A process for understanding what is enough @F-L-O-W

Enough @F-L-O-W

 
A process for understanding what is enough?
Metaphorically, we can compare development in nature to seasonal growth and regrowth.  Where development is guided rather than just purely the law of the jungle, or survival of the fittest, we approach a conscious way of developing what are naturally-occurring processes of growth and change.

Using a metaphor of plant growth and pruning where the nature of the plant is to grow, or survive…the "plant developer" identifies appropriate areas for pruning, training, and nurture.

In the same way, a person who wants to develop themselves, or others around them, look for clues in the natural formation of growth and change — along with an understanding of development and what works–and nurtures, guides, and prunes if necessary those thoughts, ideas, and physically developing attributes of themselves or others.

One of the guides in the past has to been to produce the best, the most, the greatest, or even the most beautiful, all of which are and have sometime been composite standards created by powerful people and institutions to guide, prune, and even train constituents.

Along the way, what has appeared are the limits to growth, primarily produced by scale and the acceleration of complexity due to scale.

When there were plenty of physical resources, things grow and develop, having access to all the resources they need.

In the era that we have entered, scale and increasing complexity have produced "limits to growth" which have to be considered, even if for a time between technological paradigm shifts, which produces the "ages or epochs" of hunter-gatherer; agriculture, industry, information, and now experience.

In this new paradigm of experience, what is dawning is a double-edged sword of opportunity and chaos, and depending on one’s notions about the future, leans possibly more towards one or the other, as in the age-old battle between desire and fear (two cherubim’s sitting at the gates of heaven) or good and evil–depending on your values-set.

As I have worked around the world and been introduced to a varied set of existential conditions, I have begun more and more to think about "enough."  Not the unbridled growth, change, and development, which is natural in a system, but a more conscious approach to perspective-taking and development.

In this perspective of enough, I have begun to approach the "limits of growth" in a fashion as to decelerate, rather than accelerate growth and development, without harming the central function of creative evolution to look for adaptive success, which has to be the gambit of growth and development — that which adapts grows and develops, that which fails to adapt and be, do, have, become, and contribute fitness falls away.

In approaching what is enough, I want to revisit the beginning metaphor of biological growth, change, and development and the processes by which both nature and nurture intervene or surround the figure and ground of enough.

In my experience, all of us to this point in 2013, have grown up under the influence of an unlimited set of resources, and scale has not necessarily been an acute problem, although it’s always somewhat of a chronic one, depending on where you are in the world at any given time with the ebb and flow of resources.

As my experience begins to construct a different perspective around "limits to growth" the experience of enough becomes much more relevant to anything we do as we have become and will become even more–interdependent as a interconnected people across the planet.

What is enough then becomes a question that seems to require an answer when we start to address limits to growth issues.

As we look at ways to approach growth, change and development, a strategy is emerging around what is enough, at least from my perspective.

While it’s much more complex than I have time to outline here, let this short piece serve as a primer for what I call Living @F-L-O-W, where people are different, there are limits to growth, scaffolding diversity is key, fairness is not sameness, and each to his own has a particular if not peculiar meaning in this emerging paradigm of enough.

To be fair, I would need to spend some time on how enough has been seen over time, but in the spirit of conciseness, let me break immediately to the bottom-line.

Each person has some "freedom" albeit increasingly becoming more limited as the paradigm of "Living @F-L_O-W" emerges into practice, to make some conscious choices about the way in which they unconsciously live.

Imagine the dichotomy between unconscious and conscious as the unconscious being a room with no light, but everything is there and functioning to the extent complexity creates in concert with our capability and our conscious attention being a flashlight that we can shine into that room and see small parts of that room and our functioning as the light illuminates that part.

What we have to do is to find those important junctions of our inbornness (the component of the room that came with the room), our emerging construction of our "room" using those components and the resources that emerge in our lives and how it all fits and works together to produce our experience.

In this oversimplified version of the way reality might emerge for each of us, enough is discoverable in that room, with our conscious attention lighting the way.

I’m not going to say it’s easy for everyone, but it’s worth it for anyone, and from that, everyone benefits!

Join us for our series of Living @F-L-O-W, as we offer guidelines on Enough @F-L-O-W!

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and the world can be changed by only one person and you are staring at her/him in the mirror.

If you do NOTHING else in 2013, experience the simple notions of deepening your understanding of what you really need in your life to be on purpose…change will emerge from that.

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