Recently BaBa Richard and I have been teaching on Civility using PM Forni’s “Choosing Civility” as a textbook. (Teaching available at schoolofalchemy.love) Our students have been so blown away and have told us that this teaching is making a HUGE distinction in their lives because they didn’t realize how many common behaviors are UNCIVIL.
One of the fundamental principles of civility found in the book is:
“Courtesy, politeness, manners, and civility are all, in essence, forms of awareness. Being civil means being constantly aware of others and weaving restraint, respect, and consideration into the very fabric of this awareness. Civility is a form of goodness; it is gracious goodness.”
These three words say so very much. One of the benefits of this teaching (as opposed to simply reading the book) is that it provides an opportunity to unpack real present day concerns and to place them within the framework of Civility. Students get to really SEE and understand not just how to be civil but how much JOY and PLEASURE civility adds to your life RIGHT NOW today….