In constellations we often talk about phenomenology - observing what is, the phenomena that arises in the field. In my training, once, we were given an exercise to close our eyes, receive an object and describe it as if it is the first time encounter. Brain immediately interprets the shape and gives it a name, something from previous life experiences that matches such shape. The trick was to put this interpretation to one side and to use my senses to only describe what is.
I just finished reading The Secret Garden, the book I have never heard of before, and this is the greatest book on phenomenology that I've ever met. It is a story about a girl who is born in India (written in 1911) and at age of 10 is moved to England. There is an interesting story of course, but what struck me is the amazing description of nature and change of seasons in every tiny detail through the eyes of somebody who has never seen it before. 'Is the spring coming? What is it like? You dont see it in rooms if you are ill.' 'It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth'. A lot of what they do in the book is watch. Watch every bud, every leave, every drop of rain, watch the wind rushing down the moor, watch birds making nests etc etc etc. Watch and describe just what is, without trying to make any meaning of it. Phenomenology of nature.
Also this book talks about positive thinking, magic - the force that makes seeds grow, meditation and healing, and still it is a children's book written beginning of 20th century. Such depth of insight and such description of this land that I am drawn to go outside and watch season change in every little movement of nature. When did you read this book last? #book #thesecretgarden #phenomenology #inspiration #childrensbooks #positivethinking #naturemedicine