The Joy Business
What does the world need now? The Cobb Institute for Process and Practice highlights four principles, four goals, four values:
- whole persons
- whole (compassionate) communities
- a whole planet
- holistic thinking (linking art, science, and spirituality)
Our aim at the Cobb Institute is to help foster these values through our educational offerings and our work in local communities, often in collaboration with one of our most important partners, the University of La Verne.
When it comes to holistic thinking, we at the Cobb Institute recommend a process-relational worldview. If you are interested in learning about this way of thinking, please see the visual snapshots at the bottom of this page. They will give you a sense for it. But we know that any form of thinking, process or otherwise, has its value in how it serves the other three goals: whole persons, whole communities, and a whole planet.
As we think about what it means to be a whole person, we are guided by the wisdom of one of the world’s largest multi-faith networks: Spirituality and Practice, based in Claremont, California, as are we. The folks at Spirituality and Practice offer a multi-faith "spiritual alphabet" that helps name the qualities of heart and mind that help sustain whole persons and nourish whole communities. Here it is:
attention - beauty - being present - compassion - connections - devotion - enthusiasm - faith
forgiveness - grace - gratitude - hope - hospitality - imagination - joy - justice - kindness - listening
love - meaning - nurturing - openness - peace - play - questing - reverence - shadow - silence
teachers - transformation - unity - vision - wonder - x, the mystery - yearning - you - zeal
Please note that “J” is for joy.” In our time of social fragmentation, political dysfunction, global climate change, culture wars, and gaps between rich and poor, we all need and seek the sustenance of joy. We all need to find happiness in troubled times. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu help evoke just what is needed, plus more. Their laughter is contagious, as is their wisdom. They are in the joy business.
The Ludwig Center at the University of La Verne (California) will offer a free screening on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. After the film screening (1.5 hours), they will offer a 45-minute discussion led by a panel of interfaith leaders from the local community. The screening and discussion will take place at the University of La Verne's Ludwick Center Sacred Space (1928 Bonita Ave, La Verne, Ca 91750). To join virtually, please register here.