This month - finally - I am allowing a dream of mine to take root, and I'm hopeful that you would be courageous enough to share it with me! The seed of this dream, which has been germinating for some time and has finally taken root, is that my ‘Story Circles’.
My favourite quote, attributed widely to Anais Ninn, is:
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
So the Story Circle bud is finally blooming...!
There is something incredibly powerful about the process of human connection. The growth and opening up within us that occurs when we find the space to listen, with the sole purpose of listening, is infinite. As soon as we are able to strip away our need for gain, judgement, interpretation, action; we allow something far greater and more whole to occur within us.
Story is what makes us human. Story – sharing and listening to – is what we remember about each other. Whether we share an experience – a story - with someone, or truly connect to a story they share with us, we will never be able to remain untouched and unchanged.
This is the inspiration behind the ‘Story Circles’. To create a space for listening and telling stories, with the sole purpose of connecting to others and taking away a gift of learning. Story Circles are open to absolutely everyone, as long as they are willing to uphold the principles of respect and honouring of each other.
The Imbokodo Story Circle however, is intended specifically as an honouring and celebration of the journey’s of women in particular – taking its name from the Imbokodo grinding stone which symbolises the strength, resilience and courage of women. (Men are welcome though – you don’t need to be a women to celebrate the strength of women!)
If you would like to spend a morning participating in some of these inspirational stories, as we come out of women’s month, please join us at the inaugural Imbokodo Story Circle on the morning of 16th September in Rondebosch, Cape Town.
Diversity is key to our circles – the richer the diversity of cultures, ages, experiences of each of us, the richer will be our learning. So please invite other women from within, and without your circles of comfort. You’ll be surprised at how similar – and different – we each are, and never in the ways that we think!
On a personal note...
I am curious, creative, determined, committed and (a bit too much of) a perfectionist.