How can we shift into living in a manner that serves biodiversity of life on our planet?
Here’s thoughts from the inspiring, dedicated environmentalist John Seed OA.
John is co-founder of The Rainforest Information Center and has spend many decades implementing effective strategies to save untold hectares of rainforest across the globe.
John has also guided humans to wake up to their ‘delusion of separation’ from the rest of the planet to become more truthful, and active in protecting, regenerating and transforming the system that is currently destroying our planet. He does this using a body of work known as Deep Ecology. John studied and collaborated with Joanna Macy to help bring the notion of “systems living” into the minds and lives of many many people.
There are no glib or easy solutions for this extinction crisis – John Seed video (2 minutes)
“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.“
– Deitrich Bonhoeffen
The 6th mass extinction process on Earth is well and truly underway
This one due to the dominant species on the planet, us. And we are, of course, a part of the planet, not separate from it.
Here’s a brief article providing an overview of the previous five extinction processes on Earth.
It will most probably stir a few emotions and questions.
- What does this extinction mean?
- How do we come to terms with this?
- What will we do differently because of this?
- What influence can we have if it’s all underway anyway?
Reading about previous extinction processes prompts me to wonder; what will survive, and then thrive, once this extinction process is through?
“Getting off the train” requires us to thinking in a new way.
How can we step outside of our current way of living? To think, act, and therefore construct life in way that is regenerative and nourishing for all?
One way is recognising that we are contributing to the future of the planet with everything what we do, think and say. That WE ARE THE PLANET creating the way it is.
The key exciting element here is that WE ARE BECOMING CONSCIOUS. With greater awareness, we make more informed choices about WHAT WE CONTRIBUTE.
We can choose to move away from destructive, violent mentalities of blame, shame, guilt, greed, hatred, vindictiveness etc. We can move into regenerative, creative mentatilities of hope, flow, joy-filled commitment, clarity, action and imagination.
For example: If we changed our thinking as such, there is no way we would EVER produce plastic bottles of water.
These products perpetuate a raft of problems. From pollution, contamination, excessive transport, lack of incentive for civic potable water. These factors lead to ocean acidification, toxic land fill, climate change and ongoing health issues. A seriously lose-lose-lose situation. (and don’t get me started on plastic bottles of softdrink, or or detergents!!!)
In place of plastic water bottles. we might have cherished water springs, civic drinking fountains, refillable bottles and some culture around revering water for the precious (remarkable) commodity that it is. This could lead to greater protection of water catchment areas, permaculture-inspired water purification and treatment practices, community practices around water and better hydration and heath outcomes.
It could also lead to a greater regard for water as the profoundly remarkable substance that it is, and thus more care of waterways throughout our environment and the world.
How can we change the way we think?
Firstly, we need to make time and prioritise this over the zillion activities and thoughts that consume our days. How about turning off the TV or radio for a while? Watch the wind play with the plastic bags (or more ideally through the trees!!)? Strive to do less, consume less and be more, be kinder and more directed in our energy expenditure. Practice gratitude.
Ask yourself powerful questions
We can voluntarily start to ask ourselves powerful questions. We don’t have to wait until the pressure is so great and the impacts of the ecological crisis are being actuely felt (when really by then it will be too late)
Read this LIST OF POWERFUL QUESTIONS. This list was generated from Sparkle Detox the World workshops with 150 people (with thanks to professional change facilitator, Amy Hart)
Actions that can help us to change more easily – actions that help our brain pathways to shift.
Activities proven to help you to shift your way of thinking – to enhance your neuroplasticity – include:
- Fasting – Enhances stem cells. To fast safely, check out the preparation system that has embedded Deep Ecology thinking within it: Sparkle Detox Course
- Meditation – See Buddhist techniques for proven steps and find a good teacher
- Exercise – High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) helps us to create new neural tracts, which equals new ways of thinking. Get some insight from an exercise physiologist for the kind that’s good for you.
For a 21 day process to guide you towards shifting your personal and planetary trajectory, check out Sparkle 21 Day Detox
This video was made a UPLIFT festival Byron Bay in 2012 as part of a series of videos produced by Sally Mathrick Sound Medicine.
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