My friend said she was off to do some earthconversing. I like that it has become a verb.
Earthconversing (v) – to intentionally be in communion with nature.
The beautiful aliveness of consciously being in relationship, in conversation, in communion with nature. To feel truly alive and connected with your own nature through wider nature. In connecting and co-creating in this way, surely we make better decisions for ourselves, each other and the earth that is our home. It is arguably key to climate action in shaping both values and action, and for living our potential.
So where we do we start?
Standing on the shoulders of giants, a good place to start is, with ourselves. By reflecting on our own relationship with nature. The uniqueness and universality of our own story.
As I reflect on mine, I can see the young girl obliviously immersed in nature. Or later, those times in sustainability being an intellectual exercise rather than an embodied experience. And then momentum gaining through becoming a coach. Self-reflecting and tuning my own intuition. And then deepening my heart listening and feeling of oneness through vipassana meditation practice.
And from there it was a natural, no pun intended, turn to nature-based wisdom. With the likes of School of Lost Borders (SOLB), the soulcraft of Bill Plotkin’s work, and depth psychology with wise man Ray Hillis I have learnt to live in this double meaning universe. The real and the symbolic. That the moon is the moon and a guide, a bird and the sky is a bird and sky but also a spirit. For this, I can see why SOLB founders, Steven Foster and Meredith Little wisely wrote, “if we cannot value our own inherent wisdom, the bird and the moon will have nothing to reveal to us”.
And as I continue on this path, in this energy field, I am able to invite others to do their own earthconversing.
How do I converse with the earth?
As my vision guide Emerald North said on the #earthconversepodcast, “this being in nature, is just a slight turn of the head, and looking with a different perspective”.
For really, it is simply and profoundly engaging with nature in maybe a different way than you have been programmed to do. Where disbelief is suspended and where you co-create your reality in the wider natural world, through your own inner nature.
Even if you feel you are projecting your own voice, you go with it. You find yourself loosening the grip on your judgements. You quieten some more and notice you stay in relationship with what is there.
It is like what you do in any conversation really…
• Be present, with an open heart and open mind
• Get curious, allowing space for all perspectives
• Listen deeply, with your heart
• Co-create, letting what needs to emerge, emerge
Earth Converse offerings
At Earth Converse we are part of the global community that helps leaders have the conversations they need to: with themselves, each other and the earth that is our home.
Some of our offerings include:
#earthconversepodcast: a package of 50 episodes exploring our conversations and relationship with the earth. Available on your favourite platform.
#earthconverseseeds: seeds of inspiration, prompts and practices on becoming more conscious with our relationship with nature. On the Earth Converse YouTube channel, and in essay form via the leadership blog.
#coaching: nature based, systems and mindful approach to leadership coaching for those who want to step up in their people and planet responsibilities.
#leadership programmes: integrated development journeys for those who wish to build leadership and coaching capability to serve the world.
#solotogether: a sacred nature-based method and practice based on solitude and sharing. As a participant said,
“My solo experience has been a huge surprise as the “results” go far beyond simple relaxation or connection with nature. This method has taught me how we can connect with ourselves thanks to nature, and with the help of Penelope who guides the experience.”
It is an ongoing practice. An ongoing commitment. Every day initiatives us into earth conversing. You will see. And if you would like help, contact us here.
- Foster, S. and Little, S , 1984, The Trail to The Sacred Mountain, A Vision Fast Handbook For Adults, Lost Borders Press pg 51