CATCHING PARTNERSHIP INVITATIONS
THE FOREST IS THE THERAPIST. THE GUIDE OPENS THE DOORS.
Invitations are the way guides facilitate sensory connections between participants and the forest. How are we, guides, developing those sensory connections ourselves?
When you are at Sit Spot or wandering in the forest, how is the forest speaking to you? What senses are alive for you in each moment? How can you translate your sensory experience into an invitation that is Simple, Open and Sensory?
How do you deepen your trust in the Forest? When one day you are out and you are taken by the dance of light and shadow.. what would a simple invitation look like.. maybe something in the lines of.. wander into the forest and be with the light and shadow of this place in any way that feels good to you..
Trust that the simplicity of the invitation is just enough for the Forest to do what it knows best.
Sit Spot Tips:
- Go to your sit spot and notice what is alive for you
- Take time to simply play.. what does that look like for you? Trust that even if at the beginning play might feel a little edgy, let play reveal itself..
- Zoom in on your senses that are engaged in the play.. do you have your eyes closed and are dancing to the sounds of the forest? Do you have your eyes open and are being taken by the shapes and patterns of the leaves? Do you have your eyes closed and are exploring textures?
- Take a journal with you and jot down your embodied experience of the play.. let that experience integrate in your body-mind system.
- Wait a few days before trying to come up with the invitation itself..
- Ask the Forest for help
Tips for Walks:
- Because of our taming, we tend to plan things and I have a feeling that most of us, when we prepare for a walk, kind of have a few invitations up our sleeves for the Liminal stage of the walk.. for your next walk lean into that edge and don't plan any invitations..
- When you arrive at the Forest, when you greet it, notice what senses are alive for you.. how is the forest speaking to you?
- Trust your senses and trust the use of simple language..
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