Resources and inspirations
A few years ago, on my return from travelling, I was volunteering and spent an evening in a cosy homely tipi in a campsite in Cornwall. I'd never been in a space like that before; open fire in the middle of the floor, low 'door' to crawl through and carefully fasten in place to keep out the Cornish weather, lovingly chosen rugs and blankets creating informal comfort. My hosts weren't some deeply rooted natives, they were fairly conventional people who had just created a ritual for themselves each year of returning to this spot, creating a beautiful space and inviting in whoever was there at the time. Creating a temporary community. Prioritising connection.
Upon telling the guy about my story, he said to me: "You've got a foot in both worlds. Stay there. "
I think he was right. I think I have no choice.
I sometimes forget how far I've strayed into the world of nature and connection that I stepped into on my travels. And I sometimes forget how much experience I have in the 'conventional' world of offices and mainstream culture.
The resources that have inspired me along the way come from both of those worlds, and hopefully they're well-placed to inspire anyone else who is 'bridging the gap'.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
CoDependent No More - Melody Beattie
Soul Weaving - Betty Staley
Conversations with God - Neale Donald Walsh
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus - John Gray
Nonviolent Communication - Marshall Rosenberg
It's Not about the Nail!