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Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week

We have been doing Fridays @ Five for a little over a year now. You know the format. The kinds of things we like to share. Have you ever wanted to share something on Fridays @ Five? Here’s your chance! 

Send us your favorite resources with a short blurb explaining why you like them. We will select the resources that seem most in line with our mission and message, and we will credit you if you want. Send your [email protected] ideas to [email protected] and put Fridays @ Five in the Subject Line. Include whatever personal information you want to share (name, type, country of residence). 

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Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.

It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, quotes, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.

 

1.  THE ACORN AND THE OAK TREE: A PARABLE 

In our new Enneagram program, Beatrice Chestnut shares a powerful parable about personal growth. She reads it from Cynthia Bourgeault’s  book The Wisdom Way of Knowing. I found a transcript of it online, and would like to share it here:

Once upon a time, in a not-so-faraway land, there was a kingdom of acorns – a myriad of acorns nestled at the foot of a grand old oak tree.

Since the citizens of this kingdom were modern, and fully Westernised acorns, they went about their business with purposeful energy; and since they were midlife, babyboomer acorns, they engaged in a lot of self-help courses. There were seminars called “Getting All You Can out of Your Shell.” There were woundedness and recovery groups for acorns who had been bruised in their original fall from the tree. There were retreats and spas for oiling and polishing those shells and various acornopathic therapies to enhance longevity and well-being.
One day in the midst of this kingdom there suddenly appeared a knotty little stranger, who apparently dropped “out of the blue” by a passing bird. He was odd: capless and dirty, making an immediate negative impression on his fellow acorns. And crouched beneath the oak tree, he stammered out a strange and wild tale. Pointing upward at the tree, he spoke to all that would listen to him, and said, “We…are…that!”

Delusional thinking, obviously, the other acorns concluded.

But, one or two of them continued to engage him in conversation: “So tell us, how would we become that tree?” “Well,” said he, pointing downward, “it has something to do with going into the ground…and cracking open the shell.” “Insane,” they responded. “Totally morbid! Why, then we wouldn’t be acorns anymore!”

2.  THE POWER OF TRIBE

Here’s a video from Rafe Kelley’s “EvolveMovePlay” concept. It’s good to remember that humans have the capacity to learn to move through the natural environment and through rough contact situations with deep understanding.

With all of the natural disasters we have been having in the world lately, movement through the landscape seems like one more great skill to understand. If humans stay in touch with our deepest capacities for movement, we could physically rescue one another from dire situations with more confidence. Something to think about…. –Anonymous, ISFJ

3.  BOTCHED – A D&D PODCAST 

Antonia and Joel were hanging out in a Gettysburg coffee shop recently when they overheard a conversation from some fellow podcasters. Antonia has been a long-time fan of Dungeons & Dragons, so she couldn’t resist engaging them in conversation. I checked out their website and they look like a fun group of guys. According to them, don’t judge them by podcast #1 or #2. They were still getting their podcasting legs under them. Start listening at episode #3.

I grew up in an environment where D&D was demonized as… well, demonic. But I have been thinking about exploring it recently, and since these guys pair their game with my favorite beverage – beer – I think I’m going to give them a try. *Be warned – if you prefer your podcasts without swearing this may not be the podcast for you.*

4.  HOW PRIMAL TRAUMA RESURFACES THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES 

Holly McIntosh (ENFJ) shared this video with me on the PTSD we experience at birth and how that theme – the fear of abandonment – continues to affect our lives and resurface in our relationships.

Check it out!

5. QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” –Naval Ravikant, angel investor

 

 

 

So there you have it.

Do you have something you would like to add to the conversation? Please leave a comment or your thoughts below. We’d love to hear what you think.

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