Michael Dowd and I in a “Post Doom” conversation:
Just days after we returned home to Lake County, we were evacuated for 12 days due to the Ranch fire. We worried about the loss of our place and struggled with the nearly unbreathable air.
I was reminded of the greatest gift of all from the jungle–the gift of LIFE…. of breath, remembering how easy it was to breathe there. The comparison will inform my work for years to come.
Which future world do we want to create?
Charles Eisenstein (author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible) says this:
“Is it too much to ask, to live in a world where our human gifts go toward the benefit of all? Where our daily activities contribute to the healing of the biosphere and the well-being of other people?”
The lessons from Pachamama suggest that it is possible to live meaningful life and create a just and sustainable planet. To create “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible,” we must commit to it and embrace the adventure.
How would we do this? Again, let’s listen to Pachamama… specifically her insights delivered through her wise and dignified indigenous peoples. Here is what she is saying to us:
(1) Pay attention. Be present to your next courageous step
(2) Be open to whatever comes–perhaps it is a new dream — one of appreciating beauty, and creating beauty, and
(3) Trust the adventure
After all, this journey is meant to be about love not fear.
As compassionate, sensitive, open people, we can all be overcome by the magnitude of the losses we
see every day. Even the most optimistic among us will be affected by the staggering losses and the daily affronts to our values, sensibilities, and even our sanity.
It is painful. So painful that sometimes we are tempted to close up rather than live from the heart.
Joanna Macy and her “work that Reconnects” asserts that we ought not be afraid of the pain of the world.
If you are not afraid of it, then NOTHING can stop you.
Individual actions matter–and they add up. And large policy issues matter, and so writing and calling policymakers in important.
But our whole human economic system needs to change! We need ways to successfully disrupt the destructive economic systems and ways to challenge dominant thought-patterns and change the cultural story. We can’t do this with only those above two levels of action.
Luckily, there are two more levels of action where real change happens. Will Grant and the Pachamama Alliance shares how this works.
Author and speaker Charles Eisenstein offers a powerful perspective on the potential we each have to make a difference.
Credit: Pachamama Alliance
Pachamama Alliance recently interviewed author Paul Hawken on the topic of why it is important to set a goal to REVERSE global warming–and how that is possible. He asks a provocative question: What if global warming is happening for us? What if it isn’t a fight against at all, but a call to a deeper understanding?
In his book Drawdown, scientists offer a rigorosly researched solutions for reversing Global Warming. Most are already underway. We are on this! Let’s accelerate it
An Introduction to Drawdown