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Ecological Thinking And Living

Is Independence Real?

Independence and autonomy are cherished goals in many people’s lives. I am all for standing on one’s own two feet. However, I notice more and more how autonomy and independence can become distorted. Is Independence Real? Here in the US, we are all about independence. So much so that we have little in the way of…

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Two Different Freedoms

Freedom is an important subject. It is something that we all yearn for and seek in someway. Freedom is also the subject of idealogical and political mischievousness. We can easily get bogged down and messed up on this subject. What Is Freedom? According to Dictionary, freedom is: the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. the power to determine action without restraint. political or national independence. personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery: a slave who bought his freedom. Notice how often freedom is…

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Why Kindness Is Winning

Kindness is winning! Steven Pinker, the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, wrote an article published in the Wall Street Journal, Violence Vanquished, about the decline of violent conflict in the world, and how we have evolved to become more peaceful which means an increase in kindness.  The article was adapted from his new…

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The New Skill: Ecological Thinking

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We humans have been running on left-brained, linear thinking for a long time. It has accomplished a lot but its limitations are evident also. What Is Linear Thinking? Linear thinking is thinking that is based on the idea of sequential events and therefore a line. Sequential events lead to a story, reasoning and narratives. Linear…

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When Conformity And Stewardship Collide

Do you ever feel that inner conflicts can’t be resolved? Does your desire to belong and be accepted conflict with other desires? Does your higher self ever feel left out? Conflicts About Conformity Conformity and stewardship: sometimes they work in harmony and other times they collide. All societies create structures and norms that define daily…

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The End Of Economic Man

Who is economic man? Economic man is a human creation, an identity we invented to serve a specific purpose. Economic Man And The Age Of Enlightenment Many people think that with the Enlightenment we invented freedom. That is a myth. What we really invented was what I call “economic man” or the identity suited to…

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Can Contempt Be Cured?

Underneath all of the pain in the world is a fundamental mistake: the mistake of contempt. What Is Contempt? Contempt is an ugly feeling.  According to the Free Dictionary, contempt is: 1. The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn. 2. The state of being despised or dishonored:…

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Transitioning To A Heart Based World

We are in transition to a heart based world. The changes we are going through may seem imperceptible, but that are happening. What does it mean to be transitioning to a heart centered world? What is it like to live in a heart centered world? What changes can we expect? The End Of The Eighties Mantra I remember…

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Embrace Stewardship Thinking!

What is stewardship? According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, stewardship is the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care There is a big difference between caring for something and caring for something entrusted to one’s care. Stewardship acknowledges that in care there is a community aspect,…

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Defiance Has Many Faces

Defiance – we have all felt and experienced it. Defiance has received a bad reputation. It is thought of as a refusal to conform or obey and it can be. Defiance is usually assumed to be a failing of one sort or another. Is it? What is Defiance? This is definition from the Free Dictionary:…

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