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Ecological footprint and passive violence : the importance of our individual action

From the TedX conference of Arun Gandhi, proposed in video, which introduces the notion of passive violence; this article proposes to create links between the realities presented in the news, and our daily actions. Our consumption is not without consequences on what occurs in the world. Through consumption we have learned to practice passive violence. Our culture conditions us to this and encourages us to kindly look away from our responsibilities facing the realities of suffering and destruction that this engenders. Hundreds of millions of people have died of hunger or malnutrition in the world, and even more are living in misery right now while we live as if all this did not exist. As long as we are not able to take off our blinders and face this, making the link with our own everyday behaviors ; hundreds of millions of people will continue to suffer and disappear in almost general indifference.
Changing our perspective of these facts, and adopting a new attitude awakens our humanity and allows us to change our behaviors by reducing our ecological footprint in a more coherent way. By adopting this more realistic perspective, a whole path then opens up before us to change, on our scale, what can still be changed.
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JUNE 2020

Conference : Economy and human dignity

Here is the video of a short and exciting lecture to an audience of business managers, given in 2017 by Joan Antoni Melé, in Spanish (English subtitled), in Buenos Aires, about the human dignity that we have lost in the economy and social life and which is leading us to the destruction of the planet. Joan Antoni Melé, who participated in the creation of the Triodos bank in Spain, questions our values, education, art and culture. We have left our axis and lost our human capacities along the way. And it is imperative to move from the diktat of blind profit-seeking and abrupt rationality to coherent and altruistic thinking guided this time and at all costs by the heart.
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You are the placebo: healing through the transformation of thoughts

Dr. Joe Dispenza addresses topics such as visualization, meditation, the law of attraction, applications of quantum physics in personal evolution; and he does so through the lens of neuroscience. He tells us about the plasticity of the brain, our ability to create or remove neuronal connections, our ability to activate or deactivate our genes, and the important interaction between our cells, our body and our thoughts and emotions, and - the most important aspect: the interest in better managing these thoughts and emotions, in order to transform both our mind and our health. His book is full of examples, studies, experiences that illustrate his theories. In this book he brings the idea that we can reach health through our will and the ability to direct our thoughts and emotions by changing our beliefs, and use that as we use a placebo.
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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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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


"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


"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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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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JULY 2018

1) After almost 4 years of silence, here are two new articles.
A part of these texts is based on the same reasoning, which may appear as a repetition. However, it is still two distinct approaches, written at different times, each in a state of mind that corresponds to it.
These articles are somewhat complementary and follow the one on the management of thoughts and emotions.

a- 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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b- 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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