Session 6 - Taking Action Together for All Life
Session 6 - Aspirations for participants
I have my instructions from the Universe and know how I am going to engage in the healing of the planet and the welfare of all beings.
*SPECiAL PRE-SESSION JOURNALING ASSIGNMENT (15-30 min; see below)
- Introductory Video Constance Washburn (23 min)
- Story of Solutions Annie Leonard (9 min)
In the Room with Sr. Simone Campbell - Krista Tippett On Being (1.5 hours) Very good - if you can’t watch it all, watch the last 10 minutes 1.18 -1.28 as she talks about finding your joy, doing your part, and following the nudges.
- Dalai Lama's Guide to Happiness (8 min)
- Grandparents Climate Action Day Flash Mob at Union Station September 2015 (2 min)
- Celebrating 10 Years of the Purpose Prize Read about the amazing winners of the Encore Purpose Prize
*SPECiAL PRE-SESSION JOURNALING ASSIGNMENT (15-30 min)
Please answer the following questions in your journal and bring with you to our final session.
Be sure you have done the Bodhisattva Check-in and identified your mission/purpose for this life. If you missed our April 8th session, please go to the video recording of it and listen to the Bodhisattva explanation and meditative exercise (starting at 54:00 minutes in). Using that experience as a guide, answer the following questions:
- If you knew you could not fail, what would you do in service to life on Earth? Here is our chance to pull out the stops and think big, with no ifs or buts getting in the way. An alternative first question is: If you were liberated from all fear and open to all the power available to you in the web of life, what would you do in service to life on Earth?
- In pursuing this vision, what particular project do you feel called to undertake? It can be a new direction in work you’re already doing — or something entirely new. Here’s your chance to get specific. Think in terms of what could be accomplished, or well underway, in a year’s time.
- What resources, inner and outer, do you now have that will help you do that? Inner resources include talents and strengths of character, as well as knowledge and skills you’ve acquired. External resources include relationships, contacts and networks you can draw on—not to forget babysitters, rich relatives, computer-savvy friends—as well as your location, employment, real goods and money in the bank.
- Now what resources, inner and outer, will you need to acquire? To follow your calling, what will you need to learn and to get?These can run from assertiveness training, to grants, to contacts within organizations and the support they can give you.
- How might you stop yourself? What obstacles might you throw in your way? We all have familiar patterns of self-doubt and sabotage.
- How will you move through or around with these obstacles?
- What can you do in the next week, no matter how small the step — if only a phone call — that will move you along this path?
On-going Homework Suggestions:
- Gratitude Practice
- Mindfulness Practice
- Deep Listening Practice
- Journalling Practice
Suggested books for this session on Taking Action Together
Legacies of the Heart Meg Newhouse
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams
Core Texts for the CEN Foundations Workshop
From Age-ing to Sage-ing (2nd ed.) Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
The Great Work Thomas Berry
Active Hope Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
Sacred Activism Andrew Harvey
- The Activist’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution William Martin