Being Real – The Highest Moral Conduct

¨The theme of the day is Sīla which means virtue, morality, or proper conduct. To start out the day, I want to emphasize that the kind of morality we’re talking about is not the fake kind….


…where the focus is on right and wrong, or what it all looks like to the neighbors. It’s about being real and raw and keeping close to yourself. It’s about saying what you mean and meaning what you say. It’s about not saying one thing and doing another….


One of the best books that I can think of on this subject is Pema Chödron’s

¨Coming Closer to Ourselves¨. The only measuring stick for how you’re doing is the one you hold up against yourself. ¨


– Coach Jo

The US – Isolated and alone?

While living in the US, for 25 years, I always had a eerie feeling of isolation. That if the US did something dumb, we’d float off on our own into an isolated island in the West. I found it hard to find world news but they were often US centric. So as much as the US has been the envy of the world for so long, it is also an Elsa. An ice queen in an ice castle, isolated and alone. That is the challenge we are facing now, to keep America part of the world community. As a triple national, and now also living in Europe, I’m invested in this. Some of my best friends are still in the New World, while I’m now watching from the Old World. While all the in-bickering is happening in the US and US government, rapid innovation is happening elsewhere. See this phenomenal TED talk with Swedish scientist Nick Bostrom on AI for example:

Proudly and incidentally, Sweden was named as best country in the world to move to and raise children. But many other countries in Europe and East of West are producing mind blowing stuff. India. Japan. Germany. My point? Let’s talk about the US as a global member and take our over abundant focus off of POTUS’ every move or what’s happening blow-by-blow there. We all have equal stake in this planet’s survival. Let’s start talking about ALL of it…

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Coach Jo