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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“…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
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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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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Did you know that several years ago the United Nations released a report stating that the world needs to become vegan? Earlier this year, the USDA concluded the same thing.
The reasons are many. Vegans and vegetarians have a much smaller water and carbon footprint. Additionally, to better address global poverty, we need to give up animal products. It is just simple math. In a rapidly growing population, our current high-meat consumption is not sustainable. There isn’t enough land available on this earth to provide for where we are headed, and there is nothing efficient about it. The amount of food currently being grown to feed animals so they can be eaten takes away from the global food supply. It is resource-expensive on every level. (And don’t think switching to fish is going to get us out of this, we have already dangerously over-fished the ocean to the point that certain systems are near collapse. With warming in the ocean, this is going to get worse, not better.) Continue reading
A Fundraiser for Living Ubuntu
The Veggie Grill – Irvine Spectrum
***Thursday, August 6, 2015***
4p – 9p
Irvine Spectrum Center
81 Fortune Drive
You can participate any time between the hours of 4p – 9p on August 6.
When you place your order, just make sure to mention the fundraiser, or Living Ubuntu, and
50% of your food & beverage purchases will be donated to Living Ubuntu.
RSVPs not required, but appreciated: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Email: email@example.com; Phone: (949) 891-2005
Can’t attend, but want to contribute to Living Ubuntu? Click here.