“…a community that we are to join and enhance.”

This understanding of the self-regulating nature of earth, we didn’t know about this for 400 years in science, we just didn’t. But now we’re realizing we are destroying billions of years of creativity that enabled all of this vitality to exist. But we’re awakening to that mistake and now we see, instead of thinking of earth as something to exploit and use, we are beginning to realize, it is a community that we are to join and enhance. That’s the big shift.
– Brian Swimme, PhD, Cosmologist (Love Thy Nature)

Hi everyone,

What happens when our entire society has been living in a state of long-term chronic stress? In truth, lot of things get really messed up in our physiology and that affects our thoughts, feelings and behavior. Here’s just one example: we tend to get polarized, and our focus narrows. Within that there is a tendency to under-react and/or over-react. In other words we lose some of our ability to accurately perceive threats.

As much as refugees may currently be taking the brunt of this, perceived by some through a lens of exaggerated threat, many are likewise grossly underestimating the climate threat. And there does seem to be a pattern that those perceiving refugees as greatest threat also seem to be least concerned about climate. The cruel irony is, unaddressed climate change risks greatly increasing the number of refugees rapidly.

Recent climate reports have had a common theme: climate change is already here, and it is getting far worse, far faster than scientists ever thought could be possible. We are in the awkward position of needing to applaud every positive step that has been and is being taken, and at the same time, recognize that we are nowhere near where we need to be. In fact, as we have recently reached the level of a 1 Degree C rise in global temperature, there is recognition that the previously set goal of not exceeding 2 Degrees C is too high. We must seek to stop it at 1.5 Degrees C. This will be a gargantuan challenge.

As the Paris climate talks commence on December 30, we need to raise our voices in support of effective, enforceable, global climate agreements.

Come join us Sunday, November 29 for a climate rally at the Irvine Spectrum. Please RSVP so we can communicate last minute updates about the event.

If you do not live locally, look for a rally in your area as there will be many across the world on that day, the eve of the Paris talks.

Also, the Frida Cinema got so many calls from people wanting to see the film, This Changes Everything, that they added an encore screening for tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24, 7:30p. Buy tickets here.

One more thing. Thanksgiving is Thursday. We have much to be grateful for.

For those seeking an alternative to turkey on Thanksgiving, here is one of many helpful resources:
Recipes for The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Menu: From Meatless Main Courses to Dairy-Free Pies.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE Trainer
Founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org | facebook | donate »
(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours.

This Changes Everything – Tonight!

Earth in flames --- Image by © Ikon Images/Corbis

Earth in flames — Image by © Ikon Images/Corbis

All we have to do is not react as if this is a full-blown crisis. All we have to do is keep on denying how frightened we actually are. And then, bit by bit, we will have arrived at the place we most fear, the thing from which we have been averting our eyes. No additional effort required.

–          Naomi Klein (This Changes Everything)

Hi everyone,

The recent tragic attacks in Paris have shocked the world. In our grief, heartbreak, and outrage, we know full well it is not the only place that is suffering on this earth, not by a long shot. Global tragedies remind us that we are all vulnerable by nature of being human. And this is a particularly important point in time for us to pay close attention; our species doesn’t have a good track record of making wise decisions when we feel threatened.

Given the timing of the attacks, many feared the ultra-critically-important-now-or-never-please-make-it-now Paris climate talks might be postponed, yet, they are set to commence November 30 as scheduled and President Obama will attend. That is extremely good news. More good news: many have begun to speak of the climate talks as a much needed opportunity for the world to come together in peace, the ultimate peace summit. Within this context we desperately need international leaders to accomplish bold, enforceable climate agreements.

We need to seize this opportunity to “change everything”. Now more than ever, I am personally asking you to get involved if you aren’t already.

Avaaz, People’s Climate Movement, 350.org and others have called for the largest day of global climate action ever on the eve of the Paris talks.

Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) will participate. On Sunday November 29, please join us for the climate rally at the Irvine Spectrum. If you don’t live locally, check for an event in your area as this event is one of many taking place all over the world on the same day. We really need your RSVP as there will be last minute updates to communicate to attendees. Continue reading

Climate Rally and March — November 29 (and other upcoming events)

Hi everyone,

I know, I know, we haven’t even had Halloween yet, so it’s just too soon to talk about Thanksgiving, right? But, there’s something really important happening on the Sunday after Tofurky Thursday, so get your calendar ready.

The international organization, Avaaz, has called for the biggest global day of action on climate in history to commence on Sunday, November 29, the eve of the critically important Paris climate talks.

Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) is organizing a climate rally and march November 29. It’ll be in the afternoon at the Irvine Spectrum. Some of the details are still getting worked out, so watch for more info soon. For now, please note the date, put it on your calendar, and if at all possible, plan to join us — and bring lots and lots of friends.

Climate is an issue that needs everybody in. The international agreements are currently nowhere near what they need to be to keep us safe. Transitioning away from fossil fuels and animal agriculture needs to be taking place at the individual-collective level also — so please keep re-examining your own lifestyle to see what else you can do. Continue reading

Tomorrow: Neurogenic Yoga in the Park-OC, we still have room for you!

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow, Saturday October 24 10:00am – 12:00pm, will be the very first time for Neurogenic Yoga in the Park has come to Orange County. Knowing what a great time we had with this FREE community event in Balboa Park, San Diego a couple of months ago, I sincerely hope you are planning to join us tomorrow. It’s a really big park (with lots of trees!), so even if you haven’t registered yet, we still have room for you. Register here. (Arrive early — check in is at 9:45am.)

What is Neurogenic Yoga?

For upcoming events, scroll down.

See you tomorrow!

Thank you for staying engaged,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE Trainer
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


Neurogenic Yoga in the Park – OCtime to register!
Saturday October 24, 10a-noon
Costa Mesa

Farm Sanctuary Los Angeles Walk for Farm Animals join the OCCA team!
Sunday, November 8, 2-4:30p

TRE for Women in the East African Community
Saturday November 14, 10a-noon
San Diego

Pre-Climate Summit Rally
Sunday, November 29, 2p

…widening our circle of compassion… (Neurogenic Yoga in the Park, Oct 24)

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
Hi everyone,
Last week was great! We had 50 people show up for the Climate Rally in the Orange Circle (photos, video) and 200 for the Gene Baur event at Chapman University (photos). Thanks again to all that made it happen and who showed up at these events.
So what’s next? Lot of things :)

Living Ubuntu has partnered with Neurogenic Yoga, TRE San Diego, Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, Brilliance Oneness Collective, and TRE Los Angeles for a FREE community event, Neurogenic Yoga in the Park – OC (Saturday, October 24 10a-noon). What could be better than being outside in a park that is entirely circled by big trees? And having Jennica Mills as an instructor is definitely another really big plus for this event. We have room for lots of people there, so tell your friends, family, colleagues and friendly-looking strangers. Even though it is a free event, please register to attend.  (What is Neurogenic Yoga?)

Also — come join us this Wednesday, October 21, for the next Orange County for Climate Action meeting. Scroll down for details and other upcoming events.

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Updates for tomorrow, October 14 (Climate Rally & Gene Baur talk)

Hi everyone,

Here are a few updates for the two events tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14th in Orange.

Tomorrow, at noon, we will gather at the Orange Circle for a Climate Rally in support of People’s Climate Movement’s call for a day of national action. We will have rally signs at the event, or feel free to bring your own. Please keep the messages civil and about climate action only. Plan to arrive early to find street or public lot parking and arrive inside the circle by 11:45a so we can start the rally promptly at noon. Please come if you can, we need to demonstrate as much public support for bold, fast, effective action on these issues as possible. All details and RSVP are on the web site: Climate Action Rally at Orange Traffic Circle.

Tomorrow, at 7:00pm, come join us for A Special Evening with Gene Baur: Living the Farm Sanctuary Life. Please make sure to RSVP on the web site. We reached capacity last week, started a waiting list, then got the extremely good news yesterday that Chapman University had found a larger venue for this event. That means, yes, you can still RSVP to attend — we have room for you! And, it also means, please take note of the venue change and parking info on the event site.

Also — several nearby restaurants have agreed to help publicize these events and offer one or many vegan options on October 14th. So, consider lunch after the rally, or an early dinner before the Gene Baur event at one of these restaurants. Ask them about the vegan option(s). Both event sites (above) list participating restaurants.
Thank you for staying engaged,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE Trainer
Founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org | facebook | donate »
(949) 891-2005

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October 14 — Climate Rally at noon & Gene Baur at Chapman in the evening

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
– A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Hi everyone,

Next week, on Wednesday, October 14 at 7p, Gene Baur, co-founder and President of Farm Sanctuary, a truly remarkable human being, is coming to Chapman University in Orange. He is addressing, and has been for almost 30 years now, some of the things we don’t talk about very much, but really need to give more thought to. I am extremely excited about this event!

Did you see the clip of him a few months back when he was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? If not, you can see it here.

Also on October 14, at noon, we will be down the street from Chapman at the Orange Circle for a Climate Rally. We planned the Gene Baur event date several months ago and then People’s Climate Movement put out a call for a day of National Action on the same date. For those who aren’t aware, animal agriculture is hugely destructive for the environment, especially when it comes to critical climate issues. It seemed perfect for these two events to wind up occurring on the same day.

In honor of Gene being in town, several of the restaurants between the Orange Circle and Chapman will be participating with us by offering a vegan entrée on October 14th. We hope you will have a post-rally lunch, or an early dinner before the Gene Baur event (or both) at one of these participating restaurants to show support for their efforts. I will include the list in the next email, so make sure to watch for that. We will also post it on the OCCA web site very soon. Continue reading