Featured below is an excerpt from a recent blog by BluEra’s Catherine Bell on the Enneagram in Business website. In the blog, Catherine highlights the link between nature, the concept of being being present and the Enneagram. In the full blog (available here) Ginger Lapid-Bogda goes on to explain how each of the 9 Enneagram types views conservationism.
Recently, I got to spend time with Brian and Dee Keating discussing a travel bucket list. Brian is a nature conservationist (click here for information, and some amazing videos). During our discussion, I posed the following questions of them:
Question | What is the most important issue facing our planet?
Brian and Dee | The most important issue facing the planet (is) our need for clean water, and the fact (that) the majority of (the world’s) water is unusable to us. Roughly 1% of the world’s water is potable.
Catherine | To me, water represents going with the flow of life and the source of life! We are mainly composed of water. It is vital for our existence. As well, water moves in the path of least resistance, and has the ability to wear stones out. Water can also take the form of liquid, solid, to a vapour, which speaks to me of metamorphosis and recycling. How can we grow and change, and recycle more naturally?
Question | What can we learn from nature?
Dee and Brian felt that our ability to be in the here and now, not in the busy-ness of our lives, is a key learning from nature. They commented how we often run around without really being present to the nature around us, whether it be a sparrow, a squirrel, or a blade of grass. I found this profound. How many things do we not really experience that are really amazing?
Here are some questions for all of us to consider:
How can we take this knowledge into business?
How can we be more like water and nature?
How can we apply this to the Enneagram?
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