This weeks Ideas:
1. Presence provides what advice and direction only boast.
2. The words we use shape our outlook. When we adopt the words of other people we allow them to shape out outlook instead of ourselves.
Listen to people closely and they will reveal who they have outsourced their minds to.
You’ll notice that odd and repetitious phrasing reveal people that have been willfully locked out of their own minds.
3. Strength, mobility, functionality, and balance are aspects of my physical focus. I also expand them into my psychological and spiritual domains, as much as I am able.
On top of that foundation, more complexity is layered into the experience: breathing, exposure, perseverance, discomfort, unorthodoxy, displacement, camaraderie, rivalry, nourishment and flow. This will be the basis of the Retreat.
4. We get answers when they come to us. The timeliness of a coherent answer does not necessarily coincide with the question that prompted it.
5. Morality for a New Era
Allow me some latitude to play with the idea of morality and let’s see if we can come to a more complete perspective about what morality means. The common view of morality is that it is a set of values, judgements, and truths that have been elevated over the course of humanity as the righteousness of civilization. Morality defines right and wrong, good and bad. While there’s nothing necessarily invalid about this view, I believe it obscures the significance and beauty of what a truly moral experience could look like. I don’t think that morality should be the background noise of our minds, casting judgement from a high tower. Morality should be the media through which our actions manifest into reality. I want to bring morality out to play.
As if by default, people will commonly look to the structures of society, our institutions, for moral guidance. Churches, the State, Academia, and even Economics all attempt to act as the arbiters of morality. This is a thickly veiled, but transparent fabrication. Morality as a societal structure only exists as the constituents of that society are moral, i.e. achieving fullness in their lives. Decree by institution as to what is right and wrong does not imbue one with a sense of fullness. I would even go so far as to argue that for something to be moral it must be alive. Institutions are not alive themselves, but are comprised of people that are very much alive, giving the illusion that morality can be harbored at the level of institution. However, the true cradle for morality resides in the actions and environment of the individual, and it always has been. Institutions have grown too arduous and calcified to lay claim to morality.
Morality is not simply a code for telling us what is right and wrong, it can be more. Morality is a layering of noble actions and elements that impose a fullness into the experience of life. Forget morality as a structure for judgement, and open yourself to the perspective that morality is more fully understood when viewed as a compounding wave—a wave that can raise the relative frequency of your life. Morality builds harmony into our experiences.
What I’m suggesting is that morality is more than an instrument for measuring right and wrong. Morality is the active layering of our experienced reality with elements that are full of life. To ask if something is right or wrong is the question of a child. Adults, when integrated properly into a culture, understand right and wrong (even if they don’t act on it, it is burned into their conscience). Instead, we should be asking how we can add more life, love, or connection to a situation. “What would make this situation more full of life?” That is THE moral position. It’s not something that can be decreed from on high. The situation needs to be observed and then we take steps to choreograph an environment that thoughtfully introduces benevolent elements into mix. We are producing a moral concert.
What does the moral concert look like?
It doesn’t have to be grand in scale, but it does require us to articulate harmonious elements to sculpt our morality. A moral concert can be an afternoon tending a garden, in the sunshine, moving meticulously through a flower bed, while humming the song your grandmother used to sing to you as a child. It could also be preparing a meal, honoring the sanctity of food, allowing subtle flavors to come through, playing tasteful music while friends fill the air with humorous banter, and the atmosphere of the kitchen gets increasingly jovial in anticipation of a nourishing meal.
Morality is the act of combining harmonious elements so that they all amplify one another. There is a fullness of life that emerges. A choreographed Ode to Life. It’s not about right and wrong, it’s about incorporating as many of the right elements into your life. That is morality for a new era.
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