Reflecting on Self in this Moment

We find ourselves at the six month mark of Radical (Re)Imagining and it’s all come together better than we could have imagined! We have learned so much about ourselves and others through engaging in this reflective practice. When we began this project we intentionally chose to not map out our monthly prompts, but rather let them be emergent. Our monthly conversations with a guest have been the generative force in moving us into the next month’s prompt.

This month was no different. We had a beautiful conversation with Allison Titcomb about finding community and more importantly finding ourselves in community. The ability to be your authentic self in community is the product of continuous self-inquiry and deepening self-awareness. Our personal growth is also informed by an awareness and acceptance that each of us are at different stages in that journey.

After our conversation with Allison, we also concluded that we would be remiss in not pausing to acknowledge the moment we are in. We are less than a month out from the election. The news cycle is moving at warp speed. Our collective future as a nation seems tenuous at best, with talk of sliding into full blown fascism, civil war, and revolution in the air. Many of us are dreading a long winter with the possibility of a full lockdown.

Try as we might, it is HARD to make meaning of all that is happening right now, but we can turn inwards and try to make meaning of who we are in this moment. We might feel resistant to turning our attention to our inner thoughts and feelings for fear of what we will have to confront. We might also find catharsis in sharing how are inner world is responding to this moment in time.

So this month we ask you…

How are you? What do you notice about yourself in this moment?

Tweet at us or leave us a comment. “How are you?” is so often a throw away question, but we really want to know. In 300 words or less of course.

2 thoughts on “Reflecting on Self in this Moment

  1. I have been having more of an “eternal moment” as described in Buddhist teachings. The past is an illusion, if I get caught up in overthinking things that have happened before I risk being able to live in the now. The future is an illusion, it never truly happens because once I am there, it is in the now, so focusing on the future can also be a trap because it can keep me from understanding how to guide myself toward. However, the moment never truly ends. I can be present right now, I can use the past to guide me while thinking about where to go in the future, but I need to keep things immediate and relevant wherever I am.

    This isn’t to say I don’t worry about the election or other issues – it is simply that I can more easily focus on the things I can change in myself and in my surroundings, and being too drawn up in things I have no control over is a trap that I prefer not to fall into, even if I enjoy navel-gazing over the topics on occasion. But that reflection helps me to respond and guides me forward more than anything else.

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