Excerpt from Affirmations for Mindful Leaders (ISBN 978-1-300-65919-8, 76 pages, $9.99)
Artwork by fabulous Fruition Coalition intern, Samantha Dillon
The process of personal growth is both awakening and becoming.
Awakening is the process of connecting with our purpose and passion. It is both spiritual and psychological. It is internal and eternal.
Becoming is the process of integrating our soul’s deepest desires–our purpose and our passion–with our everyday thoughts and actions. It is experiential and external.
The more we awaken, the more we can become. The more we become, the more we can awaken.
This idea can be applied to organizational development as well. Awakening is the process of discovering and articulating the organization’s highest purpose and vision. Becoming is the process of bringing that purpose and vision to life through action.
Excelleration is the concept that by doing good, we will all naturally move forward. We don’t need a plan; purpose and passion will suffice.
I believe that social change is the result of both individual and organizational action. I further feel that social change is impossible without significant personal change – within both ourselves and others. Organizations, formal or informal, can be a conduit for collective action, amplifying – and morphing — personal change. To move from personal to organizational to social change, three factors are necessary: passion, vision, and commitment. Passion motivates movement toward the vision and commitment sustains us along the journey.
When we feel angry, we may also feel disconnected and stuck. As we come into awareness of this anger, we start to loosen up and open up. Things start to fall into place. Angst is the process of transforming anger into passion. Throughout this process, we continue opening up and aligning our life pieces. Ultimately, we find love in our hearts. We are free and wholly integrated.
At any moment in time, we can be in multiple parts of this chart depending on our interpretation of our experience, our perceived options, and our perceived capacity to change. Right now, I am writing this blog out of a place of pure love, integration, and freedom. Yet, I am living in a place where I am in the movement phase. It is much easier to change our inner countenance than our outer material reality; however, they are interconnected. By continuing to act with love, I will ultimately find the place to which I am going. In my lifetime, I hope to align and integrate all aspects of my inner and outer life having fully explored the possibilities and choosing what is best for me.