Practicing in the Curve – Putting Ethical Principles into Practice
These conversations began in March of 2020 as an initial offering in response to Covid and the shelter in place orders. After that first conversation, the group asked if we could continue to meet as a way to stay connected during the global crisis. We decided to address each of the yamas and niyamas, or ethical principles of Raja Yoga, and to consider how they inform and support our choices and challenges now. We worked through ten sessions, talking about each one of the ten ethical principles as the world continued to disintegrate. We knew we had to stay together, as we live together through social unrest, a reckoning with our racist history and the way white supremacy has affected all of us, and all of the uncertainty of our future. The conversations continue to this day, and we have logged over 100 hours of virtual community time. We have shaped norms for the community, we have learned new language as we include people from a variety of faith foundations and some from no faith foundation.
Our members include some who are deeply religious and some who are happily secular, and yet there is always a place for everybody. We value process over outcome, community over content, and deep listening to a variety of perspectives from people who are all trying to live a principled life and help to be the change they wish to see in the world. We invite people to come exactly as they are, to arrive late or leave early, to join three times a week or once a month – whatever is nourishing and helpful.The conversations will continue for as long as they are needed and as long as we have a critical mass of contributing voices.
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