Each day, I “sit” in meditation a little bit longer — for example, this morning I sat for 25 minutes. Although, to be honest, I know the time will vary from one day to the next.
Today, I’m inspired by the challenge’s text on the power of thought and radical change: “…when we flip our mindsets, adjust our beliefs, and understand what motivates us, we can meet any challenge with our heads held high. We become solutions-oriented, see connections, and never give up.” I think that’s true. But mindsets don’t flip overnight. Change takes time — but even incremental changes are worthwhile. In the case of planting the seeds for a change of behavior or habit, I’m paying attention to the widespread belief that it takes about 21 days to create a “habit” — a behavior change.
Is anything making my challenge easier? Attending the meditation retreat helped, reading to support my interest, and taking part in this challenge.
I’m particularly interested in the inspirational nugget provided in today’s text from C-Challenge. It’s from Roman Krznaric who, in a nifty illustrated video, speaks about “outrospection” vs. introspection and the power of empathy to create a “revolution of human relations”. If you haven’t watched the video, it’s worthwhile.
What he means, I think, by outrospection is to cultivate an understanding of empathy that offers us the ability to step inside someone else’s world view. To inhabit it. To attempt to understand it. He says this can generate a kind of grassroots empathy — empathy on a mass scale.
Krzmaric envisions integrating empathy into social institutions, workplaces, etc. and bringing about a truly interactive and experiential empathy. It feels as though he’s talking about bringing empathy into the public square, so to speak, where people can interact in meaningful dialogue, to inhabit someone else’s experience/world, or walk in their shoes. He advocates for bringing empathy into everyday life in a “habitual way”. What would this look like?
Perhaps it’s place-based, interactive projects and demonstrations produced by culture workers, non-profit organizations, artists, activists, and students that invite us to participate in a dialogue.
Perhaps manufacturing experiences will help us understand what it’s like to live in the shadow of a sulfur dioxide-spewing coal-burning power plant.
Or what the daily effect of widespread pesticide use on agricultural workers is in the U.S. since a ban on one of the most dangerous pesticides was overturned.
And less about sustainability — what is a day in the life of an undocumented person like who’s in detention? What is it like if they’re not in detention? What is it like to be in ongoing and perhaps permanent limbo?