Month: December 2011
There should be a regular cycle of events that happen every day. This daily routine should be something similar to what follows;
- Before sunrise or around 6am wake up call
- Chores are performed or exercise (members are cycled between the two)
- Shower and clean-up
- Meditation for 20-30 minutes (with longer periods on rest days)
- Food – Breakfast prepared by people not exercising that morning
- Work commences
- Work will encompass many areas: Study, research, development and various other activities that clear demarcation
- Food will be regularly distributed as smaller snacks as opposed to larger meals
- Every hour or so there should be mandatory breaks and a cycle of different work or study there should also a break of reasonable length around the centre of the day.
- Work and relaxation should occur in specific areas each one specialized to help build a specific response (motivation, energy, relaxation, contemplation etc.) when one enters it.
- The working day ends with an hour of personal time
- Each evening will have different organized events by members
- Personal artistic development and artisan skills
- Lectures, dialogues, debates, seminars, meditation, martial arts, yoga, programming, music. This undoubtedly needs more clarity and explanation and will no doubt change as the number of members change.
- Dinner will not be as a traditional dinner as regular snacks will occur throughout the day instead it will be a social event with dialogues and discussions to create more connectivity between members of the community. This should last for at least an hour with regular table shifts to encourage a constant churn of ideas.
- Finally there is secondary meditation for the community
- The day ends and people are free to;
- return to their rooms / dormitory.
- do what they want (go out, surf internet, play games etc).
Part of our human nature is desire. Desire to those attractive to us, desire for more material gain, our pursuits bring tears, anger, worry, stress of failure . It is necessary to find ways to reduce this desire but to keep the motivation, be engaged but not consumed, be passionate but not hedonistic.
This is where self analysis, counselling and meditation can have a profound, positive effect.
Allowing yourself to be consumed by unchecked greed or passion will only end in disaster. Therefore being content but focused are the correct virtues to try and foster in our community.
- The advancement of free, clear, rational education to the members of a community and distributed to the masses of society.
- The creation and improvement of medical and scientific theories and practical applications that can help the sick, needy and impoverished.
- The expansion and improvement of human empathy, understanding and dialogue around the world beyond religious, economic and ideological differences.
- The development of free software and open communities to create an equal platform and I.T. Infrastructure for all nations. Which can be collaborated on globally.
- Improved methods to attain self-actualization woven into the fabric of the society itself.
|Right speech||Ethical conduct|
|Right effort||Mental development|
Life means suffering
The origin of suffering Is attachment
The cessation of suffering is attainable
The path to the cessation of suffering.
Maslow is largely respected and know for creating an excellent model of human needs that has only been modified mildly in the following 50 years.
The community should attempt to provide the framework that leads to self actualization via the code of conduct, the teaching, the systems of routine should all be planned by the founding members.
The task is not just to cultivate a happy well adjusted member of the community but to ensure that they also work on creating self actualization for the next generation.
The physical and security aspects should be considered not only the founding rules of the community but also, where possible, its architecture. The floor plan, the social aspects including areas just purely for recreation, fun and pleasure.
Regular cognitive or human centred counselling by qualified experts for all members would be a worthwhile element of any community, guiding members in self reflection and personal discovery. This along with mandatory exercise, meditation and teaching times should all coalesce to create good mood, confidence and greatly aid members in their progress to self-actualization.
To correctly cultivate a community one must ensure individuals and groups can flourish within it. Without the possibility of evolution any organism or organisation is doomed to failure or in the best case scenario become an irrelevant vestigial form of it’s true nature. To keep the community innovative and true to it’s ideals it is also important to not have a fixed mentality.
We must allow adaptability in the face of change, disaster or loss of resources. The community must be prepared.
There are 4 tiers of activity within the community which can be visualised as a pyramid or hierarchy of reasoning;
Purely theoretical work, without specific aims aside discovery.
Applied theory (creating, discovering, producing).
- Outsourcing, income, experience, teaching
Developing counselling, maintaining, educating.
- Chores, work, cleaning cooking, washing, farming, preparing.
Groups and communities are either inward facing, to the individual, or outward facing, to the world around them. Care should be taken to have periods of internal introspection and improvement followed by cycles of action and outward effect on society and society as a whole.
With all new members starting as equals we should realise, that in reality, not all people are actually equal. During the first 6 months of induction people will be assigned to levels of study, disciplines of work and their routines of working, waking and exercise should be adjusted to those that match the individual best.
The divergence between individuals is vast so this assessment period should be carefully outlined and planned. While everyone is truly an individual to avoid anarchy there must be some limits on how individualised these procedures and allowances become.
Practise without expectation; learn what you are taught, teach what you know, act with your mind in the present moment and plan ahead only as far ahead as is predictable.
Do not anticipate or expect improvement or growth but be happy when it is noted. Be mindful of being self congratulating or over praising others.