True crisis situations are fabulous at cutting away the cloud of things that just don’t matter. Like a crucible, things are boiled down to essentials. A couple of months ago I followed my intuition to Nepal. Our group was in the remote and sacred Tsum valley near the border of Tibet when the earthquake hit on April 25. Although the area was close to the epicentre we were fortunate to be walking in a place where the valley widened out and all 20 of us were unharmed away…

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One of our Slow Principles is about honouring natural rhythms and cycles. The winter season is part of our annual cycle that is more and more getting overlooked with the manic pace of modern life and our exalting of exhaustion as a badge of honour. While us humans don’t literally hibernate, the principle is still valuable to consider. Winter is a time for going inward, nourishing ourselves, resting and rebooting so we can emerge in Spring revitalised for our next growth phase. This going inward is important for…

“Proximal stability before distal mobility” means that for an organism to create motion at the extremities of its system, it must first have a stable core. I came across this notion as a therapist. As an example, this would be applied when determining and working on hand writing difficulties; often the culprit would be an under-performing core. I’ve been thinking about this saying recently on the individual level in relation to a few of my favourite activities. I fell in love with rock climbing earlier this year. Straight…

Einstein said “make a problem as simple as possible but no simpler.” This is a fine balancing act, especially dealing with a complex problem when you cannot know all the factors at play or see the interactions between them. The problem situation at one point in time is not the same at another point in time. Quick fixes rarely fix anything in the case of complex problems. The approach to strategy in response must be to build in the ability to allow for emergence; allow for inevitable revelations…