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Welcome to "Empowered Thinking," "Building Personal Sovereignty" and "Reconnecting."

In these topics I explore our ways of thinking and being, how we develop (or don't develop) our personal sovereignty, how we perceive and interpret our world, and how all of that shapes the influence we have.

Because, make no mistake, we are having an influence with every thought, choice, and action. 

I don't have answers to the dilemmas we face; far from it. My intention is to acknowledge the frustration, grief, and despair that sometimes must precede hope and possibility, and to share experiences, perspectives, insights and resources I find helpful.

Or read a longer introduction to Empowered Thinking, below.
(the intro below was updated 13th November, 2021)

Empowered Thinking

By prioritizing your self and your own habits of attention and perception, you hone the most important tool you have for working on whatever matters to you. 

The only part of the equation you can control is your own response to it.

Your identity and ideology determine how you experience the world. How you treat yourself is also how you will treat others in the outer world. And all of these are within your power to change.

Changing them isn't easy, but it's not complicated either. Sincere dedication is all that's required; if you make the commitment, the necessary tools and resources will reveal themselves as you go along. 

This practice is for yourself, but it's also foundational to whatever work you choose to do in the outer world.

Everything is connected; our outer world reflects our inner world. Unless and until we successfully attend to what's needed "in here," our efforts "out there" will continue to meet with struggle and opposition.

What's asking for our attention

On other "green living" blogs you'll find lots of "what-to-do" and "how-to-do-it." These are very helpful, and sometimes I join the chorus in my Practical Sills for Sustainable Living topic archive.  

But "what-to-do" and "how-to-do-it" become effective tools for real change only if they're founded upon compassion, which is the basis of real personal power. (I'm not talking about power-over-others; I'm talking about power-within and power-with-others.)

The more compassionate you can learn to be within your inner world, towards yourself, the more effectively and powerfully you'll hold space in the outer world for the compassion that's needed for repair and reconciliation, for ending conflict and exploitation.

The posts in this topicEmpowered Thinkingare an exploration into what's real, what's alive, what needs our attention right now in our quest to live more soulfully and less destructively on this planet.

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The post "Empowered Thinking for Deep Change" is a further introduction to this topic. 


Empowered Thinking Posts

Below are the three latest posts in "Empowered Thinking." Or, skip to the navigation links below to explore all the posts in this category and its subcategories.

Spring​ is the time to look at the “seeds” or intentions we’ve been gestating over winter, to choose those with the best chances of surviving and thriving, and to let go of the rest of them. As in the garden, so in our inner lives. ​Otherwise, ​your coming “growing season” ​may be filled with too ​much stuff, or with stuff that isn’t serving you. And if it isn’t serving you then it also won’t be serving your world, which is an extension of you.

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Our “story,” of how the world works and who we are, is like a script that prompts our choices and actions. There is a new story available to us that prompts cooperative and life affirming behaviors rather than competitive and exploitative ones. Indigenous peoples and eastern spirituality have been indicating it, and the newest sciences are finally now “discovering” it. It’s a story that would put us on an entirely different trajectory. 

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The lunar cycle offers us a template for reconnecting to Nature and living in more balanced, regenerative ways. In this post: lunar cycle and full moon concepts I’ve been learning about, along with the journal prompts I use at the time of the Full Moon.

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Reconnecting

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"It was in [a setting of belonging and connection] that we emerged as a species. Our profound feelings of lacking something are not a reflection of personal failure, but the reflection of a society that has failed to offer us what we were designed to expect."  
  ~ Francis Weller

"The idea that we live in something called 'the environment' is utterly preposterous... The world that environs us, that is around us, is also within us. We are made of it; we eat, drink, and breathe it; it is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh."
  ~ Wendell Berry 

Spring​ is the time to look at the “seeds” or intentions we’ve been gestating over winter, to choose those with the best chances of surviving and thriving, and to let go of the rest of them. As in the garden, so in our inner lives. ​Otherwise, ​your coming “growing season” ​may be filled with too ​much stuff, or with stuff that isn’t serving you. And if it isn’t serving you then it also won’t be serving your world, which is an extension of you.

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Ideas and tips for tuning into Nature’s cycles to help us re-create the depth of meaning and connection that has been all but lost as the “consumer religion” has swept around the globe.

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The Equinoxes – the time of balanced light and dark at the midway point through Autumn and Spring – provide an opportunity to examine how we’re managing the balancing act between doing and resting. This short post shares an uncommon idea for our culture and our times: “It is safe to rest.”

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The lunar cycle holds wonderful opportunities for learning and growth, and for reconnecting with Nature’s wisdom. This post explores what the waning moon and the still, empty, “mid-winter” moment at the dark of the moon have to teach us.

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​What gardeners do ​is somewhere on a continuum from controlling the ​life (and death) cycles in the garden, to managing them, to interacting intelligently with them. We tend to default to ​control because of our culturally ingrained assumption that without control there will be chaos and anarchy.

​​This has implications far beyond the garden. How do our ​​assumptions about the need for control shape our world?

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The moon influences the ocean and its tides, the flow of sap and the life force in our gardens, and the behavior of many different birds, animals, and crustaceans. If we choose to pay attention, it can also indicate ways that we humans can align ourselves with the rhythms and cycles of life in our efforts to bring ourselves back into harmony with nature.

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Building Personal Sovereignty

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Parenting yourself to keep "growing up" is the hardest work you'll ever do. It's the most important work you'll ever do. It's the work our World most needs you to do.

This category explores ways that you can parent yourself and keep growing emotionally and spiritually, to become more aware, empowered, present, and engaged. As you do, you'll become better able to hold space for reconciliation, healing, repair, and possibility - within yourself and also in the world around you.

You can't wait till you're perfect before you show up and take action, but you can be gentle with yourself, commit to your own growth and learningbe mindful of what influences your thinking, and consciously choose how you will respond to the world around you.

This collection includes:

How women, and older women in particular, can contribute to peace and well-being for families, communities, and the wider web of life.

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(10th in a Series) When you do the deep personal work necessary to give up conflict (internal and external), this invisible choice wields power out of all proportion to its humble appearance.

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(9th in a Series) As within, so without. How we care for our innermost selves, each other, and our planet, are all linked. As urgent as it may seem to address those issues “out there,” it’s essential to begin “in here.”

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(8th in a Series) In our make-it-happen culture, making a difference to anything means grunting and sweating, burning the candle at both ends, making herculean efforts. It’s an that approach keeps us in battle mode and sustains drama and conflict.

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(7th in a Series) There are ways to set up your distractions on purpose so that they still lead you in the right direction.

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(6th in a Series) The idea that you need motivation and will power to reach your goals is part of a story that says if we use enough of the right kind of force, we’ll get to the goal. There is an easier way.

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(5th in a Series) By prioritizing what is important over what is urgent, you can live a more spacious, meaningful, satisfying life.

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(4th in a Series) How your taking care of your “response-ability”—your ability to choose your own responses—increases your personal power and expands your influence.

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(3rd in a Series) How to focus your energy where you can be most effective, rather than wasting it on things that you cannot make any difference to.

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Out-Growing Consumerism (our family's journey)

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A series of articles about our family's journey from "normal" towards "real and green."

This collection shares where Alain and I came from, the experiences that shaped us, and the realizations that prompted us to jump ship from a globetrotting lifestyle in the Natural Horsemanship industry to become homeschooling parents and home grown food advocates. 

Welcome to “Empowered Thinking,” “Building Personal Sovereignty” and “Reconnecting.”In these topics I explore our ways of thinking and being, how we develop (or don’t develop) our personal sovereignty, how we perceive and interpret our world, and how all of that shapes the influence we have.Because, make no mistake, we are having an influence with every

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ALL Empowered Thinking posts

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This post grid displays everything written under Empowered Thinking and all its subcategories. Enjoy.

Our “story,” of how the world works and who we are, is like a script that prompts our choices and actions. There is a new story available to us that prompts cooperative and life affirming behaviors rather than competitive and exploitative ones. Indigenous peoples and eastern spirituality have been indicating it, and the newest sciences are finally now “discovering” it. It’s a story that would put us on an entirely different trajectory. 

More...

The lunar cycle offers us a template for reconnecting to Nature and living in more balanced, regenerative ways. In this post: lunar cycle and full moon concepts I’ve been learning about, along with the journal prompts I use at the time of the Full Moon.

More...

Sometimes change asks more of us than we have to give, and we break. Sometimes we recover, but whether we recover or not, there is no going back to what we were before the change. We’re transformed us, forever, into something different than we were before. Here’s why I feel that this degree of change is upon us collectively now, and why I feel hopeful even in the midst of all that’s happening around the world.

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Ideas and tips for tuning into Nature’s cycles to help us re-create the depth of meaning and connection that has been all but lost as the “consumer religion” has swept around the globe.

More...

The Equinoxes – the time of balanced light and dark at the midway point through Autumn and Spring – provide an opportunity to examine how we’re managing the balancing act between doing and resting. This short post shares an uncommon idea for our culture and our times: “It is safe to rest.”

More...

Examine and learn from the year gone by, to make your New Year resolutions far more effective. Or use this process during any kind of ending and new beginning.

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