Are we prepared for this?

Hi everyone,

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

Enjoy and Celebrate EARTH on this DAY – tomorrow, April 19

Hi everyone,

“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
(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings


Leadership and Peace Building (Golden West Peace Studies Program)
Friday April 24 8:30a-5p
Huntington Beach

Food Sustainability: Good Intentions and Unintended Consequences (United Nations Association-OC)
Saturday April 25, 10a-12p
Santa Ana

TRE Global Certification Module I
Friday May 1 – Sunday May 3
San Diego

We are part of nature – Join us April 19

Hi everyone,

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

Enjoy and Celebrate EARTH on this DAY, Sunday April 19

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Hi everyone,

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

Resolving Trauma is a Necessity — Early registration ends tomorrow, March 31

Trauma patterns repeat because they seek full resolution.

Hi everyone,

One of the great things about teaching is that it reminds you of what you already know and helps deepen the way you know it. Yesterday, after talking about symptoms of trauma at In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World, I kept thinking about the phrase ‘History repeats itself’ and the way we are often willing to accept this as if that’s just the way it is. Yes, history repeats, yet one aspect of that stems from the fact that unresolved trauma drives us to repeat patterns again and again. We are not doomed and destined to stay stuck in the endless loop of same ol’, same ol’ as if that is the only possible outcome. Trauma patterns repeat because they seek full resolution. Resolve the trauma and we are freed into forward motion, positive paradigm shifts and continuing on the path of healthy collective evolution. Continue reading

We need a more heart-full relationship with the Earth — we need to resolve the trauma.

“Either we develop a more heart-full relationship with the Earth that sustains us, or we destroy ourselves and life on the planet.”
From: We Need to Relearn That We’re a Part of Nature, Not Separate From It
(This essay is absolutely worth reading in its entirety.)

Hi everyone,

This morning I saw the above essay and as I read it I felt spontaneous breath restored into my body, the life force breath of resonating with something that is a profound truth.

We are part of nature, yet mostly live in inner states that block our perception of that.

We have so many incredibly well-intentioned, important movements for social change that deal with issues as if they occur in a vacuum. Perhaps that is yet another symptom of the generalized disconnect.

For those who seek a more peaceful world, e.g. ending domestic, campus, or street violence, genocide, mass atrocities, and etc. — how can we truly progress in those areas without dramatically increasing provisions for traumatized people to resolve the trauma that is part of the root cause of what perpetuates violent reactivity and prevents conflicts from being resolved more peacefully in the first place? How can we expect next generations to be any different, given that trauma is trans-generational, unless the adults are given opportunities to heal? Continue reading

As pulsating organisms we need each other – A Screening of Cowspiracy Feb 28

The environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers are our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment, ultimately you do to yourself.
 – Ian Somerhalder

Hi everyone,

If you have ever been fortunate enough to spend time with David Berceli, creator of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), it doesn’t take long before it feels natural to think of the human race as a bunch of pulsating organisms. And once that happens, the world will never look the same again. The trouble is that the vast majority of us are not fully pulsating; in order to block our pain, we are stuck in a defensive contraction. What happens when an entire society is contracted? We potentially miss really important opportunities to support the well-being and survival of our own species.

What if the way we have adapted in order to feel less of our own suffering is blocking us from fully taking in where we are as a species in terms of climate change?

On February 28 Orange County for Climate Action will host A Screening of Cowspiracy in Irvine. I can’t emphasize enough how important viewing this film is – so please join us. As mammals, we cannot regulate ourselves in isolation. We are relational beings and rhythm-bound organisms. When dealing with difficult material – we need each other – we need to be together. Yet, this film is so important that if for some reason you can’t view it with us, please do find a way to watch it on your own.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT
Founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings.


Living Ubuntu planning meetingtomorrow!
Tuesday February 17, 6:30p-8p
Patty’s office: 2424 SE Bristol Street, Suite 300, Newport Beach, CA 92660
If you arrive late, the door will be locked. To be let in, call Patty’s cell: (949) 246-2969
Call in option: (951) 262-4343 | Access code: 377504

In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World (2015) – An 8-Session Group TRE Series
Sunday February 15 – Sunday April 12 (9a-11a, except 3/8: 1p-3p)
Santa Ana

A Screening of Cowspiracy – OCCA
Saturday February 28 (6:30p – 9p)

Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) planning meeting (a Living Ubuntu and UNA-OC partnership)
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30p – 8p
1151 Dove Street #210, Newport Beach CA 92660
Call in option: (951) 262-4343 | Access code: 377504

TRE Global Certification Module I
Friday May 1 – Sunday May 3
San Diego

TRE Global Certification Module II
Friday October 9 – Sunday October 11
San Diego.