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If you choose to participate, please set snarkiness and sarcasm aside. If you find yourself undermining the questions rather than engaging with them then I would ask that you do one of the following:

1) Stop answering the questions and explain why you insist on spending your time and attention participating in this exercise while simultaneously refusing to honor the spirit and intention behind it.

2) Turn off your computer and go outdoors.


First, take a couple of slow, deep breathes inhaling and exhaling as fully as is comfortable for you.

Second, close your eyes and count down from 10 to 0. Count out loud or silently.

Ready to get started?

Good. Now, remember a time when you wrote or spoke in a way that both surprised and pleased you. Write three sentences about that experience.

We can all think of examples of media that vulgarize the audience and appeal to the lowest common denominator, but you can also cite an example of electronic media the appeals to the intellect or some other more noble aspect of human psychology. What example of this second category comes to mind?

Who comes to mind when you think of a person in your life who exhibited genuine courage? How was that person courageous?

We can all name people who have accumulated wealth by behaving in an unethical manor, but you can also provide an example of someone who has made a lot of money by behaving ethically. Who comes to mind?

Can you imagine yourself letting go of a long-held resentment?

Please name three people who effectively communicate positive ideas without coming across as saccharine, trite, or self-satisfied.

Please name a person who is reaching a wide audience with a valuable message. (Please feel free to include a link.)

Please describe a time when you felt enormous relief?

Please describe an experience that changed your perspective in a way that left you feeling better about your circumstances.

Please name three events, trends, or indicators that give you hope for the future.





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wildgarden
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Good. Now, remember a time when you wrote or spoke in a way that both surprised and pleased you. Write three sentences about that experience.

I find that I communicate most effectively when practicing an economy of language. I am wondering where the aphorism "first thought, best thought" originated. Was it Ginsberg? Trungpa? Kerouac? I enjoy making short first thought entries on LJ.

We can all think of examples of media that vulgarize the audience and appeal to the lowest common denominator, but you can also cite an example of electronic media the appeals to the intellect or some other more noble aspect of human psychology. What example of this second category comes to mind?

I am of the opinion that electronic media is deleterious to the physical body, but has the potential to broaden the human spirit. Discernment in content is key.

Who comes to mind when you think of a person in your life who exhibited genuine courage? How was that person courageous?

My young friend Emily. For her current work in Antarctica.

We can all name people who have accumulated wealth by behaving in an unethical manor, but you can also provide an example of someone who has made a lot of money by behaving ethically. Who comes to mind?

I've known, and know many people who fit the description.

Can you imagine yourself letting go of a long-held resentment?

Of course. It's an important part of my spiritual practice. It's also part of the process of befriending myself.

Please name three people who effectively communicate positive ideas without coming across as saccharine, trite, or self-satisfied.

Tough call.

Please name a person who is reaching a wide audience with a valuable message. (Please feel free to include a link.

HH The Dalai Lama

Please describe a time when you felt enormous relief?

This morning. In a personal matter.

Please describe an experience that changed your perspective in a way that left you feeling better about your circumstances.

1985. Being the only non-devotee in a houseful of Sunnyasins, and leafing through a book by Rajneesh. What caught my attention was his assertion that in being an ordinary human being, by giving up the need to be someone special, one liberates possibilities. It helped me to relax with my life and enter the flow.

Please name three events, trends, or indicators that give you hope for the future.

the internet as information exchange and grassroots tool.
the spirit and energy of today's youth, the indigo children
the overwhelming beneficence of nature



zenjammin
Feb. 6th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
i'll bite, lately am into doing anything like this

hm some of this i cannot translate to my reality. will try some though





We can all think of examples of media that vulgarize the audience and appeal to the lowest common denominator, but you can also cite an example of electronic media the appeals to the intellect or some other more noble aspect of human psychology. What example of this second category comes to mind?



Baraka

We can all name people who have accumulated wealth by behaving in an unethical manor, but you can also provide an example of someone who has made a lot of money by behaving ethically. Who comes to mind?


Deepak Chopra

Can you imagine yourself letting go of a long-held resentment?



Can, and actually can do it almost instantly

Please name three people who effectively communicate positive ideas without coming across as saccharine, trite, or self-satisfied.



T. McKenna, Drunvalo Melchizadek, Osho

Please name a person who is reaching a wide audience with a valuable message. (Please feel free to include a link.)



Would say Tool but so open to interpreations, so El Condor works

Please describe a time when you felt enormous relief?



connecting with Gaia while remembering my essential nature, the relief of modern concerns melting-- almost laughably



Please name three events, trends, or indicators that give you hope for the future.



Humongous off the scale solar flare last year
returning of power/confidence to women
popularity of "the secret" (means its waking people up to what the Ancient Mysteries taught -- unerring (co-)creation of reality)
zenjammin
Feb. 6th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
oops

Good. Now, remember a time when you wrote or spoke in a way that both surprised and pleased you. Write three sentences about that experience.

(spoke) Above, purple martins were performing aerodynamics that matched my stream of word. I was -thru tenacity - holding to the core of my mind while directing the turn of the mercurial, and slaying the gravity bewteen beings that so often overcomes my inner intelligence. The stanzalike observations i was expressing were close enough to things, thought out, that i write - to know i'd transformed on that day.
katuah
Feb. 6th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Now, remember a time when you wrote or spoke in a way that both surprised and pleased you. Write three sentences about that experience.

Allan Combs had just given a presentation at my school that, in my opinion, badly misrepresented and even outright mangled a theory that has a lot of value for those who want to create positive change in the world. So, I organized some of my friends into helping me take over an open classroom, and gave an impromptu presentation that clarified/cleaned up what he'd said, and then talked about the possible application of said theory in realistic terms. I was so mad, I never thought about my reticence with public speaking or my phobias about whether i really know "enough," i just talked - and it was great!

We can all think of examples of media that vulgarize the audience and appeal to the lowest common denominator, but you can also cite an example of electronic media the appeals to the intellect or some other more noble aspect of human psychology. What example of this second category comes to mind?

Wikipedia, and the blogosphere. But let me just say this, too - it's not necessarily the technology, but the socially-ratified uses of it. I can make a blog that is vulgar and appeals to the worst in people, but in turn, there are many bloggers who are contributing daily to the development of a radically connected way of sharing information and making life-changing decisions. There may be a relationship between the interconnectedness engendered by the tech and the resulting "product," but that's a huge discussion that's way too big for a blog comment.

Who comes to mind when you think of a person in your life who exhibited genuine courage? How was that person courageous?

The first person who comes to mind is my friend Steve, who quit his high-paying tech job and sold his house, to pursue a more spiritually-engaged life. However, I think most of my friends are pretty courageous people, as we all have faced ostracism, poverty, and occasionally even physical violence to live as ourselves in a world that so desperately pushes you to live like someone else's ideal.

We can all name people who have accumulated wealth by behaving in an unethical manor, but you can also provide an example of someone who has made a lot of money by behaving ethically. Who comes to mind?

um. hard one. Al Gore? most people who really try to behave ethically in their whole life don't wind up accumulating much wealth, e.g. the Dalai Lama. And those who acquire wealth first rarely change that dramatically, with exceptions like George Soros.

Can you imagine yourself letting go of a long-held resentment?

I don't have any long-held resentments, that I'm aware of! but if I did, certainly I'd be happy to let it go.

Please name three people who effectively communicate positive ideas without coming across as saccharine, trite, or self-satisfied.

Terence McKenna. oops, he's dead.
Matt Pallamary.
Sharon Astyk.
Dave Pollard.
I can keep going...

Please name a person who is reaching a wide audience with a valuable message. (Please feel free to include a link.)

Sharon! http://casaubonsbook.blogspot.com/

Please describe a time when you felt enormous relief?

When the ultrasound told us the Bean was healthy and whole.

Please describe an experience that changed your perspective in a way that left you feeling better about your circumstances.

another hard one, as even when i am whiny or bitchy i am underlying-ly aware that my general life circumstances are pretty darn great. maybe when i read about the Haitian kids eating dirt cookies? that's just fscking awful.

Please name three events, trends, or indicators that give you hope for the future.

hmmm. the mainstream media is finally talking about Peak Oil... Whole Foods is banning plastic bags... the places in the US that still have strong economies and are listed as "best places to be" are many of the same places that have done the most toward being sustainable.
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