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“Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change”

I’m hastily posting this article, very excited to read it. As someone who has done sustainability consulting for a living, I almost immediately noted the distinct lack of a real “connection” between the work we were doing at our desks and the earth out the window. As someone passionate about LIFE, I knew this disconnected, feeble task list of PowerPoints and Excel spreadsheets was not the answer to the pressing reality of environmental collapse. At the same time, I deeply appreciated the commitment and spirit of those colleagues who showed true dedication and heart in their daily work, and wanted to see–for their own personal benefit–a more explicit connection made to the importance of “heartness” in the workplace.

Read the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/zen-thich-naht-hanh-buddhidm-business-values

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This book is by Arthur Peacocke and edited by a professor at the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont California, Philip Clayton. They have a program called Center for Sustainability and Spirituality.

The opening sentence I found confusing, but interesting, and it struck a chord in the end.

“A host of surveys indicates that what Christians, and indeed other religious believers, today affirm as real fails to generate any conviction among many of those in Europe and in intellectual circles in North America, who seek spiritual insight and who continue regretfully as wistful agnostics in relation to the formulations of traditional religions.”

I think the writer of this blog entry did a beautiful job of capturing the relationship between simple presence and business with integrity.

http://blog.bcorporation.net/2009/10/the-change-we-seek/

“This is the same intention of the entrepreneurs I met – to see each business relationship clearly and to look deeply at each part of their supply chain – customer, employee, supplier – as a relationship, not a transaction.  A relationship built on the recognition that each is an equal in the light of the sun, or whatever life-giving force in which you believe.”

schlitz01

Initially I thought I would call my blog “Sustainability, Spirituality, and Business,” but that was just too long.

In any case, this article touches on the confluence of spirituality and business.  Dan Brown’s newest book, “The Lost Symbol” sports a main character reported to be based on the current president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (consequently, centered up the highway from where I live). He name is Marilyn Schlitz and sounds like a lovely person.

Here’s the link for curious parties…http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113676181

I recently purchased The Da Vinci Code movie (I read it some time ago) and, while I was unimpressed with the overall quality of the movie, I was impressed that it really and truly carried a space of what I guess is called Christ Consciousness. I found the end to be very moving.

To be continued…

I knew nothing of this individual until the Washington Post article linked below.

She is apparently extremly wealthy, and has made a positive difference here and there, and has a global mission. To be continued I’m sure…

“Over the years I suffered much from the visions, the feelings and these messages . . . I prayed they would go away. They brought much pain to my life. This was the preparation for the current phase, the phase in which I am ready to declare what I know with courage and without fear.” – Shari Arison

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/30/AR2009083002473.html?hpid=artslot

A month or two ago I found an Eckhart Tolle clip that sums up the general trajectory of my entire life.

It’s on EckhartTolleTV.com, and titled “The Question of Personal Responsibility.” I’ve watched it about five times so far–often because I was enthusiastically showing it to one friend or other–and will likely watch it about another 50.

It basically sums up the relationship between “making the world a better place” and personal growth.

Put another way, Tolle addresses what it really means to change the world inside-out; by changing yourself first…what that looks like, why and how.

For me, he illustrates what I am starting to see must be at the top of environmentalists (and social activists) to do lists: save yourself first. (“Secure your own respirator before assisting others.”) Really, at the tippy-top.  It sounds potentially overly self-centered, but I’m beginning to suspect that is a trick of the ego to take the focus off of what is of absolute primary importance.

I’m also remembering John Trudell at a Bioneers conference several years ago, reiterating over and over, “Life is about responsibility.” I really liked that talk…

Isha Foundation

I attended a talk recently by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, and learned of his organization’s Project GreenHands initiative. From what I gathered on the Isha Foundation’s website (that the name of the organization) http://www.ishafoundation.org/ProjectGreenHands, they have planted 7.1 million trees.  Their goal is to plant 114 million, resulting in a 10% increase in green cover in the state of Tamil Nadu, Southern India.