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Good Society Part II: Feeling the Goodness

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The second part of a two-part series by Shastri Russell Rodgers. For part one, click here.

In Part I of this two-part essay, we looked at the genetics behind the universal human impulse to create good society. The logic was this: everywhere there are humans, we form society. Therefore, it must be in our genes. The first part of this essay was basically a book review of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, by Nicholas Christakis, a Yale professor.

Dr. Christakis proposes that encoded in our genes is a “social suite” that is common to all societies that are able to survive the test of time and circumstance. This “suite” includes : good leadership (and respect for that leadership), cooperation, learning from each other, befriending others, and valuing each person’s individuality. The genes encode possibilities: we make conscious choices as to whether to take advantage of these possibilities.

Buddhist practices that focus on kindness help to bring it to conscious awareness. Often, kindness practices focus on the heart. Sometimes, in visualization practices, there is a radiating sun, moon or seed syllable placed there. Here, radiation is a metaphor for kindness, and the visualization gives the mind something to focus on. The “Sadhana of Kindness” which is being practiced in many Shambhala Centres, has this basic structure. The post-meditation experience of this sadhana inspired me to write this essay. Continue…

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Bravery: Synchronicity of Body and Mind – HIGHLIGHT

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Discovering Basic Goodness Through Conversation – HIGHLIGHT

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Moving with the Mind of Meditation – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 19, 2011 by
Mythology and Everyday Life

Mythology and Everyday Life

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Posted July 28, 2011 by Travis_May
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On Basic Goodness – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 22, 2011 by
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Bravery: Taking a Leap – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 19, 2011 by
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Bravery: The Vision of the Great Eastern Sun – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 13, 2011 by
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From the Archives: The Fourth Moment – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted April 3, 2011 by

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Posted March 12, 2011 by
Meeting Don Season with Mindfulness

Meeting Don Season with Mindfulness – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted February 21, 2011 by

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Posted February 20, 2011 by
The Cool Realm

The Cool Realm – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted January 15, 2011 by
Six Ways to Lasting Happiness

Six Ways to Lasting Happiness – HIGHLIGHT

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