Last year (2017) I was moved to write a series of blogs on the journey of grief I was experiencing on the death of my husband, Peter.
I was moved, by his last wishes, to return to Scotland (north of Inverness) to Royal Dornoch Golf Course and scatter his ashes on the 18th hole. It was a ritual full of signs and wonders – from a Canada Geese flyover to a buddha on the beach. It was a time when I was deeply moved and deeply stilled.
I never expected that the last injunction “Repeat” would so change my life. But before I left Scotland in March 2017, I was standing in Findhorn Ecopark (south of Inverness), at the window of the bungalow named “Genesis” and heard a still small voice ask, “What if you lived here?” I was both startled by the question – and moved to find stillness to listen to its intention. Over the last year, through cycles of stillness and movement, the question repeated itself to me with quiet persistence.
A year later (February 2018) I find myself moved once more – not just to listen – but moved (body, mind, heart and soul) into a different landscape.
For I have moved myself, my household (such as it now is) and Integral City endeavours from the west coast of Canada to Findhorn, Scotland – the UK’s oldest ecovillage – back to the location where the question posed itself “What if you lived here?”
This is a place where it is possible to be both moved and be still as a way of life. This morning I enacted those injunctions in 2 simple practices that start the Findhorn daily community cycle: Taize’ singing and Sanctuary meditation. I look forward to repeating these practices on a daily basis as a natural part of the routine of living here.
It is a simple beginning to a phase change that embraces me as an individual, my new community, my calling to serve Integral City and the wellbeing of Gaia.
This simple practice reminds me how to enact the Master Code of Care at the start of each day: to care for self (with intention to listen deeply), to care for others (by singing gratitudes and praise in many languages), to care for place (by walking on the land in the early morning) and planet (by opening to the embrace of Divine presence).