October 6, 2013 ~ The Indivisibility of Universal Human Needs & Lovingkindness (Meditation)

Happy Birthday Marshall Rosenberg!

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As the French Newspaper Le Monde put it, recently:  Jefferson, réveille-toi, ils sont devenus fous ! ( French literal translation: Jefferson, wake up, they became fools!)

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On the occasion of those who seem determined to be on the Wrong Side of History (in our government) …

Sunday, October 6, 2013 ~
The Indivisibility of Universal Human Needs
and Loving-Kindness (Meditation)

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in·di·vis·i·ble
ˈindiˈvizəbəl/
adjective
adjective: indivisible
1.
unable to be divided or separated.

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I’m Just a Bill (Schoolhouse Rock!)

The Debt Limit Explained

John Nash explains Governing Dynamics — Economic Theory

See also:

Kashtan:  Gandhian Economics, Universal Well-being, and Human Needs

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Warner Bros, via Everette Collection – The nation’s capital in the future is not a pretty sight after having been destroyed in The Political Fight of 2013.

Or, as Maureen Dowd writes in Welcome to Ted Cruz’s Thunderdome:  “They began ignoring their basic survival instincts.”

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Shifting to Needs Consciousness

Marshall Rosenberg, who views conflict as a tragic expression of unmet needs, often brokers a mediation by asking parties what they need.  So what qualifies as a need (verses a ‘want’ etc.)?

Rosenberg developed a list of needs under headings: connection, physical well-being, honesty, play, peace, meaning and autonomy.

He also draws on the work of Chilean economist, Manfred Max-Neef who has developed an economic system based on meeting human needs. Max-Neef defines nine needs:  1) Sustenance:  food, shelter, and water – the basic, physical needs; 2) Safety: protection; 3) Love; 4) Understanding; 5) Community; 6) Recreation: play, rest; 7)  Autonomy (Rosenberg says this is one of the most important needs); 8) Creativity; 9) Meaning: purpose in life. (According to Victor Frankl, probably the most important need of all)

Max-Neef: Human Needs

Fundamental
Human Needs

Being
(qualities)

Having
(things)

Doing
(actions)

Interacting
(settings)

subsistence

physical and
mental health

food, shelter
work

feed, clothe,
rest, work

living environment,
social setting

protection

care,
adaptability
autonomy

social security,
health systems,
work

co-operate,
plan, take care
of, help

social environment,
dwelling

affection

respect, sense
of humour,
generosity,
sensuality

friendships,
family,
relationships
with nature

share, take care of,
make love, express
emotions

privacy,
intimate spaces
of togetherness

understanding

critical
capacity,
curiosity, intuition

literature,
teachers, policies
educational

analyse, study,meditate
investigate,

schools, families
universities,
communities,

participation

receptiveness,
dedication,
sense of humour

responsibilities,
duties, work,
rights

cooperate,
dissent, express
opinions

associations,
parties, churches,
neighbourhoods

leisure

imagination,
tranquillity
spontaneity

games, parties,
peace of mind

day-dream,
remember,
relax, have fun

landscapes,
intimate spaces,
places to be alone

creation

imagination,
boldness,
inventiveness,
curiosity

abilities, skills,
work,
techniques

invent, build,
design, work,
compose,
interpret

spaces for
expression,
workshops,
audiences

identity

sense of
belonging, self-
esteem,
consistency

language,
religions, work,
customs,
values, norms

get to know
oneself, grow,
commit oneself

places one
belongs to,
everyday
settings

freedom

autonomy,
passion, self-esteem,
open-mindedness

equal rights

dissent, choose,
run risks, develop
awareness

anywhere

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Guided Loving-Kindness (Metta) Meditation with Sharon Salzberg

Meditations | Sharon Salzberg:  Metta (lovingkindness) translates both as friendship and also gentle, as in a gentle rain that falls indiscriminately upon everything. Metta practice is a steady, unconditional sense of connection that touches all beings without exception, including ourselves. The Buddha first taught it as an antidote to fear.

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Marshall Rosenberg on Nonviolent Communication

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