In the mornings Russel Delman, did some very appreciated work on Embodied Meditation – bringing presence to the thoughts, feelings and sensations that arise from moment to moment, during the Yoga Festival. In the evenings he did Guided Inquiry – a process where we did space to experiential inquiry into the insights, discoveries and confusions that arose in the moment.
But, before leaving I got a few words from him regarding his leadership program, which is currently in a designing process. He wants to support leaders to integrate their inner knowing in order to help to teams grow. Different teams need different styles of leadership, he says.
He states that there are three kinds of thinking: Creative, functional and the mind babbling in its own way. We can not just be in the present and “stop thinking” like the “new age” people are calling for. Human beings have got the gift to think – it is a consequence of our evolution. But creative thinking emanates from being present, putting everything else aside. Functional thinking is also essential, we have to agree on practicalities and work in accordance to them. Otherwise we could not do anything, that matters, together. Russel tells us that the heart is now recognized by scientists to have its own brain.( A fact that is coinciding to what I, myself, believe relates to the “keeping togetherness” and commitment awareness factor, for example, where ever creative producing is generated and born.)
If your intention comes from truth, clarity will follow – and most important is learning to listen. Because creative environment are incognite – nobody knows what he/she is going to find or say. The thoughts, words and ideas are born and nurtured in the present moment, says Russel.
He continues by telling that a leader has to be grounded in himself/herself and always being a servant, committed to his/her head and heart. If the leadership in a team is unclear, focus will be forsaken and people will go off, walking in their own direction – the goals and aims according to the actual assignment will be unfulfilled. There has to be stability and flexibility simultaneously and a willingness to commit to what is agreed, in order to participate and follow our tasks through.
Author & Photographer: Lena