Today, I visited my place of choice, Whipsnade Tree Cathedral. Here there is serenity, nature, peace! Delineated spaces each with their own unique character, minor-places and spaces in one overarching place. I wanted to connect, to find the ‘space between’, the space between my human-ness and nature. What is that space? What happens in that space?
I prefer to call it a space of dynamic agency, a transactional space, a conversation full of energetic interplay. The space between is abundant with possibility, a three-dimensional space, rich and plentiful … a delight of the senses … sounds, textures, the textures of light, elements … trees, wind, grass, leaves. There are so many ways that I can connect in this space of dynamic agency, if I can get out of the way of myself.
Intruding thoughts challenge my energetic interplay with place, making me retreat into monochrome world – my head. I struggle to remain present in a place of multiple presences and the 360 degree ‘being-ness’ of place and me. My head feels like a lonely, isolating place within this generous place … offering me new perspectives, almost to the point of overwhelment. What to choose? How to choose?
I decide not to choose, but simply to …. let go, soaking in the abundance, immersing myself in it all.
Opening out from the small space in my head and bathing in the presentness of presence.
“In this place, I am transformed … maybe being with nature is cathartic … after all, what matters here … except the aliveness of it all” (Field notes – Sept 2016)