Initiate a deep connection with nature and joint healing processes

This article was created in the course of a conversation between Eva Maria Schmitt and Saskia Puterczyk.

How do you imagine the world in 20 years? What will be different

In 20 years everyone will love our planet earth and have a deep connection with nature. Hm … 20 years is really a short time for such a radical rethinking. I hope that by then we will be able to recognize the wealth in which we live. That we can recognize how gifted we are and that we have established a culture that tells us that it is enough, you have produced enough! I really want us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. Hearing this again is essential for me today. I also believe that many people will have a different, expanded awareness compared to today. I would like things to be restored in many places around the world. Ecological relationships, social relationships, even spiritual relationships with oneself. I have the hope that the gaps between inside and outside will get smaller and smaller. **

How do we get into such a different world?

I think that being aware of what many people call mindfulness is an important key. Not just on my meditation cushion, in yoga class or while doing tai chi, but mindfulness in every second of my being. Hopefully there will be a different economic system in the future. The economy for the common good or the post-growth economy spontaneously come to mind. I think the commons will play a big role.

These upheavals require a profound change in values and culture. It is a process of change that cannot be bought or simply done. I think inner work is an important key. We can not only do this work alone, but together, in communities in which we can exchange ideas without shame and lovingly support each other in our resistance to change.

A commons principle is, for example, that caring for and using something is more important than owning it. What if I then start to share and want to jointly use something that was previously just mine – and suddenly there is resistance? How do we deal with it then? It can be helpful to first welcome everything that comes up. Together we can create a culture in which this works and we don’t have to be hostile for it.
When it comes to sharing, I’ve had the experience that sometimes I’ve been more generous than I could really be in that moment. I was then passive-aggressive towards the people I shared with and sometimes watched every step with suspicion: “That’s my xyz!” I didn’t say that at first. First I was allowed to learn that I can say no without ruining the relationship. I am grateful that I have such patient and warm people around me who have gone through such conflicts with me. It looks easy to me today, but a few years ago it was a huge step for me to express my discomfort.
However, that does not mean that I am now resting on the fact that I do not want to share this or that. I also try to challenge myself by donating 1/10 of my income and repeatedly realizing that basically nothing belongs to me, everything is only borrowed and given for a while. I could tell hundreds of such little stories. Social transformation can find its origin in any moment and always happens in us.

You asked how we got into such a different world. I also find the topic of trauma to be very fruitful. My latest knowledge is that the multiple crises we are in are related to collective trauma all over the world. That trauma is much more common than most people think and that the separation we feel from the world around us is a symptom of trauma. That it just doesn’t hurt us, for example, that we produce rubbish and then throw it into nature is strange, isn’t it? What if trauma showed up like this? Then we would have to approach our crises in a completely different way. I think it’s essential to look at the spiritual, psychological component. We cannot stop at only cognitively or intellectually understanding them. I dream that every individual, up to the new Federal Chancellor, will be disciplined into their own healing processes. We need to recognize how sick we are and then choose to get well again.

What are you doing for the future that you envision?

I had the privilege of getting to know my own potential better in a training group at the LernKulturZeit Academy and during my time as a fellow at Teach First Germany. I experience up close again and again how beautiful life can be, how nurturing relationships can be, how amazingly much joy work can be. Strengthened with this experience, I have decided to only pursue issues in my work that I consider sensible and only to work in a way that I consider human *.

Now I work freelance and part-time in various roles. Among other things, I am a transformative process facilitator for individuals and groups. I accompany people in their own potential. I am docked with the LernKulturZeit Academy and the adult education offers of the Pioneers of Change. I believe that we can only achieve change if we work together! At the LernKulturZeit Akademie, I work as a community manager for a network for people who develop education, learning and development in the direction of potential development, sustainability, community and holism. I can act as a bridge builder and contribute my accumulated knowledge about socio-ecological transformation and transformation processes in a variety of ways and act as a source of inspiration. Last but not least, the daily practice of mindfulness and the conscious processing of what I experience helps me to achieve the presence, connection and clarity that I need for my tasks.

* Decent: Many good approaches can be found here under the keyword New Work. The focus on a higher meaning is the first priority of companies and not profit maximization. It also means that I am welcome as a whole person at my workplaces, just like everyone else there. Co-creation arises from a deep connection, which is created, for example, through silence and a common (emotional) check-in at the start of work. By attuning to the other people in the room, a new room is created in which we not only repeat old patterns, but also make room for something new. And so much more.

** I am inspired by philosophical considerations, e.g. from Hanzi Freinacht, who says that we are developing towards a listening society. Charles Eisenstein contributes tangible examples to the philosophy of connectedness and the change pioneer Heike Pourian says that we can learn to perceive again from the ground up. What they all have in common is that they always grasp change on the outside together with change on the inside (and let go again).

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