“Your genes are affected by the environment as soon as there is an environment.”
– Gabor Mate (watch the trailer for “In Utero”)
What if, in order to understand how our species developed so many troubling issues we see all around us today, we needed to go back to the beginning and understand “...life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world”? And, what if understanding that could put us on a better path for knowing what we need to do differently?
I got really excited when I first saw “In Utero” last fall because to my knowledge it is the first feature length documentary to talk about the cutting edge topic, Epigenetics, how the environment influences our genes. It opens the door to pondering things like trans-generational trauma and dysfunction vs. trans-generational health and healing. Additionally, I really love listening to Gabor Maté and he is in the film. (Does anyone recall an email I sent last October featuring an item he wrote about the Presidential election?)
Tomorrow, March 16, please join us for a screening of “In Utero”. This is the third and final event in A Legacy of Learning: Establishing Equity in the Aftermath of Trauma. The event also features Rebecca Amis, co-founder of MUSE School. I have had the good fortune to visit MUSE three times now and have been amazed each time. Everything at MUSE is based in sustainability. They have the whole package there. The curriculum was created to promote authenticity, empathy and connection, while making living with environmental mindfulness just a natural part of life. Additionally, they are one of the first entirely plant-based schools in the U.S. and grow much of their own food in organic school gardens.
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To make this world different we have to realize that the self is plural, it’s an absolute delusion that’s killing the planet to think that the self is separate.
– Dan Siegel
It’s almost here. RSVP to hear Dan Siegel at GWC (Tue Feb 28).
This FREE event includes hearing Dan speak, plus the screening of RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope (trailer), plus dinner. The program will begin at 6:30pm, but come at 6:00pm for dinner (yes, it’s vegan). Make sure to RSVP using the above Eventbrite link.
Then on Wednesday, March 1, 6:00pm – 8:00pm come out to Au Lac for another FREE Plant Powered OC workshop: Get Healthy & Go Green This St. Patty’s Day!
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.
Our sense of a “we” is born from these earliest ways in which we “feel felt” within the mind of our caregivers. Seeing the connections between the mind, the embodied brain, and our relationships lets us come to view the self as a plural verb rather than a singular noun. Being open to one’s own inner life with kindness, connecting to another person, being a part of a group, being a member of a larger community, and having a sense of meaning that emerges from interconnections with a larger whole, each form the foundation for a sense of “we” that is at the core of what can be called a spiritual life. … A compassionate membership within a larger interconnected whole becomes a way of being in the world.
– Dr. Dan Siegel
Tonight’s the night — come join us for dinner at the Veggie Grill (by the Tustin Marketplace), any time between 4:00pm – 9:00pm, mention “Living Ubuntu” when you order and 33% of sales will be donated to us. I will arrive by 5:00pm if you want to hang out with me, or feel free to make it an outing with your own circle of friends or family. (See flyer at bottom of this email.)
Hope to see you this evening!
Plus: RSVP to hear Dan Siegel at GWC (February 28)
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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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Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.
Read more about the ACEs study.
What did David Bornstein, New York Times journalist and author, say about the documentary, Paper Tigers: One high school’s unlikely success story?
“Absolutely riveting, profoundly important.” – David Bornstein, NYT
Watch the trailer.
Next week, A LEGACY OF LEARNING: Establishing Equity in the Aftermath of Trauma (a three-part film series and discussion), will begin with a screening of Paper Tigers at Golden West College on Monday, February 13, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. The post-film discussion will be moderated by Dr. Laura Duvall, Chair of Psychology Department at Golden West College. (See flyer at bottom this email.)
We live in turbulent times. Let’s go just a bit deeper in order to see where some of the trouble is coming from.
What would happen in our society if we responded with empathy instead of punishment?
RSVP to attend the FREE ADMISSION film series here: A LEGACY OF LEARNING.
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