Archive for November, 2008

Fuller Deeper Life?

Posted in leadership, personal development, theology on November 28, 2008 by velocityvortx

Jon Kabat-Zinn leader in mind/body medicine and a leading psychologist…

There is a huge and rising hunger on the part of just about everybody for authentic experience and reconnecting with what’s deepest and best in ourselves in an ever accelerating and complex world.

For the last decade there has been a tremendous amount of research going on that demonstrates dramatic and lasting change for the better springs from radically shifting your perspective of who you are. Great external change comes out of this shift in perspective. This shift in perspective comes from how and where we direct our attention and intention

Jesus said I have come to give you full life, abundant (perissos) life, over the top life.

I want to suggest that Jesus came for the express purpose of helping us shift our perspective so we can experience this transformative life.

Think about Jesus’ opening sermon picked up from John the Baptist…

Reorient your lives (repent, some have suggested “move beyond your mind”) the Kingdom of God is the framework you need to see right now!

(Metanoia in the context of theological discussion, where it is often used, is usually interpreted to mean repentance. However, some people argue that the word should be interpreted more literally to denote changing one’s mind, in the sense of embracing thoughts beyond its present limitations or thought patterns (an interpretation which is compatible with the denotative meaning of repentance but replaces its negative connotation with a positive one, focusing on the superior state being approached rather than the inferior prior state being departed from).

Now what exactly is fuller or deeper life?

If a surveyor were to ask you that question how would you respond??

Please post your thoughts.


Integration

Posted in personal development on November 15, 2008 by velocityvortx

I am intrigued how developmental experts from Jung to Kegan tell us we are trying to find ourselves and our voice in our 20’s, are convinced we will make a dent in the world in our 30’s and move into a reality where our ego has been chastened in our 40’s.  It is here where we come to see our shadow selves, those parts of our self we have denied, hidden from or ignored.  Those shadow parts we now want to see integrated into a whole self, acknowledging warts and all.

In many ways the 30’s are about finding that one big thing we think the world will remember us for.  In our 40’s we realize how much of the dent making ambition was rooted in ego  and how much more inviting integrated wholeness is.  This is without doubt the journey I have experienced.

The practices of my 20’s and 30’s were largely “performance enhancing” an effort to create better impact.  The patterns and practices being engaged now are more for wholeness, awareness, seeing and integration