The Love Our Life book project is going along well. There are several major motifs blending together that are being derived from the 3,591 existing blog posts. One of the sets of ideas that came percolating up was from the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece. I’ve worked with that set from two different orientations. The Pompey mosaic of the group and the list of 147 sayings slightly worked up then into action statements. For this usage in the book, I have expanded my interpretations of the basic ideas to where I can only call what I have done a derivative rendition. The new version is aimed at being workable as starting points for practice meditations. They are positive statements to be thought about for a few moments and then applied in the meditation to a hypothetical situation. When this is done as group event there can be additional prompts to move the individual’s meditation through 1. Think of a person you might have an encounter with, 2. Think of a specific situation, 3. Think of how you feel about that person, 4. Think about what would be a helpful greeting to say to them, 5. Think of a goal you both have a similar overlapping interest in, 6. Think of a second problem you both can cooperate on working with, 7. Having established a working relationship on two particular things, introduce a third thing where you have an aspect that is in opposition, 8. Find and explore how you might work to some mutually beneficial end result, 9. Set up a goal toward which you can both work toward. 10. Set a small but significant thing that you can do now to move toward that goal, 11. Bring the meditation to an end by emotionally praising yourself for a job well done.
A meditation conducted in that way should have positive results when the individual is confronted with the actual situation. Each of the 147 ideas could be approached with a similar set of prompts to guide one through to workable goals. And, an important part of this procedure is to conclude it with a self-acknowledgment of successfully completing the meditation. Another part of the meditation would be to have the individuals do something to get them physically involved. Perhaps have some blank business cards and pens available on which they could write down a simple action they will perform. Perhaps these things are too complicated to remember how to do when one is meditating alone, but when they are directed by a person following program notes it might be very effective in generating good behaviors in the person’s daily life.
Those are ideas I have been considering how to effectively implement.