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The Return

“Return to your ancestral mountain, and the winds of Tawhirimātea will cleanse you.”

Image by Manatū Taonga at Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Today, I am returning. It has been way too long since I took the time to reconnect myself here. Today, I am committing to writing, to sharing, to reflecting out load.

Well, it has been a long time coming, but what has finally helped steer me back up this maunga? Today I am embarking on a journey of self-reflection and critical analysis of my cultural lens with Te Whakamānawa for Facilitators. I am so grateful to be part of a group of people being offered this koha within Tātai Aho Rau | CORE Education.

This morning I have heard Janelle Riki-Waaka introduce the course content in a way that bridges the distance of learning online, using a simple video, a personal conversation. Viewing this has me reflecting on how I am using technology to communicate; often emails, rarely video. The approach feels outdated in an era where our technology allows so much more! What if we all used video messaging instead of writing emails, how might this change the communication and increase the connections we have? In a digital age, it is crucial that we ensure our cultural values are transferred into our developing technologies so that they may help us strengthen our humanity not deplete it.

A challenge I face in this course is one that I am working on changing. My perception of time! This beautiful construct of our realities is so often called up as the critical barrier to anything and everything we do. I am committing to developing my perception of time, to view this as the beautiful constraint it is. I am reminding myself each day to swim downstream, going with the currents and pathways which make sense will mean that I can enter a state of flow more easily, allowing my productivity to increase and thus creating more time. Well, that’s the theory anyway.

According to research, there are two factors which affect behaviour change most; these are accountability and incentives. By the power of social expectations, being part of a group of people who we are accountable to helps us get stuff done. So, ngā mihi ki āku hoamahi o tenei akomanga, big ups to Te Whakamānawa for Facilitators for laying down the wero. I’m picking it up!

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