Repetition, Rhythm, and Ritual [Haven Digest]

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“Life regains its playful element when it relates to itself instead of subordinating itself to an external purpose. What must be won back is contemplative rest.” – Byung-Chul Han

Tranquility is a feeling of home within and around us. Although home is typically thought of as a physical place, feeling at home also comes through time. Repetition (to do again) and recognition (to know again) are anchors that “turn the world into a reliable place”.

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In our Tranquility Theme Kota, we will explore our relationship with rituals, rhythms, and repetition. How do they help us feel at home?

In a world that revolves around productivity and consumption, is there space for the kind of rituals that don’t just help us rest from or prepare for work, but which are baked into the fabric of our social and creative rhythms? What does this look like?

“The time of the festival is a time standing still. It does not pass or run out. It thus makes lingering possible. Time as a sequence of transient, fleeting moments is suspended. There is no goal one walks towards, and it is precisely walking towards that lets time pass.” – Byung Chul-Han

Around The Community This Week

Coming Up

Join us on Monday for our next Live Café session.

Focused time can often feel hard to come by. The Live Cafe Hour is an opportunity to spend 80 minutes “alone together” alongside other members and focus on what matters most.

It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with those important (but non-urgent) activities. Or receive gentle accountability to focus on that thing you’ve been putting off.

Theme Kota | Sunday 1st October 2023 (6pm UK)

As social beings, humans are wired for belonging. But in a judgemental and critical world, it doesn’t always feel safe to be yourself, especially when you don’t seem to see or experience the world in quite the same way as other people.

We will bring our Haven hive mind to these questions:

  • What does belonging mean to you?
  • What tells you it’s safe to “be yourself”?
  • In what ways are you different around people you feel safe with?
  • What characteristics in other people help you feel safe and connected?

Whether you want to get actively involved in the conversation or quietly observe and absorb, you are so welcome to join us.