Principle 1 Adaptation 1


Principle 1. First Week
Since we are looking at one principle a month, we start the cycle of reflection all over this week — beginning the new year with the first of the principles of valid action. Also called  “The Principle of
Adaptation” it is drawn from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It says: “To go against the evolution of things is to go against yourself.” 

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We’ll start by focusing on the general structure and implications of the principle. This week’s meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss our thoughts, doubts, questions, and insights about this principle. As always we should remember the Principles are not meant as isolated bits of wisdom, any more than they’re meant as a conventional moral code. Rather, they are part of a dynamic meditation, the rudiments of a discipline that you can practice in every moment of your life. They are principles, general ideas that you can weave together into a coherent style of life, aimed in a particular direction.

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Principle 1 Adaptation 1




Principle 1, Week 1
An Overview
Since we are looking at one principle a month we will start the cycle of reflection all over in January. We begin (no surprise) with Principle #1 which is also called “The Principle of Adaptation,” from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It tell us: “To go against the evolution of things is to go against yourself.”

We will spend the next weeks considering this principle and its implications, whether it’s useful, and in what ways. We will look at how I applied it or could have applied it in the past, how it might apply in my current situation, how I imagine it might in the future. All of this is not just to understand this principle of valid action more deeply but also to begin to reflect more rigorously about our behaviour. I am trying to learn how to weave the Principles into a discipline that I can practice at every moment of my life, a kind of dynamic meditation. It’s almost like learning a mental martial art – which places great emphasis on the ability to avoid your opponents attack.



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