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Jordan Peterson '12 Rules for Life' Pursue What is Meaningful
Monthly book/discussion group exploring 'responsible living' themes inspired from Dr. Jordan Peterson's latest book "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos." NO requirement for reading his book or prior knowledge of Jordan Peterson, though reviewing some of the links below and some of his work will help with understanding deeper layers of his teachings. This meeting we will explore: Rule #7 "Pursue What is Meaningful (Not What is Expedient)." Jordan Peterson on rule #7 Summary discussion thread of rule #7 - “Without rules, we quickly become slaves to our passions-and there’s nothing freeing about that. The best rules do not ultimately restrict us but instead facilitate our goals and make for fuller, freer lives.” Norman Doidge (Forward from 12 rules) “Hatred for self and mankind must be balanced with gratefulness for tradition and the state of astonishment at what normal, everyday people accomplish. We deserve some respect. You deserve some respect. You are important to other people as much as to yourself. You have some vital role to play in the unfolding destiny of the world. You are, therefore, morally obliged to take care of yourself. You should take care of help and be good to yourself the same way you would take care of help and be good to someone you loved and valued. You may, therefore, have to conduct yourself habitually in a manner that allows you some respect for your own being.” - Jordan Peterson Book reviewer excerpts: David A. French of National Review considered it as a "beacon of light" for current time, with a simple but profound purpose of "to help a person look in the mirror and respect the person he or she sees". Dorothy Cummings McLean, writing for The Catholic World, considered it as "the most thought-provoking self-help book I have read in years", the rules for life reminding her of those by Bernard Lonergan, and content "serving as a bridge between Christians and non-Christians interested in the truths of human life and in resisting the lies of ideological totalitarianism". Melanie Reid of The Times, says the book is "aimed at teenagers, millennials and young parents". Summarizing it, she states: "If you peel back the verbiage, the cerebral preening, you are left with a hardline self-help manual of self-reliance, good behavior, self-betterment and individualism that probably reflects [Peterson's] childhood in rural Canada in the 1960s." ---------------------- The primary book we're referencing is #1 National & International Best Seller "12 Rules of Life: An Antidote to Chaos" by Dr. Jordan B Peterson link to the 12 Rules for Life book: ---------------------- logistics: No food allowed, only bottled water allowed in library. 2 hour free parking validation ( left side of library lobby entrance for parking garages A, B, & C. $2.00 flat fee all evening parking available at Montgomery County garage on Monroe St near E. Montgomery Ave intersection. Specific study room # will be listed in comments section the week of the meeting. For those wanting dinner before, there are food options nearby: Here are several pretty good Happy Hours ( ie - Bar Louie, La Tasca, Thai Pavilion, Bon Chon, etc. ------------------ *** In the case of room space limitations, RSVP preference will be given to regular attendees ***

Rockville Memorial Library, Study Room (2nd Floor)

21 Maryland Avenue · Rockville, MD

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What we're about

Are you tired of all the trite, easy steps & quick fix advice out there?
Tired of giving up your authority to so called 'experts', 'systems', or 'healers'?
Tired of the endless cycle between avoidance, distraction, and clinging to safety - ie. 'cover-up' addictive patterns?

Ready to discuss, explore & learn practical ways to deal with honest, genuine, & real life difficulties?

Issues like:
Difficult Personalities
Difficult Conversations
Difficult Topics (Grief, Depression, Mental Illness, Death)
Sacralized victims (Demonizing opponents & Language police)
Dangerous Bullies (Narcissists, Sociopaths, etc.)
Deception (half truths, exaggerations, mis-information)
Passive Aggression
Spiritually minded but no earthly good (fundamentalists, idealogues, extremists)
Relationship or Family issues (Care Giving, Roles, Responsibilities)
Emotional Reasoning & Emotional Neglect
Distortion Campaigns
Fear, Obligation & Guilt (trips)
Social Shaming (Silencing, Stigma & Taboo)
Not being seen, recognized, or respected
Confusion, Complexity & Anxiety
Logical Fallacies
Facing Failure
Lack of Meaning
Unconscious shadow material (dark side of light chasers)
Transference & Projection
Moving, Transitions & Change
Time Management, Scheduling & Accountability
Illness, Getting Older & Decline
Inner Critic, Judgment & Perfectionism

I envision a small local tribe of friendly peers eager to work together in order to figure out how to deal with, face & resolve life's challenges through learning, growth & transformation.

Are you one of those few to join us in the arena?

"All too often our so–called strength comes from fear, not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended front shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence. If we strengthen our backs, metaphorically speaking, and develop a spine that’s flexible but sturdy, then we can risk having a front that’s soft and open, representing choiceless compassion. The place in your body where these two meet — strong back and soft front — is the brave, tender ground in which to root our caring deeply when we begin the process of being with dying." - Roshi Joan Halifax

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