Systems Thinking has been defined as an approach to problem solving, by viewing “problems” as parts of an overall system, rather than reacting to specific part, outcomes or events and potentially contributing to further development of unintended consequences.
Systems thinking is not one thing but a set of habits or practices within a framework that is based on the belief that the component parts of a system can best be understood in the context of relationships with each other and with other systems, rather than in isolation. Systems thinking focuses on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect.
“There needs to be a shift in values, together with a shift in thinking. A shift from fragmentation to wholeness, from quantity to quality, from growth to sustainability, from domination to partnership.”
Rhythm (from Greek ῥυθμός—rhythmos, “any regular recurring motion, symmetry”) may be generally defined as a “movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions.” This general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time may be applied to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything from microseconds to millions of years.
In the performance arts rhythm is the timing of events on a human scale; of musical sounds and silences, of the steps of a dance, or the meter of spoken language and poetry. Rhythm may also refer to visual presentation, as “timed movement through space.” and a common language of pattern unites rhythm with geometry. In recent years, rhythm and meter have become an important area of research among music scholars. Recent work in these areas includes books by Maury Yeston,Fred Lerdahl and Ray Jackendoff, Jonathan Kramer, Christopher Hasty, William Rothstein and Joel Lester.
Rhythm is made up of sounds and silences. These sound and silences are put together to form a pattern of sounds which are repeated to create a rhythm. A rhythm has a steady beat, but it may also have different kinds of beats. Some beats may be stronger, longer, shorter or softer than others. In a single piece of music, a composer can use many different rhythms.
"i think the difference between the word and the concept of spirituality is not unlike the difference between language and meaning, a dualism that is a constant point of exploration here at rolu. part of language is to try to simplify non-linear concepts in a linear, rational manner into digestible words of knowledge. when language does this, it seems to suggest meaning but is it the actual full meaning? i wonder. there seems to be an incomplete transaction, but i don’t know … maybe that’s the difference between the word and the concept. the word and the way it is traditionally used is perhaps an incomplete meaning of what the concept may mean (or: is perhaps an abstraction itself.)”— rolu.