Habits of Unity — Changing Our Country and the World One Citizen at a Time

“There’s no need to change the world. There is a better way. I say let’s toilet train the world, and we’ll never have to change it again.” — Swami Beyondananda

In these times of division, fear, misunderstanding, and confusion, those who are awakening to the “shituation” are asking, “What can I do?”

Maybe the better question is, “Who can I BE?” For as Gandhi famously said, “Be the change you seek.” Could it be that the key to changing what’s out there is changing what’s “in here”?

This week’s guest on Front and Center, Elaine Parkes, has applied her 25 years’ experience in the world of advertising and marketing messaging, to design a unique, playful and highly-effective way to ground the “ideal” of universal values into the “real deal” of daily practice. Her book, The Habits of Unity: 12 Months to a Stronger America, offers a “habit-forming” practice to transform our largely unconscious habits of separation into a program and practice of what she calls, “intentional evolution”.

She successfully implemented this program in Rwanda, and in systems like the Pittsburgh school system, and now she is bringing her wisdom and program to the world at large at a time when we most definitely could use “unity without uniformity.” The brilliance in her program is that each individual gets to embody and apply each helpful habit in their own unique way. Says Elaine: “I wrote this book because, like me, you may find it stressful to feel like a helpless bystander in this toxic era of division in America. If you really think about it however, national unity won’t trickle down to help us. It will ‘bubble up’ as each good citizen like ourselves add ‘our better.’”

Watch our interview here, and discover a simple and effective way for YOU to move the “upwising” forward.

Yours in evolutionary upwising,

Steve Bhaerman



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