Resources

to explore on your path of awakening, healing, and empowerment on all levels

 

Inspiration and Personal Evolution

RAIN Resources by Tara Brach
There are many excellent resources here: articles and meditations on RAIN, a free downloadable guidebook on RAIN as well as online courses.

Exercise: Exploring Emotions as Sensations in Your Body

Lee Harris is a globally acclaimed Energy Intuitive and Transformation Teacher who offers grounded, practical teachings focused on helping conscious, intuitive, and sensitive people heal, thrive and live a better life!  His website offers over a hundred audio recordings and online courses for navigating a soul-led life with clarity, empowerment, and optimism.  Lee’s programs are adventures into the deepest aspects of living, loving, and awakening.  He also offers a free Energy Update every month.

The Great Council of the Grandmothers first appeared in 1996 as Sharon McErlane walked her dog.  They have shared their intention in coming to earth:  “The world is in grave danger,” they said, “and we will not allow its destruction. For too long Yang or masculine energy, has dominated life on earth, causing feminine energy to become deficient and weak. We have come to restore Yin to full beauty/power and return the world to balance. We are calling you to this work.”  Many people from around the world have now come together to study and share the Grandmother’s teachings: they are looking for a personal connection with the Divine—one free from rules and formal religion; and want a sense of community, more joy in our lives, and wish to be of service during this time of radical change on our planet.  For more information on the Grandmothers see Netoflight.org.

The Grandmothers have many meditations available online.  All meditations, including the Container Meditation, are available in the back section in all their books.

 

Our Climate Emergency and Related Topics
Articles

Richard Heinberg article: Why Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem and Why Technology Won’t Save Us 

Books

Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul by John Philip Newell; a good book that integrates spirituality into climate change
 

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Katharine Hayhoe; Hayhoe is an evangelical Christian who has dedicated herself to communicating climate science to non-science communities; she discusses how to talk about climate to people who have different perspectives

 

Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity and Joy by Shauna Shapiro

Dealing with Grief

 

 

RESOURCES FOR 2021

Listen to Betsey’s Yoga & Climate Talk, February 2015.
“If we don’t change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed”.
Chinese Proverb 

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Michael Singer is a spiritual teacher, entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of the spiritual classic
The Untethered Soul. He has collaborated with Sounds True to release the online course:
Living from a Place of Surrender: The Untethered Soul in Action.   
              

This Michael Singer Podcast: “Doing the Real Work to Free Yourself

Oren Jay Sofer teaches mindfulness, meditation and Nonviolent Communication in both secular and Buddhist contexts. Click the HOME button and scroll down for a list of upcoming events with Oren.

John O’Donohue quotes:
“TO COME HOME TO YOURSELF
May all that is unforgiven in you
Be released.
May your fears yield
Their deepest tranquilities.
May all that is unlived in you
Blossom into a future
Graced with love.”
― John O’Donohue,
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Invocations and Blessings

John O’Donohue on the prayer of your soul
“Give yourself time to make a prayer that will become the prayer of your soul.
Listen to the voice of longing in your soul. Listen to your hungers.
Give attention to the unexpected that lives around the rim of your life.
Listen to your memory and to the inrush of your future, to the voices of those near you and those you have lost.

Out of all of that attention to your soul, make a prayer that is big enough for your wild soul,
yet tender enough for your shy and awkward vulnerability;
that has enough healing to gain the ointment of divine forgiveness for your wounds;
enough truth and vigour to challenge your blindness and complacency;
enough graciousness and vision to mirror your immortal beauty.

Write a prayer that is worthy of the destiny to which you have been called.
This is not about any self-absorbed narcissism. It is about honouring the call of your soul
and the call of eternity in you.

Take as much time as you need to find the shape of the prayer that is appropriate
to your essence. It might take a month or a year.

When you have shaped it, memorize it.
When you have learned it by heart, you will always carry this gracious prayer
around the world with you. Gradually, it will grow into a mantra companion.
It will be the call of your essence, opening you up to new areas of birth; it will bring the wild
and tender light of your heart to every object, place, and person you will meet.”
― John O’Donohue, in “Eternal Echoes”

 

Video with Dr. Zach Bush passionately sharing the experience of 3 of his patients dying
and being brought back to life is remarkable.
The above segment is the culmination of a powerful longer presentation which is very inspiring.  

Dalai Lama chanting the exquisitely beautiful Great Death-conquering mantra:
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushthivardhanam;
Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityormuksheeya Maamritaat

Tara Brach, Buddhist Meditation Teacher, and friends are offering a
Radical Compassion Challenge April 26 – May 5, 2021.
It’s a free 10-day online event to help build a global movement of Compassion in Action.
You can register here.

Read and sign the Open Letter to World Leaders
that it’s time to Face the Climate Emergency, from the Youth Climate Movement.

Joanna Macy 4-min video: Embracing Pain   

Francis Weller 13-min video: The Lost Art of Grief, including The 5 Gates of Grief
Francis Weller book: The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief

Overview of The 5 Gates of Grief by Francis Weller

Masaka Kids Africana Dancing to Jerusalema

Tara Brach, Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist, RAIN: A Practice of Radical Compassion 

Also check out Tara’s website for articles, meditations, and other information.

Thank you to Janet for sending this fantastic 3 min video on being a “child of illusion” … it is a beautiful representation of our discussion on the topic!

Craig Hamilton on How To Know if Your Meditation is Working?
Craig Hamilton is a pioneer in the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality and a leading voice in the movement for conscious evolution.

Night Flower: A Journey of Healing the Body, Heart & Spirit from Trauma & Abuse
by Solara Vayanian
This is a truly magnificent book that gives information, perspectives, and tools to help anyone on their healing journey.  Profound, heart-oriented, and soul- based, these techniques can be applied by people who have suffered severe trauma as well as by the “average person” who has yet to delve into the issues of their childhood that still impact their lives today.

Oren Jay Sofer combines decades of formal training in ancient Buddhist meditation with the
contemporary disciplines of Nonviolent Communication and Somatics.
Free online course in mindful communication, June 14-July 22, 2021:
Wise Speech: An Introduction to Mindful Communication 

 

People-Powered News & Analysis
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This is a very thoughtful article applying the ideas of “reaction” versus “response” to our collective situation:
Confronting the dangers of disdain:
With the threat of totalitarianism at least forestalled, it’s time we examine and address its underlying causes.
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TEN PERCENT HAPPIER Podcast with Dan Harris
Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC News anchor who had a panic attack live on “Good Morning America”,
which led him to try something
he always thought was ridiculous: meditation.
He went on to write the bestselling book, “10% Happier.”
In this podcast, Dan explores happiness (whatever that means) from all angles.
Guests include legendary meditation teachers —
from the Dalai Lama
to Western masters — as well as scientists, and even the odd celebrity.
But the show also ventures beyond meditation,
bringing on leading researchers in areas such as social anxiety, bias, creativity,
productivity, and relationships.
The animating insight of this show is that the mind is trainable.
This is what science is showing us.
Mental traits such as happiness, calm, generosity, compassion, and connection are not
hardwired, unalterable factory settings;
they are, in fact, skills that can be trained. On this show, you’ll learn how.
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INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE FOR OUR CLIMATE:
ALIGN OUR BEHAVIOR WITH OUR VALUES
See link below to download these first several pages as a pdf.
1.  Advocate for our climate:
  • End Climate Silence! Advocate for Climate with family and friends. Speak up!
  • See resources below to get up-to-date scientific facts

2.  Educate yourself about climate science:

  • Mainstream/corporate media does not report on the urgency of climate change. 90% of corporate media is owned by 6 corporations who get huge advertising dollars from car companies and fossil fuel industries that prefer the status quo.
  • Check out independent media for another perspective: Democracy Now, CounterPunch, Nation of Change, Reader Supported Network, The Young Turks, The Guardian, Real News. Google for more information and links.
  • Become more knowledgeable of scientific facts; subscribe to one or more of these and receive regular updates about climate:

3.  Get educated about the big issues facing our country:

  • Loss of our democracy, income inequality, corporate biases in mainstream media, social justice, racial justice, the economy, the “military-industrial complex”, etc.  All issues are connected, and all affect climate.
  • Check out independent media for another perspective: Democracy Now, CounterPunch, Nation of Change, Reader Supported Network, The Young Turks, The Guardian, Real News. Google for more information and links.
  • Read the Powell Doctrine: “A Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy”

4.  Deepen your commitment to decrease your carbon footprint:

  • Sign up for clean energy with Arcadia: this is done through your current energy company, but the energy comes from wind.
  • Divest from fossil fuel company holdings: http://www.greenamerica.org/fossilfree/
  • Gradually make environmentally sustainable choices: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle!
  • The U.S. uses the equivalent of 5 earths each year, so we all have room to improve! We can simplify and de-clutter our lives and in the process lower our footprint.
  • Compute how many earths you use each year with this Ecological Footprint Calculator. It’s informative and easy to start with the “low-hanging fruit”, whatever is easiest to change.
  • Decrease your use of plastic bags as much as possible. Stop using single-use plastic bottles!
    • Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute. The amount of energy required to make 12 plastic shopping bags could drive a car for a mile.
  • Buy less!  Ask yourself if you really need it.  Get off junk mail lists.  Simplify your life!
  • Consider how the product was made and where. Support local businesses.  Buy local: it saves the carbon costs of shipping.
  • See greenamerica.org for info on how products are made.

5.  Practice Self-Care to optimize your energy and health: take care of your most valuable resource: YOU!

Do everything you can to maintain your energy, enthusiasm, and joy of living by celebrating what you love and developing your open compassionate heart:

  • Yoga; social support; physical, mental, & emotional health; make healthy non-pesticide local food choices, etc. Continue your spiritual practices.
  • Consider learning to meditate; meditation changes your brain in significant ways:
    • Research shows it increases the frontal cortex functioning by 10%, the part of brain used to make wise choices.
    • Meditation teaches you how your mind operates.
    • Meditation encourages greater spaciousness and less judgment, while at the same time increasing your ability for discernment.
    • Meditation gradually transforms you from knowing yourself as a physical being having a spiritual experience to knowing yourself as a spiritual being having a physical experience!

COLLECTIVE ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE FOR OUR CLIMATE
JOIN WITH ONGOING GROUPS TO INCREASE OUR STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

1.  Support the return of our democracy; nothing will work correctly as long as the richest 1% controls over 99% of the global wealth and makes choices for all of us.

    • Because of the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, unlimited money can now be given to political candidates, ads, etc. with no transparency or accountability.
    • Read Democracy in Chains: The Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Duke Historian, Nancy MacLean.  If we don’t know the extent of the Radical Right take-over, it will be difficult to know how to respond fully. Check here for an excellent book review.
        • “This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. . . . If you’re worried about what all this means for America’s future, you should be” – NPR
      • “[A] vibrant intellectual history of the radical right . . .” – The Atlantic
  • Check out Movetoamend.org for more info to get Citizens United overturned.
  • Big corporations, such as the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil, are a driving force behind climate denial; they lobby Congress with millions of dollars.
    • The Koch Brothers have spent over $80 million to discredit climate science. They fund dozens of “think tanks” that put out misinformation.
    • Book and documentary: “Oreskes and Conway tell an important story about the misuse of science to mislead the public on matters ranging from the risks of smoking to the reality of global warming. Watch Merchants of Doubt.
    • ExxonMobil makes $100 million profit every day!

2.  Join an organization fighting for what you believe in and participate with your time, energy, and/or money. 

3.  Support a fee and dividend (not or tax) on carbon so polluters pay the full costs of doing business, rather than leaving it to the public to pay for their pollution clean up. The carbon dividend puts money directly into people’s pockets every month to spend as they see fit, helping low and middle income Americans.  For more information see Citizens Climate Lobby.

4.  Support alternative energy sources such as solar and wind.

    • Stanford University study shows wind, solar, water can supply 100% of the world’s energy needs by 2050.
    • The amount of sunlight striking the earth’s surface every hour has enough energy to power the world for an entire year!!  And so why is it that we are still using the old and dirty technology of fossil fuels? 
  • Renewables are growing exponentially and have reached cost parity with fossil fuels.

Download above suggestions as a pdf

RESOURCES: BOOKS, VIDEOS, WEBSITES, & ARTICLES

Post Carbon Institute:

  • “Founded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute’s mission is to lead the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world.”  Excellent articles on all related topics!
  • “We envision a world of resilient communities and re-localized economies that thrive within ecological bounds”.

Resilience.org website:

  • Features numerous articles written by experts in their fields, see Richard Heinberg’s website for his excellent books, including The End of Growth; The Party’s Over
  • Includes a 4-hour Resilience Training Course to better prepare ourselves for this time of political, environmental, and economic upheaval

Peak Prosperity website and Accelerated Crash Course

  • This is a condensed course of details and information on the trends most likely to shape our future.

It’s Okay to Be Smart website

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein

  • “This book is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. And it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future.”

This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klein

  • “Climate change is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts.  Confronting it is no longer about changing the lightbulbs.  It’s about changing the world – before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe”.
  • A powerful book that lays out our choices with clarity and insight.  A must-read!
  • Klein’s other books are also brilliant and insightful: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism; No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies 

The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring on the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World by Paul Gilding

  • “This book offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity faces, yet also a deeply optimistic message”.
  •  Watch a great Ted Talk by Paul.

JOB ONE FOR HUMANITY – TO END GLOBAL WARMING*  Includes a Petition to Declare a Global Warming State of Emergency.

  • Clearly to End Global Warming is our number one priority.  If we don’t tackle that successfully, and soon, we risk leaving an uninhabitable Earth for our children and grandchildren”.
  • I’ve signed the petition and hope you’ll join me!
  • The website includes an eBook you can download and also a current summary of the climate situation.  There are also options to receive regular updates on the latest climate science plus a roadmap for what’s necessary to reduce our Greenhouse gases.
  • “It’s time to stop just worrying about climate change.  Instead we need to  brace for impact, because global crisis is no longer avoidable.  We have come to the end of a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we live beyond our planet’s means”.

Unprecedented, Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? by David Ray Griffin

  • This book …”is a tour de force of enormous importance for our planetary future.  In his superb analysis of climate change through      the lens of science, politics, economics, energy, morality, and religion, Griffin has provided a wealth of insight for how to move forward.
  • Global movement to solve the climate crisis, emphasizing building no new infrastructure for fossil fuels and the program, “Keeping it in the Ground” and divesting from fossil fuels

NC Climate Solutions Coalition

  • “Organizing and advocating for 100 % clean, renewable energy and green jobs for North Carolina”

Climate Cooperators

  • We employ education, coaching, materials, opportunities, and rewards to leverage individuals and groups in taking effective actions to mitigate climate change. We have a special interest in electric vehicles due to their significant impact on climate change mitigation.”

Climate Reality Project

  • Scientific information about climate change; founded by Al Gore, author of the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth, and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, and his  book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

Time To Choose documentary

  • “Climate change is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced – and it is also our greatest opportunity. We have the solutions we need, but we are in a race against the clock to implement them in time. Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson captures the urgency and innovation of this critical moment in his new film, Time to Choose.”

Reality Drop: Spread Truth. Destroy Denial.

  • The latest composite research on climate change due to human influence.

Merchants of DoubtHow a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway

  • Book and documentary: “Oreskes and Conway tell an important story about the misuse of science to mislead the public on matters ranging from the risks of smoking to the reality of global warming.”

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Edited by Paul Hawken

  • “The stakes for our planet have never been higher. The world is warming, sea levels are rising, and the impacts of climate change are occurring faster and stronger than originally predicted… “
  • “We need a rigorous plan to “draw down” carbon, and Project Drawdown’s team of two hundred scientists and researchers worldwide (and counting) has modeled and chronicled one hundred creative ideas”.
  • This book is a message grounded in science; it also is a testament to the growing stream of humanity who understands the enormity of the challenge we face, and is willing to devote their lives to a future of kindness, security, and regeneration.
Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken
  • “Story of a worldwide movement that is largely unseen by politicians or the media”

Don’t Even Think About it, Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall

  • “Most of us recognize that climate change is real, and yet we do nothing to stop it….”

Consumer Affairs Solar Energy Guide

  • This online guide produced by Consumer Affairs gives a plethora of helpful information and options in considering solar. It includes a comparison of brands, financing options, costs, and expert reviews.

The More beautiful World that Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

  • “An empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling….”

World on the Edge, How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse by Lester R. Brown (described as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers”)

  • Lays out a clear, evidence-based Plan B to change course and move onto a path of sustainable progress; very informative website: www.earth-policy.org
  • He shares what he considers are the four great goals to restoring civilization’s equilibrium
    • massive cut in global carbon emissions
    • stabilization of world population
    • abatement of poverty
    • restoration of our planet’s diverse natural landscape

The Great Transition, Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy by Lester R. Brown
*  Details of the transition that is now unfolding; Brown’s last book before retiring in 2015.

How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate by Seth B. Darling and Douglas L. Sisterson

  • “Let science do the talking the next time someone tries to tell you …”

 Environmental Working Group 

  • Info on a clean and safe environment; also link to Skin Deep info on safe cosmetics

Transition United States

  • Grassroots movement to make the transition to a more sustainable world
  • Riveting, important documentary to understand the world food situation
Green Yoga by Georg Feuerstein & Brenda Feuerstein
  • A clarion call for yogis to pay attention and get involved in climate issues
  • Works with allies to protect public health and the environment and to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides
    • Principle to minimize/eliminate potential hazards before agreeing to a course of action
    • All current GMO research is located on this site