Sunday

Being Well-Grounded

This is a catch-up week, with no single theme. The main theme is a broad overview of personal development, from the foundations (being grounded) to their scope (being well-rounded), and across the three domains of Being. A secondary theme is the alleviation of suffering and an acknowledgment that in that
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Celebrating

In summer we calmed ourselves and rested. Now, at the beginning of winter and the end of the calendar year, many people restore their souls and refresh their spirits in another way: with joyous and raucous celebration – tastefully done, of course. Some values and practices seem to fit well
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Sacredness

Every thinking person must be filled with wonder and awe just by looking up at the stars. [Albert Einstein] For a Humanist and scientific naturalist, the palpable reality of life is sacred; and if all life ceased, the laws of nature that generated life in the first place would have
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Surrendering – Accepting

. . . that sad but easeful core of peace that is the reward when all is renounced. [Maestro Benjamin Zander commenting on the solo cello statement near the end of the final movement of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony] No doubt many of my Humanist sisters and brothers will protest the
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Niche

No one can do everything but each of us can do something. We may not be able to save the world single-handed but we can make a difference. Our most sacred purpose is to find the place where we fit best, and then contribute in the way that is best
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Change

Change appears on this calendar only once every few years. This illustrates the point that major change – as opposed to minor change, which occurs constantly – should occur infrequently. People need stability in the everyday conduct of their lives, businesses and other affairs. Change should occur when major flaws
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Focus

Some people cast their attention to many things, the Renaissance Man for example. Others focus on one thing. Neither approach necessarily is right or wrong. Each person is challenged to find the mix that best suits her. Today’s topic is focus, whose meaning here is concentration on a narrow band
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Flourishing

Early on, we identified some basic preferences, which give shape and content to an ethical system: health, satisfaction of basic needs, pleasure, longevity, happiness and fulfillment. Many people group these under the single category of happiness. This week, we approach this question again, this time with more informed eyes. How can
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Equality

A commitment to universal human worth and dignity necessarily implies a commitment to equality. People do not agree what the nature and extent of that equality should be. At least, it must include equal opportunity. Most people in the developed world probably would agree with that statement but in fact
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Empowerment

To attain spiritual maturity is to become empowered to the fullest extent of our capacity. When we are integrated within, in our best state of relationship to others and the world, and full of energy and enthusiasm, then we can best take charge of our lives and affect the circumstances
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