line and digging into his fascinating mind — he has an amazing gift for walking a line between being playful but also filled with deep insights and practical tips on mindfulness.
This was another of those conversations that just lit me up. It felt like the time flew by but we bounced between the role of humour in spiritual exploration and the ‘upside of impermanence’ to some of the more practical aspects meditation, how it changes…
Last week I received an unexpected call from a friend back in London. The unexpected catch-up call ended with an even more unexpected job offer.
I put the phone down not knowing quite what had happened. It was a doozy of a role: ‘Chief Joy & Wellbeing Officer’.
Who wouldn’t want to add ‘Chief Joy & Wellbeing Officer’ to their bio—let alone at a well-funded startup whose values, team and mission was aligned with my own.
I put down the phone filled with ideas and intrigue.
I’ve probably said this before, but this feels like my favourite conversation on the podcast so far. I woke up at 5am to take the call because of time-zone differences, but by the end I was practically bouncing off the walls with enthusiasm. Tiago is one of the deepest thinkers of anyone that I follow online, he’s a prolific writer and as you’ll hear in this conversation has built his business to fuel his own relentless curiosity.
Jonny: So I’m here with Kevin and we’re in the Pyrenees and we found a really nice quiet spot away from all of the goings-on and the talks with a few flies and yeah I want to start the conversation off by asking you do you feel like you were curious as a kid and if so what were you curious about?
Kevin: So I grew up in Orange County California which is like this famous place that there was like a TV show about it and I’m…
When we first emerge into the world, play is our compass, the way we poke and explore new territory, both inner and outer.
Play is the soul’s truest form of self-expression and perhaps the foundational quality of a loving relationship or creative endeavour.
Play undertaken sincerely but not seriously, is a gateway to presence and grateful surprise and a portal to the sublime. This is why surfing, climbing, dancing can feel like an existential relief and nourishment for our soul.
Play is resisted because it undercuts unspoken assumptions that our lives have value because of what we may achieve and…
Life’s nourishment is drawn from the edge where shadow meets light. The contrast of who we believe ourselves to be, and what might be just about to be revealed to us from one more courageous step.
Many spend a lifetime forcing against our shadow’s gravitational pull. Like a spaceship using all of it’s remaining full trying to escape a black hole, we exhaust ourselves in fear of oblivion.
To step willingly into this edge of unknowingness, is to risk the loss of who we think we are, in order to embrace who we might become.
Only from the vantage point…
We are each apprenticed in commitment the we arrive into the world.
We intuitively chose precisely the right moment to leave the safety of the womb and emerge into a world that we could not previously have conceived of.
Wholehearted commitment is the outer expression of the recognition of an inner truth. An alignment between the felt and the seen.
A firm, courageous commitment made in this way is a pre-requisite to any honest creative work or relationship. It is measured by the degree to which you are willing to give yourself fully to the endeavour or relationship.
Embodied trust is an acquisition of our rational impulses to a deeper knowing. A surrendering to the part of ourselves that is wiser than any book or mentor.
But trust is difficult during times of contraction, when we are out of tune and closed off to the cyclical flow of life.
As we learn to trust with full presence, it becomes apparent that we are no longer wandering blind into the abyss but are being gently pulled by a previously out of sight thread that leads back to the great tapestry of all things.
This is part of a series of one-word writing prompts inspired by David Whyte’s book ‘Consolations’. Please feel free to contribute your own interpretation and working definition for this word 👇
Compassion flows from consciousness becoming aware of life-force reflected in itself. It is the sacred nectar that flows from the opening of our hearts and the shedding our protective layers.
Compassion asks the question: ‘Do I dare see you exactly as you are’… and as such it requires courage — a radical enquiry that risks opening ourself up to the experience of an unknown another (internally or externally), one that may break us open as if it were happening to ourselves.
And sometimes we close ourselves off out of necessity and self-protection. The world can be overwhelming and without firm…
Cofounder @Maptia. Emotional Resilience coach. Meditation Teacher. TEDx Speaker and host of the Curious Humans Podcast.