Wednesday, 19 January 2011

a Moment for Wisdom…



“You can never change things by fighting the existing

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

Personal Wisdom:

Do you ever fight with yourself? Do you experience internal contradictions… a fight with “existing reality”?

What would be a “new model” that would resolve your fight with yourself?

Societal Wisdom:

Cities never banned horses; they were made obsolete by more efficient transportation systems (in the short term!).

What are some current systems and structures that need to change?

What are some potential “new models” that will make them obsolete?

a Moment with Sharif…

Anyone who has been in my workshops knows that I strongly advocate each individual have a meditation program. Meditation is, quite simply, an internal mental/mindfulness management program. If you are NOT meditating regularly, you’re not managing your own mind. And, if that’s the case, the question is… who is managing it?

We must free the concept of meditation from its religious origins and baggage. All meditation programs touch the same source and are therefore valid. I don’t believe one method or school of thought is any more valid than another. If you don’t have a
program, go to a bookstore that has a shelf on meditation practices, pick a book off the shelf, and start reading it.

The management of our own MIND, the clarity focus and intensity of our personal INTENTION, coupled with the power of COLLECTIVE MINDFULNESS, will create an unstoppable force for societal change.

And, building the collective consciousness is what the Praxis is all about!

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Today’s Quote: Buckminster Fuller

Sharif Abdullah photo: Lisa Norton

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