Before we can see properly we must first shed our tears…

Before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way.
– Ancient proverb

Hi everyone,

In regions of the world where mass atrocities, genocide, sexual assault as a weapon of war, famine, displacement and countless other hardships are far too commonplace, some of the “lucky” ones are granted refugee status and get relocated. San Diego is one of the US cities with an extremely large number of refugees from all over the world, including many from countries in East Africa. Beginning in 2012, Living Ubuntu had a project in San Diego focused on trauma recovery within the East African refugee community. In 2012, (Phase 1) we did a simple survey to get more information on the rates of Post Traumatic Stress in that community. In 2013, (Phase 2) we did a 6-week series to educate refugee leaders about trauma. In 2014 and 2015 (Phase 3), we conducted a research project utilizing Dr. David Berceli’s Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (more on Phase 3 here).

This past year, data was statistically analyzed and we were all extremely pleased to find that the results were very good. Watch the above video to find out more.

We have a lot of really good things coming up in 2017. Scroll down to the bottom of this email to see all the amazing events coming up in the first few months of the new year.

Even though we are a small, all-volunteer, grassroots organization, enacting projects requires funds. If you like what we are doing, please support us with a year-end one-time contribution. Or to be even more helpful, sign up as a monthly donor. Amounts as small as $10.00 a month are affordable for many. We are grateful for gifts of any size.

Donate here. Continue reading

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Please support Living Ubuntu — tomorrow is the last day for 2015 tax-deductible gifts

I think there’s a mythology that if you want to change the world, you have to be sainted, like Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela or Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ordinary people with lives that go up and down and around in circles can still contribute to change.

 – Jody Williams

Hi everyone,

We are coming to the end of a year where Syrian refugees have been demonized, those from African countries utterly forgotten, fear of terrorism ruled the day amid unchecked domestic gun violence, phrases like “Black Lives Matter” astoundingly still stir controversy, more than nine billion land animals died in the U.S. to produce meat, dairy, and eggs — and — the ‘best-ever’ global climate deal is a gross mismatch of goals and substantive approach. What’s next?

Human beings are generally homeostatic creatures. It sometimes takes crisis or desperation to stir us. The good news is, that is often our very best opportunity to seek and accomplish something better.

I reflect time and again on the words spoken by some of the much needed wise leaders of our time who hold vision for what ‘better’ might look like, and how we get there:

Naomi Klein speaks of climate change as the ultimate call-to-action-game-changer that gives us a chance, in fact, insists that we see the world and how we operate within it from a totally new and dramatically different paradigm, i.e. “This Changes Everything.”

David Berceli speaks of global trauma as our invitation to evolve, “…into a more ethical, moral and caring species.”

Gene Baur speaks of our food choices as the opportunity to reduce suffering by pausing to ask ourselves, “What would be the kind thing to do?”

Carl Wilkens speaks of the need to “…recognize in each one of us, there’s such a potential for good and there’s such a potential for evil.”

Daniel Siegel speaks of how we are all in this together: “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.”

In the coming year, may we all find ways, more so than ever before, to reaffirm, embody and express our shared connection to goodness.

On a final note, tomorrow is the last day for year-end donations to count as tax deductible for 2015. We really need your generous support to be able to keep going. Please consider giving to Living Ubuntu. Contributions of any size will be received with much gratitude. DONATE HERE.

Happy New Year :)

Thank you for staying engaged,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings

When elephants fight, it is the grass below that suffers.

When elephants fight, it is the grass below that suffers.
– African proverb

Hi everyone,

It is beyond time for the collective to deepen its understanding of trauma. The vast majority of social ills we struggle with are rooted in unresolved trauma. Many of us have been deeply disturbed by the trends we have seen this year, suggesting many others among us have lost their way, becoming deeply embedded in destructive mis-perceptions. It is a dangerous thing to ignore the state of our collective nervous system. When fear has its way with us, that which is self-serving takes over. When numbness and disconnection rule the day, we fail to experience that we are part of the greater natural world. Yet, when we are in health, in calm, in subjective safety, we are available one to another. We are able to seek and support the common good, for all living things. As part of the whole, we become more compassionate.

As we near the end of the year, here are a few highlights of what Living Ubuntu accomplished in 2015. We started out the year with our 10th Birthday Celebration and greatly enjoyed the privilege of having Dr. David Berceli out here teaching Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) in person as part of that celebration. Our research project, Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego, continued its success and expanded beyond the female-only groups to include two groups for the men. We provided scholarships for several members of the refugee community to begin training to become TRE Providers. We also participated in two well-received community events, Neurogenic Yoga in the Park, one in San Diego and one in Orange County.

Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) also had a busy year, raising awareness on a variety of highly significant issues ranging from Water, to Animal Agriculture, to Carbon Fee & Dividend, and more. We held our first ever climate rally and followed up with a second that was extremely well-attended.

You can see our 2015 events here. You can see many of our photos on our website or Facebook.

As climate change progresses, it increases the risk of expanding our collective trauma. Both urgently need more attention and resources.

Please consider including Living Ubuntu as part of your year-end giving. Donate here.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will directly enable our teeny-tiny little, all-volunteer-run grassroots organization to keep addressing these critically important issues.

Thank you for your ongoing engagement and support.

Happy holidays,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings

:::UPCOMING EVENTS:::

TRE Group Shake
Thursday, January 7, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Newport Beach

“This Changes Everything” Tugg Screeningticket deadline: Jan. 5
Wednesday, January 13, 7:30p
Aliso Viejo

Grace, Grief & Gratitude:
Using TRE to Increase Resiliency & Compassion in a Traumatizing World
more info soon!
Saturday, January 16, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Newport Beach

Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) Meeting
Wednesday January 20, 6:30-8:00p
1151 Dove Street #210, Newport Beach CA

“…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.

…what is important is how the body feels — Intro to TRE Sep 26


…[most] are not aware of the lack of aliveness in their bodies. People are so accustomed to thinking of the body as an instrument or a tool of the mind that they accept its relative deadness as a normal state. …what is important is how the body feels
.
– Alexander Lowen

Hi everyone,

Next Saturday, September 26, 10a – noon, Living Ubuntu is hosting Intro to TRE – Fundraiser: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees. Many of you are familiar with this method, created by Dr. David Berceli. For those of you that aren’t, I want to encourage you to come give it a try. (See: What is TRE?)

I first learned Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) from Dr. Berceli back in 2004, and it is not an exaggeration to say it dramatically changed my life and the path I was pursuing. The story is too long for email, so if you want to hear it, we need to meet up for coffee ;)

By now I have had the privilege of teaching thousands of people, and countless times I have heard how it helped them sleep better. The list of additional benefits is long. For those who continue to practice it over time, stories of significant healing and a way of being able to enjoy living differently in their own skin are plentiful. Recently, I even heard a story about how it helped someone’s tennis game :)

I am very passionate about the wish for us all to have more access to compassion and live more embodied, healthy lives, so I could go on and on. Instead, I am just going to issue the invitation again – come give it a try and see how you feel. Continue reading

So much is happening!


Hi everyone,

Thanks again to everyone that showed up at the Living Ubuntu Veggie Grill Fundraiser. It was a lot of fun, great to see all of you, and your support really means a lot.

We also had a really good turnout for our very first “Continuing in the Community” event for the women in City Heights who are part of the East African refugee community. It was so good to see so many coming together in the pursuit of their own personal healing as well as supporting wellness throughout the community. Beginning in September there will be both a women’s group and a men’s group. We continue to need donations to support this project, so any amount you can contribute, one-time or monthly, we would be very grateful for. Donate here. Continue reading

Intro to TRE – Fundraiser: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees (September 26, 2015)

Update 9/25: We are now full for this mini workshop.
Please send us an email at info@livingubuntu.org
if you want to be on a first-to-be-notified list for the next one.

Intro to TRE – Fundraiser:
Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees

Saturday, September 26, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm
4001 Birch St. Unit A
Newport Beach CA 92660

Minimum suggested donation: $20.00
Pay at the door, or donate here.
RSVP: info@livingubuntu.org

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT:
Phase 4: Continuing in the Community
(Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego)
RSVP: info@livingubuntu.org

Come learn Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) and help the East African refugee community in San Diego all at the same time!

We have successfully completed the first three phases of this project, and now need contributions to support continuing the healing in this often over-looked local community.

Can’t attend, but want to donate? Great!
DONATE HERE:

Online fundraising for Phase 4: Continuing in the Community (Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego) Continue reading