It’s been nearly two years since I moved to the bay area! I wrote a post on my own evolution when I first arrived, and thought it was time to update with some of the fruits of the time here.
Coming from a perspective of wanting to ‘change the world’, I’ve been in a journey to understand what it means to focus on ‘being the change’ as a primary driver in life. That means developing a sense of self-compassion when I can see ways to practice love more deeply, but not having the inner capacity at this time to actually do it. It means actively growing my inner capacity. And it means doing things in the world, but not holding on to the work product as the point – rather, the person I am becoming through engaging in the work is primary. Given this approach, what i do is de-emphasized next to how i do it. The ‘how’ of patience, of unconditionality, of love, of supporting the edges, of trust, of growing ‘real’ wealth (ecology, community, wisdom/compassion).
Relationships continue to be most important in this for me. Group contexts of Armonia, Nessel Development, RSF Social Finance, ServiceSpace, and many others who share the wish of inquiry: how do we engage with the world of money while being primarily motivated towards inner transformation?
Below, some seedlings that have sprouted as I’ve been able to work with a host of friends, colleagues, and mentors in the spirit of love. None of this work is ‘mine’ as I see it, but I am grateful to be connected to an ecosystem where this is happening-
-21 day challenges at KindSpring. inviting people into the daily ‘work’ of heart awakening, building off the latest in science and practice. guiding dialogues in the office context based off these practices.
-Well-Being in Business and Finance. groups of business leaders who want to live into a different values set with each other. no more competition to see who is most sustainable. no more ‘business case for sustainability’. having real wealth more important than having financial wealth. inviting a profound shift within by supporting each other and practicing together.
-Laddership. reframing projects that wish to make the world a better place. 6 week group process that is building new concept of the entrepreneur who knows that changing the world is possible when the inner revolution (wisdom, compassion) connects with the outer revolution (innovation, creativity, discipline, ecosystem).
-Work+Transformation. small monthly tidbits to bring light to how this longing for a consciousness shift is everywhere if we’re looking for it.
-Awakin Calls + Circles. dialogue spaces with thought leaders who are interested in how concrete action intersects with personal transformation
But again, the ‘how’ is more important to me than the ‘what,’ and what I am becoming more important than external outcome. Each of these projects could probably be ‘scaled’ with investment capital and reach exponentially more people. That is not the ‘how’ that resonates with me; in fact, it is an example of a system that I wish to slowly disengage from through building my inner capacity. So these projects are simply offered out of love, as best I can. I can only hope for more access to wisdom, to double-down on a process that is aligned with the will of nature.
As many in my generation, I wonder what box to put myself in sometimes. I have been a consultant, an investment person, a technologist, among other hats. My formal titles make less and less sense in the dominant paradigm. I feel myself more fluidly swapping in and out of hats. If any box feels most alive right now, it’s that of friend.
My personal learnings continue to form the leading edge of my journey. I feel committed to a life partner, Anne-Marie, who teaches me the art of love daily and with whom I can focus on bringing shadows to surface. I moved from San Francisco to Berkeley (hence the picture up top) about 6 months ago and finding the sense of community/family as a revelation. My contemplative practice, and my conversations continue to veer towards the heart, towards the implicit, and towards deconstructing ‘myself.’
I want to end by bringing to mind names of dear ones in holding gratitude at this moment. My experience is that we are all in ecosystem, I am astounded by that beautiful, invisible net that connects us all…may all beings be happy.
Birjubhai, Thanks so much for sharing. As always grateful for your contemplations and service.
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