eEarth Week Challenge Day 3
April 25, 2010

 

 

It’s funny how life experiences can change us forever, sometimes in ways we could never have imagined or predicted.  Sometimes those experiences make us grateful, sometimes those experiences leave us with the deepest of perceived scars. 

A few months ago I ended a very tough year and a half of my life.  It was a year and a half where I experienced a number of extreme challenges in living life and dealing with those things that happen in life.  One adjustment was the loss of work and home.  If there is any time to do that in Whistler, ya just don’t wanna do it in November; 2500 young adults are hitting town and the number one Ski Resort in the world; all competing for work and a place to live.

My creative solution for the “roof” over head was to move into “Harvey the RV”.  I’ve lived once before in a place that did not have running water, but that was almost 2 decades before when I lived in an artists loft in Yaletown, Vancouver, livin the life of “a starving artist”. 

Harvey was upscale compared to my loft; but it did have its challenges, one of them being the need to ration my water.  I gave myself permission to have one shower a day:

 

 “on”,

 

“wet”,

 

“off”,

 

“soap”,

 

“on…

 

…briefly”

 

“off”

 

… I had enough water to give me 9 showers max, do my teeth, with a little left over before I had to refill the tank, which was a chore in itself…

This is nothing compared to what much of the worlds population face.  I first watched this google, documentary in Harvey.  It has taught me a lot about the idea of gratitude, especially for something that can be so easily be taken for granted in Canada; water…

     

 

“ A World Without Water: The world is running out of its most precious resource. True Vision’s timely film tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatization of water supplies. More than a billion people across the globe don’t have access to safe water. Every day 3900 children die as a result of insufficient or unclean water supplies. The situation can only get worse as water gets evermore scarce.”

 

 MY CHALLENGE TO YOU:

 I’ve forwarded this post and invitation to a few of my blog buddies, “I” invite you to do the same.  For the next seven days, in your own unique, creative ways; whether that be images, words or ideas of your own or another’s; use your venue of choice [it could be your own home and the simplicity of your own awareness] to bring attention to this moment, our Earth, and the awareness that is needed for meaningful, lasting, significant change.

How can you play?

[Facebook, Twitter, Blog or email] Inspire change: Provide a commentary or link; create a question, image or article that stimulates awareness, conversation or understanding of “Earth Week”; and its intention to continue to promote and bring awareness towards creating a just, sustainable and peaceful planet.

Forward this challenge to your own friends or readers.

  

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Q #10 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity…
August 2, 2009

 

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously, mindfully, and purposefully, whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth, that it will spark greater levels of congruence within that One relationship.

 I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends or more who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue and vision.

 If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

 You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

 Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life

 

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 Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

The sum total of your life lived, will not be what you have done nor gained, but in who you have been while journeying on this little blue planet called Earth.  The courage and risk needed for meaningful success on this journey and adventure can only be enhanced once you acknowledge and recognize the only change you ever needed was not outside yourself, but in fact within. 

  In the finding, cultivation and practice of innocence, in the subjective experience of freedom that occurs as a result of finding out Who You Are, you rediscover a divinity and peace that lies within you, and the emergence of a new life and humanity dawns. The unfolding experience of awareness and inner wisdom is the only true doorway to find the freedom and peace you seek in your own life and the world you live in.

The most important relationship you will have in life is in fact, the relationship you have with the Self.   It is through the relationship you have to your Self that will create a relationship with life.  It is the level of intimacy that you achieve with that Self, that will draw you into an intimate relationship with life and through the internal growth and cultivation of that inner relationship you will be inspired and strengthened to cultivate and express within all external relationships.

 The dialogue of this inner conversation and transformation will be less about doing and more about being. The bond of this relationship and the opportunity within the experience called life, is rare, precious and delicate; its consummation, profound.  To know the Self is the greatest gift you could bring to all your relations; your life is the story of this adventure.

[ In the course of my life I will ask myself many questions. ]  To know where I am heading I just need to listen to the questions I ask myself in every moment.  Sometimes when I ask those questions I will receive a response to every situation as it occurs and other times I might need to sit with those questions, to accept those unresolved questions unconditionally, as part of the mystery of my life experience. 

Most will search outside themselves for answers; they will seek a personal happiness and will never really be satisfied.  Many will ask questions that dwell only on the practical necessities of life and as a result, live lives of mediocrity.  As I practice asking myself my most meaningful questions, I will learn to navigate not only the journey of my life but also, the mystery of my Soul. 

I will ask questions only my Soul can answer; questions that bring clarity, purpose and meaning to my life.

I will traverse my life experience with questions based on concern, inquiry, need and affirmation.

I will ask my Self TEN Questions to provide a foundation for the emerging new “me” and life.

 And,

while I ask myself these questions, I will also become attentive to the Spirit of the ONE who is asking, the ONE who listens, the ONE who see’s, the ONE who smells, the ONE who feels, the ONE who tastes.

I will be attentive to the ONE source of all humanity…

 

Here’s the 10th and final question:

 

Recognizing that my life is both interdependent and interconnected with all people and things, what three principles am I willing to commit to, affirm and cultivate to elevate a sustainable, ethical way of being for my Self and the planet I live on?

 

 

Q #9 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity…
August 1, 2009

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously, mindfully, and purposefully, whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth, that it will spark greater levels of congruence within that One relationship.

 I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends or more who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue and vision.

 If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

 You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life

 

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Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

 

We are facing a critical moment in the expression of our humanity and the well being of our Earth where radical transformation is needed in the way we think and live our lives.  We are involved in the midst of a cathartic moment as we stand on the precipice of change that will determine the plot of our storyline for the next one thousand years or more. 

Will we continue to live our lives based on ways of being that focus on “the having” and “the doing” in life at the greater expense of Self and the One Earth community or will we confront and surrender our tribal, survival based thinking to the crucible of consciousness itself; to be cradled by its inherent impulse of evolution? 

Are we willing to compromise and even abandon what we were told about how to live our life, in order to elevate the inherent knowingness we have within, to guide us through this inner and outer transformation?

We all have a shared responsibility for the well being of ourselves, others, and the Earth we live on.  As we discover, cultivate and express our own inner resilience, as nature’s intelligence expresses itself from within us, we have the potential to access and express, the necessary ingredients, inspiration and innovation for a new humanity to emerge. 

First, we need to acknowledge the present moment and its contribution; to be informed by the moment as opposed to being determined by the moment.  We need to witness what clearly and unequivocally does not work, by recognizing our co-dependence and interdependence with all creation, in regards to the “good” and the “bad”. 

Now is a time to recognize that there is no “other”; that there is no “their”, “I” or “mine”.  There can only be “ours”.  Now is the time to realize there is no “out there” or “in here”, that universal, collective “responsibility” can only be achieved by first igniting the fire and passion of “individual” awareness and “responsibility”; for in the light of this awareness, all states eventually merge to become One.

Here are some facts you may not be aware of:

 

On Hunger:

The number of people who are now hungry in the world, has reached an historic high: 1.02billion or a sixth of the 6.7billion people.  June 19th 2009.

UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

On Armed Conflict:

More than 250,000 girls and boys under the age of 18 are fighting in armed conflicts, in over 30 countries around the world. 

cybershoolbus.un.org.

On Hiv/Aids:

In 2007 there was an estimated 33 million people living with Hiv/Aids.  30.8 million were adults, 15.5 million, or 50%, were women, and 2 million were children.  In 2007 Africa had an estimated 11.6 million aids orphans.

 www.avert.org

On Poverty:

Approximately 3 billion people in the world live on less than $2 a day.  Of the 2.2 billion children in the world, 1 billion live in poverty; each day approximately 30,000 children die each day as a result of poverty related issues.

globalissues.org

On Deforestation:

Forests cover approximately 30% of the worlds land area.  Between 2000 ~ 2005 global forested areas shrunk by more than 36 million hectares or 1% of the total forested area.  Swaths the size of Panama (78,200 SQ. KM) are lost each and every year.

nationalgeographic.com 

On Depression:

It has been suggested that at some point in their life everyone will be affected by depression ~ their own or someone else’s.  Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or 9.5% of the population aged 18 and older.  15% of the population of most developed countries suffers severe depression. 80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment, 15% will commit suicide…

www.upliftprogram.com

On Literacy:

According to Unesco, there are about 1 billion non literate adults in the world ~ approximately 26% of the worlds population.  Women make up two thirds of all non literates.  98% of non literates live in developing countries.  There is a direct correlation between income and literacy: per capita income in countries with a literacy rate less than 55% average about $600; per capita income in countries with a literacy rate above 96% is 12600

www.sil.org

On Consumption:

 The wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76.6% of total private consumption; the poorest fifth just 1.5%.

World Bank development indicators 2005.  

www.globalissues.org

 60,000,000 plastic bottles are thrown into US landfills each day.  It takes 1.5 million barrels of crude oil each to produce these bottles or enough to run 100,000 cars for a year.

2,150,000 barrels of oil would be saved if 100,000 homes installed eco-friendly geo thermal heating systems.

Airzoneblog ~ www.cleanairsys.com

“ The 4.8 pounds of grain fed to cattle to produce one pound of beef for human beings represents a colossal waste of resources in a world still teeming with people who suffer from profound hunger and malnutrition.

According to the British group Vegfam, a 10-acre farm can support 60 people growing soybeans, 24 people growing wheat, 10 people growing corn and only two producing cattle. Britain—with 56 million people—could support a population of 250 million on an all-vegetable diet. Because 90 percent of U.S. and European meat eaters’ grain consumption is indirect (first being fed to animals), westerners each consume 2,000 pounds of grain a year. Most grain in underdeveloped countries is consumed directly.”  

From “The Case Against Meat” by Jim Motavalli

http://www.emagazine.com/view/?142

On Pollution:

It’s estimated that this year 222 million tons of waste will be generated by Americans.

Americans’ total yearly waste would fill a convoy of garbage trucks long enough to wrap around the earth six times and reach halfway to the moon.

Since 1950, people in the United States have used more resources than any generation who ever lived before them.

Each American individual uses up 20 tons of basic raw materials annually.

At the consumption level of the average American, at least four additional planets worth of resources would be needed to support the planet’s six billion inhabitants.

By comparison, the average North American consumes ten times as much as the average person living in China and thirty times as much as the average person living in India.

Why they call it junk mail…the U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 87 billion pieces of direct mail (advertising and promotional mail) every year.

http://www.dumpandrun.org

On extinction:

“Extinction is forever.  Extinction is the disappearance brought about by natural or unnatural means, of an entire species.  It is estimated that about 125 species of birds and mammals have become extinct since 1600.  Currently there are approximately 1000 ~ 1100 species of birds and mammals facing extinction…”

www.uen.org

 

Is it the destiny of humanity as a species, to be next on this list?

 

Here’s the ninth question:

 

What can I do to elevate the shared responsibility I have in the stewardship of this ONE Earth and ONE humanity towards the intention and goal of creating ONE global, just, sustainable and peaceful society?

Q #8 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity…
July 31, 2009

 

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously; mindfully and purposefully; whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth that it will spark greater levels of congruence with that One relationship.

 I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends, or more, who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue.

If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

 

Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.

 

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Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

We all have our home in nature.  Our body’s, our minds and our authentic Selves are the expression of nature’s unbounded intelligence.  For the unknown to become known, for the bound to become unbound, there must be an awakening of THAT intelligence within as our authentic Self.

In the past the old way of Being was based on the biology of survival thinking and awareness; distinction and separation, power and authority, subjugation and degradation of the Earth and its peoples were the modus operandi and way of being, based on “having” and “doing.”

The evolution of consciousness is based on an impulse that impels us to move beyond ways of being that are based on survival; thinking and awareness based on the biology of an old brain.  In this now, we have an opportunity to redefine Who We Are by investigating what we are not.  With attention, we can have a direct experience of immersing ourselves in consciousness itself.  As we abandon who we imagine ourselves to be, discovering and embracing Who We Are; the fullness of natures intelligence will be experienced and expressed spontaneously and naturally for the benefit of Self and all others.

The cradle of a sustainable life is based on a refined sense of Self; a Self that lies beyond having and doing, a sense of Self that is based on an expression of Being.  When we take care of Being, the having and the doing will spontaneously be taken care of.  In our knowingness, in the awareness we have for the present moment, the quality of our attention will reveal what relevant action is needed or not needed for the moment.

As we shift our attention from the foreground of our life experience, to the background of our Being, we will no longer marginalize what was once marginalized. As we derive a new sense of identity that is no longer based on a survival mindset of struggle that leads to internal and external suffering, we will unleash an inner, unbounded; Self that requires no outside stimulus.  We will find the right ingredients from which to build a new life and new humanity. 

The present moment is pregnant with possibility, and when we relinquish the need to live life from the level of the mind and the infinite strategies that are expressed by that mind, we can slip into the knowingness of Soul, where the right response to every situation arises spontaneously out of the stillness and Self that was always there.

 Here’s the eight question:

 

How can I live my life with a greater reverence and humility for the mystery of Being; with enhanced gratitude for the gift of life, and with greater humility regarding my place in nature?

Q #6 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity
July 29, 2009

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously, mindfully, and purposefully, whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth, that it will spark greater levels of congruence within that One relationship.

 I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends or more who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue and vision.

If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life

 

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Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

 

Can I listen to “my” Self?

Can I hear” my” Self?

Who is THAT One voice within?

The culture of peace and affirmation begins and ends inside us; the movement forward can only be elevated by the movement of our attention inward.  We become stewards of the Soul by becoming aware of Soul.  As we become aware and attentive to the One great Soul, unspoken words and conversations that we have within us are transformed; they become the guiding principles from which to live our life. 

A mind that is distracted by unnecessary things will always entertain, thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, memories and associations that confuse, distract and overwhelm our subjective experience; our self engendered thinking becomes the self engendered suffering we experience in our daily and worldly life.

In our quest for new ways of living and Being in this world, we are eventually confronted by necessity to examine and investigate ALL core beliefs we have about ourselves and the world we live in and the “I” we imagine ourselves to be.  What lies have we been told about how to live life and how to be in life?  What lies do we tell ourselves that keeps us locked in the prison of our social conditioning?

The peace and affirmation we so desperately seek and need for a sustainable life will never find permanent residence in the form and phenomena that exists outside our selves.  It is only when we risk taking the journey within, that we will find the clarity, stability and authentic affirmation and expression of our own Being, which then corroborates and calibrates the words and conversations we need to have, without. 

Peace and affirmation are noble desires; their essence, foundation and core live in the values we entertain with regard to Who We Are. The movement forward is the movement towards a voice and Self that is still and quite.  It has no demands.  As we cultivate the culture of this inner connection with our attention, there comes a time when we realize that inherently within us, the One who is asking was the One we were seeking all along.      

Here’s the sixth question:

 

What unspoken words and conversations do I need to have or hear to foster a culture of peace and affirmation?

 

Q #4 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity…
July 27, 2009

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously, mindfully, and purposefully, whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth, that it will spark greater levels of congruence within that One relationship.

  I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends or more who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue and vision.

If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life

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Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

In the world of form and phenomena there appears to be a finite number of choices that are responsible for an infinite number of changes.  Which of those choices will enhance, and which of those will detract you from your most innocent, most well intentioned desires?

The illusion of choice is that there appears to be choice.  While we might imagine or even believe that it is the “I” orchestrates the choice and change that may appear to occur in our world, the Universe itself, points that “I” towards its extinction.

Conventional reality suggests that there is a separate, distinct, identity scripting the impulse of an ever changing reality.  Ultimate reality suggests that for anything to occur, the entire Universe must itself concur in agreement for that very event, action, decision or choice to occur.

The presence of “I’ can only, ever, be an obstacle to the purest expressions of Being.  While the “I” might struggle and strive, calculate and confuse the most important of steps to be taken; it is the value of Being that underwrites all doing.

Life is uncertain. Change is uncertain.  Our fragile future is uncertain.  To move forward, there must be a radical transformation in the expression of our thinking, being and doing.  We must evolve the limitations of our external self, by engaging it actively within its own evolutionary impulse of an inner Self. 

What does not work is obvious, what will work remains unseen.  The bridge of evolution lies dormant within the consciousness of the one who struggles, the one who strives, the one who suffers and the who wants to figure it out. 

Change is inevitable.  Destruction is inevitable.  Life too, of some kind, is also inevitable.  What you need to do will become obvious as you ground yourself in the silent space between thoughts.  The choices and the decisions; the actions we need to take; the circumstances and situations that encompass all events will continue to come and go, guided and enhanced; elevated by the silence within you.  In silence you will find nothing; and from that no-thing will arise every-thing.       

Here’s the fourth question:

What changes do I need to make in the way I live my life that, if made, could improve the quality of my own well being and the wellbeing of the greater world?

 

The art of Renewal…
March 3, 2008

I just received this email question from The World Café and thought it would make an interesting post for my blog. If you are inspired by the question I invite you to reply to this post with a comment; something you feel, think, or have experienced around the process of renewal. I have also left some information about World Cafe at the end of my entry for those who are inspired by the process and dance of enquiry.

Enjoy!

Here is the context and question:

As you read this question, the process of renewal is occurring in communities, cities, businesses and organizations where we work and live all over the world.

What role does renewal play in addressing the challenges of the world today?

…While this question tempts me to look “out there” for a response, training and a touch of obsession requires me to look “in here”, as ~ inside myself, in order to fully respond with integrity to this enquiry. There is no doubt that many circumstances, situations and challenges exist in the world today that are screaming for renewal. Renewal is a very nice word. I would be more inclined to say overhaul ~ but I’ll play by the rules, this time…

: )

Nature thrives on the element of renewal. Nature sustains itself on allowing the natural process of renewal to exist and flourish at every level of its expression. Whether we look to the seasons, night or day or the rhythms of our physiology, the element of renewal appears to be threaded as a need into the pulse of all life and humanity. Most human beings have lost touch with the renewal that naturally exists as a result of having an intimate relationship with nature, both inwardly and outwardly. Most human beings crave for the inherent sustainability that unfolds effortlessly as a result of Being in alignment with nature, with Self, with renewal.

To reignite the fire of renewal on the outside, we must first cultivate it on the inside. To be connected to our inner nature, allows us to connect to and respond successfully to the forms and phenomena of our extended outer nature. I want to be clear that I’m not suggesting in any way we ignore the compassionate pleas of humanity or the Earth on the outside. We need to pursue the calls of our compassionate attention, to the needs of all mankind including the Earth. We just need to be clear were the source of our greatest challenges lie. I imagine that if the entire population of the earth were eliminated in the twinkling of an eye, the planet would easily thrive without the need of our attendance, within a few decades. When we come from a place clarity rather than confusion; when we express from a place of creative freedom, our choices will be then informed by our inner wisdom, rather than determined by our outer reasoning.

Personal renewal, Self renewal, psychological, emotional, and “Spiritual” renewal, is the platform and foundation for all the social, environmental, or political renewal we could ever want, need or desire in life. In my own life and through the observation of the lives of others over years, I have scene the impact of applying or neglecting the practice of Self renewal or Self care on ones life. Through experience (pain and suffering) I have learned that my entire life will be a process of learning and practicing Self renewal in order for me to continue from a place of inspiration, balance and joy, while also having the energy, passion and commitment to move out into the world to serve, where my gifts and talents are uniquely received. When I can take care of my own needs first, I’ll be more inspired and renewed to take care of the needs of others.

While I may not have the bells and whistles that most might say are the signs of successful living, I feel very full! I have lived my life pursuing the gifts, talents and hunger for inner inspiration and have reached a place where an endless supply of contentment is available for the sharing and service to others. It’s not always been this way, and I know that with neglect or inattention I can quickly lose the momentum of this state. The practice of personal renewal, whether that be daily meditation, a daily abhyanga (self massage), walks in nature, creativity, surrounding myself with people that nurture and inspire me or pursuing the dreams and visions I have for my life, all are my own favorite (learned) ways to engage actively the experience, expression and application of renewal in my life.

I think I can say with confidence and without the need of studies, statistics, or polls that when enough of the planet has learned the method and magic of Self renewal, there will be a time where we will wake up one fine morning and the world and our life, will have changed forever…

About World Café Europe…

We are an emerging group of engaged individuals from all over Europe who are committed to contribute to the on-going development of the WORLD CAFÉ by providing forums to try out new approaches in real-life environments.

All of our efforts are designed to foster a new culture of conversation among organizations, businesses and people from all walks of life. Through the use of various forms of communication, World Café Europe would like to provide opportunities for individuals to become active participants in conversations. We hope that through their participation, these individuals will experience a deep exchange of knowledge with one another and feel empowered to explore the potential of collective intelligence to address the questions that matter for Europeans today and in the future.

For more information:

http://www.theworldcafe.com/

http://www.theworldcafe-europe.net/frontend/index.php

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