Environment: Inner & Outer
Please watch the videos below and I invite you to share anything you wish about your experiences on the forum or via email.
Now we ́ll focuses on the web of life that is actually the structure of our lives on every level from the very formation of oneself to the vast interconnected universe. We reflect on the preciousness of this planet and the precarious nature of its sustainability.
All things are connected like the blood that unites us, We did not weave the web of life. We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. - Chief Seattle
Simple yet Profound
No matter where we look, what we eat, what we experience, or what we think, we will discover complex networks of connection. Not a linear connection but countless causes and conditions that support its existence. When we try to find anything that did not come from something and does not connect to something, it cannot be found! Because this is the way things exist, and because this understanding of interconnection is so profound, it seems logical and essential for us to teach children and people of all ages from that perspective.
T.- The video below, We Are All One, is narrated by Red Crow, Native American Sioux Elder.
Regarding production we can trace back to our conception, and when we see that it was due to the interconnection of the sperm and egg, that first started the production of the first cells that then started to split and multiply to form the beginning of the mandala that becomes the embryo. It is not dissimilar to the external bio-ecological system described by Bronfenbrenner.
In the first weeks after conception, the single cell rapidly divides into many cells. A hollow ball of cells is formed and becomes attached to the wall of the uterus (womb). Some of the cells become the placenta; the rest become the embryo. The latter group of cells develops into a four-layered disk. Each layer is converted into different areas of the body. The outer layer, or ectoderm, for example, develops into skin, hair, nails, and the nervous system. The inner layer, or endoderm, develops into the intestines and lungs. The middle layers develop into the heart, bones, and muscles. - ‘How a Fetus Grows’ by Elizabeth Eden, MD
U.- Below the video, Powers of Ten, takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.
A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty - Albert Einstein
V.- What might be some of the benefits of growing up with a deeper understanding of interconnection beyond the basic ‘environmental/green’ awareness? Please take a moment to really reflect about this
W.- SEE DOCUMENTAL RECOMMENDED / VER DOCUMENTAL RECOMENDADO: TRUE COST: https://truecostmovie.com
X.- Below is The Story of Stuff, a documentary demonstrating life cycle of "things." From their sale, use, and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad... yet most of this is hidden from view.
Remember I invite you to share anything you wish about your experiences on the forum or via email.
SUPLEMENTARY READING AND REVIEW
Z- You may want to check out www.mandalaproject.org
TO MAKE YOUR MANDALA / HACER TU MANDALA
ZZ.- Could you create a representation of your beautiful, wise and compassionate UNIVERSAL MANDALA?
Yes! Please, make your personal mandala and once it is finished, post it on WhatsApp and bring it back it at the next lecture
Reduced and step by step the visual and simple but deep labeling of each part of the construction of the whole.¡