A thought to take us further?

Chris Corrigan chris at chriscorrigan.com
Tue Jun 22 16:26:36 PDT 2004

Ashley Cooper wrote:

>"Passion to responsibility is more of a glide than a phase shift."
>chris, will you say more about that?
In my example of a drain, it seems that passion (noticing that the drain
needs fixing) leads to volition (the thing that motivates me to get up)
to responsibility ( the act of doing it).  Seems like a glide to me
though; it's not accurate to describe it in terms of these three phases..

I know there is an exercise in insight meditation where you try to pay
attention to volition: those moments between intention and movement when
your will begins to express itself.  This is the glide between passion
and responsibility and of course, the meditation exercise invites you to
try to see that moment.  Staring deeper and deeper into that small point
in time, looking for a tipping point is the point of the exercise.   It
is to make us more aware of that transition from noticing to acting.  If
there is a phase shift that is where it lies, around the arousal of
volition.  I haven't seen it yet, but maybe that's just me.

At any rate, we talk about passion BOUNDED by responsibility.  I think
there are two descriptive metaphors at play here.  The bounded metaphor
helps us to understand that our passion cannot extend to encompass
everything AND still make room for responsibility.  The responsibility
part focuses our passion into energy we can use to get things going in
Open Space.  The other metaphor, that of passion sparking responsibility
through volition is useful for understanding how and why we do things.
Developing that understanding helps us to do things more mindfully.

I guess.


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