Recently I’ve really been tuning in to conversations I’m part of and conversations around me. And, I became acutely aware that I’ve not been accessing the Power of Now … a lot of us aren’t. So, here’s what I asked myself:
What is our fascination with reliving our past stories, mostly those that are not our favorites? And, why do we let the emotions of fear and anxiety of the past creep in and cloud our current experience? How does our this focus on our past (particularly the negative past) impact and influence our communities, our organizations, our teams, even our families?
My awareness led me to reconnect with the teachings and writings of Eckhart Tolle. I started with the books I had. A little search online gifted me with even more – a whole website of Tolle teachings with present moment reminders, free stuff and Tolle TV – a really cool place to go to create a renewed awareness that “NOW: is the space in which life happens.”
So, I started looking at all aspects of my life including my work as a graphic facilitator. And you know what? I realized what I love most about graphic facilitation and graphic templates*. I realized how those BIG beautiful pieces of paper with an image of a mountain or a house or a circle, magically bring us to NOW in our conversations – what we know NOW, what we vision NOW, what each participant in the conversation is aware of NOW. And the best part is through these visual tools, we create a record of the NOW so when we are in the next NOW we can simply be fully present there … NOW. Woooo Whooo!
Want to access the power of NOW in your teams and groups? Try a graphic template or two (you can get them at the Grove or IdeaConnect stores) or hire a graphic recorder or a graphic facilitator or get out some big paper and draw a guide for conversation yourself.
Let us know what works and what you’re aware of NOW? We promise, we’ll respond from our NOW.
* You know! Cool Tools – big paper on the walls with a graphic or metaphor to engage guided conversation!