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  • ...for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. I am
  • Unconditional love is essentially unconditional connectedness.
  • let go of what you have and what you don’t have.
  • Mind Your Elephant

    1. 1. llustrations: PETTERI LAAKKONEN Text:TOMI ASTIKAINEN Mind your elephant How to get rid of your ego, connect with others and save the world
    2. 2. Mind your elephant
    3. 3. Mind your elephant “A person with ubuntu is open and  Dysfunctional people available to others, affirming of  Ego-driven individuals others, does not feel threatened  Dysfunctional relationships that others are able and good.” Desmond Tutu  Artificial separateness  Dysfunctional society  Systemic crisis
    4. 4. You are not your elephant
    5. 5. You are not your elephant “I am that by which I  Elephant is your ego know I am”  “a mental image of who you Nisargadatta Maharaj are, based on your personal and cultural conditioning.”  You are not your ego  your name, age, body, title or profession is not you  You are the consciousness behind your elephant
    6. 6. Suffering is elephant food
    7. 7. Suffering is elephant food “Why are you unhappy? Because  The obsessive compulsives 99.9 per cent of everything you  possessiveness, pleasure, think, and of everything you do, is fear, keeping busy, thinking for yourself. And there isn't one.” Wei wu Wei  Trying to be happy causes suffering  concentrate on peace, love and joy within  Acceptance is the key  accept that everything is unsatisfactory, impermanent and has no self
    8. 8. The elephant has taken over
    9. 9. The elephant has taken over “For some our dialogue of  Elephant speech brain chatter runs so fast that  “I need, I want, I desire” we can barely keep up with  “I should, I could, I would” what we are thinking..” Jill Bolte Taylor  Silence the brain chatter  elephant is in the past and in the future; be in the now  Replace fear with love  accept the fact that your elephant is afraid  take everything as a gift
    10. 10. The crocodile dentist
    11. 11. The crocodile dentist “We live in a time of chaos, as rich in  The Golden Rule 2.0 the potential for disaster as for new  “I am because you are” possibilities. How will we navigate  mindset affects behavior these times? The answer is, together.” Margaret Wheatley  behavior changes thoughts  The Nokia Generation  focus on the whole, parts and interconnections  Give for the sake of giving  scrap “what’s in it for me”
    12. 12. Elephant in crocodile’s mouth
    13. 13. Elephant in crocodile’s mouth “Only actions that do not cause  Spot the elephant in both opposing reactions are those that  accept instead of judging are aimed at the good of all.” Eckhart Tolle  Appreciate assertiveness  defend everyone’s rights  focus on what works  Law of Garbage Truck  don’t take things personally
    14. 14. Relationships without elephant
    15. 15. Relationships without elephant “When people talk, listen  Aim for egoless synergy completely. Most people  empathy: “walk a mile in never listen.” another person’s shoes” Ernest Hemingway  Practice compersion  enjoy others’ delight  Be radically honest  minimize your “assholiness”  Communicate everything  we cannot read minds... yet
    16. 16. The culture of letting go
    17. 17. The culture of letting go “When I let go of what I am, I  Acknowledge the facts become what I might be.”  let go of safe and familiar Lao Tzu  Do less, be more  free time to do nothing  Get rid of needless stuff  learn to minimize craving, delusion and attachment  It can feel like dying  when the ego dies, you can be reborn and grow up
    18. 18. Society of ants
    19. 19. Society of ants “As a thinker and planner, the ant is  We don’t need control the equal of any savage race of men; as a self-educated specialist in several  we can be self-organized arts, she is the superior of any savage  50% of ants do nothing race of men; and in one or two high  be the change you seek! mental qualities she is above the reach of any man, savage or civilized!”  Competition is not enough Mark Twain  co-create for common good  We are already connected  how do we work as a system?
    20. 20. Monetary system is unhealthy  System-created values  greed, self-interest, elitism  Who creates money?  1-3 % is coins and bills  money is debt  who pays the interest?  Nature and we suffer  are you free or in debt?  what are the alternatives?
    21. 21. Towards a new society What kind of world would you like to see?
    22. 22. Towards a new society “Our customs, behaviors, and  Equal opportunity to values are by-products of our culture. If the environment is abundance is the key unaltered, similar problems and  I am because you are behaviors will reoccur.” because we are Peter Joseph  New culture is needed  meaningful co-creation and agile development  bestowal and abundance  authenticity, awareness and dialogue
    23. 23. Be the awakening
    24. 24. Be the awakening “Everything in your life is  off-the-creed there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!”  knowing and doing the right Ram Dass thing  off-the-greed  from monetarism to free co-creation  off-the-grid  small self-reliant and interlinked communities
    25. 25. www.mindyourelephant.org