CBD2021: Attuning to the Web of Meaning: An introduction to the practice of Liology with Jeremy Lent
Following Jeremy Lent’s talk on Tuesday, Oct. 26 on the themes of his new book, The Web of Meaning, this workshop explores an integrative framework that attunes to the meaning that arises from our intrinsic connectedness within ourselves, with each other, and with the natural world. Liology (pronounced lee?ology) comes from the Chinese word li that means “the organizing principles.” This interactive workshop introduces Liology as an embodied investigation into the organizing principles of the dynamic patterns that make up our universe––what traditional Chinese sages called the Tao. It shows how core principles of love, harmony, and kindness can form the bedrock of an integrative worldview that could foster sustainable flourishing on a regenerated Earth.
This worskhop offers a combination of didactic explanation, guided meditation, qigong, video clips, breakout groups, and general group discussion. The practices are intended to help integrate different domains of experience that are usually considered separate—mind and body, science and traditional wisdom, material and spiritual, inner subjectivity and social/political engagement—and show how meaning itself emerges as a function of their integration.
Jeremy Lent is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, examines the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. His new book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, (Profile Books | UK & Commonwealth; New Society Publishers | USA/Canada) offers a solid foundation for a worldview based on connectedness that could lead humanity to a sustainable, flourishing future. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute and writes topical articles exploring the deeper patterns of political and cultural developments at Patterns of Meaning.