“ To grow into your spirituality is to grow into your humanity, in all its connected, tender, messy, luminous embodiment” (Jeff Brown)
Leading Well is holding a series of public forums on four important relationships for humans with a focus on people who lead others.
Some people can name a relationship with a greater sense or being e.g. a god or a person from our past ancestry. ‘That which cannot be named’ does not need a name to exist or be sensed – personally I do name it as ‘soul and spirituality’ and by that, I mean a connection with all that is greater than me and that is within me. Maybe you have a name for ‘it’. And your view may not be aligned with my view. I am not here to convince that my view is right – simply to provide my view and allow your pondering with curiosity your relationship with ‘that which cannot be named’.
When we feel separate from what I call soul and spirituality or do not sense its existence in the first place we may not feel whole. ‘It’ transcends our humanness as well as connects us with our soul, that what makes us magnificently human.
I got a lot out of Jeff Brown’s musings in his book ‘Grounded Spirituality’ where he considers that what we may view as ‘spiritual’ is often devoid of the gift that makes us most alive—our precious and unique selfhood. He proposes that true spirituality is a whole-being awakening, one that heartfully embraces our entire human experience: our feelings, our stories, our bodies, our relationships with others, and the earth on which we live.
So what has that got to do with leadership and leading well?
We lead others and to do so we need connection and relationship with others and with the systems within which we operate. To effectively connect and lead others we should firstly check in on our connection with self and the ‘greater than me’ and ponder the link between the two.
How is your sense of connection with ‘that which cannot be named’?
Join us on 31 May at 4 pm to find out more
Tim Dyke, Leading Well