What does it take to make space where people feel free, safe and generous?

What does it take to make space where people feel free, safe and generous?

Now this is different. We are talking about light and air; we are talking about obstacles and walls and art; we are talking about spiritual space. So it is both physical and non physical. It is in the welcome from the host. It is in the food set out. It is in the banter. It is in the work to be done. It is in the sunlight and rain on our faces and clothes as we come in. It is in the joy and pain touching our lives outside that door. It is in the anger and intentions people bring into this circle.

It is about a common feeling. It is about a freedom to share vulnerabilities.

It is about a common feeling: one that we mostly share: are we at home here? Does it help me feel more like myself to be there? To be here? To hear? To be heard? To be seen?

It is about a common feeling: something in common. Ask 6 people and see. Adjust and ask again. Make it better.

Open a window. Open a door. Bring in some food. Brew some coffee. Bring in some flowers. Move some furniture out of the way. Create a void, a contrast, a border, a roughness, a not separateness.

A void in the center. A softness and simplicity. An interlock.

What does it take to make space where people feel free, safe and generous? It takes attention to little things. It takes attention to big things: each person in his or her own idiosyncrasies.

What does it take to make space where people feel free, safe and generous? Where do people feel free, safe and generous to laugh, to cry, to scream, to dream, to banter, to draw, to dance…to live?

:- Doug.

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