bluster and tide
harry and chafe
rock pool and tide
scour and comb
strandline and tide
rope shell and line
river and tide
starless and black
rock fall and tide
roll and return
recall and tide
mind and remind
Negative Capability and Coaching
John Keats used the term negative capability to describe the artist’s receptiveness to the world and its natural marvel, and to reject those who tried to formulate theories or categorical knowledge. In a letter to his brothers he explained it as being, “ when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” Keats was talking about the artist’s ability to be simply receptive without prejudgment in order to be open to that which we don’t yet know.
For me this is a perfect description of the role of a narrative life coach and of the NLP Practitioner. When we accept that our view of life is, necessarily, limited, and that there are possibilities of which we are unaware we open the doors of our perception to new, unguessed at futures. This is a process of letting go.
Coaching can help us let go of whatever has been holding us back. Without realising it, we tend to become attached to limitations which we have created for ourselves.
Often we develop these tendencies in order to protect ourselves from something and than practise them over and over again until they become ‘second nature’. In other words they continue to drive us long after we are aware of them and long after they are actually helpful. In fact they often become very well hidden barriers to our success.
Coaching can help you reach that state of mind; that negative capability, where it is possible to see that the seemingly impossible can be within reach.
It’s day 25 on National Poetry Writing Month and today’s prompt suggested writing a ballad. I have enjoyed writing ballads in the past and was happy to give it a go today but each attempt left me feeling frustrated.
It was as if the ballad form was getting in the way of the poem that was waiting to be written. i had no idea what i wanted to write about and so I called upon my own state of negative capability, trusting the process of writing ‘without any irritable reaching after fact and reason’. The poem above was what wanted to be written!