High Ground and High Water

rainstormThe story of a global flood is found embedded in cultures the world over, each recounting an inundation that wiped out the majority of the world’s population. According to all, everyone died except for those who heard that an inundation was coming and prepared. The preparation was building a habitat in which they could survive, a big boat we know as the Ark, a ship that was capable of carrying everything necessary to rebuild the world when the waters receded.

Where the story originated is —like many things— the subject of dispute. However, what’s of particular interest to me is that this is a point of agreement between the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions. The book of Genesis in the Torah, and the Quran all talk about a man named Noah and on teachers on all three sides of this fence agree that he was a righteous man of action for took what he heard led to a believing that it was as ‘true’, and he rose to the task given him; to work out his own salvation. Tales abound about how he was mocked, ridiculed and scorned by family, friends and neighbors who thought he was nuts, yet, he kept on building, refusing to deny his inner knowing —and whatever evidence he’d been shown— that a planetary clean-up was coming in the form of a storm of unimaginable proportions. Noah’s personal qualities and responsive actions make it clear today how others will work beside one who displays a strong will and a coherent capacity to lead without micro managing. Stories tell how he made sure that those with the competence were given the tasks that needed to be done. According to this story by living his own truth, Noah’s actions preserved his life; saved his family; those who worked with him before the water began to rise.

Think about it: you and me, the Royal We and the global zoo, life that arose out of stardust, are descendants of one who followed his vision and accepted his task, to build a boat. Noah and those who helped build the boat, took the long ride on his ship, a group of people with the ability to live and breathe through what sounds unbelievable. Such radical trust is clearly a quality that was and is necessary to rebuild when our worlds –inner and outer—are destroyed. I have no doubt that their time on-board led to many situations where they had to fine-tune their emotional skills in order to keep from throwing themselves or someone else overboard without a life ring.

Such skills are essential to rebuild the foundation for the Future we inhabit today.

  • Food for thought today:
    How are you doing with lovingly taking care of your body?
  • Are you trusting your heart?
  • What are you doing to lift yourself when things get heavy?
  • Who do you know loves you unconditionally, accepting the realities of your warts and farts and growing with you through every false start?
  • What do you love doing?
  • What are best your skills?
  • What in your life needs to be clarified or fine-tuned?
  • How are you using your time?
  • What sends your spirit into flight?

Tomorrow, Part II: Building Solid Rainbow Bridges

A Matrix of Mindfulness to Renew the Spirit of Business

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Host and coordinator of this event, Benjamin ‘Ben’ P. Taylor, Managing Partner at RedQuadrant,  invites you to join us as we co-create an experience that will make it clear how to apply the Mereon Matrix to renew the spirit of business.

Click here to explore the website that Ben and I worked together to develop and make plans to join us!

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When? Where?

aug 21 blogMeditating by the water a cool breeze blew this leaf towards me. Both were not-so-subtle reminders that autumn is fast approaching. What was more powerful however was how this decaying leaf, separated from its source of life, refocused my breath with the remembrance of how quickly the seasons and cycles of a lifetime pass. This awareness turned like a key to further open my heart and mind. In the progress it cleared the path to the portal of understanding and carried me over the threshold where compassion was unveiled the imperative became audible, make the invisible visible.

The ‘Why’ for the “What”, positive transformation, is painfully clear.

“How” is through Mindfulness, that which generates benefits that are essential and available to all.

The ‘Who” is you and me, every member of the human family.

Where you are is the “Where”.

This moment is the “When”.

The potential of individuals who are committed to cooperative actions –where benefits expand globally– is for many, unimaginable. Positive change begins with attitude adjustments that improve the internal quality of your life. Such transformation expands into your relationships and extend into your local community.

Do you know that you are worthy?

Do you know that you deserve to live the life you’ve been given?

If the Call to serve was issued today would you have the courage to say yes?

Who in the world would you like to play with?

What will you do for yourself today to make a powerful and positive difference in the lives of those you love knowing that it will affect those you’ve yet to meet and those you will not know in this lifetime?