“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”
~ Jalaluddin Rumi
Each leaf of grass has a function in nature; each individual element or being, no matter how brief or simple its pass through this world, has a place in the system of life and leaves a mark, however small. The cycle wouldn’t be complete without it.
“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees”. ~ Rainier Maria Rilke
I do not have the answers to what is the place for us, human beings. Bu I know one thing: when you create a surprise in a cycle, open a previous unseen door or make it stop even for a second, you change its pattern…when you make an intentional, proactive decision of stopping the hurt and changing the patterns of erosion and pollution to ones of regeneration, all suddenly changes.
Just try one time: smile to that person in your office who is always grumpy and hard on others. Better: invite him for a coffee and just listen, without judgements. Create beauty in places of ugliness, poverty, pollution, boredom, crime or horror. Look into the eyes of that tired cashier and smile with empathy.
Do something unexpected, bring joy and adventure, creativity and calmness, and then watch…
For centuries, if not millennia, we have accepted and perpetuated stories of disconnection (from ourselves, each other and the Earth). We have created and re-created systems, structures and relationships based on disconnection and these are, I’m certain, the root cause of all the rest: from dysfunctional relationships to our own inner wars manifested as self-loathing behaviours, addictions, anxiety or procrastination; from dysfunctional systems and institutions that create or perpetuate oppression, inequality and injustice to environmental degradation, waste, pollution and resource depletion. Each one of those and similar predicaments I have posted so much about in the last 4+ years have a single source: our disconnection from Earth, each other and ourselves.
It is the realization of this simple truth that has guided my steps for the last few months. It is amazing the things that start happening in your life when you decide to stop judging and bring true compassion. When you decide to re-connect.
Last year, I launched the Ethical Pathways blog and started posting exercises, questions and ideas based on life coaching for transformation.
Facing their grief for the world, some people plant trees, some create food gardens, some march and some write books. I have chosen to use my years of experience working with people and communities through life coaching and facilitation.
This year, deeply influenced by the ideas from Jon Young and Bill Plotkin, among other authors, I have launched my community-supported life coaching practice “Re-Connect”. If I am successful, I may be able to dedicate more time to share the gifts I have been trust with: to bring awareness, healing and re-connection one person, one household, one community at a time, so they too can bring the same to themselves, their loved ones and heir communities, including the more-than-human world of animals, plants, fungi and elements.
Here are some testimonials from the people I have offered free life coaching; I have been blessed with amazing individuals who are doing deep regenerative in their communities:
“Thank you so much for your time , energy & insightful knowledge. You’ve opened a few new doors for me and showed me a different way to look at goals, skills, gifts, values & a balanced life.” ~ Austin Ohm, Artist and Educator
“Deeply grateful and finding huge value in my recent life-coaching sessions with Silvia Di Blasio. She’s using permaculture design, among other tools, to help me figure out what I really want out of life, and how I’m gonna get there. Support her! follow her! hire her! Maybe she’s got something you’ve been looking for….” ~ Heather Jo Flores, Writer and Artist, Author of “Food Not Lawns”
“Silvia is wonderful to work with and a permie (distance is no problem). If you’re seeking any kind of support for your life, check her out!” ~ Anandi P., Permaculturist, Writer, Resilience Activist
If you enjoy my blog posts, if you have considered a different approach to life coaching, if you are “sitting on the fence” about permaculture and resilience but don’t know how to go around it; if you just need to talk about your grief for the world or if you know someone who may benefit from this work of re-connection, consider supporting my cause, even $1/month helps: https://www.patreon.com/ethicalpathways
“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”
~ Gautama Buddha
“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”
~ Thomas Merton