Photo Credit: The lovely Ashley Paquin of White Bird Wellness
This week we will consider connection, connection with ourselves, with each other one-on-one, with the greater world (from the place of quiet) and with the Divine. The front porch is a place we can go to for solitude and simple engagement, intimacy and romance. It is a place where we can drop the doing of contemporary culture
What if we were to come to the front porch to bring ourselves to account, to consider the value of our day in terms of number of smiles, kindnesses offered, epiphanies allowed and to harness its symbolic power to find deeper simplicity and connectedness.
There is a Permaculture principle of valuing the marginal. In American Culture doing nothing is considered pathetic and wasteful. What if doing nothing really had value. What if doing-nothing were the very thing we need to find prayer and meditation within. What if doing-nothing were necessary for truly finding connection with ourselves and in that simple act, with each other.
Well, Italy, the birth place of the SLOW food movement, has a name for what we call slacking: Il Dolce Far Niente.
Meet Laura Lo Forti, Story Midwife, champion of social justice and a dear dear friend of ours. Laura is a multimedia producer, educator, participatory media practitioner working with schools, non-governmental organizations, and social action groups to create participatory projects that generate media literacy, civic engagement, and community change. She adopts participatory media practices to raise the emotional and honest voices which are often misrepresented in traditional media outlets. Laura grew up in Milan Italy, and when I told her about the concept behind the Front Porch Revolution she mentioned the purely Italian idea of Il Dolce Far Niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing…
Well, let’s have a little chat with Laura and see what we can find out:
Want to know more about Laura and her incredibly powerful work? Visit her site HERE!
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