This work is devoted to the Spirit of introspection and the search for belongings. By linking the inner fountain with phronetic manifestation, holistically, we create meanings to what truly matters and consciously evolve as an ecological intelligent species.
Cover by Rose @GW The Textile Museum, Washington D.C. 2016
What distinguishes this collection of thoughts from other scholarship is the dedication to making a sacred space for regeneration—noticing what comes up energetically, spiritually, and psychologically. It is not the destination to conclude what I have learned as an aspirational eudaimonic well-being scholar-practitioner, rather a quantum leap to go in and in, to re-search what I have lost in the form of remembering and what are behold on the new horizons of Transformation.
Jim Wallis, the evangelical theologian, once observed that
Perhaps the only people who view the world
realistically are the cynics and the saints. Everybody
else may be living in some kind of denial about
what is really going on and how things really are.
And the only difference between the cynics and
the saints is the presence, power, and possibility of hope….
Hope is not a feeling; it is a decision.
However, what gives hope with whom by whom through what medium? Does hope feed power? If so, what constitutes power? How does power or influence persist? Would power be equivalent to the sum of presence and hope? Does hope “promise”? Why “hope” in the first place? How do we tend to our souls by communicating hope in exchange for hope? More pointedly, does that fact of being hope-less make one less present? And how does that exceedingly matter to the quantum world we dwell in now? And how can each of us contribute to creating a hope-full world?
Martin Luther King wrote, “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” Seeking hope and peace through love is a critical component of our planetary well-being, and reflects a reverent response to an inner call and wholeness that we understand to be at the core of life. King’s words can serve as a compass in times of great transformation, pointing back to the truth of interconnection so that the mind is within the heart are the extraordinarily liberating, empowering, and inspiring agents of change through these interlocking and accelerating trends.
According to Ehrlich, the notion of spirit indicates but is not limited to these four aspects,
- A purpose or calling that contributes to the greater good;
- Core values that provide assistance in making difficult ethical or moral decisions;
- A connection to something larger than yourself, e.g., seeing yourself as part of a global interconnected world;
- Deeply experienced feelings, e.g., of love, loss, or gratitude, that inspire you.
Hence, attuning and embracing our true unlimited nature and sensibilities to care for life and connecting with deep intention to be kinder can demonstrate true integrity and wholly align with our spirit, emotion, and the real, felt sense of it. From that place of profound exceedingly subtle and sublime can enable us to be fully and authentically present. We can then cultivate eudaimonic wellbeing and be more meaningful with others at the highest level of our capability.
Meanwhile, authentic meaning and purpose also serve as a reminder to keep our actions aligned with the set of core values and personal truth, which entails intrinsic courage, and long-term persistence in the wake of extensive contention, entitlement, and beleaguered status quo. These elemental attributes of heart-focused mindfulness can elevate a state of well-being to our innate curiosity, luminous flair, and ever-lasting fulfillment. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to add more ease to the heart space by simply connecting with one’s spiritual yearning and presencing through the natural incentive of the joy of learning?
In these and other ways, mindfulness-based care can amplify the abundance of genuine conviction and wholeness to bring the optimal internal stillness that can keep us in the Flow. This inside-out approach to self-and social awareness signifies the behavioral flexibility that includes self-regulation of one’s sensations, thoughts, emotions, bodily signals, and pure being-consciousness, related to internal attunement, which ultimately leads to enhanced sensitivity to others without reactivity.
In sync with the frequency of authenticity, consistency, simplicity, truth, divine revelation, regenerative health, renewal possibilities, can make up the whole and cooperative economies that the prospects of human lives on the planet demand. The Green Mind Theory emphasizes reciprocal individual-society-natural well-being that “links the human mind with the brain and body, and connects the body with natural and social environments.” In other words, human health is planetary health, and vice versa, planetary health as a whole is made up of the multidimensional parts of what made public health or global health sustainable and what we will pass on to coming generations.
This is a place to pause, introspect, and unwind. The underpinning quantum leap is an embodied breakthrough as a call to action—starts from each calming breath with refreshed moment-to-moment awareness that always remembers—to inhale, exhale, deeply. This is also a place to celebrate, dance, and appreciate. It is not a linear way of tracking down what is already known, instead of a boutique of perspectives to connect with the Source of Creation through truth, trust, and love.
In light of the wisdom-guided way of life, I intend to bring what gives me hope and fascination to the spotlight as It Is; It unreservedly operates like a garden, where it is watered, where it grows; where it grows, where it hopes; and where it hopes, where it loves.
Let love grows, and let hope never die.
When it is over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I do not want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I do not want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I do not want to end up simply having visited this world.
When Death Comes, Mary Oliver
“An integral knowledge then should be a knowledge of the truth of all sides of existence both separately and in the relation of each to all and the relation of all to the truth of the Spirit.”
– Sri Aurobindo
Photography by Rose feat. Amherst, MA, USA