Sustainability From the Inside Out

True sustainability will only come from “thinking outside the box”—meaning the bone-encased box that sits atop our necks. The mind’s story is necessarily rooted in a sense of separation. Feeling separate, we imagine that if we can control enough of the world around us, we will achieve comfort. Of course such comfort is only fleeting. It is time to re-affirm a different, more ancient story: that of connection. This is the realm of the heart, and its perspective is at the core of all the great spiritual traditions.

 

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Law of Subtraction

While most people might hesitate to embrace the idea that their thoughts are the source of every personal experience (What of those horrible high school years, the string of divorces, the IRS audit, the traffic accidents, etc?), there is nonetheless a widespread faith that collectively, and with the benefit of science and technology, we humans can create the future we desire. From this standpoint, the law of attraction is merely an extreme expression of much more pervasive modern, Western assumptions about mind, free will, and individual expression. It is not a very big jump from Descartes’ “I think, therefore I am” to the New Age motto “I am what I think.”

 

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