Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what's going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.
“[T]he good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”
"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. "
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete"
Dr. David Hawkins in “Power vs. Force”
“In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves the world at large for everyone. We all float on the collective level of consciousness of mankind, so that any increment we add comes back to us. We all add to our common buoyancy by our efforts to benefit life. It is a scientific fact that what is good for you is good for me.”
“Every problem that we face right now, whether it’s war, terrorism, social injustice,economic disparities, or global warming, would be creatively addressed by our collective consciousness moving to a new level.”
Professor Tom Regan
“The other animals humans eat, use in science, hunt, trap, and exploit in a variety of ways, have a life of their own that is of importance to them apart from their utility to us. They are not only in the world, they are aware of it. What happens to them matters to them. Each has a life that fares better or worse for the one whose life it is.”
Author Archives: cecilebetit
Jim Ritchie Dunham What we want to see Our daily experiences, outcomes, and the impact resilience of our efforts are deeply influenced by a set of deep, underlying agreements that we rarely see and usually accept unconsciously—a vast array of … Continue reading
Book Review in the Harvard Educational Review Developing professionals, especially leaders, who can understand and effectively navigate the complexities of twenty-first-century organizational life—a central aim of many adult educators, school administrators, professional coachevars, and organizational consultants—is a daunting and critical … Continue reading
Sometimes we find that no matter how hard we work at something, we are not capable of achieving our goals. Our own experience and efforts are insufficient to the task. We realize that we need others. Other perspectives, other experiences, … Continue reading
2 Reasons Why We Tend to Choose Separation and Outcomes Now, When We Prefer Uniting and Greater Overall Value
James Ritchie Dunham December 26, 2016 We tend to choose to be with people who think and look like us. We also tend to choose outcomes that benefit us now. These tendencies lead us to focus on activities that separate us … Continue reading
Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker Palmer (Jossey-Bass, 2011) What are the big take-aways? In Healing the Heart of Democracy, educator and sociologist Parker Palmer (no relation) deeply … Continue reading
Tragic, Sudden Passing of GoodWorks’ Samuel Cornthwaite Sends Shockwaves Through Beijing’s Expat Community
One of Beijing’s most beloved goodwill workers – Sam Cornthwaite, co-founder of the non-profit corporation GoodWorks Coffee & Tea – died suddenly last night (Sep 6) after a short illness, sending shockwaves through the city’s expat community. Yesterday, reports began circulating that the 26-year-old … Continue reading
Cecile G. Betit Independent researcher, USA This short essay suggests the importance of reflective/contemplative practices (discourse, journaling, meditation, mindfulness, inquiry, walking, etc.) for developing the inner life with its capacities for knowing, values, compass, multiple intelligences, consciousness, wisdom and imagination. … Continue reading
Being a part of this Mitx U.Lab experience opened fields of possibilities for me. Thank you Otto Scharmer et al. Otto Scharmer Senior Lecturer, MIT; Co-founder, Presencing Institute Until last year, the number of students in my classes at MIT … Continue reading
Life is full of positive experiences. Notice them. Notice the sun warming your skin, the small child learning to walk, and the smiling faces around you. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential … Continue reading
Why we need to overcome our negative bias and six ways to do it All of you who are familiar with the Appreciative Inquiry approach to organisational, project and personal development will be aware of the following “Big Five” interlinked and overlapping … Continue reading