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MY HOUSE, MY SELF: A SYMBOLIC VIEW OF THE HOUSING CRISIS

In Jungian dream analysis, a house often symbolizes one’s psyche or self—its layout or state of repair an analogue for the condition of one’s identity. For example, items in the basement may represent aspects of our personality that lie hidden in our deep unconscious and that need to be examined; or a house with many rooms may tell us our life has become fractured and compartmentalized, and in need of integration. Such symbols are helpful in “waking us up” to issues that have not yet penetrated our every day awareness. We may have been conscious of a symptom—depression, anxiety, unease or discontent—but the dream points us to the source: Look at this, it says. Look at what is hidden. And by looking a process of healing is begun. READ MORE

“No one is listening to you.”

Abigail Borah is a 21-year-old student from Middlebury College and member of the youth climate delegation. This video is of her speaking out at a plenary session of the Climate Talks in Durban, Sourth Africa, just as US climate envoy Todd Stern is about to address the assembled environmental ministers. As she was speaking, a moderator declared, “No one is listening to you.” That is exactly the problem. Join us in listening to her now. WATCH NOW

The Theory of Natural Connection

It’s time to update Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection with the far better theory of Natural Connection. Natural Selection, and its corollary, Survival of the Fittest, has too long been used to rationalize selfish behavior. We need a new theoretical lens.

The theory of Natural Connection posits that the engine of evolution is not the selfish drive to survive, but rather the innate impulse to connect— the impulse to be part of something bigger than ourselves. It’s a far better explanation for evolution since everything that exists must figure out how to stay in balanced relationship with the greater whole of which it is a part. It also has a couple of interesting implications. READ MORE

THE VALUES-SHAPED RECOVERY

In “economist-speak,” a V-shaped recovery refers to a market’s rapid rise following an equally rapid decline. Clearly not the kind of economic recovery we’re experiencing today.

But I do think we’re experiencing another kind of V-shaped recovery…where V stands for Values. It’s a fundamental shift in our culture that mainstream economists and pundits are missing entirely. READ MORE

Vision, Commitment and Action: A Process for Leading a Spiritual Life

In our work at FeelGood we often use a simple model for creating change that’s adopted from another non-profit, The Hunger Project. The model has three steps—Vision, Commitment and Action—and I’ve been thinking about how it can be applied as a spiritual discipline. READ MORE

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