Sunday, January 17, 2016
Americans are taught to think they don’t have enough.
We have recently downsized form a 2800 square foot suburban house where we raised five of our seven children.
We are now living in a 240 square foot cabin off-grid.
What a wonderful release of stuff and new-found freedom!
As I read Yunus’ book, “Creating a World Without Poverty”, I am struck by how the steps which created his concept of micro-credit have continued to expand to meet the needs of millions of people all over the world.
This is truly an insight into the infinite nature of the Universe.
My own thinking has been transformed as I find I have plenty in my little cabin.
As we add to our skills, we become more and more comfortable.
A 5’ x 6’ window made us more comfortable.
Small windows for cross breezes made us more comfortable.
Insulation made us more comfortable.
An indoor shower made us more comfortable in cold weather.
A garden shower made us more comfortable in warm weather.
A wood stove has made us more comfortable.
A level brick step has made us more comfortable.
We have enough.
We have plenty.
In fact, there is so much abundance all around us, I can’t take it all in.
I did not feel like that while living in our urban surroundings and being told we did not have enough.
Now, with much less stuff and surrounded by Nature, I feel overwhelmingly abundant.
In fact, I have so much joy to share, it keeps coming back to me in increasing measure.
I am so grateful we took the steps which have led to more and more freedom and abundance for us.
We truly have enough.
© 2016 Kathryn Hardage
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Extinction Burst is a term from behavior psychology, originating with Dr. B.F. Skinner.
It refers to the phenomenon of a type of behavior hitting an extreme high right before it is discontinued and exterminated.
For example, a child may have gotten results by throwing tantrums in the past, but when his parents learn not to reward the tantrums, they may continue and even get worse before the child realizes there will be no more reward for bad behavior and stops throwing tantrums.
Our culture may be at this point in its evolution.
We are seeing the worst of racism, which has hidden underground for many years since the Civil Rights Act.
We are seeing the worst economic divide, with Wall St. taking advantage of the newest generation of students.
We are seeing the 1% manipulate politics as well as commerce.
We are seeing self-interest to an extreme.
And we are also seeing world awareness on a scale never possible before internet communications and news reports could be made immediately.
Good behavior in the form of stewarding the planet, its resources and its people is going on in many places.
Good practice in honoring systems which really work needs more attention.
We are certainly in the middle of interesting and challenging times.
We will see what this “extinction burst” brings us.
© 2016 Kathryn Hardage