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Post 10

Jenn Shallvey

7.1 Entry titled "Coming together."

"Individuality and group are two ends of a spectrum. 

On one end we are the individual, guided by our personality, sense of self, ego or if more conscious, perhaps a deeper more soulful place. No matter the depth, our unique imprint on the world around us can be seen through our ways and actions.  Our voice, whether spoken, written or silent, is our voice, no one else’s. 

On the other end of the spectrum we are part of a group, many groups.  We are a member of a family, team, workplace, street, suburb, city, country. In these contexts, we are one of many, not just one.  We are empowered by the collective connection of the group. We experience a sense of belonging."

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Post 9

Jenn Shallvey

6.1 Entry titled "Notice."

"Through our senses we connect with the world around us and within. What varies form one person to the next is the degree to which we notice.  With attention we can open up to a world of experiences, if we just let ourselves do so. 

To pay attention is to consciously take our focus into our environment and experience through each sense.  An initial stepping point is to be conscious about our attention. The next is to actually then process what comes up." 

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Post 8

Jenn Shallvey

5.1 Entry titled "Perspective".

"Freedom for many of us in the world is assumed and often taken for granted.  I invite you to pause for a moment and think of all that you can do in your life that some of our brothers and sisters in other countries cannot.  Think of the options and choices available to you that maybe your neighbour does not have.  This is not a suggestion to go into comparison and ranking. Instead it is a starting point of perspective, reality and relativity.

Given your perspective let’s acknowledge your freedoms.  What are you free to do in your world?  There are the big freedoms such as speech, right to vote, travel, access news and information.  Within your skill levels you have the freedom to choose what you do for a living.  If not able you can choose to learn and study to develop the skill and knowledge.  Depending on your circumstances you have freedom to choose where you live.   On a simpler level you have freedom to decide where you will shop, eat and hang out."

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Post 7

Jenn Shallvey

4.1 Entry titled "Emerge".

"In the absence of any self direction we often adapt and take on that which is imposed on us from within the cultures and environments where we live and work.  Growing up with externally set ideologies can shape our response to situations from small to large. The external pressure to live a certain way can be a demanding and challenging part of our daily life and work."

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