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The Change Blog features weekly thoughts and reflections from Kindling founder Peter Schulte on what change is, how and why it happens, and how we can be change agents.

The core of compassion

If we could just go all the way back through history, better understand our origins, our genetics, and all the reasons why our cultures developed the way they did, even our darkest moments would make sense.

Shameless

We often use “shameless” to describe those they aren’t bound by rules of decency or conscience. I think this gets it exactly wrong.

Distance

How do I remain invested in the work while remembering that it’s ultimately insignificant?

I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

All we can ever do is create meaning for ourselves. Our work is in listening to what wants to grow in side of us and allowing it to blossom.

A year without weed

This week marks a full year of not smoking weed. This is a real accomplishment for me, but also - I’m realizing - a real loss.

Time is not a flat circle

We are constantly developing new capacities, values, and ideas. Yet we also circle around through the same themes and challenges again and again.

Should we celebrate inadequate progress?

We best enable ourselves to take the much-needed big next steps when we remind ourselves that we are capable of change and in fact that it’s already happening.

Hibernation

What inside of you might starting making itself heard if just given the stillness and space?

Faith

What appears to me frightening or discouraging might actually be exactly what we need.

Groompa

What’s most helpful for me in sad times is to make a home for my grief, to nurture it, to let it be seen and voiced.