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
livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005

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

::: UPCOMING EVENTS :::

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)
Irvine

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.

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Get some relief! Registration for TRE series ends this Friday, Feb 13


Hi everyone,

I hear people talking about feeling overwhelmed more than ever before. It is evident that the vast majority of us are being traumatized by trying to keep up with the day to day commitments of daily living. The ‘day to day’ no longer consists of just keeping up with family, friend and employer commitments; it includes the impossibility of keeping up with a seemingly endless stream of digital communications. Then there’s the additional overwhelm of noting the world around us, e.g. global warming, mass atrocities, petty, polarized politics, etc. Not to mention the emotional contagion of stressed-out states in other humans; it takes an awful lot of groundedness to be able to resist getting swept up into someone else’s experience. When things really get to be too much, we go a little numb, but that doesn’t do anything to address the root of the problem, we just temporarily feel it less. And we can’t think our way out of it because the problem isn’t coming from the rational brain.

It is our nervous system that needs to shift, and that is best accomplished by doing something that speaks its language. When the old way stops working – even though it’s hard to add anything additional into the schedule — it’s time to try something new :)

Seriously — come get some relief! Join us for the upcoming Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) 8-session group series. This coming Sunday February 15 9a-11a in Santa Ana is the first session of In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World. The registration deadline is Friday February 13. (What is TRE?)

Also – on Saturday February 28, Orange County for Climate Action is hosting A Screening of Cowspiracy in Irvine. Click here for details.

Warmly,

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

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

In a Gentle Way You Can Shake the World – Gandhi

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. – Gandhi

Hi everyone,

Thanks again to everyone that recently attended Toward a More Peaceful World. As follow-up to that event, In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World (2015) — an 8-session Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) group series in Santa Ana starts Sunday February 15. This group is open to the public, regardless of prior TRE experience (preregistration is required, no walk-ins).

Participating in this group is a great way to continue what you learned during the Dr. David Berceli workshop, and, it is also a great first experience if you missed the workshop and have never learned TRE before. If it is your first time, attendance at the first session is required. Life is busy, so you can come to as many or as few as your schedule permits, however, the benefits of TRE practice are cumulative and gain momentum over time, so I would strongly encourage you to attend as many as you can. If you attend six or more sessions, you will notice far more change than attending fewer sessions. And the group as a whole will also benefit from having consistency in attendees. I will give a little bit of instruction on a different topic each time, but the majority of time will be spent in the actual practice of TRE.

Living Ubuntu is a volunteer-run organization. I will be donating my time for this group. All net proceeds will benefit Phase 3: Trauma Recovery for East Africa Refugees in San Diego. Once again, here is an opportunity for you to invest in your own well-being, while supporting TRE research, and helping us to provide services to a traumatized population that often doesn’t get help recovering, all at the same time! :)

February 15 is less than two weeks away, and space is limited, so it’s time to sign up. Register here.


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Come celebrate with us this weekend! TODAY is last day to register.

Hi everyone,

Toward a More Peaceful World is this coming weekend and as gentle reminder, online registration ends this evening, January 14 at 11p.

My recent emails have emphasized the 2-day workshop being presented by Dr. David Berceli, but that isn’t the only great thing happening this weekend. The Living Ubuntu Birthday Celebration will be Saturday evening and registration for that is separate from the workshop. So if for some reason you can’t make it to the workshop – come celebrate with us in the evening!

We have gotten amazing donations for the silent auction. Need an iPad? Acupuncture? Wine tasting? Come place your bid! Plus we have several Ubuntu-themed activities that we think you will really enjoy, and of course lots of really tasty, great food too ;)

Net proceeds will benefit Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego. Make sure to register by 11p tonight so you can join us in having a great time Saturday evening and help support this critically important project all at the same time.

And if for some reason you just can’t be there this weekend, support the project by donating here.

Grateful for your continued engagement and support,

Barbara English, LMFT
Founder & Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005
[Ubuntu] n. a person is a person through other persons

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Two incredible events — register for both by 11p TONIGHT!

Celebrate Living Ubuntu’s 10th Birthday!

Toward a More Peaceful World

Dr. David Berceli and Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)

A 2-day workshop January 17-18 | An evening celebration January 17

Golden West College
15744 Goldenwest St
Huntington Beach, California, 92647

Net proceeds will benefit Living Ubuntu’s Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego.

Open to the public. CEUs available for LMFTs and LCSWs.

Click here for more info or to register by January 14.

Much gratitude to all of our partners, donors and sponsors!

LIVING UBUNTU
GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE PEACE STUDIES PROGRAM
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR BIOENERGETIC ANALYSIS
CARL WILKENS FELLOWSHIP
THE GRAIN PROJECT
I-ACT
SAN DIEGO TRAUMA-INFORMED GUIDE TEAM
TRE, LLC
BLUE HEART COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE
BRIDGETTE HANNING
BUDDHAMOUSE EMPORIUM
COSTCO
CUMMINS & WHITE, LLP
LARA MONTAGNE PHOTOGRAPHY
MIDAN AL TAHRIR
MOTHER’S MARKET
PRP WINE INTERNATIONAL
STAPLES
STEVE KAYE PHOTOGRAPHY
SWEET SENSATIONS
THE LIVING TEMPLE
WHOLE FOODS
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Time to end the overwhelm – 6 more days to register for Toward a More Peaceful World

…if our muscles and guts are set to respond to danger, then our mind will tell us that we have something to fear….
The degree to which we cannot deeply feel our body’s interior is the degree to which we crave excessive external stimulation.
 – Dr. Peter Levine

Hi everyone,

Okay – first, the bad news.

In today’s world, most of us feel overwhelmed, either chronically, or intermittently. There is just so much to deal with and on so many different levels of life. Overwhelm is everywhere in our society. It’s epidemic. We don’t easily admit the truth of how overwhelming life can be, and what it really indicates about our quality of life and health as individuals and as a society. Most of us have grown accustomed to living right on the edge; we stretch our capacity just about as far as it can go, and then often, we just stay there. We adapt to life in this unnatural state and come to think of it as just the way life is. But it takes a toll, some of it we notice, some of it we don’t. Even taking a break is not enough. It doesn’t still our mind for long, muscles remain tight and tense, mood less than ideal, and sleep is disturbed. Overwhelm sits only one notch below “I can’t” and we cling desperately to staying within the belief that “I can” – even when that requires a bit of denial.

Now here’s the good news: you still have six more days to register for Toward a More Peaceful World.

It’s the start of a new year – an excellent time for change. Equally powerful to your body’s instinctual survival response, is your body’s instinctual recovery response. Most people due to societal conditioning and other factors have utterly suppressed and lost access to the body’s wisdom. That doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Chronic overwhelm means you are stuck. Come get unstuck. In service to your own health and well-being, come experience what is possible for you when your body is able to remember what it already knows how to do naturally – how to recover.
Let’s come together in making this much needed personal and cultural shift. Your tense muscles, spinning mind, and significant others will all thank you.

BTW: We have added a group discount, so make sure you sign up with a friend, or lots of them :)

Barbara English, LMFT
Founder & Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005
[Ubuntu] n. a person is a person through other persons

Happy New Year! Let’s evolve into a more ethical, moral and caring species.

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.
 – Dr. David Berceli
(creator of TRE)

Hi everyone,

2014 is almost over and what a year it’s been for Living Ubuntu!

With an enormous amount of help from dedicated volunteers and collaborating partners, we did a lot of really incredible, amazingly great events, covering everything from the stories of genocide survivors and refugees, to climate change, to trauma recovery.  Click here to see all 2014 events and photos. Continue reading