my Tree of Life (à la sandyra)

cool… sandyra offered this as a personal exercise to do during one of our Board meetings – in support of getting more self-connected, i guess, as well as coming to greater clarity about what my guiding force is, where my journey is wanting to lead me, what elements are already a support for that and where change and transformation are wanting of attention…

i started with the trunk – my pillar, my guiding force, what keeps me upright and focused… SPIRIT (or spirituality) seems like my main principle in life… my spirituality; my connection to the Divine; my trust in the Universe; my ultimate purpose; presence and being in the moment…

then the roots – what supports me and this life path, what sustains, nourishes, replenishes, allows for this existence…? what emerged was having a safe home, with lots of freedom and room to explore; the experiment of Auroville, which provides a platform within which to explore, as well as a lif-!-(v)elihood; my unconventional “job,” the fact that i work from home and have a lot of freedom in how i structure my day, that i get to do what i like (meaning my so-called “jobs” are connected to meaning and purpose), that my work and spirit are one!; NVC as a practice, which provides so much inspiration, meaning, support, depth, clarity, etc, etc, etc; my body work, like running and dancing; my meditation practice…

some things that i thought might be missing at this roots-level are: a strong support system, such as regular deep empathy, a strong community, and an active and functional Board; having financial sustainability and freedom (the fact that this “stupid” (jackaling) place is dependent on the guest house’s income – it’s just not sustainable and makes the relationship between me or the LLC and the GH a very dependent one and maybe not something that’s fully choiceful and celebratory…); and finally a lack of clarity around my personal vision and mission…

then comes the branches and leaves – life! what do i offer, how do i show up, what’s my contribution, how do i choose to express myself…? NVC (and RC) were the clear first ones: hold space for transformation; receive with depth and openness; share and train… then community: explore living it!; and provide an opportunity for others… and last the guest house (with a big red question mark!): acts as a bridge between guests and AV (provides accommodation and a home away from home); has the possibility and potential for community exploration; playing with unique workers’ relations – and its potential for something more (with another big question mark!)… then it suddenly dawned on me – these 3 branches all make up the LLC! 🙂 <3 next an LLC tree of life and then seeing where it leads me and spirit...

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