I'm Vicky Bell
"People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset I don't find myself saying "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner" I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds"
Probably the first thing you should know about me is that being out in nature is where I feel most at home. It always has been. I've never lost the knowing that I was born with, that we are part of everything and everything is part of us. I find my answers in nature, if I need to still my mind, that is where I go, I love the beauty and the abundance, I love the cycles and the flows and the way it just quietly gets on with being.
In a world where we have come to see ourselves as separate from nature, where the environment is outside us and broken into compartments, often even by those working to protect it, I have struggled to feel at ease. The separation between nature and us, the masculine and the feminine, our inner and outer selves creates a fundamental disconnection that I see and experience pretty much every day and I know, with a certainty that only increases, that we can't continue to live in this way if we want a healthy, fair, sustainable future for people and planet.
Apart from being outside, what makes me really happy is when I am in a state of flow watching answers reveal themselves. Be it facilitating a workshop or working one to one as a coach, when we hit that moment where the exploration and discovery starts to take on an almost magical quality, that's when I know we've hit The Beautiful Thinking.
I've learnt through 25 years of working life that this state, one that encourages the best ideas, the best quality thinking, new behaviours that really are going to change things for the better, is ridiculously hard to access. Because our world and the way we have learnt to be in it, means that the conditions for this type of thinking (and feeling into it) are rarely created. Time is always tight, it's also an expensive commodity. Silo's are well and truly part of the furniture. Hierarchy gives priority to ideas that come from those with more power rather than those with the best ones. Ego drives those in charge to dominate. And listening has come to mean the 'listeners' mind already whirring with words ready to respond.
The work that I love to do is to create environments; well held, unpressured, soulful spaces, which encourage The Beautiful Thinking to emerge.
I am absolutely certain that doing our own work; bringing awareness and understanding to ourselves, is what we must do before we can be the most resourceful we can be, the happiest we can be and the most resilient we can be.
Until we recognise the importance of doing our own work we are limiting not only our own potential to live full, contented lives, but we also limit our ability to secure a healthy, happy, regenerative future for this planet. One that includes us.