Church, Suffolk countryside, England

Church, Suffolk countryside, England

No matter where we live, or where we travel to, we are always in a place or moving towards or away from a place.  Even in the process of traveling, we inhabit transient places such as hotel rooms, train cars and airplane seats.  The holistic inquiry into the transformative nature of location fascinates me; I have spent the last twenty years of my life engaging in formal and experiential studies on The Power of Place .

One of the foundational aspects of the holistic philosophy of Nomadic Devotion is that place has a profound affect on our lives.  The more we can develop a deeper sense of connection to and awareness of our relation to our whole environment, the greater our ability to do authentic work within that specific location, be it as a wanderer or a local.

Meditation Gardens, Encinitas, CA

Meditation Gardens, Encinitas, CA

In this techno-addicted world, the distinct personality and energy of actual place is being forgotten and replaced by the superficial entertainment of virtual non-places; place may one day become simply a myth to a society of people whose heads are down, eyes focused on tiny screens, and their hands forever typing on even tinier key pads.

However, there is hope, as during my practice of Nomadic Devotion I have met and shared deep connective time with a small, yet focused grassroots current of people from all over the world, who are striving to reawaken and keep alive the transformative aspects of locality in their individual and collective lives.  It is toward this goal that I facilitate holistically engaging community-based workshops and contemplative retreats in genuine places.

 

Where We Are by Paul W. Jacob