Mountains & Rivers
The Natural Circus
Learning to Listen
2010 - 2018
For quite some time The Natural Circus was a sort of overall name for my sharings and wanderings.
Not unlike a wandering monk or a pilgrim, or at times a traveling researcher, I roamed in and out of cultural contexts and natural environments.
At times, I passed on information on various practices and approaches from one culture and bioregion to the other.
Also, the Natural Circus was my form of resistance.
It was a conscious and necessary withdrawal from Western ways of perceiving, thinking and operating on any level, which I could not resonate with and I often experienced as destructive, or not based in an ecocentric and integral approach to view the world.
It was (and is in a way) a passively active way of non-cooperation/participation; an ongoing strike, that at the same time, here and there, points at and shares alternatives.
At one point of my travels I had the pleasure and fortune to meet Jay Griffith in Berlin.
Jay is a wonderful writer from the UK.
Quite some time later I received this essay.
It surely fits the The Natural Circus, dealing with an important issue of its context.
'A Beggarly Account of Empty Boxes - Of homesickness, homelessness and homehunger'.
The Natural Circus - an outline
The Natural Circus wants to celebrate the beauty of the ephemeral, of ‘being in the moment’, the wonderful possibility to perceive and communicate poetic experiences.
It is this realm where we touch upon the fundamentals of how life unfolds, of how ecosystems develop and interact: it all emerges out of the moment.
Consequently, as a 'project', The Natural Circus interrelates encounters with places and spaces, with poets and storytellers of all kind, communicating the ever-changing poetry of life.
The Natural Circus would like to support a shift of paradigm in our way of perceiving and thinking, from a worldview based on separation to an understanding of interdependence, interconnectivity and constant transformation.
The realization that fundamentally there is no distinction between ourselves, the other and the so-called environment is at the heart of sustainable or natural cultures:
It ultimately is the world that is being perceived and loved as Self.”
The long night
The sound of the water
Says what I think