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New : November 2018

The qualities of our defects

It is at the heart of our defects that sits the most beautiful part of our humanity. Because they can be at the source of our finest qualities.
Rather than fighting them or hiding them, knowing and acknowledging them allows us to discover the qualities that are hidden just behind, and helps us to better blossom.
The benefit is not so much the discovery of quality as the look on oneself and on others, that changes, allowing to discern in the other, behind his/her weaknesses, his/her share of humanity.
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New : October 2018

Presentation of Voluntary Simplicity

Voluntary simplicity is a personal choice that consists of orienting our life towards a material, intellectual, psychological and spiritual life, which is closer to our real needs and our real values, for ourselves, for others, and for the planet.
Everyone who walks in this direction does it in his own way, at his own pace, choosing certain priorities over others, it belongs to him-her. If the choice is personal and the action that results is a priori individual, they stimulate solidarity, exchanges, generosity, friendliness. ... read the article

New : September 2018

"From fear to peace"

The anger behind the violence, no matter what scale it is perpetrated, is generated by the fear we have of the perpetrators of this same violence. The fear of violence is therefore capable of generating an equally destructive and murderous violence as the one it is trying to fight. It is then necessary to seek in the area of the fears if we want to succeed in defusing violence. Both : ours, even if we didn't put them in action; as those of the persons who have already perpetrated them; in order to stop feeding a perpetual vicious circle, terribly murderous. ... read the article

New : September 2018

"True peace begins with observation and acceptance of our own violence"

Here is the summary of Pema Chödron's Book : "Practicing peace in times of war"
The idea of the book is that violence around us, is is only a reflection the violence that is in us. If we are able to observe, to manage this violence inside us, when refusing to run at once into escalation, we can manage to reduce our own violence, but also the general violence to a higher degree than that of a Cartesian equation (7 billions minus 1). And the violence that we are talking about is also minimal violence : frustration, tickling, reactions to the small provocations of life. It's even there that everythings starts. This summary is complementing the article "From opposition to non-violence".
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New : September 2018

Argumentation and power relation

We all have, and in a unique way for everyone, our own perception of the world and of ourselves. In our relationships with our entourage (as individuals, associations or citizens), we will confront our perception with that of our partners. And there are two major trends in how to do it: looking for common ground or to be on the same page, or trying to be right (meaning : trying to prove the other is wrong). This is reflected in our ways of talking, in our arguments, in the negotiations, as well as in our means of action. The chosen attitude will influence our relationships, the people involved, and the choice of solutions during conflicts.
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New : 07/29/2018

Your thinking is not you

Taking a step aside by learning to observe our thoughts without identifying with them enables to create a much greater freedom of thinking, to make room for humility and also for caution about our own opinions, knowledges and beliefs. And this especially enables us to access new dimensions of ourself and to have a very different impact in our lives.
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New : 07/29/2018

Another look at dementia and at the preservation of youth

This text proposes an approach to dementia through knowledge of ourself and of our thoughts. We are the result of our automatisms. And the more time goes by, the more these will take power in our lives. Better understanding this mechanism of automatization of our mental functioning can help us to learn how to manage our mental differently, in order to avoid that this process overtake us too quickly. It's from the beginning of life that something has to be done.
And by better understanding these mechanisms we can learn to better understand and interact with older people and people with dementia. These latter, if they have lost their autonomy, their ability to reason and express themselves, have lost none of their knowledge, their personality and their experience. Considering things in this way enables to deal with them in a very different way and to restore respect, contact, trust and the emotional part of the relationship.
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I think, therefore I am ... not following anymore - To follow, or not to follow: that becomes the question

Many of us spend our time, buying, eating, working, sleeping, consuming, running between the appointments of our diary.... And we don't have time to breathe, nor time to think, nor time to make choices, nor time to do questionings, nor the time to make realizations and even less time to evolve ..... or to love really, in a different way than through gifts or avoided conflicts.

The whirlwind of our lives has a numbing effect on us and makes us more malleable to external influences. Less we are able to think for ourselves, the more we will tend to adopt the prevailing ready-to-think, without realizing that the opinions it suggests to us don't correspond in any way to ourselves.
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It is our convenience to the system which allows it to perpetuate

Our convenience leads us to hold capitalism, the rich, the political and business leaders, as responsible for all the harm of the system, without truly realizing, not only that our own mentality is working on the same mode of thinking as the one which we are denouncing, but also that we get certain advantages of this system, which enslave us and force us to participate actively to it without realizing it.
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Have you ever tried the rice experiment?

You may have heart of it if you are familiar with the concept of "water memory" introduced by Professor Emoto.
This experiment may lead to see and understand that our thoughts and intentions may have a concrete effect on the good conservation of cooked rice, for weeks or even months. Living this implies not only to believe it, but also to understand the implications that are related to all levels of our lives.
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From opposition to non-violence

The opposition generates : opposition, or submission ..... temporarily.
This is actually already at the level of the way of thinking behind the attitude of opposition that we miss our goals. For, by opposing, we impede, and sometimes, we even prevent us reaching our goals. Our attitude is leading to behaviors that often can not be accepted by the interlocutor. For, the opposition is a serious obstacle to dialogue and negotiation. In the worst cases it can stop the communication, and give way to strategies of violence.
The opposition occurs in the register of the balance of power.

Non-violence in its essence, is not opposed to individuals. It simply does not work with what is the problem.
The process of non-violence consists in saying, "I do not agree with you, I can therefore not cooperate with your actions, and I will do everything to get what I want, but I never will make you any harm to get it: I will do nothing in the kind of contempt, destruction, slander, etc. and I accept all the consequences that you decide to inflict me, including that of not getting anything, losing freedom, or even losing life. I will just maintain my position until we can talk and find a solution that suits both of us. "
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From the hundredth monkey to the morphic fields – From the legend to the scientific hypothesis

Maybe you already know the 100th monkey phenomenon, this observation by scientists in Asia in the '50s, concerning the transmission of learning from a community of monkeys to other communities without any known means of communication between monkeys involved.

The theory of biologist Rupert Sheldrake on morphic fields corroborates in part the phenomenon of the hundredth monkey.
While we usually think that our memory is located in our brain, that our genes are responsible for inherited traits and that our thoughts are only the consequence of chemical and electrical phenomena inside the brain, Sheldrake postulates that it is otherwise.

The changes that we introduce into our lives at an individual level would then have an effect around us even if we don't reveal them or communicate about them.
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A plate for our health, the one of the planet and of all its inhabitants

Our plate perfectly reflects the state of the planet. If we look at food on it, its nature (meat, vegetable), its quality (organic, industrial), its origin (local, distant), its mode of production (ethical or not), the journey that it has made to reach us (1 km by bike or 10,000 km by plane), or the changes it has undergone (irradiation, cooking, preservation, packaging, ....);
we can therefore determine the quality of life of those who produced it, the rate of pollution it has generated, the amount of water and energy it requires to mature, the harm or benefits that it does to our health, the damages it has caused to the environment.
Most of the food that arrives on the plate of an average Western consumer has contributed significantly to a negative impact in all areas. This is not inevitable. Daniel Cauchy offers several concrete ways to change that.
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This text has been written originally in French and has been translated by the author (who is French speaking). The translation quality is therefore not guaranteed : see more details here. Your help could be appreciated.

 

 

 

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