I will be updating this article as I have time, but the basic idea is that our minds are our most important transformative asset. They are our most important tool for building a better world and a better life.
Yet, how much time do you spend each day actually investing in a more flexible, powerful, effective and peaceful mind?
While we often talk about our spiritual sides, we don’t often actually do anything to invest in our spiritual capital.
With out Transformative Adventures approach of TAKING ACTION, we will be going on adventures that develop positive mind qualities. These adventures could include a yoga class, a meditation class, tai chi, prayer, or whatever fits your spirituality.
1. Meditation. While I don’t always agree with the philosophy, I find I learn a great deal from these talks by Thanissaro Bhikku. Pick one that appeals to you and try it out.
2. 2-week quest. For two weeks, set aside 20 minutes a day to sit for one “evening” talk. Report back about how you feel.
Michael Hoag: Manager/teacher/gardener/author/designer/consultant.
Michael Hoag has spent over 20 years as a full-time worker in the army of Permaculture change-makers. He is founder of the Transformative Adventures Cooperative, managing director of Lillie House Permaculture, and a full-time Permaculture designer and consultant who has participated in over 300 projects. He has worked on farms of all sizes, worked with food justice organizations, colleges and universities, and environmental organizations including the Sierra Club, and PIRGIM. As a teacher trainer, he has worked as a pedagog in crafting university curricula, adult education curricula, and programs for environmental and ecological awareness, and Permaculture. He has worked at a farm credit bureau, a commodities exchange, and managed farmers markets. He has created businesses including market gardens, vermicomposting operations, and helped start and lead multiple community and non-profit organizations.
Michael has over 20 years experience teaching classes and facilitating group projects, including community garden and forest garden projects. He’s an enthusiastic researcher of traditional temperate forest garden systems and productive ecologies of the Great Lakes region. The culture, history and aesthetics of gardens and garden architecture are his great passions, and he believes beautiful, healthy landscapes grow beautiful, healthy people and cultures. He has taught and lectured for McHenry County College, Arora University, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, the Chicago Adult Learning Resource Center, The Kalamazoo Nature Center, and gives presentations to community groups, organizations and churches. He helps organize Van-Kal Permaculture, the SoMi Permimixer, Michigan Safe Energy Future, CORE and the Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition’s Food Group.
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