Inward–‘We tend to think wildly,
but we seldom stop to notice
that our minds are going
all the time, and then
go even deeper and realize
that it’s actually an involuntary
mechanism at work.
The heart’s job is to beat,
the lungs inhale and exhale,
and the mind keeps thinking thoughts,
gets carried way with them
and never just stops and watches
what’s going on.’ image from nataliegoldberg.com.
Jul-Aug 2000, p. 103.
Outward–‘Here on this public website, everyone is, of course, welcome.
Nevertheless the Foundation Stones material is being developed
with a specific audience in mind.
Do any of these descriptions fit you?
- Do you feel that something momentous is happening now
in human history and do you sense that there are positive opportunities
for humanity as well as dangers?
- Do you feel a desire, an inner calling, to play a constructive part
in this profound historical process?
- Do you want to deepen your understanding about our times
and your possible role in them?
If you do, know that we are creating the Foundation Stones for you.’ image from context.org.
United–after examining the global impact of human activity, Chefurka writes, ‘Here is my advice:
- Stay awake to what’s happening around us.
- Don’t get hung up by other peoples’ “shoulds and shouldn’ts”.
- Examine our values, and if they aren’t in alignment with we think the world needs, change them.
- Stop blaming people. Others are as much victims of the times as we are – even the CEOs and politicians.
- Blame, anger and outrage is pointless. It wastes precious energy that we are going to need for more useful work.
- Laugh a lot, at everything – including ourselves.
- Hold all the world’s various beliefs and “isms” lightly, including our own.
- Forgive others. Forgive ourselves. For everything.
- Love everything just as deeply as you can.
That’s what I think might be helpful. If we get all that personal stuff right, then doing the physical stuff about food, water, housing, transportation, energy, politics and the rest of it will come easy. Or at least easier. And we will have a lot more fun doing it.’
Approaching The Limits