Several weeks ago, I attended an event in Brussels called, “European Angst”: A conference on the rise of populism, extremism and Euro-skepticism.
What stood out for me during the two days of analysis and debates was the brave message from the writer Elif Shafak calling for, A new form of Humanism, based on empathy. She encouraged us to embrace our multiplicity and emphasized that our core strengths reside in our complexity and diversity.
I feel her message is essential, as we approach a New Year full of uncertainty.
My goal for 2017 is to practice more listening. I believe listening increases our capacity for empathy and compassion towards ourselves, at home with our families, friends, and in our communities. It’s a place where we can start making positive changes in our lives that ripple out to the world at large.
I also think words can be misleading when they’re thrown around on a daily basis from mainstream to social media. No matter how fast our connection online is it still matters how we show up in our daily lives. How can we nurture meaningful relationships and create more sense of community? What would happen if we spent less time on social media and more time with those in our immediate environment?
How can we accept our complexity and multiplicity? We have the capacity to open our hearts in a world that appears to be more divided and polarized.
Wishing you a New Year full of courage, fulfillment and connection. ***
Dancing The Moment Workshop: January 26-27th at Dock 11 Berlin.
Early Bird Regsitration is on until January 10th!
Gyrotonic lessons at Corpus Studios: my schedule is open from January 13th – Mid March!
Performing: Megalopolis with Dorky Park in Hannover on April 13th!