The Basic Situation is This …

Our Common Home, the Earth, is facing a crisis.       

The basic situation with the climate is this:

  • Enough solar energy reaches Earth every hour to meet the power needs of the entire world for a full year.
  • A Stanford University study has shown the U.S. could convert to 100% renewable energy by 2050, with huge strides by 2030.
  • ExxonMobil knew in 1946 that fossil fuels were warming the planet and deliberately lied to the country about it.  Lawsuits are pending.
  • Despite the Paris agreements we are currently on track for a temperature increase of 3-4 degrees C, which is an unlivable planet.  

The basic economic injustice is this:

  • It produces obscene extremes in wealth: the richest 1% now own more global wealth than the other 99%.

The basic political issue is this:

  • Economic wealth = political power; thus the vast majority of people are controlled by the 1%.

The basic media issue is this:

  • Over 90% of the media is owned by 6 corporations. Corporations, including car and fossil fuel industries, control ads and editorial content. 

The basic situation in our country is this:

  • Our elected leaders are incapable of solving our problems.  Period.
  • They are "owned" by corporations because corporate money buys votes.
  • We no longer have a democracy. 

The basic spiritual challenge is this:

  • Can we recognize that we are One Humanity?  That we sink or swim together?

The only way to change all this is to participate fully!

  • To stand up, to speak out: join organizations whose values we share; and participate!
  • Politicians don’t create political will. They respond to it.
  • It’s up to us to create the life we want on planet Earth.
  • No one is going to save us.

There is no one else.

A significant question to ask ourselves is this:

Are we willing to participate like our children & grandchildren’s lives depended on it?

They do.

 

"Democracy is one of the 

deep spiritual challenges of our times".  

Drew Dellinger

See handouts below for ideas on how to respond to our climate crisis.  See Upcoming Events for classes and workshops to help manage the turbulence of our times.  

Handout: Mitigating & Adapting to Climate Change:What You Can Do  April 2016

For inspiration: We Were Made For These Times by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Detailed Handout with links: Yoga & Climate Change.  April 2016

Also, my friend and colleague, Michelle Johnson, is offering a unique and transformative teacher training program:  

Skill in Action: Yoga and Social Justice Teacher Training

The only such Yoga TT in the country.  Begins September 2016.

"This Changes Everything"

"This Changes Everything"

In early November I attended a screening of the documentary film, This Changes Everything, based on the book of the same title by Naomi Klein. She makes the case, so succinctly, dramatically, and clearly that the way our economy runs, promoting profits above all else, increases environmental pollution and the amount of CO2 put into the air, which exacerbate global temperature rise.
Most U.S. manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas where labor costs are less and environmental controls are lax. This exacerbates climate change as well as taking jobs away from Americans. These actions have hastened the slide of so many out of the middle class, making our economy more fragile, rather than robust. Our economy depends on a vibrant middle class to purchase products and services that drive our economy.
This film is so worth seeing and discussing. In fact, take your family and friends to see it with you, and then have a heartfelt discussion of the issues and solutions. Check here for screenings in your area. If it’s not in your area, it’s available through iTunes. Rental is $4.99; to buy it is $9.99.
 "To change everything we need everyone"!
More US citizens are waking up each day to the urgency of our climate situation and to the power that we have when we act collectively! There have been recent major victories:
  • Exxon has been exposed for deliberately covering up the consequences of burning fossil fuels. They did the research and then funded climate denier groups. New York State is investigating bringing a lawsuit.
  • A Texas utility has so much wind power that it is giving it away (yes, for free!) from 9 pm until 6 am!
  • President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • The growth of renewables, especially wind and solar, has exceeded expectations.
  • The price of solar has decreased 80% in the past 10 yrs.
  • Organic food is the fastest growing segment of our food supply. People want food without pesticides! Eating both local & organic decreases our carbon footprint even more!
  • The youth climate movement is gaining steam with a powerful message: "we want an earth worth inheriting"!A 13-year old girl is suing North Carolina for not protecting her generation from climate change.
  • There are thousands of youth groups all around the world. Their power and passion keep growing.
Time to get involved in solutions!
COLLECTIVELY:
  • Join a climate organization and donate your time or money. Numerous options are at the end of this email.
  • Show up for local climate marches happening now through the December Climate Talks in Paris.
  • Educate yourself: Talk it up with family and friends. Talk about the risks of climate change for the price of food, economic stability, and the destruction of our habitat, our Earth, that supports life as we know it.
INDIVIDUALLY:
  • Earth Overreach Day was August 13 this year. That’s the day that we used up all the planet’s sustainable resources for this entire year; we’re now into "resource debt".
    • The U.S. has 4% of the population but uses 25% of the world’s resources.
    • Continue to do what you can to reduce your carbon footprint; see below.
  • Here’s one issue I haven’t talked about yet: conscious shopping! Ask questions! Find out where the products were made, and whether it was in a sweatshop. Green America.org has great & empowering info to make more conscious choices.
    • It’s tempting to buy the cheapest product, but it feels so much better to make a conscious choice to use our money in service of our values.
    • Note Target received a D+ and Wal-Mart an F on responsibly produced products.
  • Consider buying holiday gifts through a company like Heifer, Inc. Giving a goat, cow, chicks, or clean water to a family in a developing country is a gift that empowers them to change their lives, and is a meaningful gift to give in honor of someone important in your life. This kind of empowerment is the key to ending hunger and poverty. It’s exciting to put our money where our values are, knowing we can make a difference!
Remember we are all in this together!
We are all One Human Family! 
"This is not just about telling people to change their light bulbs or buy a hybrid car.
This disaster has gone beyond choices individuals can make.
It’s now about industries and our governments
around the world taking large scale, decisive action."
– Leonardo DiCaprio

Sending blessings for our collective future,

Betsey

Notes:
Google "climate change organizations" to find a climate organization that speaks to you. Or go here for more information. Choose one group to join and keep up to date with the latest happenings.

The Road To Paris

"The Road to Paris" is a term climate activists are using to call attention to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) held in Paris this coming December. The intention is to secure a legally binding global climate agreement to dramatically curb carbon emissions and accelerate the planet-wide shift to clean energy.

Diverse groups, organizations, corporations, businesses, and citizens, as well as religious and spiritual groups are joining together to put pressure on world leaders to sign a legally binding agreement in Paris. 

Many climate scientists emphasize the urgency for us to come together this year … finally … as One Humanity/One Planet, to tackle the greatest challenge that we have ever faced: climate change.

Educate others!  The more loudly we all speak up and also show up, the more pressure we put on our world leaders to sign a binding agreement in Paris.

"Politicians don’t create political will they respond to it".

Citizens Climate Lobby  (http://citizensclimatelobby.org/)

Help others wake up from thinking we’re powerless! 

We’re not!!

This is the most important time in the history of the planet.

Encourage others to participate and 

help create the world we all want to live in

Let’s work together, speak up and create some political will.

For the beauty of all we love, especially the earth …

Just choose one thing to get involved in!  Just one!!  You’ll feel so much better, so much more empowered, to be working with others on the solutions.  It makes all the difference in the world … literally.

Many websites make it easy to participate or get more info: 

http://roadtoparis.info

  • Editorially independent, they provide the basic facts on the biggest challenges of the 21st century.

http://350.org

  • 350 is building a global climate movement that is active in over 188 countries.
  • The Road Through Paris fights for a climate agreement that keeps fossil fuels in the ground. 

http://350.org/off-on-live/?akid=7471.769189._TFby7&rd=1&t=3&utm_medium=email

  • 350 Off + On is a great presentation that discusses the future of the climate movement. Inspiring. Informative.

http://350.org/the-time-for-feeling-powerless-in-the-face-of-climate-change-is-over/

  • Uplifting article to release feelings of powerlessness and take actions that make a difference!  

 http://www.earthday.org/climatejusticerally.html

  • Moral Action on Climate Justice: September 24, 2015

 http://peoplesclimate.org/calendar/

  • November 28-29 Climate rallies

http://roadtoparis.info/top-list/20-women-making-waves-climate-change-debate/

  • Background information of the top 20 women making waves in the climate debate.  Awesome!!

http://citizensclimatelobby.org/ 

  • Citizens Climate Lobby works with members of Congress for a bipartisan bill putting a fee on carbon.  

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/initiative/road-paris

  • The Climate Reality Project educates citizen volunteers to speak about Climate Change. I attended in 2013!

https://www.cdp.net/roadtoparis

  • CDP offers companies a platform to act and be recognized in supporting climate change solutions. 

http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/

  • Climate Mobilization is urging President Obama to declare a National Emergency on Climate and move to renewables at the fastest speed possible.  

http://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org

  • Interfaith Power & Light mobilizes a religious response to global warming as faithful stewards of Creation.

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/climate-change-crisis

  • The Episcopal Church is actively involved in addressing the climate crisis.  Many useful materials on their site. 

http://www.wclimate.com/road-to-paris-2015/

  • The Road to Paris is a campaign to help set a Solutions Agenda with business, financiers and governments that will support and complement the COP21 in Paris.

Locals in North Carolina, I’ll be starting a yoga class at Sfeer in Chapel Hill on October 14, plus teaching some local workshops!  Click here for more information or call Betsey at 919-903-9557. 

"Do-Over"

"Do-Over"

Pope Francis issued his Encyclical on Climate on June 18, a document reserved for only the most pressing of global matters. The Pope said that protecting our planet is a moral and ethical imperative, and that a bold cultural revolution is needed to save the planet from Climate Change and Consumerism.

Vatican Pope

Sometimes people are surprised that as a yoga teacher I am speaking out on Climate Change and they ask what Yoga and Climate Change have to do with each other. Listen to my talk on the topic.

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If we walk our talk that ‘We are All One’, that we are manifestations of the same Spirit, then it follows that we care about all life on this planet. We care about the suffering of others because at some level we are all spiritual sisters and brothers. We care about earth’s animals and plants because they are part of our only home. Yoga and virtually all spiritual and religious traditions teach us to be compassionate toward all living beings and to be of service.

Join me for an opportunity to be with kindred spirits for a one-     of-a-kind Yoga &  The Climate Crisis workshop at Willow Street Yoga Center July 24-25, in which  we’ll look at Climate through the lens of yoga as we reclaim our connection to the  sacred. 

It is remarkable to have the Pope speaking about Climate in such a powerful way.  And to also see so many spiritual groups speaking out, all of them addressing it  as a moral imperative in addition to the environmental necessity:

Interfaith Power & Light, a religious response to global warming, was founded by  Rev. Canon Sally Bingham.  She was one of the first religious leaders to recognize  climate as a critical moral issue. They are building momentum for a binding  agreement in Dec. in Paris for a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030. 

  •  The Episcopal Church, led by Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, is responding to  the Climate Crisis. Her voice is uniquely powerful, backed by science (she has a  doctorate in Oceanography), and her moral authority as a spiritual leader, when  she says, "We are making war on the integrity of this planet.
  •  Also the climate resources the Episcopal Church has put together are  exceptional!

As Pope Francis makes clear, addressing climate change calls for a deep transformation of our social, political, and economic systems. All of us must do our part to care for the world we share.

So what can we do?

  • Participate! Choose one issue related to Climate Change: get educated and get involved! Whether that takes the form of donating to a cause you believe in, talking about climate with your friends and family, calling your members of Congress, or writing letters to Congress and/or the editor of your local paper.  
    • There are many environmental and climate organizations that are making a difference.  Google "climate change organizations" to find one that speaks to you. Choose one!   
    • Talk it up!  Research shows only 3% of the U. S. population regularly talks about the climate situation… let’s increase that number!
  • Support a fee on carbon! Considered by many to be THE most significant action we can take, because it establishes policies that support the result we want: less CO2 in the atmosphere. This is something we have to do together. Join with others to pressure Congress to adopt this needed and sensible legislation.  
    • The organization I like so much that I joined is the Citizens Climate Lobby (and I even went to DC June 21-23 and lobbied Congress with 800 other CCL volunteers! I’m the one in the teal blouse!)

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    • A basic CCL tenet is: "Politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it". 
    • If this doesn’t appeal to you Google Carbon Fee and choose another organization promoting a fee on carbon. 
    • Talk it up! Make "carbon fee" part of mainstream conversation.  
  • Reduce your carbon footprint. Consume less. Eat local.
    • Check out Project Draw Down for more inspiring actions you can take. 
      • DRAWDOWN is the point when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to decline.
    • Talk it up! Be the first in your group to mention  ‘climate change’ & ‘carbon fee’, and the importance of reducing CO2 in the atmosphere.
  • Develop your compassion! Choose to look at other peoples around the world, especially poorer coastal countries who contributed very little to global warming but are reaping the destructive forces of it, like the Philippines and the Maldives. Stand up and speak out for climate justice.   
  • Try Meatless Mondays! Research shows that raising livestock is a major contributor to increasing greenhouse gasses and also consumes a huge amount of water, which we all know is a dwindling resource. 
  • Continue or increase your spiritual practices, whatever they are, that bring you peace and a sense of well-being. Take time to be in Nature and appreciate her magnificence! Exercise. Eat well. Nourish yourself daily. Practice soothing yourself naturally, so you are as balanced, centered, and steady as possible during these turbulent times of change.  

We are facing an unprecedented crisis… an emergency of epic proportions! It’s time for all hands on deck! Invoke your Warrior Spirit and get involved!

Consider this: maybe this is why you are living at this historic time! Maybe it is your Life Purpose to wake up now: both to this unprecedented emergency and to the most profound opportunity you will every have to make a difference. We have the opportunity to work with others around the world on a major "Do-Over". Maybe this is the opportunity of a lifetime: the opportunity to remake the world into the kind of home we want it to be, with compassion, with true freedom, and with liberty and justice for all. 

Solutions Abound, but First …

Solutions Abound, but First …

Solutions abound to respond to the Climate Crisis, but first we need to acknowledge the extent of the problem.

We need to see and accept how dire the climate situation is … I know, people don’t want to read these words, or stop long enough in their busy schedules to take in the severity of the crisis we’re in. Because if we do, we’ll feel compelled to action: for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

By burning gas, oil and coal we’re putting a blanket of CO2 around the earth that warms up the earth too much. These increased temperatures are shifting the climate on Planet Earth. Here are some of the consequences:

*  Increased air temperature
*  Increased ocean temperature
*  Both of these have led to birds, animals, butterflies and other insects (including pests) moving northward. Some species will not be able to migrate fast enough to survive.

*  Increased extinction of many species, and at an increasing rate; an article in Science estimates that one in six species may go extinct

  *  Increased ocean acidity, leading to die off of coral reefs and fish; especially problematic is the die off of phytoplankton and zooplankton, the tiny plants and animals that form the base of the marine food chain
*  Increased severe weather events, including hurricanes and typhoons
*  Increased droughts, wildfires, and flooding, decreasing crop yields
*  Increased political unrest around the world, especially in countries who are already poor and are having difficulty feeding their populations
*  Increased humanitarian needs around the world, including a new category of climate refugees
*  Decreased amount of fresh water available, due to melting of glaciers that supply fresh water
*  Sea level rise, affecting coastal cities around the world, especially NYC and Miami in the US.

Why is there not a national emergency declared
over this significant threat to the very survival of the planet
as we know it?

Lack of media attention is one huge reason.
MONEY is the other big reason – we’ll discuss that below!

The Ed Show on msnbc has been running a story on the climate crisis every day this week. If you missed any of it, you can find the stories here.

There are a tremendous number of solutions! Countries around the world, Europe especially, are already involved in implementing solutions. In fact, many countries are switching to renewables at a blistering pace!
*  Solar: Germany led the world in the number of roof top solar installations beginning in 2005, a position it still held at the beginning of 2014, with 1.4 million rooftop units installed. Australia has gone from 8,000 rooftop solar systems in 2007 to over 1 million today. China is also going full-speed ahead on solar and is positioned to soon lead the world in the amount of energy produced from the sun.
*   Wind: Denmark supplied 62% of its energy needs in January 2014 with wind, up from 34% in 2013. Portugal and Spain got over 20% of their electricity from wind in 2013.
*  In the state of South Australia, on September 30, 2014, power generated from wind and solar exceeded the state’s electricity demand!
The U.S. lags behind most of the world, but as prices drop, installations are increasing. 600,000 rooftop units had been installed as of late 2014.
*  I’m excited to be putting solar panels on my roof!
*  Plus the price of solar panels has decreased by 2/3 in recent years!

Lester Brown in his new book, The Great Transition, Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy, states this:

"The sunlight striking the earth’s surface in just one hour delivers enough energy
to power the world economy for one year."

Why then are we still focusing on fossil fuels for our energy?

MONEY!

One reason for our focus on fossil fuel and the lack of mainstream media attention on climate change is that a core group of very wealthy people benefits from the status quo. They are making decisions to go for short-term profits rather than the long-term security and safety of their children and grandchildren and even the earth.

Therefore the most significant impact we can have is
to get a fee on carbon.
So that those who put CO2 into the atmosphere pay for it.

The good news is that there are bipartisan efforts in Congress working on this!!

I just joined The Citizens Climate Lobby, a bipartisan organization focused on getting a law passed to put an escalating fee on carbon. They lobby members of Congress to let them know what their constituents want. The latest polling shows public opinion supports the government doing something about climate!!

Support this organization or any other organization fighting to place a fee on carbon. Or better yet, join CCL and attend the Annual Conference in Washington, DC, June 22-24. I’m going and would be thrilled to see you there!!. Don’t worry they train us before we go to lobby the members of Congress! And they send experienced members in with us newbies!

So what significant actions can you take?
*  Talk about Climate Change!
o With your neighbors, family, church, friends, and other groups you participate in. It’s the biggest issue facing our country and the world, and your children and grandchildren. Nothing will make more of a difference in their lives than you taking action to promote the solutions!
o As an awakened public we want to put pressure on the White House to sign a binding agreement in Paris in December, as Pope Frances wants to do.

*  Support a fee on carbon.
*  Educate yourself on all the issues around the Climate Crisis. A great place to start is with the book, This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein.
*  Do what you can to lower your carbon footprint.
*  Listen to my presentation on Yoga & the Climate Crisis, given in Austin, TX, in February 2015.

So… here we are!  In the biggest crisis ever to face the earth and significant numbers of people are still asleep!  With deep compassion, talk to everyone… help them wake up to the situation so we can come together in collective action before we create more burdens for our children and grandchildren.

Individually we are not strong enough!  Individually we cannot change enough to make the needed impact.  We need to exert our collective will on our legislators; we need policy changes.  We need to put pressure on our legislators and the White House to sign a binding agreement at the Paris Climate Talks this coming December.

In the words of Drew Dellinger, who says it so eloquently:

"It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams,
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?

surely you did something
when the seasons started failing?

as the mammals, reptiles, and birds were all dying?

did you fill the streets with protest
when democracy was stolen?

what did you do
once
you
knew?

Excerpt from Hieroglyphic Stairway, a poem by Drew Dellinger
Re-printed with permission.

"Houston, we have a problem …"

"Houston, We Have a Problem …"

There was no other way I could think of to start this other than with those iconic words we all remember from the early days of space travel …

"Houston, we have a problem…"

And we do have a problem, a significant problem: the Climate Crisis is much more serious than most people realize.

Unless you are reading climate news websites, you may not know that many scientists are now talking about two new potentials:
Civilization itself may not be able to survive the warming trajectory we are on.
We are leaving a legacy of massive suffering for our kids and grandkids if we continue the path we’re on.

All this information is documented in a new book:
UNPRECEDENTED
Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis?
By David Ray Griffin, Ph.D.

This is an extraordinary handbook, with details on everything from the unprecedented threats, such as:
extreme weather, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, sea-level rise, fresh water shortage, food shortages, ocean acidification, etc.
to the unprecedented challenges and failures of our media and political system as well as moral, religious, and economic issues,
and the transition to clean energy, with info about all the options and the exciting progress made so far.

If you feel overwhelmed about this situation, you are not alone! As we all know, the best antidote to feelings of overwhelment, fear, and anxiety is purposeful action. So choose one small thing you could do today to reduce your carbon footprint to care for the earth … and just begin.

There is also some very good news!! Millions of people all over the world have already begun the process of working together in community to adapt to this new paradigm of lowering our CO2 emissions, including Burlington, VT that just became the first U.S. city to run on 100% sustainable energy!

So we know it’s possible… Renewables supplied 30% of Germany’s energy in 2014. In developing countries renewable energy also contributes to alleviating poverty, by providing energy for cooking, space heating, lighting, and also electricity for schools. In fact, Kenya is now the world leader in the number of solar power systems installed per capita. We can care for the earth and in the process improve the lives of millions around the globe. hands holding green heart shaped tree tree arranged in a heart shape love nature save the world heal the world environmental preservation

This new paradigm also requires us to consume less: less energy, use less plastic, switch to cleaner energy sources, eat local food, reuse and recycle everything possible, or don’t buy it in the first place! Check here for more ideas to reduce your carbon footprint and/or take the quiz below:
Ecological Footprint Quiz: http://www.earthday.org/footprint-calculator

Our first goal is not to try to save the world, although we might do that some day, but the first thing is to get our behavior in alignment with our values. If we value the kind of life we are leaving to our kids and grandkids, then we will begin making daily choices to support these values.

An interesting feature about this massive movement is that it’s decentralized and is not headed up by any one person… and is beginning to come together with all the other issues that need to be addressed, such as establishing a living minimum wage, social justice, income equality, democracy, reducing poverty, etc. But the decentralized nature of this movement means it’s still below the radar and the media has not recognized it. That often leaves us feeling alone, not knowing there are millions who are already engaged in important changes.

For a 5-min overview, listen to Paul Hawken on the Biggest
Movement in the World that No One Saw Coming: the reason we have hope for a meaningful transformation in the world.

You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to take one purposeful action, no matter how small or large. Just begin!

And don’t forget to spend time in Nature and appreciate the vastness and beauty of our earth!

Raging Grannies & Warrior Spirits Needed!

Raging Grannies & Warrior Spirits Needed!

On February 14 I’ll be engaging in a new endeavor! I’ll be marching with a group called the Raging Grannies in the 9th annual Moral March on Raleigh. The march is to express love for qualities of life that we all hold dear: Justice, Education, Climate, Economic Sustainability, Worker’s rights, Livable Wages, Equal Protection Under the Law, etc. and is led by Reverend William Barber.

I’m quite excited about this new activity and feel it’s a way to take my yoga off the mat and into the world … literally into the streets! Interesting too … it feels like continuing the work of Martin Luther King. It reminds me of the 60’s! People from all around the country are expected to attend, and it’s open to all – join us if you’re close by or want to travel!

As Drew Dellinger has stated: "Democracy is one of the deep spiritual challenge of our times".

I am also quite excited to be attending the Kindred Spirits Reunion in Austin, TX, a weekend get-together for all previous and current Anusara teachers and students. It’s the brainchild of Desiree Rumbaugh, with Suzie Hurley, Marsha Nieland, and myself helping out.

This year I am greatly looking forward to offering Yoga & The Climate Crisis presentations at yoga studios around the country. It’s an opportunity for us to pause in our busy lives and take a look at the biggest challenge that faces humanity.

The question that’s been haunting me for the last 2 years is this: "What does Yoga uniquely have to offer to this situation?" I’ve come to see that yoga’s offering is monumental and I’m passionate about sharing my vision and adding my perspective to the conversation. In the presentation we’ll review the latest science and focus on what we can contribute, both individually and collectively.

Upcoming in March I’ll be teaching in the 300-hour Rasika Teacher Training Program developed by Kelley Gardner and Stacey Millner-Collins. This is an impressive and thoroughly professional Yoga Teacher Training, modeled after a college curriculum. I’m proud to be participating, and pleased to be teaching in the Program again in July.

In addition I’ll be co-teaching the Spirited Women’s Retreat with my "young & juicy" friend and colleague, Suzie Hurley. We’ll have a mini-version at Kripalu April 2-5 and the full version in Tulum, MX October 24-31. This year our topic is " Six Keys for Aging with Grace, Beauty, Passion & Juice!" Registration opens for the MX retreat March 24.

2015 looks like a pivotal time as more people around the world wake up to see what dire straits the planet is in. We are experiencing a convergence of major issues from climate change, inequality, and loss of our democracy, to the increasing oligarchy in the US where the 1% are determining what is possible for the rest of us.

NOW is the time to wake up our Warrior Spirit, whether it’s a Raging Grannie or the Goddess Durga! Time to speak up and speak out; to take the risk of sharing what’s in our hearts: our hopes, dreams, and vision for a healthy and sustainable and just world. We are truly all in this together!

Beautiful & Powerful Poem

Beautiful & Powerful Poem

I have recently discovered Drew Dellinger, speaker, poet, activist, writer, and founder of Planetize The Movement. He has written an exquisite poem, shared below:

"it’s 3:23 in the morning

and I’m awake

because my great great grandchildren

won’t let me sleep

my great great grandchildren

ask me in dreams

what did you do while the planet was plundered?

what did you do when the earth was unraveling?

surely you did something

when the seasons started failing?

as the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?

did you fill the streets with protest

when democracy was stolen?

 

what did you do

once

you

knew?"

Poem reprinted with the permission of Drew Dellinger   Continue reading

Finding Stillness …

Finding Stillness …

There is great wisdom in finding stillness in a busy world … The many gifts include rest, insight, clarity, energy, and renewed enthusiasm for Life.  Sometimes the gift of a weekend away or a retreat is the most deeply nourishing experience we can give ourselves.

It offers you the opportunity to slow down and savor your life as you soak in the beauty and vastness of Nature.  Take the time to nourish your Spirit with yoga and meditation practices, get up early for a walk outside, eat fresh (organic) food, and spend time with kindred spirits at your retreat!! Returning to your “regular” life so refreshed, with new eyes, and an uplifted and inspired heart is priceless!

Consider this delightful present to yourself!

Cutting Edge Research – Bruce Lipton

Cutting Edge Research – Bruce Lipton

Just in case you’ve been curious about the new field of epigenetics or wondered how the newest science in genetics and biology interfaces with real life, here is a great lecture for you!

It’s by Bruce Lipton, cutting edge researcher in the field of biology and genetics and author of The Biology of Belief, Spontaneous Evolution, and The Honeymoon Effect.  It’s posted on the Beyond Awakening Series website. You have to register, which is free, and then all the lectures posted there are also free.  Here’s the link:

Bruce makes the information very accessible… so if you have not had an opportunity to read about this new field and how it overlaps with what we study in yoga this is a great opportunity to get up to date information.Bruce also shares the fascinating story of how he developed these ideas and what it was like to be so far ahead of the times in what was accepted in medicine.

Here are some of the highlights for me:

at 22 min:  Your biology is influenced by your interpretation of events, not by the events themselves

at 31 min: What influences the sub conscious mind which controls our behavior

at 52 min:  Beliefs and thoughts are not just contained in your head!  This is the science behind the statement, "You become the company you keep, so keep good company!"

at 56 min:  The power of the collective

at 1 hr, 14 min:  Cancer, genes, and beliefs

at 1 hr, 18 min:  Parkinson Disease and placebo research

at 1 hr, 26 min:  How to change the subconscious mind

This is exciting information and a very empowering message!