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Gradients of change

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Gradients of change

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I’ve recently returned from a week of walking in my favourite Scottish mountains. Climbing hills is strenuous, and the steeper the gradient, the greater the effort required.

In following a ‘stalker’s path’ up a Munro, I noticed how quickly I was gaining altitude, despite the circuitous nature of the path. I began to think about my Leadership Embodiment teacher, Wendy Palmer, who often quotes her late friend and colleague, George Leonard. Leonard describes our body’s tendency to maintain balance (homeostasis), and observes that when we introduce change, we must expect resistance as the body seeks to return to stability. He says:

‘The built-in resistance is proportionate to the scope and speed of the change.’ (more…)