Book of the Month – October 2020 (2) – Morality by Jonathan Sacks

How can we build – or rebuild – a collective culture that is able to both respect difference and draw us together to work for the common good? Talking to key modern influences and thinkers, and drawing inspiration from the Bible and the historical experience of the Jewish people, Sacks argues that there are eight key factors in establishing, maintaining and passing on resilient moral values within a broad group, among them attitudes of lifelong learning and of thanksgiving, the importance of family life and community, and a culture of positive argument in place of destructive conflict.

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There is nothing to be done today but transform.

“The landscape that you exist in requires transformation. You cannot be the new person standing in the old kitchen looking at the old pots and pans that cooked yesterday’s dinner. Everything is made new in Christ. That is actually a promise in the Jesus teachings. “Behold, I make things new.” This is a promise that you are now in as well. Now the kitchen that you stand in with yesterday’s pots are still there, but they will be perceived anew. And then you will have to decide whether you want to wash your pots, replace your pots, or move to a new city where you have new pots or no pots at all. Your changes will be made clear to you through your own vocation, through your own knowing, through your own requirements for the life that you will live once you have changed into yourself more fully. There is nothing to be done today but transform.”

Paul Selig

We effect change by engaging in robust conversations with ourselves, our colleagues, our customers, our family, the world

We must answer the big questions. What are the questions that need posing? Philosophers, theologians, scientists, and great teachers have debated this for ages:

  • What is real?
  • What is honest?
  • What is quality?
  • What has value?

Whether you are governing a country, running an organization, or participating in a committed personal relationship, your ability to effect change will increase as you become more responsive to your world and to the individuals who are central to your happiness and success.”

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Insights rather than Principles

The real master never gives you principles he only gives insights. He gives you understanding, not commandments. He simply makes you more aware so that whatsoever the situation is you can always respond to it on your own; you do not need to follow a certain fixed principle. He makes you more fluid , more flexible because life goes on changing and if you’re very very inflexible you will suffer.

Osho

Book Recommendation : I Am the Word: A Guide to the Consciousness of Man’s Self in a Transitioning Time by Paul Selig

We are forever grateful to Andrew and Roya for inviting us to a mind blowing session by Paul Selig when we visited NYC a few years ago. It was no coincidence, it was meant to be and it was life changing. There are no words to explain the book – its an experience for those who wish to ‘pause, reflect and go inwards’ . – One Tusk

Let me start by saying that any kind of review for this book will never come close to including the right words. Recommended to me by a writer friend when asking about books on intuition, I had no idea what this was or what to expect. Now, looking back on it, and after dog-earring almost every damn page, I realize this isn’t a book. Continue reading