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​​Engaging an idea is acting upon the idea to somehow make it concrete.  Engaging an idea requires you move beyond your mind to your body and out of the world of thought into the everyday world.  The question that drives engagement is:  What would this idea look like if I lived it out in my every day life?

​​As a result of pondering the ideas, you will probably learn that you have already engaged many of the big ideas, even if unintentionally.  If you live in the United States and have ever paid sales or property tax, voted in an election, or served on a jury, then you have engaged in the idea of democracy. Likewise, those in many parts of the world who have borrowed money to start a business, invested in the stock market, or bought something at a store, have engaged in capitalism.

​When exploring an idea, however, engaging an idea requires being deliberate and intentional about acting upon the idea.  In the process of exploration, engaging an idea can be seen as an experiment of sorts in which you agree to act upon/live by the idea for a period of time.  Before you start living by it, you can develop a hypothesis about what you expect will happen and how yours and others lives will be different as a result. When the allotted time concludes, analyze your results and use what you’ve learned about living by the idea to evaluate and understand it better.

​​Clearly, individuals who commit themselves to live according to an idea are engaging it. Examples of this abound—be it Martin Luther King, Jr. whose willingness to commit civil disobedience as part of his fight for racial justice, or a parent who works over-time to benefit their child.  Taking a public stance on a controversial matter—whether by writing a letter to an elected official, posting a comment in an online discussion, or publishing a blog post—is another way to engage an idea.  

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​​Both Tangled Meditations and You Should Be a Liberal  focus on engaging ideas.  Tangled Meditations engages participants in the ideas of beauty, creativity, and mindfulness through teaching the 8-step -step Zentangle method to create non-representational art and to develop a Zentangle practice. Our blog, You Should Be a Liberal is an example of how we (the owners/founders of Explore Big Ideas, LLC) engage the ideas of social justice, civic dialogue, and democracy.  In our blog we go beyond just pondering the possible responses to controversial issues to taking a stance and providing reasons for our positions.

​Exploring ideas that matter is a cyclical process with three distinct phases: Learning, Pondering, and Engaging. Enter the exploration process at any phase, moving ‘backward’ or ‘forward’ in the cycle.  After engaging an idea, consider learning more about the idea or pondering its many possibilities.

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