Meditation I'm reading an excellent book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, by Kerry Patterson. I like it because it taps into some of the things that Peacemaking Circles do even though it isn't at all about Peacemaking. And, let's face it, not everyone is going to want to sit down and have a Peacemaking Circle with me. It's important because it taps into an experience I recently had. Without giving too much away, it went like this: Person A, Bill, does something that is in conflict with organizational goals and with other people. Bill does not contact anyone so ill will festers. There are feasible reasons for the non-contact like extensive travel. Finally, a conference call is had. Bill keeps talking about the decision in the third person. Such as "they
This mind between your ears is the source of all conflict, and even then, it is functioning perfectly. Seeing it clearly, we must unleash ourselves from its mastery over our lives. Only then can we hope to repair the mess we have made of the world we inhabit. -- Karen Maezen Miller What are you noticing about your mind's power over your life? ... for Mindful Monday Source: Lion's Roar, "Buddhism's Big Lies," Karen Maezen Miller. Photo credit: "Ear," Katie Tegtmeyer, 2006.
Challenge, conflict, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Fear, First Amendment, Freedom, hate, Ideology, Islam, monotheism, Religion, Speak out, Spirituality, Tolerance, violence
Could we please take a time out from the opening ceremonies of the First-Ever Post-Terrorist-Attack Victim-Blaming Olympics in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre? Good … I think we’ll all feel better … especially if we use the breathing space to take a healthy swig of Gatorade, to recover our sense of rationality, and to recalibrate our moral compasses. Both latter qualities have been in dismayingly short supply lately – and, most dismayingly of all, among people who would describe themselves with various terms like “progressive,” “liberal,” and “left-wing.” Let’s remember in particular who the victims were and who the perpetrators were: (1) the victims were the 12 people working for Charlie Hebdo -- plus another 4 to 6 bystanders -- who were exercising their rights, under French law,