April Earth Month events were amazing! What’s next?

Hi everyone,

April Earth Month events were amazing! What’s next?

We are very grateful to Logan Crow at Frida Cinema in Santa Ana for once again being willing to work with us on an upcoming screening of Catching the Sun, Tuesday, May 10, 7:30pm. This event is timed to occur within the week-long campaign that 350.org is doing called Break Free (from fossil fuel) May 4-15. For those of you who are able to make it to Downtown Los Angeles, consider joining their March to Break Free from Fossil Fuels on Saturday, May 14 (please carpool or use public transportation to get there).

The following week, we have scheduled a meeting with Nicole Capretz who successfully led the way to San Diego passing a law requiring transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035. She has agreed to advise us on how to pursue the a similar effort within Orange County. If you live locally, we are really going to need your help with this.

BTW: have you signed one of our post cards yet, asking the Orange County Supervisors to support 100% renewables? We will have these available on May 10 at the Frida screening please come and sign one, or grab a stack to circulate within your own networks.

Please jump in — get involved — these efforts need everyone!

Advance tickets for the Frida Cinema screening of Catching the Sun on Tuesday May 10 can be purchased here.

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We need empathy to come back to life | Pre-registration for Earth Day events through Wed Apr 20

Hi everyone,

International Trauma Expert Dr. David Berceli wasn’t able to accept the invitation to speak at the 10th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference on Friday, April 22. Instead, he create a video. We felt it was a very important message about how the inner process facilitates outer paradigm shifts, so we have chosen to circulate it in advance of the conference rather than within it. You can view it here.

Since our defense mechanisms are designed to help us cope and feel less pain, we can be grateful that they work so well when we need them – and – sometimes their effectiveness works against us, especially when we get stuck in defensive patterns needlessly. In a defended state we lose the sense of being part of the whole, and too often harm our self and surroundings without perceiving the consequences of our actions. We lose sight that living life while numb isn’t really living life. Many of today’s problems can be attributed to this pervasive disconnect. It is really getting us into trouble.

When we have unplugged from our own inner state, we lose access to self-reflection and no longer experience our rhythmic, pulsating existence as part of the alive natural world we live within. We lose the perception of this earth as a self-regulating living organism that we are part of. We fail to experience that our planet cannot self-regulate well enough to compensate for how extensively we have interfered with its natural rhythm causing it to head toward a state of organismic chaos instead of life-supporting coherence. Within the disconnect, we lose some of the ability to step into someone else’s shoes, and that empathy, in a healthy state, has application regardless of species.

We need empathy to come back to life. We need empathy to reveal compassionate living. And we need each other to do what needs to be done in this life. We need to come together. There is too much at stake to ignore the crisis and the urgent need to change the paradigm for how we live life on this planet.

Please make time to join us for the Earth Day events listed below. I know you are busy, that is part of what is keeping us traumatized in this society. We are all too busy. We live with chronic overwhelm. Yet, this is an opportunity to participate in bringing about critical changes in this world. So, I am asking you to please make time to be there. It is important.

Online registration for both events ends Wednesday evening, April 20.

Nicole Jafari has generously offered her beautiful Anaheim Hills home for a Fundraiser Brunch and Silent Auction for Farm Sanctuary (with Gene Baur) on Sunday, April 24, 11am – 2pm. For complete details, send me an email: info @livingubuntu.org. I hope you will come join us that day also and offer your support to the remarkable work Farm Sanctuary is doing. Continue reading

Racing Extinction – tonight!

Hi everyone,

This is a friendly reminder that A Screening of Racing Extinction is tonight, Thursday, April 14 at 6:30p, in the Orange Coast College – Science Hall, Costa Mesa. Admission is free. Go to the web site to watch the trailer, find parking info, campus map, and to RSVP.

See you tonight,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-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



From the Academy Award Winning Filmmakers of The Cove…

A Screening of

Scientists say the sixth mass extinction is taking place on our planet.
It’s also the first caused by a single species: Us.

April 14, 2016,  6:30pm – 9:30pm

FREE Admission

Orange Coast College — Science Hall
701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Click here for more info and RSVP.

This free screening of Racing Extinction is a pre-conference event, in advance of the
Friday, April 22, 8:30am – 5pm
Golden West College 10th Annual Peace Conference.

Click here for 4/22 GWC conference details and registration.
Saturday, April 23: Earth Day at Soka University with Gene Baur: Eating in harmony with our values

Wisdom figures are hard to come by | Gene Baur at Soka April 23, 2016

Hi everyone,

There is a short list of people that I have personally met that have dramatically changed the way I see the world and the path I choose to walk in this life. One of those I speak of often is the international trauma expert, Dr. David Berceli. Back in 2004, it resonated deeply when I first heard him speak of trauma as our invitation to evolve as a species with its resolution supporting our growth toward wisdom.

When we do not feel safe, we contract, resulting in increased fear, competition, resentment, reactivity, and anger. When safety is sufficient to allow for trauma recovery and great self-reflection on life’s hardships, we do not go back to the way we used to be, we go forward, forever changed for the better by our experiences. In the best case scenario, our sense of empathy and compassion expand as part of a much bigger, broader worldview. We move from the tightly contracted limitations of a self-centered worldview of “me” into the species-preserving benevolence of pursuing the common good in a worldview of “we”.

In 2015, I had the extremely good fortune to meet yet one more of these rare individuals who have met with significant adversity, and come out on the other side with increased wisdom and compassion. That individual is Gene Baur, the Co-founder and President of Farm Sanctuary. Bearing witness to animal cruelty for three decades would cause many to get utterly stuck in cynicism and bitterness, yet, Gene has managed to remain inspirationally optimistic, while embodying groundedness. After 30 years, he carries an amazing amount of knowledge; beyond that, he carries his life experience with grace. His organization seeks “Compassion for All” and gently reminds us that animals are “Someone not Something”.

Wisdom figures are hard to come by in this world. For me, that fosters a profound sense of gratitude when I meet one. Continue reading

Food economics: What if the world went vegan? | April events

Hi everyone,

Did you see the recent Al Jazeera video, entitled, Food economics: What if the world went vegan? – Counting the Cost? It is well-worth watching if you haven’t seen it – changing how we eat would have some pretty remarkable results!

Speaking of food, Golden West College’s 10th Annual Peace, Justice & Sustainability Conference, “Regenerative Peace: Sustaining Our Work, Communities, Environment and Selves in Service,” is coming up very soon – it’s time to register! Food Democracy will be one of many key issues discussed at the Earth Day – Friday, April 22 event, plus the conference fee ($25) includes a vegan breakfast and lunch. The event is also zero-waste. All of the incredible topics and speakers can be found on the registration site.

And then, the next morning, Saturday, April 23, we will continue the conversation and take it even deeper. Join us for Earth Day at Soka University with Gene Baur: Eating in Harmony with our values. Register here for this free event with the option to pre-order the ($10) vegan picnic lunch. If you have been to this beautiful campus, you already know it sits atop the Aliso Wood Canyon Wilderness Park, an idyllic spot to connect with each other outside on the lawn after Gene’s talk.

Plus – the free pre-conference event at Orange Coast College on Thursday April 14, A Screening of Racing Extinction register here.

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Racing Extinction and The Urgent Need to Slow Down

“A movement can be born when hope is ignited.”

Hi everyone,

In thinking about the upcoming Thursday, April 14, pre-conference event, A Screening of Racing Extinction at Orange Coast College, I was delighted to see an interview with Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert (author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History) and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard (author of  Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World) entitled, The Urgent Need to Slow Down.

Here is an excerpt:

Matthieu Ricard: It’s not contradictory to speak of an emergency to slow down. It’s not like you are frantically nervous while slowing down. It’s just that it is time to slow down. All of those terms—slowing down, simplicity, doing more with less—people respond to them by saying, “Oh, I’m not going to be able to eat strawberry ice cream anymore.” They feel bad about that. But, actually, what they miss is that voluntary simplicity, that turns out to be a very happy way of life. There have been very many good studies showing that again and again. Jim Casa studied people with a highly materialistic consumerism mindset. He studied 10,000 people over 20 years and compared them with those who more put value on intrinsic things—quality of relationships, relationship to nature—and he found the high consumer-minded people are less happy. They look for outside pleasures and don’t find relationship satisfaction. Their health is not as good. They have fewer good friends. They are less concerned about global issues like the environment. They are less empathic. They are more obsessed with debt…. Continue reading>>>

Please join us, Thursday, April 14. Admission is free. Bring your friends, family and colleagues.
Register here for A Screening of Racing Extinction
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… a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the Earth. (April events)

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the Earth.
– Rumi

Hi everyone,

April will be here soon. Did you know that April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month – and — Earth Month?

Have you ever thought about how incredibly inter-connected those issues are?

Please join us this April for three very important events. (Registration is strongly recommended, even for the free events.)

Thursday April 14 – Pre-conference event: A Screening of Racing Extinction (register here)
This film is remarkably well-done. Scientists say the sixth mass extinction is taking place on our planet. It’s also the first caused by a single species: Us. This free pre-conference event takes place at Orange Coast College the week before the Golden West College climate-themed peace conference noted below.

Friday April 22 – 10th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference (register here)
For only $25.00, this conference offers an entire day of incredibly well-informed, inspirational speakers taking on the tough topics, compassionately. The fee includes vegan breakfast and lunch. This zero-waste, climate-themed peace conference is not to be missed! Please consider contributing as a sponsor at the above link to help support free admission for the students.

Saturday April 23 – Earth Day at Soka University with Gene Baur (register here)
On the beautiful grounds of Soka University, Gene Baur will have the spotlight for an in depth talk on “Eating in Harmony with Our Values”. Celebrating their 30th year, Gene is the Co-founder and President of Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm sanctuary in North America.  The talk is free, but we hope you will stay for lunch afterward. Pre-order your $10.00 vegan, picnic lunch at the above link and gather with us on the lawn after his Black Box Theater talk is finished.

Plus – April 1 is the last day for the Early Registration Discount for:

Friday April 29 – Sunday May 1 – TRE® Module I Certification Training (register here) Continue reading