Last year I facilitated a small workshop while blindfolded…

What’s up by Laura Bolletta for COCOONERS N° 7

April 26, 2024
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Laura Bolletta's face on top of cocooners n.7 cover

This article was first published in Cocooners N° 7

Last year I facilitated a small workshop while blindfolded. I was totally immersed in blackness. At first, it was very hard. Have you ever done this?

A few seconds to settle in and the game started. I gave the team two minutes to complete an exercise, knowing that while I couldn’t see a timer, I could certainly count to 120. I focused on that. But something went wrong somewhere around 12 and again at 30. My plan had failed, and I had no other strategy. I felt afraid. I had lost contact with the room and had no awareness of what was happening around me. Was the team conscious of my uncertainty? Were they working?

Switching off my thinking brain, I started trying to receive feedback from the room. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I felt this: all my other non-visual senses expanded their reach. I touched the air, which was full of energy and concentration. I heard the scratching of pens on paper and the rhythm of breathing in the room. I couldn’t see if they were aware of my fear, but I could tell they were working and they were fine. The signals I received told me that.

I focused my attention on those perceptions and everything became easier. When the last pen was writing the last word, I knew it was the last one, beautiful. Silence fell and the energy in the room changed. I asked them, “Are you ready? Can we go on?” And they answered sincerely, “Yes, we can.” I don’t know how much time the exercise took, but I like to think it was the right amount.

I came to understand that while it’s good to have a plan, you need to be ready to change it. And if experience and skill help you better manage the change, then sensing the environment around you helps you to understand when and how.

Full listening is what we need to train. I believe in it.

This article was first published in Cocooners N° 7

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