Thirty years ago the Voyager 1 probe, heading toward outer space…

What’s up by Letizia Piangerelli for COCOONERS N° 8.

April 26, 2024
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This article was first published in Cocooners N° 8

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Thirty years ago the Voyager 1 probe, heading toward outer space, turned around and took a snap of the Earth, capturing a touching reminder of the fragility of life. I wonder if we might be equally shaken and inspired, from the closer perspective of our house, by what is now happening around us.

Everything we took for granted has had to be redefined from scratch, habits and certainties swept away. Yet, the leaks in our current system can no longer be ignored. Awakened by the rising awareness of our interdependence, seeds of a more beautiful future are beginning to sprout.

Nature is regenerating. Organizations, colleagues, neighbours, even strangers are rushing to offer concrete gestures of solidarity. We are honing our resilience, compassion and ingenuity every day, trying to figure out how homeschooling, professional duties, emotional care and physical exercise can coexist with our psychological well-being, in the enforced perimeter of this spaceship we used to call home.

But how can you protect these seeds and find more, at a time when you also feel lost and distressed? Let’s start where you are. Pretend to be the ethnographer of your own life, and just observe. How are you responding to the pressure of the circumstances? What gives you energy? What are you willing to nurture, and what does this choice tell you about you?

As the wisdom of indigenous traditions teaches, we all have some gift, and by growing it and sharing it, we transform the fabric of the whole. It’s an invitation to walk the complementary perspective of the “twin trail”: the inner trail of self-understanding and self-unfolding; and the outer trail of an active contribution to the world.

When the space of possibility expands again, don’t forget your fieldnotes. Grounded in a refined connection with who you are, you will know what to do.


This article was first published in Cocooners N° 8

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