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Radical Uncertainty, Creativity and Courage

December 17, 2017

It is hard to believe that this is the last post of 2017. Wow. What a year. 2017 has been one of growth for the Lovelies and for me personally. It has also been one of eye opening heartbreak, overwhelm, and new terrain to navigate. With the amount of uncertainty on the local, national and global scale, we have an opportunity to practice this work in ways we’ve never practiced before: taking it outside the studio and applying it to all aspects of our lives.

 

Compositional improvisation is often training for humility, training for life. It is a practice filled with paradoxes: To embrace the unknown while acting with conviction. Radical acceptance of what's happening yet making space for what's next. It is a constant practice of listening to ourselves and each other, making intentional choices in service of the greater picture and the piece at hand.  The act of noticing and paying attention even when fear or feeling stuck may arise.

 

What are we paying attention to? How can we lean into the great unknown with conviction yet find 7,000 different ways to listen along the way? What are we committed to?  Do our actions reflect that? The uncertainty that lies before us requires calling forth our highest selves. Going one step further in the face of fear. It requires senses of all sorts to be present and open.  But if we shut down or stay with what’s comfortable, nothing will change. The very definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over expecting a different result. And if we are truly committed to change, tuning out is not an option.

 

And so I leave you with this quote as we move in to the new year:

 

“It’s walking the razor’s edge of the sacred moment where you don’t know, you can’t count on, and comfort yourself with any sure hope. All you can know is your allegiance to life and your intention to serve it in this moment that we are given. In that sense, this radical uncertainty liberates your creativity and courage.”

-- Joanna Macy

 

May we each head into 2018 with courage and conviction; with ears to listen, eyes to see, heart to feel, and the commitment to move forward. Together.

 

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