The benefits of attending Toward a More Peaceful World | Register by Fri Dec 19 to get the early discount.

Dr. David Berceli teaching TRE in China.

Dr. David Berceli teaching TRE in China.

This era of human history is witnessing tremendous trauma on a global scale. It seems impossible to try and stop such tragedy despite our greatest desires to do so. In light of this unstoppable, irreversible and seemingly self-destructive era of our humanity, we need to ask: What possible good can come of all this violence? Once again, if we view trauma as a part of life, we must consider the possibility that the large scale trauma that we are experiencing has the potential of helping us evolve into a more ethical, moral and caring species. This global trauma can be viewed as the pain of the human species going through the birthing canal to be born into a new era of human consciousness.
 – David Berceli

Hi everyone,

I know asking you to think about January right now might be a bit much – yet – the early registration deadline for Toward a More Peaceful World is this coming Friday, December 19 and I don’t want you to miss out on it.

If you are on the fence about attending, here are some really good benefits to consider:

•    Participating in Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) has really good odds of making you feel better – e.g. better sleep, more relaxed muscles, calm-alert mind, etc. You get to learn it from the one who created it — a rare opportunity in and of itself — and then, after the two-day workshop, you get to go home and continue its benefits by practicing at home on your own because it really is that easy to learn.

•    Learning more about stress, trauma and the obstacles to conflict resolution from Dr. David Berceli is apt to change the way you see the world (personal, local and global) – cycles we seem stuck in will make more sense — and recognizing what needs to change is likely to make you feel more optimistic.

•    Celebrating Living Ubuntu’s 10th Birthday in the evening will include lots of fun!

•    The whole weekend benefits Living Ubuntu’s project, Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego. Continue reading

Toward a More Peaceful World – early registration ends this Friday December 19

Hi everyone,

It’s mid-December – holiday season. This time of year brings such a mixture of experiences. While some find it a favorite time – relishing in get-togethers and cherished traditions – others feel weighed down by less than ideal relational dynamics and the added stress of holiday frenzy. Many experience not one or the other – but all of the above.

On a good day we can find our natural rhythm that takes us back and forth through the mixed experiences, noting the difficulties, yet, remembering what’s enjoyable, aware of what is less than ideal, yet deeply grateful for what we have. And we have a sense that somehow everything is going to be just fine. Continue reading

Giving Tuesday – Bring direct benefit to local communities

Hi everyone,

It’s Giving Tuesday – we need your support.

In order to effectively continue and increase local trauma recovery for the most vulnerable, we need you on board with us. While we have future plans to bring trauma recovery into additional communities within the Southern California area, currently we are focused on the East African Refugee community in San Diego. We have been extremely successful with this project so far and now need sufficient funding to bring it to completion.

Here is what’s next:

•    Teach Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) to 22 female refugees who have been patiently waiting their turn since September, participating in the Control group for research (Launch: February 2015);
•    Begin the second part of the research — replicate the paradigm with 40 male East African Refugees in San Diego (Launch: February 2015);
•    Provide scholarships to selected refugee leaders to become certified in TRE so they can continue to expand access within their community, offering the groups in their Mother Tongue (Launch: May 2015). Continue reading

A Message from Martina Knee (2014)

Hi everyone,

In requesting you to consider making a 2014 year-end donation, I am delighted to report that the funds we asked you for last year were spent exactly as intended—in support of 2014’s Phase 3: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego. And, the results of Phase 3 to date are better than our most optimistic expectations! Please help us continue.

As you may recall, the Project is a collaboration among Living Ubuntu and its partners, including refugee support organizations, university faculty and licensed psychotherapists trained in somatic recovery, to research and identify models for effective treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress in large populations that transcend cultural differences. Continue reading

What if our worldview just can’t perceive climate change? Why trauma recovery is essential.

A couple of weeks ago I had a meeting in Carlsbad. As I drove south on the I-5 freeway, the coastal view was beautiful. I began to reflect on how I have lived my entire life in Southern California. While I complain about many aspects of what life is like living in Orange County, there are so many other aspects that I really love and appreciate. As I continued to ponder the beauty of the ocean, I felt a wave of deep grief and sadness. How long would it look like this? How long until living in Southern California is no longer a great place to live? Beyond those questions I felt deep sorrow about where we are at this point in time as a species, and for how greatly alienated from and abusive toward Mother Earth we have been and continue to be.

I never pictured moving from this area – until recently. Now, as I absorb the very grave state of our planet including the implications of the current, ongoing, devastating drought in California, I have come to realize there might come a time I will need to leave, and possibly many others also. Continue reading

We live in turbulent times – and still have so much to be grateful for.

The creatures that inhabit this earth–be they human beings or animals–are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.Dalai Lama

Hi everyone,

Thanks to everyone who came out Sunday night to attend OCCA’s first event, A Screening of THE 11th HOUR. We had a great turn-out and a very lively conversation afterward. If you missed the event, here is a link to the petition we featured that night, seeking for St Joseph Healthcare to divest from fossil fuels. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Did you know that way back in 2010 the European Union and the United Nations called for a global shift to a vegan diet to survive hunger, poverty and climate change? (See video above.) Continue reading

The 11th Hour – this Sunday!

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
 – Dalai Lama

Hi everyone,

This email is intended as just one more friendly reminder about Sunday night’s event – we are all very excited about it and we want you to be a part of it!

Orange County for Climate Action (a recently formed partnership between Living Ubuntu and United Nations Association of Orange County) is hosting its very first event this coming Sunday, November 23 6:30p in Irvine.
We will be screening the powerful, extremely well-done film, THE 11TH HOUR, introducing you to OCCA, and having a conversation after the film exploring what we all can do at this critical, essential choice-point in our shared history. Continue reading