the noticing animal


“if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments’*

‘I suggest the word “inhumane” is a sign that we are discovering a meaning to life.  Our purpose to reject inhumanity and build a civilisation that is consumed by love.  In other words our purpose is to become human.’**

Hurry can make a mess of what we hope our life can be.

Sometimes we find ourselves negotiating life with what Steve Peters^ calls our Chimp – fighting, flighting, or freezing in reaction to the rush and push we encounter.

Other times we get a grip on things by turning Vulcan, being super-logical and strategising our way through all the hurry.

In-between, there is a way of fuller engagement and knowing with a universe of possibilities.

We are noticing animals.

We thrive when we slow things down and feed not only the mind but also the heart.  Zen koans are sayings intended to enable the student to move out of their logical way of thinking: “What sound does one hand clapping make?”  In a U.Lab coaching circle three or four people learn to listen with their hearts to someone delivering an issue in which they are stuck in the form of a short case study.  Recently, I shared my experience of flanering (wandering with curiosity and intent) in Washington D.C., which I used to notice more, about myself as well as the world around me.  There are many ways around making it possible to invent something that is our own.

This way of noticing more, is also a way of becoming human, and we do not know what we are capable of.

‘In science, no knowledge about the physical universe is off-limits or out of bounds.’^^

What is true of our minds is also true of our hearts.

(*Anne Morrow Lindbergh, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire – eBook version.)
(^See Steve Peters’s The Chimp Paradox.)
(^^From Alan Lightman’s The Accidental Universe.)


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