A message from Catherine in China for the Living Inquiry Community
Dear Living Inquiry Community
I’m writing from Guangzou China where I’m doing a clowning workshop. I just listened to the recording. I’m smiling, a deep warm grateful smile.
Here are some of the things you might hear if you were in a clowning workshop: stay with that, be with that, stay with that feeling, go with that; clowning will help you embrace everything you try so hard to hide in your day to day life; mistakes are your most precious gifts; yes, stay with not knowing.... It’s all about about being human, being who you really are, at this moment, and embracing who you are in the presence of others. It’s a moment to moment practice without a doubt.
Needless to say a whole lot of bells were going off in my head while listening to the recording. Especially about accepting the tragic human truth - Shakespear’s tragic flaws - that we can hold onto so tightly to a story that we die, partially or completely.
Shayla, the open structure of this program helped me work with different themes either alone or with others, at my own rhythm and pace, and with the possibility of going deeper into themes when it felt right. I’m not done. That’s clear!!! As we know, not a linear process and I’ll be pulling up themes from your offerings in the coming weeks and months…
It’s a wonderful way to be able to feel support and connections in new ways. I’m learning more about leaning into others, into support, into not feeling that I’m going at this alone. Wonderful waves of relief.
Merci! Danke! Thank you! xie xie!
Much love, warmth and appreciation for all that makes us human and alive,
What is a coach?
A coach is someone who sees you, who hears you, and who offers you an unconditional space in which to lay down the burden of what you think you know. In this openness you can rest, listen, explore, discover, and express. There is no way of knowing what this will look like.
Sometimes it is bright clarity, sometimes it is weeping, sometimes it is dialogue, sometimes it is just sitting in stillness, sometimes it’s celebration, sometimes it is the work of bringing things to completion.
Without pressure, without pushing and struggling, you discover a way of being with yourself that is fresh, innocent and clear. This way of being reveals itself, as you relax and inquire into your feelings perceptions and beliefs. The more you relax into effortless presence, the easier it is to awaken the flame of inquiry. As we work together, we learn how to keep this flame of inquiry burning, brighter and brighter, illuminating all that has been confused, distorted, and hidden away.
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