Thresholds & The Space Between Us

If you’re holding big emotions for the world with climate change at the moment, come along to the workshop this Wednesday on Eco-Anxiety. We’ll be using a mix of somatics & storytelling practices to help you make sense of this time, and find your most meaningful response.  You can still join here

This week I want to share an excerpt from John O’Donohue’s. book, To Bless the Space Between Us.  He writes, “At any time you can ask yourself: At which threshold am I now standing? At this time in my life, what am I leaving? Where am I about to enter? What is preventing me from crossing my next threshold? What gift would enable me to do it?

A threshold is not a simple boundary; it is a frontier that divides two different territories, rhythms, and atmospheres. Indeed, it is a lovely testimony to the fullness and integrity of an experience or a stage of life that it intensifies toward the end into a real frontier that cannot be crossed without the heart being passionately engaged and woken up.

At this threshold a great complexity of emotion comes alive: confusion, fear, excitement, sadness, hope. This is one of the reasons such vital crossings were always clothed in ritual. It is wise in your own life to be able to recognise and acknowledge the key thresholds: to take your time; to feel all the varieties of presence that accrue there; to listen inward with complete attention until you hear the inner voice calling you forward. The time has come to cross.”

We collectively stand on a threshold.  What lies on the other side, I believe is still up to our choosing.  Our collective response to this time, our desires, our values, our decisions and how we find meaning are all part of this choice.  Whatever this threshold holds though, I know I am not alone in hearing the call that the time has come to cross. 

This crossing requires – at least in our imagination – rejecting the boundaries, limitations, binaries & impossibilities that lay within our current world.  It asks that we allow “our heart to be passionately engaged & woken up”.  

So I want to ask, where does your heart lie right now? Can you feel what it asks of you in this time? 

if you’re wanting to explore our thresholds more deeply, join me on Wednesday for the eco-anxiety & climate grief workshop, and let’s see what threshold we can collectively cross together. 

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