Compassion is not a quality to be cultivated in isolation, aloof from life. It is easy to be compassionate from a distance, when your heart is undisturbed. When you are surrounded by those who love and care for you, when you have built a world where pain is repressed or ignored, you can easily immerse yourself in thoughts of love and tolerance. Yet that is a fragile world, built on foundations that will always crumble. Compassion speaks of the willingness to engage with tragedy, loss, and pain. Its domain is not only the world of those you love and care for, but equally the people who threaten you, the countless people you don’t know, the homeless person you meet on the street, and the situations of anger and hatred you recoil from. It is here that you learn about the depths of tolerance and understanding that are possible for each one of us. It is here that you learn about dignity, meaning, and greatness of heart.
– Christina Feldman
Sorry for the short notice. We have accepted the international invitation to participate in “Global TRE Shake… to Ground Nepal”.
This coming Sunday, June 14, 4p-6p, in Newport Beach, we are offering Intro to TRE – Fundraiser for Nepal. This event has a minimum suggested donation of $20.00. ALL proceeds will directly benefit TRE For All in collaboration with TRE-Humanitarian Support Asia (TRE-HSA) as they seek to: Create and Install a Sustainable TRE® Relief Program in Nepal for Long Term Earthquake Recovery.
Can’t attend, but want to contribute? DONATE HERE.
Still not sure what TRE is? Check out the videos below.
Want to join us on Sunday? RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(And bring a mat or blanket to lie down on, the room is not carpeted.)
See bottom of this email for additional upcoming events. Continue reading
A human being is a part of a whole… [but] he experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest…. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. – Albert Einstein
Last Thursday, Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) had a great turn-out for, “A Conversation with Craig Preston: Solutions to Climate Change”. (See more about CCL’s Carbon Fee & Dividend plan here.) Then on Sunday, we had a lot of fun (amidst the seriousness of the topic) on our visit to the Southern California location of Farm Sanctuary. You can see the photos here. I had no idea how crazy-big the pigs would be, not to mention how ridiculously tall the full grown male steers were – wow! A little intimidating until you find out they are just as friendly and affection-seeking as a cat or dog. Continue reading
Because, underneath all of this is the real truth we have been avoiding: climate change isn’t an ‘issue’ to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions—telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet. Telling us that we need to evolve.
― Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
Have you read, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate,” by Naomi Klein? There is a passage in the book where she talks about her own process around climate disruption denial. She knew, but didn’t, because she didn’t want to, or felt too overwhelmed by the thought of what she might come to know.
… it is always easier to deny reality than to allow our worldview to be shattered…
– Naomi Klein
Only when she came to see the great potential for positive change was she able to fully embrace it. Part of that shift meant she stopped thinking of climate violence as “somebody else’s issue”, something the environmental organizations would tackle. She began to see not just the need to cope with this rapidly unfolding crisis, but the possibility that adequately attending to the reality of this moment could land us in a vastly better place than ever before. Urgency itself could be the catalyst to mobilize the many to come together in a new and entirely different way. Climate catastrophe needs to not be viewed as an issue over there somewhere to be attended to by those who like dealing with that sort of thing. It in fact, “Changes Everything”. Continue reading
By now I am sure you are all well aware of the extreme, heartbreaking devastation following the not just one large earthquake, but multiple large earthquakes, in Nepal. We tend to think of earthquakes as something that ‘just happen’ and are utterly out of our control, but maybe not always. Many have pointed to ‘fracking’ as a contributor in some areas in the U.S. – and — what about climate change?
“Climate change may play a critical role in triggering certain faults in certain places where they could kill a hell of a lot of people,” says Professor McGuire. Some of his colleagues suspect the process may already have started.
(More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Geologists Warn – Newsweek)
Meanwhile, locally, Fire Officials Say San Diego Should Brace For ‘Unprecedented’ Fire Season.
Climate change > drought > fire > trauma > increased risk of domestic violence, trouble learning, substance abuse…
Are we prepared for this? Continue reading
“I am prepared to evolve. Are you?” is the ending line in the Conservation International video where Julia Roberts portrays the voice of Mother Nature. Have you seen it? In this Nature is Speaking series, many celebrities joined the effort to lend us their voice, with Harrison Ford as The Ocean, Kevin Spacey as The Rainforest, Robert Redford as The Redwood, and more. They are all well worth watching, yet it is Julia Roberts’ voice that is now stuck in my head with that haunting question that Nature is indeed asking of all of us:
“I am prepared to evolve. Are you?”
Enjoy and Celebrate EARTH on this DAY is tomorrow, Sunday April 19. I hope you are planning to join us, and if so, make sure to RSVP.
See you tomorrow!
Barbara English, LMFT
Founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings
::: UPCOMING EVENTS :::
Leadership and Peace Building (Golden West Peace Studies Program)
Friday April 24 8:30a-5p
Food Sustainability: Good Intentions and Unintended Consequences (United Nations Association-OC)
Saturday April 25, 10a-12p
TRE Global Certification Module I
Friday May 1 – Sunday May 3
We humans have challenges for myriad reasons. I often think about how many difficulties are the first, second or third hand result of cumulative stress and unresolved trauma. It is our survival mechanism to activate the fight-flight-freeze mechanism as our primitive brain sees fit. If we are truly endangered, this is a really, really good thing. However, if we stay in this state unnecessarily, the price paid includes that we lose access to our ability to self-reflect, experience the sensations of embodiment, find pleasure in affiliative bonds, and resonate with the natural world we are part of. We lose Ubuntu.
Resolving trauma is essential for restoring healthy relationships with ourselves and each other – and – for restoring the critically important awareness that we are part of nature. Continue reading
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. It is also the month that contains Earth Day. Last April, as many of you know, we hosted a six event commemorative film series noting each of the genocides with dates of remembrance in April. This year, let’s greatly expand the focus of what we need to be addressing as ‘prevention’ by recognizing the role of climate change and make use of the timing of Earth Day to do it. Addressing the current climate crisis is a daunting challenge, and on our current path, likely to greatly detract from global health, increase conflict, and limit access to life-sustaining resources. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by it and just shut down. Sometimes we need to take a step back, take a breath, re-group and allow a different, more helpful perspective to emerge spontaneously and from the heart.
On Sunday, April 19 Orange County for Climate Action will host Enjoy and Celebrate EARTH on this DAY. Continue reading