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, co-founder of The Rainforest Information Center.
John has spent decades implementing strategies to save untold hectares of rainforest.
He’s also supported humans to resolve their ‘delusion of separation’ from the rest of the planet by delivering Deep Ecology practices. John studied and collaborated with Joanna Macy to help bring the notion of systems living into the minds of many.
The 6th mass extinction process on Earth is well and truly underway
This one due to the dominant species on the planet.
Here’s a brief overview – the end of this article lists the previous five extinction processes on Earth.
It will most probably stir a few emotions and questions. Such as:
- What does this extinction mean?
- How do we come to terms with this?
- What will we do differently because of this?
- How can we have any influence 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 – all of what we do, think, say – contributes to the planet. That WE ARE THE PLANET unfolding the way it is.
The key element here though, is that WE ARE BECOMING CONSCIOUS. With greater awareness, we can make more informed choices about WHAT WE CONTRIBUTE.
We move away from destructive violent mentalities of blame, shame, guilt, hatred, vindictiveness etc, and into regenerative creative mentatilities of hope, flow, joyfilled committment and imagination.
If we thought in a different way, 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 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 the world.
How can we change our thinking?
Firstly we need to make time and prioritise this over the zillion activities and thoughts that consume our days. Perhaps turn off the TV or radio for a while and watch the wind play with the plastic bags (or more ideally through the trees!!)?
Asking ourselves 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 more 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 my friend Amy Hart)
Every day actions that can help us further:
Activities proven to help you to shift your way of thinking – to enhance your neuroplasticity – include:
- Fasting – Enhances stem cells. To fast safely, consider the preparation system in Sparkle Detox Course
- Meditation – See Buddhist techniques for proven steps
- 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.
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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