Reflections on the biodynamic paradigm

A Gesture of Innocence.

Screen shot 2011-01-02 at 6.43.20 PMAs the Biodynamic paradigm moves through space, time and cultures, it has continuously grown and morphed. Biodynamics shapes our life and farms, animals and plants, and it touches our heart and soul. And in turn it is being shaped by our hearts, souls and the entire world. It is like a sense organ. It perceives the rhythm of the biosphere, the pulses of our cultures, and our questions on how to adapt to the dynamics of life.

In order for it to thrive and keep growing, it requires from us to allow it to change and to endorse its intrinsic plasticity.  This may not always be easy, to stay open for change, when we have the tendency of wanting to hold on to the ways things are.  It is a challenging task to stay open.
There is also an inwardly oriented side of Biodynamics, which focuses on our inner dynamics, and on the discovery of our inner ecosystems.  The outer applications of care IMG_7697and preparations on our farms have an inner equivalent.  The study of climate and soil, of cows and bees, of the mystery of life are being reflected within our inner ‘farm being’.  Biodynamics is about all our relations, which span from our local ecosystem, our thoughts and feelings, light and darkness, to our sense of self and the way we perceive ourselves in the world.

Biodynamics is as vast as we allow it to be.  The more we study it, the less we may think we know and understand it. The inherent, ancient principles may have been of guidance to us from the beginning of time.  They are a treasure, a treasure which wants to be breathed and planted, which wants to be held close and be allowed to metamorphose.  Biodynamics finds its home in plasticity and an open heart.

IMG_3914We all live in an always dynamic environment – internally and externally. This can be fertile ground, once mindfulness is paired with inwardness, for new perspectives and innovation to develop.  How will Biodynamics look like in the years to come?  How can it find ways to continue to serve?  To be with the questions may be one answer.  Could we integrate ‘not knowing’ into our vision?  Where can open ended processes be a resource?  When we come together with others,  how can this ‘gathering of individuals’ systemically sense into our questions and help us develop a sustainable vision for the future.

All our questions have in some ways an inherent virtue. They are a gesture of innocence.  They put us in touch with who we are.