Before we present you with our offering, we invite you to read a poem by Tara Mohr. Called You-Shaped Hole, it made us consider how we (don’t) fit and what we might have to offer to help address what she calls “The roughness of the world, the off-track-ness, the folly that you see…”
Sometimes the world feels inhospitable.
You feel all the ways that you and it don’t fit.
You see what’s missing, how it all could be different.
You feel as if you weren’t meant for the world, or the world wasn’t meant for you,
as if the world is “the way it is” and your discomfort with it a problem.
So you get timid. You get quiet about what you see.
But what if this?
What if you are meant
to feel the world is inhospitable, unfriendly, off-track
in just the particular ways that you do?
The world has a you-shaped hole in it.
It is missing what you see.
It lacks what you know
and so you were called into being.
To see the gap, to feel the pain of it, and to fill it.
Filling it is speaking what is missing.
Filling it is stepping into the centre of the crowd, into a clearing,
and saying, here, my friends, is the future.
You don’t have to do it all, but you do have to speak it.
You have to tell your slice of the truth.
You do have to walk toward it with your choices, with your own being.
Then allies and energies will come to you like fireflies swirling around a light.
The roughness of the world, the off-track-ness, the folly that you see,
these are the most precious gifts you will receive in this lifetime.
They are not here to distance you from the world,
but to guide you to your contribution to it.
The world was made with a you-shaped hole in it.
In that way you are important.
In that way you are here to make the world.
In that way you are called.
– Tara Mohr
The poem says “…(the world) … lacks what you know, and so you were called into being. To see the gap, to feel the pain of it, and to fill it”
We looked, and we realized, that despite the knowledge and wisdom available to us, despite the value of every approach that has helped us and others make sense of our predicament, there was still something missing.
We saw and felt a gap around the need for truly transformative Courageous Conversations.
Conversations worthy of our response to Gaia’s call. Conversations that weave our individual, personal and professional lifelong experiences, our love and our grief, our successes, failures and losses, our learnings, insights and compassion:
- Conversations that offer space, nourishment and encouragement for open minds, open hearts, and open wills, even as we encounter evidence and feelings that challenge us
- Conversations that seamlessly combine the inner and outer elements of our journeys, so as to build the courage needed to consider the unthinkable
- Conversations that slow-down to honour the still-point–a place of vulnerability–where we can let go to let come, without knowing, and then ponder how to live the questions together in our daily lives
- Conversations that can foster and grow the skills we need to connect and collaborate locally and bioregionally in times of fragmentation and suffering.
- Conversations that do justice to the urgency, depth, complexity and importance of our predicament and our parts in it