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"Observe and Interact" permaculture principle challenge

Let's further the discussion from our first-Monday potluck 

... by applying the observe and interact principle and then sharing the story of how it worked out.   ... or didn't.

[A quick refresher on principle 1]


We are all involved in actions and interactions

• in the garden

• at home

• at work

• in the community

How much observing are we doing before we act?  Can we choose actions that are aligned with the natural order of things, so that they contribute to the whole in a positive way?

At the potluck, we heard some good guidelines.

• Before you act, take the time to truly see what is going on

• Don't let your observations be distorted by preconceived ideas

• Continue observing after you interact.  Feedback is the key.

So, let's put all of this into practice!  

• RSVP "Yes" to accept the challenge.

• As the month goes by, apply the observe and interact principle in every way you can think of.

• Report the results here  -- successes and failures -- to the comments section.

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  • Braxton B.

    With our 4 month old son, my observations and interactions with him has transformed the dynamic relationship of our family. One of those observations, in the beginning, was his crying. By being new parents, we would have to work together on trying to figure out why he was crying. We sometimes found ourselves outside of our comfort zone and straight into the panic zone: Was he hungry?; did he need to be held and loved? did he have a poopy diaper? Are we failing as parents because he cries? We then realized that it was his only way to communicate with us. By observing this, we then found ourselves in the stretch zone, a little bit out of our comfort zone but not in a panic. We learn from the crying and interact with him in love. He is our greatest teacher!

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • martin h.

    do my best to do this all day long....

    February 11, 2014

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