June found me in Nova Scotia, Canada attending the Authentic Leadership In Action Summer Institute. What an extraordinary experience and privilege to learn alongside the likes of Barbara Cecil, Peter Senge, Glenda Eoyang, Otto Scharmer, Bill Torbert, Adam Kahane, Wendy Palmer, Barry Oshry...
This was no ordinary conference. The ALIA Institute is a living example of a how a small group of passionate individuals can inspire the emergence of a global community dedicated to discovering innovative ways of working with some of the greatest challenges our world faces.
Through the week-long experience, amongst the richness of learning and sharing with other participants, we all spent time together in Mindfulness Practice - developing our abilities to simply notice our thinking - to support us to bring the qualities of stillness and awareness into our daily lives. We also attended daily, an in-depth exploration of a chosen module. I chose to learn alongside Glenda Eoyang, pioneer of Human Systems Dynamics and Wendy Morris. How affirming it was to be alongside kindred spirits who know that chaos and complexity, whilst sometimes confusing, are not to be feared; they are merely to be recognised and understood as an irrefutable reality of life.
The entire conference offered a myriad of 'body, mind and spirit' ways in, to recognise and accept reality as something we simply cannot control. The journey was about learning to 'BE' fully in the moment with how things are and then to bring together our awareness to choose conscious individual and collaborative action. What we discovered, whatever module we attended, was that when we learn to Be more fully aware, we open ourselves up to our power, our intention and the multiplicity of opportunities for action. Life becomes more of a dance and less of struggle; we learn to have more fun and less pain and unhappiness. We become more centred, focussed, potent.