In times of unrest it can be helpful to zoom out and look at what is going on through the lens of a holistic system. Not all systems are useful, but there are those that expose and reveal truths at a level we may have intuitively understood but were unable to integrate without the organization of the system itself.
With the impact of this week's government shut down on the minds of many, paired with the multitude of emotions, thoughts, ideologies and opinions that swirl at times when things feel tenuous and uncertain, we sometimes need something to help allay the anxiety of societal disarray.
I'm not here to launch any kind of political diatribe or rant. I do however want to reveal a new way of looking at structures like societies and their governments that can help to understand why they function in a particular way. Read More
I love it when I start blaming someone for something because it's a good indication I've stopped taking care of myself, and I need to take a breath and figure out how I've given away my power. Taking responsibility for ourselves seems like a simple concept in theory, but to actually practice it is a whole other story. We love to blame people, life, situations, God and anything we can get our minds around for well...everything. The ongoing practice of taking responsibility for ourselves and our feelings, thoughts, and actions is really an act of meditation.
It is a very human tendency to immediately look for justification for why we behaved, thought or felt a certain way. Sometimes the excuses are related to the event at hand, for example: "I yelled at my kid because he was annoying me" or "I cheated on my partner because they were ignoring me". Read More
To understand our soul's desire it might be helpful first to understand our ego desire. The best way to do this is to understand how to categorize the ego. We like the Enneagram personality system because it is a useful tool for categorizing human behavior.
Some critics of personality models say things like "the Enneagram just puts people into boxes, and creates division". You may be one of those people so just bear with me.
Indeed the Enneagram is categorical, however, in our opinion, the tendency to name things is an inherently human tendency and has a practical usefulness in understanding the world, when not used dogmatically and inflexibly. Read More