For me, the heartfelt experience of the European Salon is the ongoing, co-evolving story of life. In the rich fullness of life’s diverse nature, I see the spaces opening up to invite meaning, discovery, connection, pain, uncertainty and love.
I experienced and contributed to a process of exceptional courage, shared leadership, deep dialogue and creative design. Surprise, engagement and connection were equally present as part of the intense exchange of ideas, compassion and contact.
And in the midst of all this, a three legged cat who had the uncanny ability to repeatedly find the centre of our group and, once there, to exude peacefullness and calm in a way that only creatures can.
The European Salon included insightful acts of designated and spontaneous leadership. Creating and holding space, stepping back and inviting others to fill this space with their emerging abundance. The effect was truely startling and a revelation of how leadership can facilitate and invite empowerment and strength in individuals and groups.
Truely, I experienced moments of uncertainty, disconnection and disturbance. And in other circumstances, this might have been the end of the meeting for me. But the shared trust in the people and the design as well as the joy of being part of this amazing gathering helped me over the tough moments.
And looking back, the difficulties were also times of wonder and discovery.
I am deeply grateful for the experience and thankful to all who made this possible (including myself as participant and hosting team member).
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