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THE EARTH IN YOUR HEART
Protecting the environment begins in the heart, says Buddhist leader
by Susan Gonzalez
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje spoke to an audience at Yale, highlighting the importance of caring for the environment. Presenting the task of environmental care and protection as a spiritual orientation and practice, he said: “We divide the world into subject and object, and we feel that the external environment is an object separated from us by some kind of boundary and some distance from ourselves as subjects. We need to dissolve this artificial boundary and decrease the distance from ourselves and our environment.” This Earth Day, how might you challenge yourself to dissolve this artificial boundary by expanding the possibilities in your heart, seeing your interbeing with the environment, and caring for all of creation?
THE PEOPLE IN YOUR GROUP
Why “Company Culture” Is a Misleading Term
by John Traphagan
Harvard Business Review
Traphagan, an organizational psychologist, uses this article to speak out against the use of the term “culture” to label what goes on inside an organization. Vague and often meaningless, the culture concept, he writes, “artificially ossif[ies] the diverse, complex, and constantly changing social environment that is any organization.” He goes on to explain: “As a result, it becomes easy to misinterpret or misunderstand the nature and influence of power, conflict, cooperation, and change in relation to both individual and group behaviors.” We think that these might be important ideas for any setting in which we lean on the culture concept to define, defend, or coalesce a group of people. What do you think?
Why Kids Need Spirituality
by Lisa Miller
New York Magazine
Miller shares insights gleaned from the book, The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, which strangely is written by another Lisa Miller. The book offers parents research-based insight on the importance of spiritual development for children (regardless of religious affiliation). Much in the way that we believe spiritual formation offers adults a depth of purpose, perspective, and resilience, Miller shares the ways in which spirituality supports childhood and teenage well-being: “Children who are raised with a robust and well-developed spiritual life are happier, more optimistic, more thriving, more flexible, and better equipped to deal with life’s ordinary (and even extraordinary) traumas than those who are not. Teenagers, in particular, are exponentially better off if they’re in touch with their spiritual sides — less likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, to engage in risky sex, to cope with depression.”
If you’re interested, you should also check out this article in Time Magazine, written by the author of the book (not the article above), Lisa Miller.
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