Values, Practices, and Philosophies

I really believe that the only place we can truly heal from our past traumas is in loving, healthy community.

Some of the values, habits and philosophies have a pink link in the title. Click on that link and you will find the topic covered in more detail. If it has an asterisk, that means I haven’t completed the description yet–but soon I hope to!

As I define these values, I always ask myself the question that I was taught when I was about 8 years old. “If everyone in the world did this, would this be good for the entire world?”

Perhaps you could ask this question yourself to determine if you might like to adopt some of these values.

Here are some questions:

  • Is there anyone in the world who shares all of these values?
  • Are they universally beneficial?
  • As the founder, do I have enough wisdom to list all the values and not miss something really important?

If you think a value is missing, let me know! And if you disagree with my choices, let me know that, too!

Even though we may not share all of these values, I would like to talk to you about the ones you don’t agree with in order to make sure that we are in alignment. I look forward to these conversations.

It is possible that if we vehemently disagree on any of these values,  we do that we will not be able to work together effectively because of irreconcilable differences.

One of the main reasons living in community with shared values is so helpful is that we can encourage each other to live in congruence with values.  When we “walk our talk” we can more easily achieve our goals and be more effective in living our mission of creating a world where all of life thrives. Our personal power increases exponentially when we live in congruence.

There is so much emphasis on being able to get along with people who are completely different from us. I agree that I would never want to force anyone to change their values. Yet I think that if we disagree on too many foundational beliefs, it will be harder to work together. Working together to help transform our collective consciousness into one where happiness, kindness and compassion is the norm, is what I am hoping for.

I see community as an experiment in living in such a way that if everyone lived in this way, all of life would thrive. Don’t we adopt values because we think they are the best way to live? Dialogue is super important. I know I am going to learn so much. Maybe as a group we can come up with the universal values that if anyone adopted, they would thrive.

The categories and titles can be improved. I continue to add values. Some items may not seem like values. I am defining values as: “Anything that I find to be of value that I want to practice in the community.”

Here is an alphabetical list of the values, philosophies and practices. Included in many of the topics are quotes from Will Tuttle’s World Peace Diet.  

These are included because they demonstrate even more deeply why these topics are so important to include in our values, practices and philosophies to go even more deeply into the reasons.

                             Healthy Spirituality: Oneness/Interconnectedness of all

Definition: “Living in unconditional Love means embracing all experiences as equal, understanding the totality of any situation and it’s lesson, dissolving the opposites and thus find Peace within. Evolving is the transcendence of duality back to it’s source of Oneness.” From website of Collective Evolution  

Practices/Philosophies: 

Unity: We seek the good in every perspective and believe that all human beings are connected to each other and the Cosmos at large. We look at our differences and work them out in ways that everyone gets their needs met. We are people with varying thoughts, philosophies, and theologies, and we seek to integrate our diversity into a healthy unity. While we have no desire to endorse world-views that are destructive, we look at actions which are less than nurturing as tragic requests for love.

“Spiritual health, like physical and mental health, urges us to take responsibility for our lives, and to dedicate ourselves to a cause that is higher than our self-preoccupation.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

Christian Spirituality: 

I finally decided that I want the community to be Christ-centered, and helpful to Christians. Christian vegans are a very small minority, and we need all the help we can get! In addition, with 2.3 billion Christians in the world, if we focus on inspiring and motivating even millions Christians to become vegan, we can make a lot of progress! Christians will most likely be the most effective persuaders, although I also want to support people who don’t identify as Christians in being great at doing vegan outreach with Christians and people of other faiths.

I have some rather unique views on how to interpret the Bible and what it means to be Christian, and a growing number of Christians are embracing these viewpoints. I call myself a Christian Universalist, which means that I believe that there is no eternal conscious torment that people go to just because they are not inspired to accept Jesus as their savior. I also am very connected to the Anabaptist tradition, the peace churches,  which includes the Quakers and Mennonites.

“When we practice eating for spiritual health and social harmony, we practice making certain essential connections that our culturally induced food rituals normally require us to block from awareness. This practice is an essential prerequisite for evolving to a state of consciousness where peace and freedom are possible.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

“This book is intended for readers of all religious traditions as well as those who do not identify with any particular tradition. Like the Golden Rule, which articulates a principle that is pronounced by all the world’s religious traditions and persuasions, the principles discussed int his book are universal and can be understood and practiced by all of us, whatever our religious affiliation or non-affiliation may happen to be.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

“While we are granted varying degrees of privilege depending on our species, race class and gender, we all are harmed when any is harmed. Suffering is ultimately completely interconnected because we are all interconnected, and socially constructed privilege only serves to disconnect us from this truth of our interdependence.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

“I believe That at the deepest levels of our consciousness we all yearn to achieve authentic spiritual union with the source of being, to experience directly our true nature. It is this longing to experience wholeness, truth and freedom from the painful illusion of fundamental separateness that urges us to expose and inquire into the mysteries surrounding us every day…Looking deposing into food, into what and how we eat, and the attitudes, actions, and beliefs surrounding food, it is an adventure of looking into the very heart of our culture and of ourselves.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

“What is not me, the other, or even the potential enemy, is somehow transmuted, by opening and embracing, into me, us. A healing occurs, an awakening to the larger wholeness in which the formerly separate “me” and “not-me” are united as co-elements, co-operators.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

This is a great book, Kinship With All Life.  

Cliff Mikkelson, who is a neighbor to the learning center, is an author specializing in the topic of oneness and the interconnectedness of all life.  He is developing a course on oneness that will be presented on the future online learning center. You can find his blog on oneness here. 

Spiritual Practices and celebrations: We encourage such things as meditation, yoga, visualization, worship, singing, spiritual gatherings,  and other practices that support us in getting in touch with the unseen world, and support us in living out the values that have been listed.

Having a Vision: “Without the vision the people will perish,” Proverbs 29:18. “A clear vision helps you pursue dreams and achieve goals; an idea of the future, a strong wish. … A vision will help you to overcome obstacles in the way and helps you hold on when times are tough. A vision that is well defined helps you to focus and create a purpose that becomes your measurement for your success.” Read more in this article at the Dream Manifesto website.

Creativity:

                                  Healthy Shared living/Interdependence 

Practices and philosophies:

Celebration naturally elicits enthusiasm and excitement. It inspires, enlightens and motivates us to find greater understanding, wisdom and solutions to the problems we face. Celebration frees your creative Essence and provides the fuel and resources to move beyond your problems and find the answers you seek.” Read more here. 

Educational Philosophy: We support life-long learning. Unschooling is one way to define this value. See more here. 

This article and video is helpful also:

Extended Family: We create smaller groups within the larger community so that people are a part of an intergenerational group which is similar to an extended family. Even though we will have shared income where all in the community are taken care of, we want to model the extended family values for those who do not live in community yet.

“Family is not only vital to the spiritual well-being of the individual, but also to building a peaceful society, nation and world. The family is where principles are transformed into practice and become the values we live by.” from the website www.Hyunjinmoon.com

We encourage people to stay in touch with their families, and if possible, that they can be reconciled with their family if that is a need. We also find ways for families to live in the community, near by, or visit.

*Gift Economy: A gift economy or gift culture is a mode of exchange where valuables are not traded or sold, but rather given without an explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards. … This contrasts with a barter economy or a market economy, where goods and services are primarily explicitly exchanged for value received.

*Intentional Residential Community: “An “intentional community” is a group of people who have chosen to live together with a common purpose, working cooperatively to create a lifestyle that reflects their shared core values. The people may live together on a piece of rural land, in a suburban home, or in an urban neighborhood, and they may share a single residence or live in a cluster of dwellings.” Geoph Kozeny  from this article on the Federation of Intentional Communities website.

*Land Stewardship rather than Ownership: “In the settler mind, land was property, real estate, capital or natural resources. But to our people, it was everything: identity, the connection to our ancestors, the home of our nonhuman kinfolk, our pharmacy, our library, the source of all that sustained us.” From The Land Trust Alliance.

Non-Hierarchical Governance and Shared Decision Making: We create systems that invite the input of everyone and use strategies that help everyone to get their needs met. Sociocracy 3.0 offers well-tested, always improving, patterns which will guide us. We use the patterns from Sociocracy 3.0 which guide us.

*Right Livelihood: We create business and income streams that enable us to do things that we love and which are in alignment with our values and goals. This website from the Right Livelihood Foundation states: “The idea of ‘right livelihood’ is an ancient one. It embodies the principle that each person should follow an honest occupation, which fully respects other people and the natural world. It means being responsible for the consequences of our actions and taking only a fair share of the earth’s resources.”

Egalitarian/Shared Income: Full members will be part of this sharing economy.  The Fellowship of Egalitarian Communities have found that the income sharing model works well. Reba Place Fellowship, a Christian Community,  has successfully practiced this principle for decades. Read more here. The Fellowship of Egalitarian communities does not have a huge list of communities, but the ones they have as members are very successful and their model is so in alignment with many of our values.  This website also offers a well-organized list of resources that are helpful for any community in formation.

“Riane Eisler draws on the work of many anthropologists and writers…to argue that there have been basically two types of societies, which she refers to as partnership and dominator. In partnership societies, men and women are essentially equal and work together cooperatively, and Eisler attempts to demonstrate that this was the norm for many tens of thousands of years of human life, prior to the expansion of the patriarchal dominator cultures that were based on herding animals.”    Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet                                

Ethical Living

“Compassion is called ethical intelligence. It is the capacity to make connections and the consequent urge to act to relieve the suffering of others. Like cognitive intelligence, it is suppressed by the practice of eating animals.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

Practices and philosophies

Anti-speciesism: “Thinking that animals are inferior and we can use them solely because they were born with features such as fur or feathers instead of human skin is an irrational and unfair prejudice towards other species, known as speciesism. Speciesism overlooks our sameness – sentience – and as with racism and sexism, those without power suffer so that someone else can gain.”  Quoted from this article. This article is interesting even though it doesn’t use the word speciesism.

“As long as we remain, at core, a culture that sees animals merely as commodities and food, there is little hope for our survival. The systematic practice of ignoring, oppressing, and excluding that is fundamental to our daily meals disconnects us from our inner wisdom and from a sense of belonging to a benevolent and blessed universe.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet. 

*Congruency: “There is a reality that few people recognize. An individual can not effectively manage time without personal congruity, and congruity is not possible without clearly defined values that are brought under control in personal thought and performance.”Charles Hobbs.  Hobbs defines congruity as “experiencing balance, harmony, and appropriateness with events in your life.”from a post in the Vasthead Blog

“We may speak of love, kindness, freedom, and a gentler world, yet it is our actions, especially those that are habitually practiced that determine what future outcomes we and others will experience. The cycles of violence that have terrorized people both historically and today are rooted in the silence of our daily meals. Though animals cannot retaliate like other people can, our violence towards them realities against us.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet.

Consistent Life Ethic: The, consistent life ethic is an ideology that opposes abortion, capital punishment, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. Adherents are opposed, at the very least, to unjust war, while some adherents also profess pacifism, or opposition to all war. Vegans are now adding the idea that valuing other-than-human life is part of the consistent life ethic. Patricia wrote this article and another about her experiences praying for the unborn at Planned Parenthood. 

“Unfortunately, though we invent mental categories for the infinitely mysterious beings we encounter such as “blacks,” “slaves,” and pagans” or “food animals,” “game,” “pests,” and “laboratory animals.” These categories, and the violence with which we treat the magnificent beings thus categorized, do not fundamentally change or cheapen that sacred and enigmatic natures….The light of the infinite spiritual source of all life shines in all creatures…Faily to see it, often because we never experienced others seeing it in us, we iprison ourselves, mistaking the confines of the shallows for the deep and free.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet.

Nonviolence: Also know as “Ahimsa.” “Nonviolence is the personal practice of being harmless to self and others under every condition. It comes from the belief that hurting people, animals or the environment is unnecessary to achieve an outcome and refers to a general philosophy of abstention from violence.” From Wikipedia 

Will Tuttle talks about how even those who think of themselves as being nonviolent, if they eat animals and their secretions, are hurting themselves and action in ways that are opposite to nonviolence.

“By confining and killing animals for food, we have brought violence into our bodies and minds an disturbed the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions of our selves in deep and intractable ways. Our meals require us to eat like predators and thus to see ourselves as such, cultivating and justifying predatory behaviors and institutions that are the antithesis of the inclusiveness and kindness that accompany spiritual growth.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

This video from the Meeting House church was inspiring to Patricia.

*Veganism: a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. I wrote this article about why I adopted this value in 2016

Truth: “Truth, like knowledge, is surprisingly difficult to define. We seem to rely on it almost every moment of every day and it’s very “close” to us. Yet it’s difficult to define because as soon as you think you have it pinned down, some case or counterexample immediately shows deficiencies. Ironically, every definition of truth that philosophers have developed falls prey to the question, “Is it true?” Excerpt from the article, What is Truth on the Philosophy News website.    

                                        

                                                   Physical Health

Practices and philosophies: 

Healthy relationship with food: We find ways to make sure that we are eating to live, not living to eat. Eating a raw plant-based diet prevents over-eating.

“The apple is a gift of the tree and of the infinite universe propagating and celebrating itself through the pale The seeds fall, in the apple, to become new trees or are eaten by humans or bears or birds and thus are distributed more widely, spreading and benefitting the tree and the whole systems, unfolding in the utter vastness, complexity and perfection.  If we become aware of this when we eat an apple, we will know we we are loved and nourished, and that we are part of something greater, a mystery so immense and benevolent and exciting that we can only be touched by the sense of sacredness…Eating an app with awareness can be a sacred feast, and yet it is usually done casually while we are preoccupied with something else.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

Holistic Healing:  Is the practice of health and wellness that considers the entire person and all of the internal and external factors affecting them. Holistic healing considers the whole person by including their mind, body, spirit, and heart in treatment considerations. This website by Val Silver about holistic healing is very comprehensive and offers a wide array of healing techniques.

Moving Our Bodies: We make time for moving our bodies in ways are fun and that keep us youthful and fit.  Encouraging each other and doing things together help us to have the discipline to do things like acro-yoga, exercise, physical labor, swimming, running, volleyball, basketball, kickball, cooperative games, laughter yoga, dancing and hiking.

Raw Plant Based Diet: We thrive on 70 to 90 percent raw whole foods.

 Healthy Relationships with people

Practices and philosophies: 

Conflict Prevention and Resolution: We build a positive atmosphere where people feel safe, empowered and connected to each other and thus  we easily prevent conflict. We see conflict as opportunities to learn and grow, and deal with disagreements in ways that help us to be closer to each other than ever.

Effective Communication: We are using a variety of models, taking the best from them and leaving the rest, including Nonviolent Communication  Empathic listening is keys to success when it comes to understanding each other. Forgiveness and reconciliation result from our practices.

Friendship: We will encourage healthy friendships which help us deal with life’s challenges, make better choices that keep us strong, and even boost our immune systems. Friendship is important for our mental health. This book,  7 Principles For Making Marriage Work, can be easily applied to friendships.

Monogamous marriage:  We celebrate and encourage. committed relationships  within marriages including same sex marriage. This article from the Federation of Intentional Communities lists the pros and cons of monogamy, and I think the pros of monogamy win out. Government doesn’t need to approve of marriages with a license. We as a community can celebrate the commitment between two people and help them to thrive within the greater community.

Purity/Chastity: We subscribe to scientific proof as well as spiritual belief that sex outside of marriage is not healthy for individuals or the community. ”

“There’s a myth that all people who practice abstinence are Christians. From what we can tell, this isn’t accurate. Although we do have many Christian members, we also have members of all other major faiths, including agnostic and atheist waiters. Waiting on sex is as much a personal decision as it is a religious one, and our diverse membership reflects that.”  From the secular website called Waiting For Marriage.

“The virtue of chastity has traditionally been portrayed as an excellent personal disposition towards the ideal ordering of sexual desire such that the agent desires that which is actually good for both the self and others affected by his or her sexual desires and actions.  From the Stoics to the Enlightenment thinkers it had been thought that chastity was a valuable virtue that was worth developing for the sake of both self and others based entirely upon secular reasons. Yet, that view is less common today. Instead, chastity is sometimes portrayed as an unnecessary ideal with few secular benefits that could not be otherwise obtained.” From a description of a seminar on chastity.

Trust building and Integrity: Trust is important because it is the basis around which all human relationships revolve. Without trust there can be no relationship. This includes transparency, authenticity and vulnerability.

*Healthy Parents/Healthy Children:  Using the principles of Attachment parenting is the one of the main ways we can foundation of healthy parenting. Attachment parenting focuses on the nurturing connection that parents can develop with their children. That nurturing connection is viewed as the ideal way to raise secure, independent, and empathetic children.

“The most crucial task for our generation, our group mission on this earth, perhaps, is to make some essential connections that our parents and ancestors have been mostly unable to make, and thus to evolve a healthier human society to bequeath to our children.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

*Taking Responsibility for One’s Actions: This article describes 10 ways to take responsibility.

“Because of our culturally inherited behavior of abusing the animals we use for food and ignoring this abuse, we are exceedingly hesitant to look behind of the curtain of our denial, talk with each other about the consequences of our meals, and change our behavior to reflect what we see and know. This unwillingness is socially supported and continually reinforced.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

Healthy emotional life

Emotional Health: “Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least three skills: emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.”

Healing our childhood and societal wounds is part of having emotional health. Here is an example of method of healing.

Immanuel Approach helps victims of slave trafficking have emotional healing 

Healing our past: This includes doing healing work with our children and/or the people who raised us, and our family of origin. We encourage people to stay in touch with their families. If family members want to live in the community, they can apply. Or, if values are not shared, there is a lot of land for sale near by so that family members can stay together.

“The more forcefully we ignore something, the more power it has over us and the more strongly it influences us. Looking undistractedly into the animal-derived foods produced by modern methods, we inescapably find misery, cruelty, and exploitation. We therefore avoid looking deeply at our food if it is of animal origin, and this practice of avoidance and denial, applied to eating, our most basic activity and vital ritual, carries over automatically into our entire public and private life. We know, deep down, that we cannot look deeply anywhere, for if we do, we will have to look deep into the enormous suffering our food choices directly cause. So we learn to stay shallow and to be willingly blind to the connections we could see. Otherwise, remorse and guilt would be too painful to bear. The acknowledged truth would also conflict too strongly with our self-image, causing serious cognitive dissonance and emotional disturbance. We choose to ignore, and thus choose to be ignorant and inattentive…I believe that this split in the fundamental unrecognized wound we modern humans suffer, and from it many other wounds and divisions naturally and inevitably follow. It is so deep and terrible that it is taboo to discuss it publicly.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet.

Of course, becoming vegan is not going to dissolve all of our traumas–and in our community we will be looking at a host of ways to deal with past traumas that keep us from being emotionally healthy. However, without dealing with this trauma, no matter how much we work on ourselves and our emotional health–this trauma will most likely prevent a person from being completely healthy.

                                      Healthy relationships with nature and non-human life

Practices and philosophies: 

Connect with nature: This article gives tips on how to have a spiritual connection with nature. This article talks about “nature deficiency disorder.” See more in the Rewilding value here. 

Interspecies Communication: We learn from indigenous people and science how to connect with plants, and the natural world. More in this article.

“In this age of ecological emergency, more people are seeing the need to recognize their connection with all living . Communication between humans and animals has taken on a deeper meaning and urgency. We can learn so much from the animals about how to live in harmony and balance on the Earth. For animal lovers, direct telepathic communication boosts the understanding, joy and richness possible in relationships with their animal companions and all of life.” More about this topic in the website ww.wAnimalTalk.com

Decrease our environmental footprint: We increasingly refrain from doing things that hurt the environment. We aim for self-sufficiency and zero waste. We ask the question, as the native Americans do–how will this affect the next seven generations. We practice Zero Waste principles.

 Zero Waste:“The simple definition: to send nothing to the landfill. The more complex and accurate description: To completely redefine the system, to move to a circular economy and write waste out of existence.” From the website Going Zero Waste. 

This is a zero waste article from a vegan perspective from the website https://nutriciously.com

Rewilding: “Like our environment, which is forever altered due to human intervention, human nature has also been irrevocably shifted. Rewilding isn’t about trying to go back to living as hunter-gatherers. Rather, it is about examining our cultural paradigms, seeing how they affect our physical, mental, and emotional health, and reclaiming our birthright as human beings. Read more here. 

“Jim Mason points out that the agricultural revolution introduced profound changes into the ancient forager cultures, transforming their relationship with nature from one of immersion to one of separating from and attempting to control her.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet  

Minimalism:  Here is a lovely article describing the concept. I wrote article this in 2016. I dedicated about 17 years of my life to help people simplify their lives by helping them downsize, declutter and get organized. Website here. 

 

                  Healthy Connection With Our Neighbors and The World

Practices and philosophies: 

*Community Outreach: We cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with our neighbors and the larger community in Living Springs, Kingston, Huntsville, Madison County, Fayetteville, Eureka Springs and Northwest Arkansas.. We do all that we can to help our neighbors and extended network to cooperate with each other, solve problems, and become a beacon of healing and light. We have community-building activities like work parties and festivals for our neighborhood and the larger community that meets their needs and ours.

Reaching Out to the larger world:We share our knowledge and experiences with others through blogs, ebooks, websites, printed medium, workshops (onsite and elsewhere), internships, webinars, conference calls. We share our experiences of success that we have experienced both in our community and from past experiences. We share activities and material items to enrich our larger community. This blog about the Kindness Alliance I co-founded describes one kind of outreach we could do.

Local foods: We grow as much food as possible. We find wild edibles. We shop at farmers markets and trade with and buy from local farmers.

                                                  Healthy Character

Practices and philosophies: 

General resources: Character Day https://www.letitripple.org/character-day/

“The lesson is quite basic. If we can’t stop the cruelty of eating animal foods, how can we presume to develop the sensitivity, the spiritual consciousness, the oy, peace and creative freedom that are our potential? Your evolution requires that we develop our intuition, the higher, , post-rational knowing that sees and makes wholes from the parts, and that lifts us out of the prison box of self-preoccupation.” Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

Critical Creative Thinking:Critical and creative thinking involves students thinking broadly and deeply using skills, behaviours and dispositions such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school.” From this website.  

This article gives some good tips on how to think critically.

Self Reflection/ and ability to change: “Self-reflection is defined as “meditation or serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives.” It’s about taking a step back and reflecting on your life, behavior and beliefs.” From Life Hack Website. 

Having self-awareness is essential so that we can be able to admit when we are falling short.  We gently help each other to see the truth as we perceive it. Here is a blog post I wrote about being in denial, the opposite of this stated value.

“Intelligence is the ability to make meaningful connections, and this is true for all living systems, such as humans, animals, communities and societies. Participating in daily rituals that repress our ability to make connections severely impedes our intelligence, even amidst our current glut of so-called information, and destroys our ability to deal effectively with the serious problems we generate…Our skills in forcefully blocking feedback also make us easily distracted and manipulated by corporate interests whose profits depend on our inability to make significant connections.

Humility: “Research demonstrates that humility is closely correlated with courage, integrity, strong leadership, self-control, learning, and better relationships. Here are ten characteristics of a humble person that move us to the above-listed desired outcomes in life” Read more in here in Craig Finnestad’s blog.

Resilience:  “The capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change, so as to still retain essentially the same function, structure, identity, and feedbacks.” (54) In other words, resilience does not mean putting a fence around one’s community, refusing to allow anything in or out. It means “being more prepared for a leaner future, more self-reliant, and prioritizing the local over the imported.” (55)” From the Transition Town Handbook reviewed on the Resilence website here. 

Compassion: “The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.We empathize with the suffering of all of life.  We empathize with each other in order to create an atmosphere of love and safety where we can be our authentic selves.” From the Charter for Compassion website. Find more here. 

Respect: “It’s the sense of worth or personal value that you attach to someone. Respect is an overall evaluation you give someone based on many factors – what that person is doing with their life, how they treat you and others, whether they are honest or not and if they seem to consistently do good things, large or small, for other people. In short, respect is a positive view that you form of how someone is living their life. On the other hand, self-respect is your view of how you’re living your life.” Read more in this article, with which I definitely don’t agree with on everything-but it does offer a comprehensive view of respect. I learned a lot.

Self Control: “SelfControl is “doing what is right, even when I don’t feel like it.” Imagine riding in a car that is out of control. … Selfcontrol is like having steering and brakes in the journey of life. It means saying “no” to some things in order to say “yes” to something better—something that can help you reach your goals!” From the Character First Education website

Life-time Learning/Being on the cutting edge/trendsetters: I wasn’t sure where to put this but I’m trying out in the character section. I wrote this article about how I have been in touch with trends that now are or becoming  widely accepted.

Appreciation: We look for, dwell on, and tell each other about observable behaviors that we see which we find nurturing.   We also notice progress in these areas and share this with each other. We delight in each other!

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

                                          Healthy Social Justice

Practices and philosophies: 

Diversity:  Diversity refers to both an obvious fact of human life—namely, that there are many different kinds of people—and the idea that this diversity drives cultural, economic, and social vitality and innovation. Indeed, decades of research suggest that intolerance hurts our well-being—and that individuals thrive when they are able to tolerate and embrace the diversity of the world. Source from Greater Good Science Center here.

I wrote this article about the diversity of our Fayetteville Farmer’s market here. 

Intersectionality:  Our work needs to be mindful of all of those who are on the underside of power. We will explore this issue and seek to find ways to help all people who are exploited without compromising our commitment to the animals.

*Restorative Justice: Restorative justice views crime as more than breaking the law – it also causes harm to people, relationships, and the community. So a just response must address those harms as well as the wrongdoing. If the parties are willing, the best way to do this is to help them meet to discuss those harms and how to about bring resolution. Other approaches are available if they are unable or unwilling to meet. Sometimes those meetings lead to transformational changes in their lives. Learn more here. 

Healthy Creativity

Here is a helpful article about creativity.

Music: Lots of singing, harmonizing, song writing, drumming, starting a band and performing.

Play: Using the power of playfulness we are more productive, connected, creative and healthier. Here is a great article to prove this point.

The Arts: So many people love to do crafts, visual arts and more. We can use our resource yard to draw from in order to make all kinds of artistic pieces. We can make works of beauty on the land, such as carved meditation benches on a prayer walk.

Celebrations/Creating Traditions: “Celebration is the most common denominator that we have. It crosses the boundaries of time and place, race and religion, education and economics. We can be super creative in designing our celebrations, using what we know from old traditions, as well as creating new traditions.

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My past writings about values:

Why it is important to define values:

If you want to see how I have held fast to these values and added more, I wrote this article in 2016

Read more here about my journey to the Bay Area in 2016 where for the next 3 years I lived on and off, learning so many valuable lessons which lead me to the place I am with focusing on values now in 2019.

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Are there any values you think are missing? What do you think of these values? What do you agree with? What don’t you agree with? Questions?