Learning: Stardust Stirring for Sustainability


We need your help. We mere mortals hold the essence of life in our hands; water, light and the Children who will soon inherit this responsibility. Tragically, too many are opting out, abdicating rather than accepting a legacy they see no possible way of dealing with.

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LifeLongLearning as Continual Unlearning & Relearning

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”

Reinhold Niebuhr, philosophical / theologian


The older I get the clearer it becomes why living and enjoying a genuine quality of life requires daily surrender. Growing is all about making a plan but being willing to live Plan Be, keeping space and time for the inevitable surprises that life loves to bring our way. Living in such a way allows me to dive ever deeper into change’s embrace, breathing through the progress that comes with understanding and acceptance.

Many have asked why the first applied social science programme based on the Mereon Matrix was education, and the reason is simple; too many teachers and students are lost in the mental rigours of school, which have tragically become little more than a place both are required to be –one for a pay cheque, the other by law. Too often the emphasis on both is a trial by fire, testing only ‘mental’ and mettle. Small wonder education has become a battleground where the winner is too often big business.

BeLonging –ReVisioning Our LifeCourse, a teacher development programme, and TeamPlayGround– was intentionally designed based on the forms that underscore the logic and generate the flow in a dynamic, unified system . The transformation of education is a global necessity, and demands a universal systemic approach. BeLonging meets and exceeds that demand as it requires local / cultural translation!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit BeLonging. Your financial investment  goes towards making a world of positive difference for parents and teachers, and the Children who are our Future.


Wisdom Catalysing a Cascade of Thought

5This morning there was a notice in my email inbox of a piece of writing shared by someone I’m connected with through InterNations, a great social connection for expats and people who spend significant time in cities around the world. While I’m awaiting his permission to share this powerful and beautiful poem, the following thoughts immediately flew from my heart to move my fingers:

It’s tragic that so many people are seeking for what they yearn for outside their own skin, heart, head and spirit, utterly unaware that the desire to belong, to be known and know, to be loved and love, is an internal quest. It’s time to call an end to the Fool’s Errand  that so many supposed ‘guides’ get us to pay for, sending others out to find the Fountain of You, blindfolded by neediness and greed so the Fountain of You remains undiscovered, it’s potential unoptimised. To harness the passion that flows from the Field of Loving Compassion is the purpose of the gift we call life.

Permission granted! Here’s J. Sam Barr’s poem. Thank you Sam for such a lovely gift from your heart.

Daybreak and it’s dawn of a new day;
as flora and fauna rejoice afresh
In the designs of creation and life’s way;
like the confusion of bonded mesh

A new day starts for many souls;
some in normalcy, some astray
It’s merely a place of flesh and ghouls;
still some are in complete disarray

In one place life accords abundance;
while in another it robs and plunders
In one place it’s sunny with no reluctance;
then over the horizon rain and thunder

In one home the cries of a newborn;
while in another death and sorrow
In one abode a bounty of grain and corn;
but in another destitution and no tomorrow

Many are blessed with security and shelter;
they reap plentifully and waste thoughtlessly
No far away rule poverty and helter skelter;
hunger, butchery, war and sheer misery

The weak and minute run from the mighty;
lest they become fodder and harshly trodden
No matter, for there’re always those more weighty;
they peck at will and devour with blood sodden

Single men are worth a million others;
no tether they are overwhelmed by avarice
Their meals worth a thousand portions of others;
strangely they still espouse injury and malice

Some preach selfless love, charity and devotion;
some promulgate war, destruction and obliteration
Some born frail, no limbs and need contraption;
some powerful, agile and speedy in mobilization

Those whose power wields such supremacy;
a single cruel word worth thousands of lives
But many whose shouts unheard, is normalcy;
some slaughtered yet somewhere a baby survives

There are those seeking cures for longevity;
still some slumber meekly awaiting death’s call
Others may exist in oblivion and marginal sanity;
but seeking eternal life here is the irony of it all.

Attraction and BeLonging

einstein-and-chaplinWhile Albert Einstein insisted, “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”, perhaps it’s time to reconsider his rather vehement disavowal.

Think about it; gravity is a force that attracts any objects with mass, and regardless of our size we humans are pretty ‘massive’. Stop and imagine this fact: at this instant you are actually pulling on every other object in the entire universe!

Now, roll your brain back to middle school, or whenever it was that you first learned about Newton’s Laws. Do you remember Third Law? Right! It’s the rule that states, ‘For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.’

Pause for a moment and lean into your heart and remember what it feels like when a knee jerk reaction –your own or someone else’s– sets up the conditions for rejection or abandonment, rather than a heart driven response between equals?

So ask yourself, what if the opposite of gravity –Love– is levity?

Love is an attractive principle. For most of us being loved and loving defines what is meaningful and measurable in our lives. Think about the times when you’ve witnessed a loving relationship that seemed to be a sheer demonstration of true love being a  karmic or cosmic connection! How often do we reject love because it defies social logic or what we think is ‘acceptable’?

Authenticity that comes from our core generates Loving. When that special indefinable something is allowed to draw close enough to tug at our heart strings, we almost magically lighten up! It’s what my friend Jahnavi Lisa calls ‘honey bunny boo time’! It’s power lifts ours attitudes, positively changes our behaviour, and immediately begins to improve the quality of our life. (This also goes a long way to explaining why someone in the throes of first, new or renewed love, is often little more than entertainment value…)

Food for Thought

What happens to your love of life or another when you lose your sense of humour?

What is the opposites of this kind of gravity in your life?

How would making laughter, love and fun fundamental attract others into your life in a way that lets you experience the joy of BeLonging?