Awareness: The ability to meet situations, people, others and one’s own thoughts and feelings with openness, presence and acceptance.
This encompasses concepts such as presence, attention, self-awareness and self-reflection, psychological/ cognitive flexibility and resilience. These are, in turn, related to qualities such as equanimity, discernment, the capacity to listen and communicate, and openness to change.
Connection: The ability and desire to see and meet oneself, others and the world with care, humility and integrity, from a place of empathy and compassion.
This includes concepts such as compassion (to both humans and the environment), empathy, kindness and generosity.
Insight: The ability to see, understand and bring in more perspectives for a broader, relational understanding of oneself, others and the whole.
This extends to concepts such as perspective-taking, integral, equitable thinking and the integration of different ways of knowing. There are close links to the qualities of humility, optimism and hope.
Purpose: The ability to navigate oneself through the world, based on insights into what is important (intrinsic, universal values).
This encompasses concepts such as the activation and reflectivity of one’s values, sense of purpose, intentions and responsibility, future orientation, intrinsic value orientation and associated senses of reciprocity, equity and solidarity.
Agency: The ability to see and understand broader and deeper patterns and our own role in the world in this regard, and to have the intention, optimism and courage to act on it.
This includes a sense of empowerment and related qualities/ skills that can foster and enhance cooperation, the co-creation of meaning and action. There are close links to qualities such as courage, creativity, passion, optimism, and hope.