What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world?
Central things are things that make you forget. Things that make you forget about time, things that make you forget about food, things that make you forget if the sun is going down or coming up. Central things put your regular, every day life on pause. Central things strip away image and ego and perception of who you are and where you are going, so that you can just be.
Whether you realize it or not, those things that are central to you have been hanging around for a long time. You’ve been practicing them and loving them since you were very young. They come naturally to you, like breathing or blinking or heart beating.
But sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes it throws up mountains or earthquakes or monsoons that do damage, cause cracks in the foundation, make it difficult to take those deep breaths, or to blink and clear your vision, or to let your heart beat as loudly as it used to. Sometimes mudslides cover them up, burying these central things under dust and stone, making us forget they are even there.
But they are there. They are there just under the surface, calling and tapping, just like Athena tapped against Zeus’ skull, tapping and tapping and tapping to get out. Sometimes it takes something big, another sort of natural disaster or phenomenon, to free them. Or sometimes it requires something small, a dragonfly landing on the top of the mountain, flapping its wings just enough to form the breeze that will become a hurricane.
For me, #reverb10 was that thing both big and small, the dragonfly at the mouth of the mountain. Stirring my buried words, first one, then two, then four, then eight ... and so on.
Now the words come pouring out like an avalanche. I cannot hold them in.
To all of you that took part in, and are still a part of, the #reverb10 community, thank you!