I would like to add another dimension to the word "gathering". Gathering means to take into and bound into one's self something from the outside. We've heard the word "boundaries" used frequently. I prefer the word "gathering" instead. Gathering one's energy, gathering one's resources, gathering one's strength, gathering one's self to form one whole to survive and thrive through a moment.
Please reflect how you gather yourself? When you feel dispersed, how do you bring yourself back together? Imagine light that brightens every direction. What would it be like to gather light back to a focal point? Gathering implies semi-permeability and a dynamic process rather than a static block. Gathering comes from a place of power. Gathering is an act of nourishment. Gathering is a journey of collecting, from old places and new ones just discovered. Do you gather yourself into your belly or into your heart? Do you gather yourself from behind your spine or from under the soles of your feet? When family and friends gather, what is that like for you? Do you see yourself in the center or in the periphery of the gathering? Are you more familiar with gathering dried leaves, smiles, fresh fruits or dirty laundry? Do you gather with delight or from a place of absentmindedness? When was the last time you gathered your blessings? Happy harvest.
My name is Kathrina Peterson and I invite you to participate in this forum around awareness and movement. I have been a Buddhist meditator for over 20 years and have been exploring in depth what it means to develop as a human being: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This is my passion, both on a personal and a professional level. I welcome you to share thoughts around what it means to be awake.