Archive for October, 2009

27
Oct
09

The Living Doubleness ~ Rumi


doubleness

Originally uploaded by Contemplater

I ask my heart, Why do you keep looking
for the delights of love?

I hear the answer back, Why will you not
join me in this companionship?

This is the conversation of being
a human being, the living doubleness.

Cool and in motion like water,
placed and passionate like fire.

Subtle as wind, yet obvious
as a wineglass poured to the brim,
spilled over and drunk down
all at once for a toast.

Like rain, you make any image
more vivid. Like a mirror,
you can be trusted to hold beauty.

There are mean people who see only
meanness reflected in you,
but they are wrong.

You are pure soul
and made of ground.

You are eyeshadow,
and the kindness in eyelight.

A ruby from no telling which mine,
let yourself be set in a seal ring.

Lift the sword-discernment
that rules a thousand compassions.

Shams in the lovely shape of Shams,
spring source of invisible meaning.

Why Rumi?

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27
Oct
09

The World Needs More Big Hairy Missions

Your loving alertness is a lantern.  Keep it protected from wind that makes it crazy.  Instead of that airy commotion live in the water that gently cools as it flows.  ~ Rumi

In the OCT/NOV issue of Fast Company, Nancy Lublin CEO of Do Something, shares an article about mission statements …..why they are dumb and how to write one. Basically she suggests that using a specific target such as a BHAG aka Big Hairy Audacious Goal (hey! I just blogged about BHAG’s!) as a mission statement is a good idea because it is clear and precise ~ a quantifiable goal everyone can get behind.

I agree with her that companies should take any “wonky mission statement and rip it to shreds” – I don’t agree that mission statements should be BHAG-ish.  Mission statements, an integral component of core ideology, should be enduring – if the environment changes, the statement remains the same. For example, Microsoft’s well-known BHAG, as referenced in the FC article, “a computer on every desk and in every home, all running Microsoft software” is a goal/BHAG, yes – but is this really all the company is up to? As stated on the company website, “at Microsoft, our mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential” ~ now that is one Big Hairy Mission ~ one that is enduring, non-limiting and inspiring to most people reading it.  So, let’s keep our BHAG’s distinct and start creating and working from Big Hairy Missions that compel us all to act from our highest selves.

(Lublin is obviously up to some good stuff ~ her company Do Something “uses the power of online to get teens to do good stuff offline” ~ now that is one big hairy commitment!)

 

25
Oct
09

Gazing at the Light ~ Rumi

 


lamp is on

Originally uploaded by marfis75

The lamps are different,
But the Light is the same
.

So many garish lamps in the dying brain’s lamp-show,
Forget about them.
Concentrate on the essence, concentrate on the Light.
In lucid bliss, calmly smoking off its own holy fire,
The Light streams towards you from all things,
All people, all possible permutations of good, evil, thought, passion.
The lamps are different,
but the Light is the same.
One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind,
Endlessly emanating all things.
One turning and burning diamond,
One, one, one.
Ground yourself, strip yourself down,
To blind loving silence.
Stay there, until you see
You are gazing at the Light
With its own ageless eyes.

– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

Why Rumi?

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24
Oct
09

Back to the Core


2 of Force: Ideology
Originally uploaded by Arenamontanus

…Split the sack of your culture…stick your head out…look around…reach up…a voice speaks to your clarity. ~Rumi

When I was in grad school, we spent a lot of time on a popular book called Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (BTL). Published in 1994 by Collins and Porras, the book outlined visionary habits of successful companies. BTL made a strong case for a focus on core ideology (mission, vision, and values) and BHAG’S (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) that go beyond profit.  With the further support of an ongoing body of business literature, the next 15 years of management consulting instilled core ideology and organizational culture development just as strategically necessary as quality products.

The main thrust of core ideology is that it is enduring ~ the eighteen companies on BTL’s “best list” have all been operating for over 100 years with the same ideology intact. Ultimately, core Ideology provides “higher thinking” and guide posts from which to make decisions ~like a beacon reminding you of what you and your company are all about when things seem dark or confusing. The core remains intact regardless of circumstances (very much like spiritual principles that endure over time, resonate when we hear them, and bring us back to center).  A powerful core ideology will speak to anyone who hears it and supersedes individual personalities.

The collective personality of a company is the culture and is distinct from core ideology ~ not separate, but distinct.  The core ideology is operating within the culture, sometimes more obviously than others, but always operating. When things seem “off kilter” and/or the next evolution is necessary, the core is consciously brought to the forefront to smoothly guide the company to the next level.

A strong, effective culture is in love with the ideology, is responsible for it’s growth, and organizes around it. Consciously smart companies understand that supporting the vital connection between culture and core ideology leverages profit and the difference their entity will make in the world.

Read more about Core Ideology in the eBook Becoming a Source of Good

Related Posts:

What is a Vision Statement?

Face Your Brilliant Creation

Lean Your Graceful Plan Towards Spirit

The World Needs More Big Hairy Missions

13
Oct
09

At the Twilight ~ Rumi


Free

Originally uploaded by Kcline78

At the twilight, a moon appeared in the sky;
Then it landed on earth to look at me.

Like a hawk stealing a bird at the time of prey;
That moon stole me and rushed back into the sky.

I looked at myself, I did not see me anymore;
For in that moon, my body turned as fine as soul.

The nine spheres disappeared in that moon;
The ship of my existence drowned in that sea.

~~~Excerpt from wonderful post about Rumi from Soul Lab:

Did you know that Sufi mystical poet Rumi (born in 1207) has been the best-selling poet in the U.S. for the last ten years? Born in the area now known as Afghanistan, he is well known for founding the Mevlevi Order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes of Sufism. His poetry remains extraordinarily relevant, communicating a powerful emphasis on the potential of human love and consciousness………..If you are a fan, Four Seasons Productions has produced a series of stunning videos highlighting space and the natural world, along with music as the backdrop to Rumi’s poetry. Here is “Only Breath”:

08
Oct
09

Love is the Bottom-Line

IMG00243This week has seen a rally on Wall Street ~ bottom lines and company outlooks are improving as costs are cut and jobs are lost  ~ those who hold shares in public companies are seeing an increase in their wealth …..on paper for most.  We are shaking off the collective madness that it takes to whole heartedly accept that this is good for all without looking deeper and more attentively.  The fundamental frameworks by which we relate to each other and the world is being recreated. We are awakening to our deep interconnection and interdependence with each other and all living things.

Business is a far-reaching, powerful vehicle through which to apply conscious practices based on basic tenants that we are all connected and that our well-being is the well-being of all.  Principles that focus attention on love as the ultimate bottom line assist in the conscious awakening and rebirth of “business-as-usual” and can decrease the likelihood of decisions made purely by metrics:

Love is the Bottom-Line Principles

  1. Business is a vehicle thru which to manifest our creative dreams.
  2. We are ourselves creations.  And we, in turn, are meant to design new creations.
  3. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source.  As we move towards our dreams we move towards our divinity.
  4. The ability to create is a gift to us.  Using our ability is our gift back.
  5. As we open our creative channel, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
  6. It is safe to open ourselves up and give attention to greater creations and possibilities.
  7. As we open ourselves, we are present to deep interconnection and interdependence with each other and all living things.
  8. We understand that our well-being is the well-being and joy of everyone.
  9. Actions to be taken and transactions to be made are by-products of our focus on joy and sacred connection.
  10. Our day-to-day experience of business is the experience of the ecstasy of love.
  11. Sources Love’s Guide to Business





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