Embodied Leadership Basics

Rec3How do YOU embody leadership?  It might not be in the way you think.

I felt to publish this excerpt from the Dancing Freedom Facilitator Manual today as we launch into a two week training immersion here at Seven Seeds Farm.  We’re all in this lifetime together… and, if we want to co-create a viable future for our species and all of life, we have stuff to get done!  Let’s do it together beautifully.

 

Embodied Leadership Basics

 

Hey Embodied Leaders! Here are some basic principles that apply holographically to every aspect life and action. They are equally applicable to whole-being, psycho-somatic health, co-creating healthy relationships and co-creating healthy systems (businesses and institutions) that function in integrity with life. They are alchemical principles. Alchemy describes the actual process of being the change: when you change yourself, you change your world. And, as the world changes, you are also changed. (As above, so below. As below, so above. As within, so without. As without, so within.)

 

Leadership is both an archetypal position that some people hold and an attribute that all people have. Some people are simply “born leaders” – they radiate archetypal qualities that people trust and follow. They attract attention and move large amounts of energy. They are charismatic and easily take the lead. Not everyone has this quality. (Think of JFK, Gandhi, MLK or Winston Churchill.) OBSERVE: Who do you naturally “follow?” Why? How do people naturally follow (or not follow) you? How do you radiate the archetype of leadership?

 

On another level, leadership is an attribute that every person exercises in different ways at different times. Each of us leads through example as we co-create our lives in integrity with spirit, soul and all of life. We lead when we be, do, and create our lives as true expressions of our heart-knowing. You lead by being you. How do you embody and exercise the attribute of leadership in your home? Your workplace? Your relationships? Your communities?

Embodied Leadership means showing up in integrity with your core values, purpose and soul essence.   It means actually integrating who you say you want to be into your body, your personality, your habits of thought, word, and action and your ways of relating in the world.

 

Leading is not always about “being the lead.” It is also about following and supporting– being a strong follower, letting others shine, flowing with “the energy”, letting the collective heart lead, following divine directives, letting life lead. Much leadership is invisible. True leaders are not “out there for themselves”, they are great listeners, great followers. They place their lives and their actions at service to something larger than themselves.

 

Embodied leadership means having a certain level of integration – maturity. It is never “achieved”. It requires ongoing practice – living consciously in dynamic balance with life itself – with the changes, challenges and opportunities life offers. It means putting Embodied principles into practice daily as we structure our lives, our work, our relationships, our communication patterns and our social, economic and political systems. It is an ecological approach – a whole-being, inter-relational, life-centric approach to the harmony and interdependence of life.

 

Love,

Samantha

 

ps.  Check out this Summer’s VISION, Soul Quest, July 24-August 4, if you’d like an opportunity to more deeply explore your authentic path of leadership with me.

Nourish Your Soul’s True Nature

Ohhhhhh….  It’s difficult to write at this moment.  The raucous wonders of Spring’s verdancy call loudly for me to close this computer to run outside into the tall grass to frolick with baby goat kids and flit with Roufus hummers who’ve recently arrived for mating season.

I am a part of this Spring.

You are a part of this Spring.

Seriously… the sap in you wants to sing.

It’s been my lifelong experience that my body and soul are one with nature – a specific and beautiful expression of one immense, harmonious and infinitely intelligent whole.  I’ve been disappearing into the woods to “find myself” since age 5.  Always, this wandering is a way home.

Think about it.  Everything in nature is itself – a cat, a rock, a living waterway.  Nothing, in its natural expression, is ever is not in alignment with it’s true nature.  Each thing has its unique suchness – a soul.  Nature simply is this way.  It is immune to the spell of culture and the clutter of the human mind.  That’s why our souls are so deeply nourished by time in wild nature.  We know ourselves more fully in the coherent mirror of the more-than-human world.

So, with this in mind, I invite you to take some time this week in wild nature to nourish your soul.

Don’t look for linear “answers”.

Just set your intention to be open to receive.  Observe.  See what shows up on your path. 

How does it speak?   What qualities do you notice?  How does it excite or scare you?  How might it show you a way to move more gracefully with a given situation in your life?  Perhaps you notice qualities or capacities that you can bring more intentionally into your daily interactions?

Let the deeper patterns of life work on you.  They will return you to your soul.

Love,
Samantha