Dan Siegel and Resilience, Feb 28, 2017 | Living Ubuntu – Veggie Grill fundraiser this week!

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Hi everyone,

Are you familiar with the Center for Disease Control – Kaiser Study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), conducted in the mid-1990’s? The Adverse Childhood Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5000% more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study’s founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection (as well as how chronic stress contributes to inflammation and adult disease) in this brief, well-done video: How Childhood Trauma Can Make You A Sick Adult.

On Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm – 9:30pm Dr Dan Siegel will speak at Golden West College (Student Center) in Huntington Beach at a screening of Resilience (trailer). This event is the second in the film and discussion series, A Legacy of Learning: Establishing Equity in the Aftermath of Trauma (RSVP). The film is excellent and we were amazingly fortunate to get Dan Siegel to come to OC for this event as he is generally booked up two years in advance. So don’t miss this! Admission is FREE. Arrive early at 6:00pm for a light vegan dinner before the program starts at 6:30pm.

Plus — don’t forget that the Living Ubuntu fundraiser at the Veggie Grill (by the Tustin Marketplace) is this coming Thursday, February 23, 4:00pm – 9:00pm. Come any time during those hours, mention Living Ubuntu when you order, and 33% of sales will be donated to us. Thank you for your support!

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Last day to register for Intro to TRE | Joanna Macy interview

3279999-an-image-of-steps-in-autumn-forest“…the answer came right from my solar plexus: I’m doing this work so that when things fall apart, we will not turn on each other.
Joanna Macy

Hi everyone,

This email is a gentle reminder that the online registration for Wednesday, February 15 7p-9p Intro to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) in Newport Beach will expire tonight. No one will be turned away for lack of funds so please contact us if that is an obstacle.

On this ‘day of the heart’ I hope you will find time to read: Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy by Dahr Jamail.

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Fall in Love with Plants to Protect Your Heart (Plant Powered OC) – Tonight! February 1, 2017

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This is a friendly reminder that Fall in Love with Plants to Protect Your Heart is tonight, Wednesday, February 1, 6p-8p at Au Lac in Fountain Valley. Tonight’s Plant Powered OC workshop will be about the many benefits of plant-based eating for a healthier heart.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, certified plant-based nutrition advisors and authors, Laura Robinson-Oatman and Gina Bonanno-Lemos will be talking about heart health and how you can increase your odds of preventing… deadly and feared [cardiovascular] disease.

Find more info and RSVP here. (Free admission / dinner at Au Lac is optional.)

See you tonight?

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Last day to register for Jan 25 Intro to TRE | Upcoming events

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Last Saturday, the Women’s March was truly amazing, around the globe, across the country and within Orange County (where I have lived my entire life and was one of 20,000 people, according to local police, who participated).

There is much to be done. When we feel highly mobilized, the down side is, sometimes we fail to notice our own limits and push past them on adrenaline. Over time this can contribute to insomnia, burn-out / compassion fatigue, and exhaustion. For anyone interested, we still have a room for a few more in the January 25, 7p-9p, Intro to TRE® mini workshop. Please consider joining us in order to learn a method you can use in service to your own well-being. Today is the last day to register for tomorrow night.
(We will also offer Intro to TRE® on February 15 and March 22. Details soon.)

REGISTER HERE FOR JAN 25-INTRO TO TRE®.

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Intro to TRE – Wed Jan 25, 2017 (a few days after this weekend…)

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Hi everyone,

Wednesday, January 25, 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Newport Beach, Living Ubuntu is offering an Introduction to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®). I will be the one leading it, assisted by Certified TRE® Provider, Piper Sample.

Yes, this mini workshop is very intentionally timed to be only a few days after the U.S. Presidential Inauguration.

TRE® is designed to access the body’s own natural mechanism for restoring a normal homeostasis after traumatic or everyday stress. In that way it is very different from many other body-centered methods. It can be a very powerful tool for coping with the turbulent state we find ourselves in personally, domestically, and globally.

If you have not yet learned this method, I strongly encourage you to consider trying it. Consistent practice has truly changed my life and I have witnessed this in the lives of countless others also.

Some people feel different after only one session, some do not. Some people will learn it once and go home to finally have an excellent night’s sleep. Others will try it once and shrug. After a lifetime of unprocessed events held as tension in the body, creating an imprint in the primitive brain to hold the status quo, once is not enough and the subjective experience in the beginning will vary. While patience is often not our strength, sometimes it is necessary. This method is not intended to be a one time quick fix. It opens the door to reminding the body of what it needs to do on an ongoing basis to live in a healthier state. It is intended to be something people can learn and then continue on their own at home.

Register here for Intro to TRE® (Jan. 25).

All proceeds will benefit Living Ubuntu. (Instruction and venue have been donated.)
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Never be afraid to do what’s right (Join us January 21, 2017)

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Hi everyone,

Years ago, when visiting the Museum of Tolerance, I witnessed a re-enactment that has continued to grip me. In a pre-Holocaust setting, it portrayed a German man seeking to reassure a terrified Jewish woman by saying, don’t worry, there are too many good Germans who would never let anything bad happen. It was chilling.

Innocence is a naturally occurring state. Naïveté is not. It occurs when something unresolved in our history limits our perception of reality. It can cause under-estimation of a threat.

We must cherish innocence, while doing the necessary personal inner work to not be naïve.

Living Ubuntu, its project, Living Vegan, its partner, United Nations Association of Orange County, and the alliance, Orange County for Climate Action have all signed on to participate in the upcoming Saturday, January 21, Women’s March on Washington – Orange County. You are invited to join us. We will meet at 8:45am – sharp! at a big tree near the corner of French and 4th Street just prior to the 9:00a event start time. Carpooling and use of public transportation are strongly encouraged.

 

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Re-Examining our Belief Systems (Part I) – January 14, 2016

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
– Anais Nin

Hi everyone,

It is characteristic of unresolved trauma to create endless loops of repeating the past. History repeats in part because the collective is traumatized and doesn’t know it, see it, admit to it or know what to do about it.  Without many, many individuals within the collective doing the deep work of personal growth and healing, cultural patterns will keep repeating, action plans will be at risk of perpetuating the status quo, and a sense of profoundly new vision will be highly improbable.

Part I of Re-Examining our Belief Systems: Growing Beyond the Known will be Saturday, January 14, 9:00am – 4:30pm.

This series is well-suited for those who are discontent with the status quo, but feel unsure of how to bring about change. It will offer a safe space to explore personal belief systems and worldview as well as how to come into a deeper understanding of what we see going on around us. While information about stress and trauma will be presented, these workshops will be largely experiential and include two sessions per workshop practicing Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises. We will begin at the so to speak ‘top’ layer and go deeper each time. In January, we will begin by looking at the role of chronic stress in our lives, how our conditioning limits us and keeps us stuck in an unhealthy status quo. We will also explore how to grow beyond that.

May you find great enjoyment in the holidays with those who mean the most to you.

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