Fear and Loathing in the Political Process

by Facilitator on April 16, 2010

capitol-building-picture_2We’re partnering with the Faith and Politics Institute , for an evening presentation and a day-long workshop with congressional members and their staff.  Our first presentation will be on in the capitol building Wednesday, April 21, from 7-9pm. You can register hereHere is the title and description:

 Fear and Loathing in the Political Process: Transforming Destructive Emotions for Effective Leadership


Fear, loathing, and outrage are inevitable dynamics within the political process. Being consumed by them, however, is self-defeating. Politics can devour us from within, fuel polarization and conflict, or become personally transformative and responsive to public concerns. This workshop explores ways of taming the inevitable reactivity within us and transforming it into an empowered freedom that promotes personal wholeness and effective political discourse.

We will then lead a day-long workshop, at the capitol on Friday, April 23, from 9 am to 4 pm.  We are currently seeking to make this workshop open to the public.

Beyond Conflict and Conformity: The Politics of Empowered Compassion

In politics we care deeply about public concerns and the principles that should guide them. Inevitably, we find ourselves pitted against people who are equally passionate about contrary positions. Often, a heated battle ensues, fueled by vitriolic rhetoric and hard-ball aggressiveness. The only responses seem to be to fight back with similar weapons, or cave in and lose the battle. Both leave us resentful. Fighting back only intensifies the conflict; caving in degenerates into political powerlessness. At best, a compromise is hammered out that satisfies neither party, but hostilities seemingly cease until the next hot button concern is raised.

This workshop explores a third way beyond conflict or caving in. The way of empowered compassion enables a person to be grounded in one’s own sense of truth and power while simultaneously open to the truth and power within a political opponent. Such a posture sustains one’s soul, defuses conflict, and creates the conditions for genuine dialogue and creative, collaborative problem-solving.


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