By Lisl Dennis
With much of the country expecting an Easter Bunny Blizzard, home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I’m topping-up the woodpile just in case. Each release of the axe brings back memories of my early wood chopping days with my brothers in rural New Jersey.
In my STORYSHARDS: Archaeology for Your Life retreat, participants’ constructive and formative childhood memories reveal how early relationships with family, friends and community establish the ground for imagination, engaged creativity, and the willingness to move forward in service within the world. In my program, the Splitting Silence video segment features how splitting wood has taught me to Move In to most things in life.
For me, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s current bestselling read LEAN IN: Women, Work, And the Will to Lead (Knopf) invites a reflection upon the distinction between Leaning In and Moving In. And how chopping wood is a Move Into It practice of coordination, constancy and focused attention. Moreover, it’s about grounding and stance – and watchfulness to insure that which merely leans, like long dead Aspen trees wavering overhead at tipping point, does not crash down on me. As in leadership, chopping wood requires momentum of mission fueled with energy for the future.
Splitting Silence filmed at Prajna Mountain Refuge, an upcountry inholding of Santa Fe’s Upaya Zen Center, is a popular video segment in STORYSHARDS: Archaeology for Your Life. It is one of many visual vignettes from around the world, tracking a narrative arc and nurturing a creatively engaging group atmosphere. My visually driven program invites conversation around participants’ personal story and intentionality for their Story Forward.
In Northern New Mexico we are apt to get an Easter Bunny Blizzard. Who knows these days; seems to be one hopping in all around the country. Barometer regardless, I’ll be up at the Prajna Refuge chopping wood, really! Soon, I’ll be filming and writing about the spring thaw and seasonal meltdown in Slipstreaming on the Rio Blanco. For now, Happy Easter whatever the weather – wherever you are!
Feel free to contact me directly with STORYSHARDS questions: Lisl@StoryShards.info.
Lisl Dennis’ career as a worldwide travel and decorative arts photographer, travel writer, television host and international tour leader has garnered a rich spectrum of images, impressions and experiences from a diversity of cultures.