My overall mission is to support the creating of a sustainable world in which we can all flourish.
Sometimes it feels like a bit of a hopeless cause - especially at the moment with what is going on in the world. That is why I constantly explore what it means in practice - in my everyday.
I contribute by catalysing new conscious leaders that care about planet, people, profit and progress. I help them succeed in their quest for meaning and positive impact.
A new way that I am exploring is by strengthening my relationship to the planet itself. I live in the mountains in beautiful Switzerland. So nature is already a big part of my life. It takes the form of beautiful views, hikes, hot springs, skiing, swimming in the lakes.
But I want to go deeper into that relationship. And so I am starting a new practice. It will help me to align with the creative rhythm of the planet. Sustainability involves understanding how the planet creates, births and regenerates. It is constantly doing that. In nature, sometimes things are dying, other times they are birthing or strengthening.
As human beings we are a part of that system. So I asked myself ‘how would it be if I started acting as if I actually was an intricate element of that whole? What would I do differently?’
This is what I found... There was a time when the way we lived mirrored nature. As human beings we were much more in tune with the cycles of nature.
We had rituals to mark specific times on the calendar. We knew when to plant and when to sow. We celebrated what we received from the planet and we let go of what we didn’t need. We knew when to push and when to rest. We were more in balance with ourselves and with our environment.
So for a while I want to experience and honour these natural rhythms and rituals more and see what happens.
Starting with now... as we are at Samhain. Samhain is the end of the Celtic year. It is the time when we celebrate the harvest. It invites us to rest and to slow down.
From here on the darkness calls. It is darker earlier. It is colder outside. It is also time to turn inwards. To review our year. What has this year been about for you? What have you to harvest? What have you learnt? How have you grown? What do you want to celebrate?
It is a time for stillness...to listen inside...
The dark traditionally was not a bad thing. It was a place for introspection and rebirth. And so now is the time to prepare the fertile soil for rebirthing later on in the spring. What does not serve you anymore? What do you need to let go of to make space for something new?
It is a time to declutter what will not be with you in the next phase. What will you let go of, recycle or give away?
It is a time to light the fires. Write on a piece of paper all the things you want to let go of and burn them in the fire. It symbolically transforms those things into fertiliser for the new.
And slowly, slowly you can start to listen inside for the new.
Sanhaim is a time for vision. Traditionally it was believed that this was a time during which our intuition was particularly strong. So let your mind wonder and daydream. It is like planning for this year’s garden. What wants to emerge and be next? What seeds will you plant before the winter takes full hold?
But for now, slow down, daydream and rest....
Until next time,
Louise Le Gat is an experienced facilitator, speaker, executive coach, and creator of the ‘Positive Energy Leaders’ movement. She helps leaders who are at a pivotal moment in their careers align to their real purpose and step into their true leadership.
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