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MOVE THE EARTH

By Leslie Davenport, who will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock in June, 2017.

Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.  -Samuel Beckett

Movement is life: the rhythm of our heartbeat, the ebb and flow of tides, the turning of the seasons, the cycle of our breath. Even the youngest infant expresses a range of core emotions in the language of movement. It’s a tiny dance with an arching and contracting torso, flailing arms and legs, before releasing the physical energy of delight, fear or frustration into sound. Continue reading MOVE THE EARTH

Ecological Imagination: Listening to the Heart of the Earth (Audio)

By Leslie Davenport, who will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock on June 19-23.

Imagination is often misunderstood, defined as a fanciful flight away from reality – and sometimes it is. But there is another kind of imagination, one that is based on deep inner listening with a quality of calm presence, and a curious, open-minded focus. When images arise into that kind of spacious awareness, imagination is tapping into a source of wisdom, a type of intuition, that puts us in touch with more of reality, not less.

With deep listening, we bring our ourselves into relationship with the unknown. This is similar to the creative process, whether we are facing a blank canvas with a handful of paints, jotting notes for a speech on a napkin at the café, or in the scientific crowd, pondering how quantum gravity helps explain the origin of the universe. We step outside what we already know, send our inner critic on vacation, and make room for messy, confusing bits and pieces of insight to swirl and shift before connecting in new and meaningful ways.

Cultivating creative imagination has a powerful role to play at this pivotal time in human history as scientists around the world are reporting that the impacts of climate change on civilization and the natural world are accelerating. We need to cultivate a pragmatic form of hope by discovering clarity followed by empowering actions, resilient individual and systemic support with effective methods that support eco-harmonious change.

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Blessing for the Journey

Poem by Leslie Davenport, who will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock on June 19, 2017.

When days rush past in a blur,
may you pause to receive the simple gifts that life generously offers.

When you are overwhelmed,
may you rest in the gentleness of your own heart.

When you are feeling hopeless,
may your imagination hold a torch to unseen possibilities.

When your mind is drowning in details,
may spaciousness arise, connecting you to the sacred mystery that you are.

When you are exhausted,
may you be refreshed by vibrant life forces always present within and around you.

When you are overcome with grief,
may precious tears bathe your heart with salty buoyancy and comfort.

When the world brushes you with harshness,
may you realize that we’re all works in progress, and life itself is a learning curve.

When nothing seems to be going your way,
may you make room for the unknown, finding patience with your unfolding life.

When you are disheartened by the suffering in the world,
may you find the courage and strength to stand for what you know is good.

When you believe that you are not good enough,
may you discover your inherent value and place in the family of all things.

May you receive earth’s bounty to nourish your body,
kindness and wisdom to nourish your heart;
and wonder to nourish your soul.

Leslie will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock on June 19, 2017.

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Leslie DavenportLeslie Davenport, author of Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change, is a licensed therapist and an international speaker in transformational leadership with an emphasis on the evolution of consciousness and societal systems to address global warming. She is on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies and John F Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay Area.