Keep Calm & Go Vegan | Intro to TRE Feb 15 | Veggie Grill fundraiser Feb 23

l110031thumbHi everyone,

One of my favorite t-shirts says, “Keep Calm and Go Vegan”. It is a pretty simple suggestion for optimal health, addressing both of the major causes of disease-causing inflammation in the body (i.e. chronic stress-trauma states in the nervous system and consumption of animal products as a mainstay in one’s diet) while supporting compassionate living at the same time.

For those alarmed by recent local, national, and global events, let alone the day to day situations we all go through in our own personal lives, the “Keep Calm” part might seem unrealistic and possibly ill-advised. However, we are not at our best when living with our emergency response system “on” all the time and sometimes we lose access to the “off” or “dimmer” switch.

If “Keep Calm” is desirable but challenging for you, please consider attending Introduction to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®), Wednesday, February 15, 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Newport Beach. As always, if paying the registration fee is out of reach for you, please get in touch so we can make other arrangements. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. (What is TRE®?)

And about that “Go Vegan” part. Will you come join us at the Living Ubuntu fundraiser at the Veggie Grill (by Tustin Marketplace) on Thursday, February 23? Come for dinner any time between 4:00pm and 9:00pm, mention “Living Ubuntu” and the Veggie Grill will donate 33% of the sales to us. Your support would mean a lot.

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

meadow-spring-dandelionHi everyone,

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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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.

 

Please consider becoming a Living Ubuntu monthly donor. DONATE HERE.

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Living Ubuntu in 2016 | Please include us in your year-end giving (3 more days)


Hi everyone,

Living Ubuntu has had a very active, productive, exciting, fulfilling and interesting year in 2016. Many of our public events can be viewed here: 2016 Living Ubuntu Events.

  • We successfully launched a new project, Living Vegan, “…supporting, educating and advocating compassion and health for people, animals and the planet.” We hosted and collaborated on many events throughout the year, e.g. educational screenings, speakers, social get-togethers, and plant-based workshops and cooking, all in addition to our advocacy efforts.
  • To raise awareness and bring compassionate change to schools where students raise animals for slaughter, we started filming a feature length documentary, still in process, to be released in 2017, So Give Me An F” (trailer).
  • Results of the research project, “Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego” were finalized, affirming Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) as a very beneficial practice. (Video).
  • We offered workshops teaching TRE® to the local community, both at the introductory level, and certification training for those wanting to become providers (including giving scholarships for the training to members of the East African refugee community in San Diego). As support for those who learned TRE®, we held a twice a month “Group Shake” (ongoing). What is TRE®?
  • Orange County for Climate Action held many public events and we began working with Nicole Capretz, author of San Diego’s groundbreaking Climate Action Plan. The work will continue in 2017 as we seek for cities in Orange County to emulate San Diego’s accomplishment. And we are asking CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from animal agriculture. This campaign is ongoing, have you signed yet?

Please include us in your year-end giving. Consider becoming a monthly supporter. And as an all-volunteer-run organization, more volunteers are always invited, welcome, needed and appreciated.


There is a lot to be done in 2017. Thank you for your generous, ongoing support of our efforts.

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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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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.

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An Evening of Compassion and Being Together – Sun. Nov. 20 (online ticket sales end in 2 days)

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
– Albert Schweitzer

Hi everyone,

Please join us this coming Sunday, November 20 4p-7p in Newport Beach for An Evening of Compassion and Being Together. Tickets are $45.00 and that includes dinner. At the door, the price will be $55.00 and subject to availability. In order to avoid food waste or shortage, it would help a lot if you bought your tickets today, even though the on line sales will continue for two more days. Additionally, we have a limited number of donated tickets for students that might not otherwise be able to participate. Contact us for more info.

Due to recent events in the US, we have added a candlelight vigil to the end of Sunday’s event. The vigil will be open to anyone that wants to join us for that portion of the evening. Watch for more details.

Sunday evening will be fun and festive, along with deeply meaningful and serious. We hope it will inspire and re-invigorate those who attend. Our planning team has worked hard to create an experience that helps us remember that ‘We Belong to the Greater Whole’ and sit within the ‘Interconnection’ of the many.

Buy tickets and / or donate here.

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