In light of environmental degradation, hate crimes and violence, weapons of mass destruction, wealth inequity and global poverty, never before has our human impact on the world been so drastic. With our population set to reach 11 billion people in 85 years, it is imperative that we consider the consequences of our way of being in the world. If a majority of our population continues to remain committed to the ideal of individual well being through external gratification, social cohesion will deteriorate, natural resources will rapidly diminish, and the fragile ecosystem supporting human life on our planet will collapse. However, if we can shift our focus to the development of mental peace, inner contentment, and global compassion, it is possible for humanity to co-create a more sustainable future. Given that our mental life will determine the reality of this shift, Flourish Foundation is committed to sharing contemplative practices that support the formation of healthy habits of mind.
“An awareness of the gravity of today’s cultural and ecological crisis must be translated into new habits… If we want to bring about deep change, we need to realize that certain mindsets really do influence behavior.” ~Pope Francis