The Spiral of Work
Over the years, Joanna and her colleagues began to see the work that reconnects taking place in a spiral, mapping a journey through four successive stages:
Coming from gratitude
Honoring our pain for the world
Seeing with new eyes
These four stages are supported and work best when experienced in sequence. They help us to experience first hand that we are bigger, stronger, deeper and more creative than we were created to believe.
The spiral is fractal in nature. The sequence can be repeated in ever new ways, and even within a particular stage of the spiral.
The spiral can be discerned throughout life or in a project, and it can also happen in one day or several times a day. We return to it again and again as a source of strength and new perspectives.
The spiral starts with gratitude, because it calms the frantic mind and takes us back to the source, stimulating our empathy and confidence. It helps us to be more fully present and opens up psychic space to recognize the pain we carry around the world.
By owning and honor Wow ache, and dare to try it, we learn the true meaning of compassion: “suffer with”. We begin to know the immensity of our heart-mind. What isolated us in particular anguish now opens outwards and takes us to the ends of our interexistence.
Experiencing the reality of our inter-existence helps us to to see with new eyes. We can feel how intimately and inextricably we are related to all of this.
We can prove our own power to change and feel the texture of our living connections with past and future generations and with our species of brothers.
So, again, we go on in actions that call each of us, according to our situation, gifts and limitations.
With other people whenever and whenever possible, we set a goal, we set a plan, we leave.
We do not expect a design scheme or fail-proof, as each step will be our teacher, bringing new perspectives and opportunities.
Even when we are unable to achieve a particular endeavor, we can be grateful for the chance we had and the lessons we learned.
And the spiral starts again. There are things that are difficult to face in our world today, if we are to be useful.
Gratitude, when it is real, does not offer blinders. On the contrary, in the face of devastation and tragedy, this can terrify us.
Especially when we are afraid, gratitude can keep us steadfast for the work that needs to be done.