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PRACTICAL JOY –
It is my intention to create a movement that shifts global economic focus toward achieving a sensible living standard for all people. A standard of life that is both in harmony with sustained living on earth and allows free time away from the work of survival so as to provide the opportunity for community connection, spiritual and educational fulfillment, and the freedom to create. This begins with new thinking, and new conversations about what we value and what we need. Much of change begins with practical everyday decisions. Today, let’s quiet our minds and OPEN to our INNATE INTELLIGENCE. We are of this world and everything we need is available to us. We know how to do what we must, we only need to shift focus, ask new questions, and with new understanding and a cultivated connection with our presence, we put one foot in front of the other.
Let’s begin by changing the conversation!
Have you noticed that much of the political talk lately is about jobs? Jobs and the economy. 50+ years ago most families lived comfortably on ONE full time income. So doesn’t that mean that there were even less jobs then than there are now? Since laborers united through unions, that full time income was commonly earned strictly within a 40 hour work week. Labor and quality of life was in the American conversation. There were national reporters who were devoted to labor reporting. People who labored and produced were admired; the importance of putting in an honest day’s work: essential. Quality of living was so much a part of the fabric of the American life that scientists and technologists eagerly spoke about how new technology would inevitably allow for a 4 day work week freeing up more time to enjoy family & friends, arts & culture, the outdoors & hobbies!
What happened? If we look back to the 1960’s we can see that the conversation about shorter work weeks and higher quality of life was drown out by manipulative advertising created to solely to grow the consumption economy: think “MADMEN”. At the time it was not likely understood what negative effects this would have on our environment and quality of life. People were having fun buying new things and indulging in conveniences that initially did improve quality of life. But we now see the negative effects of our money focused consumer culture. We see it in environmental damage, in growing corporations focused on profit over people, and increased personal stress due to debt and clutter. We are over stimulated and burdened by mounting pressure to make money so that we can buy more stuff to prove our value in this culture. We feel stuck. We stay in jobs that are void of meaning to pay for the life that we’ve been told we must have, but a life that is not making us happier. On top of this, much of our stuff is also distracting us from finding the meaning that we truly seek. We’re stuck on this hamster wheel and we’re not happy; we seek meaning and don’t know where to find it.
On this site I will explore any number of practical approaches and considerations that will contribute to creating a more meaning driven, joyful world. It begins in our thoughts and in the questions we ask ourselves. If we want a better world, we must start within our own life, within our own thoughts, and within our spirit.
We can start today. Find a space of peace and stillness. Connect with your breath. We are beginning a conversation that for some brings up fear and nervousness. If you experience anxiety or any other intense emotions while exploring any topic, give yourself a breather. Focus on your breath, breathe deeply, and with each exhale give yourself permission to let go. We don’t have to have the answers now. We don’t have fix anything. First we can simply be with all that is while connecting with our breath.