Human Flow – tonight (4/12/18), Gene Baur – tomorrow (4/13/18), Connecting the Dots – Sunday (4/15/18)

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Just a few friendly reminders:

A Screening of “Human Flow” tonight!
Thursday, April 12, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Huntington Beach

An Evening with Gene Baur: Increasing Compassion, Sustainability & Equity in our Food System tomorrow!
Friday, April 13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences — Sunday!
Sunday, April 15, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Santa Ana

Space is limited. Please pre-register to save your spot and reduce the length of time you spend in line at check in.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
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[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole.


An Intersectional April (2018) – Come join us for these six events

… attempts to identify how interlocking systems of power impact those who are most marginalized in society.
– Wikipedia

Hi everyone,

Have you seen the trailer for the Ai Weiwei film Human Flow? Growing hardened to the suffering of others endangers us all. We chose this film in collaboration with the Golden West College Peace Studies Program as an optimal pre-conference event for their 12th Annual GWC Peace Conference, “Peace and the Global Economy: Emerging Issues & Practical Solutions” Friday April 20, and Living Ubuntu’sConnecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences”Sunday April 15. “Human Flow” will screen on Thursday April 12 (free admission | vegan refreshments).

Additionally, for anyone not yet familiar with who Gene Baur is, it’s time to get there. Watch this clip from when he was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. We are very excited to feature Gene in Orange County TWICE this month. The context for his talk will be distinctly different at Fullerton College on Friday April 13 vs as part of the amazing intersectional April 15 Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences, where many inspiring, thought-provoking speakers will be featured. (i.e. you might want to come to both.)

As if that is not enough, Carl Wilkens, the only American who chose to stay throughout the 1994 Rwanda genocide will be talking about Respect-Empathy-Inclusion (REI) at Fullerton College on Wednesday, April 25. He was highlighted in the PBS Frontline documentary, Ghosts of Rwanda, view a clip here.
To close out the month, Intro to Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises: Connection, Compassion and Community is back. Join us Saturday April 28 for this free event with vegan refreshments.

There is limited space at these events. Please make sure to register. To find all six events all in one place: Living Ubuntu Events.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
| facebook | donate »

living vegan (facebook)

(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole



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Distance doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder.

For much of our history as a species – and perhaps particularly in modern society – we have often seen ourselves as isolated beings, solo actors on a small stage with a few select fellow thespians.
Today we can actually track scientifically the neural dimensions of our narrow definition of self. When our resonance circuits are engaged, we can feel another’s feelings and create a cortical imprint that lets us understand what may be going on in the other’s mind – because it is like ours – and our mind and our brain turn on our mindsight mechanism. We uncap our inner lens and take a deep look into the face of the other to see the mind that rests beneath the visage. But if we cannot identify with someone else, those resonance circuits shut off. We see others as objects, as “them” rather than “us.” We literally do not activate the very circuits we need in order to see another person as having an internal mental life.
 – Daniel Siegel

Hi everyone,

Contrary to the popular notion, distance does not always make the heart grow fonder. Sometimes distance just makes it harder to relate. And the implications of that extend far beyond its relevance in romance. Distance has many meanings and contexts. It can be geographical, as in, physically ‘far away’, historical, as in, things that happened ‘long ago’, or circumstantial, as in, life experiences where ‘nothing like that has ever happened to me’.

Empathy is about being able to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and caringly feel what it is like to be there. These factors of ‘distance’ make empathy more difficult. Unless we really ‘get it’, and can ‘relate’, it is hard to care very much, or feel compassionate. Continue reading