Congress returns amid sour mood over slow economy
Both/and needs to be added to transcending and living in this (impermanent) moment. History, whether individual or collective, cannot be ignored, and here we must turn to the West for balance.
Indeed, his holiness states "it's not easy" to change one's attitude, but it would be easier if one had a historical and deep understanding about why there are no "jobs" or how "unemployment" became one's reality (not to mention a concept).
Without integration or "appropriation" (see Hans Loewald) of our history, we get the classic shadow elements becoming obstacles to higher/deeper development (and, of course, the spiritual gurus exploiting others). This also happens on a grander scale: without knowledge of the history of money and debt, morality and social relations, simply changing one's attitude to acceptance and non-judgment in order to manage the stress of economic survival does little to change the conditions that keep creating a class system dependent on exploitation, dominance, and fear. See David Gaeber's "Debt: The First 5,000 Years" or this post: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/08/what-is-debt-%E2%80%93-an-interview-with-economic-anthropologist-david-graeber.html
As what some call a "community psychologist" or even a radical (gasp!), I think keeping both individual and collective and, as Ken Wilber would say, interior and exterior perspectives is the most practical approach to helping and fostering change, despite the luxury of a spiritual realization while on the cushion that everything's September 5, 2011 5:45 PM