Posts Tagged ‘Jem Bendell’

RELINQUISHMENT: WHAT ARE WE PREPARED TO GIVE UP NOW?

A Commitment To Give Up:

Apathy.

Greed.

Not Speaking Out

Self Interest, Putting Me and Mine First.

Blame.

Labeling and Not Listening Enough to Others and to Within.

Judging Self and Others.

Distractions and Overcomittment to the Ten Thousand Things

In the End Want to Give Up Attachment to Everything and to be Happy with What Is There.

Give Up Ingnorance About the Near Future and the Long Term Future. So I will Inform Myself,

Listen to Podcasts , Read Relevant Books and Papers and Connect with Kindred Spirits.

Give up my Fear of Loss – of Identy, My Creature Comforts ( Well I’ll May Need  a 12 Step Detox Program for This)

Give up My Fear of the Future, for My Family and Loved Ones, to Spend More Time with Them.

Wasting Water

Wasting One Scrap Of Food

Stop Buying Imported Food, Including Chocolate.

Give Up Milk

Buying Bottled Water

Buying Cheap, Unsustainable clothing, Produced Unethically.

Not to Buy Anything New Unless Absolutely No Other Choice.

(To Upcycle, Mend and Repair, Beg or Borrow and Lend.)

Buying Household Cleaning Products ( to Make them Instead)

Stop Flying.

Stop Shopping in Supermarkets.

Stop Heating the Whole House.

Stop Using Diesel

Reduce  Car Use, (Walk More and Cycle)

Refuse Single Use Plastics/ all Plastic.

Stop Automatically Putting On the Radio.

Commitment To Set Aside a Good Sum of Money to Help the Enviroment.

 

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RESTORATION: WHAT WE HAVE LOST THAT COULD BRING BACK TO HELP?

Truth.

Simplicity.

Respect for the Earth and for All People.

Care for and Protecting Local Springs, Wells and Rivers, Forest, Wetlands, Hedgerows.

Knowing Our Neighbours- Our Streets – Who Is Vulnerable- Who Has Skills – Mapping Our Community.

Celebrating Local Growers. Strenghthening Our Local Food System. Shopping at the Market and

Supporting Local Producers. Not letting Any Food Go To Waste.

More Street Parties! Storytelling and Singing.

Taking the Children to the Woods to Play.

Making Sure Children Get Time Away From Screens.

Fairness and More Financial Equality. Accepting Lower Profits.

More Allotments and Veg/Hemp Growing. More People Growing Their Own Food, Keeping Chickens and the Like.

Planting Flowers For All Insects. Feeding Birds In Winter.

Healthier Lifestyles and Enviroments.

A Sence of Community. Creating Resilient Community. Support of Others Day-to- Day and Longterm.

Embodied Connection. Non- Judgemental Communication.

Public Transport Infrastructure. Traffic Free Zones. Safer Roads For Cyclists and Walkers.

My Childhood Way Of Seeing. A Sense Of Wonder.

Play and Joy In Nature. Letting Our Hearts Soar With Buzzards and Sing With Blackbirds.

Meeting the Gaze Of Others. Taking the Risk Of Speaking to Someone Who Looks Sad.

Taking  Time to Say Hello and Being Willing to Engage and to Welcome a Stranger.

Courtesy, Generocity, Curiosity, Hospitality.

Not To Be Afraid Of Looking Foolish.

Taking Time to Care, to Listen, to Share a Cup of Tea With a Neighbour, To Be Spontaneous,

To Speak Our Truth To Those In Power.

To Observe Changes In The World Around Us.

Time To Listen and Play: Scavenger Hunt, For Myths and Legends and Poems .To Go Looking For

Mushrooms. To Play Chinese Whispers.  Time For Shared Suppers, Talking Over the Garden Fence,

Playing Board Games, Going on Bug/Butterfly Hunts.

Time to Impart Much Needed Skills: Handcrafts, Making Own Clothes, Repair, Maintenance, Upcycling,

Gardening etc.

To Be Able To Name All the Animals, Birds, Trees, Wildflowers  and  Insects That Live Locally.

A Quieter More Gentle Pace of Life.

Bring Back the Lunch Hour, With Time to Eat, to Muse, to Dream.

Re- enstate One Day a Week When Everthing Is Closed and No One Works So That You Will Need To Go

Borrow Tea From Your Neighbour.

Listening To Live Music,

Reading Aloud To One Another,

Talking and Listening To Children. Pushchairs where the Child Is Facing the One Pushing.

Listening – Conversations. Writing and Sharing Poetry.

Learning To Play a Musical Instrument.

Cooking, Eating Together, Sitting Down Together As a Family or Household.

Hanging the Washing Out to Dry.

The Luxury of Doing Nothing- Just Being- Present With What Is.

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DEEPEST FEARS: IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOCIAL COLLAPSE

Loss Of The Earth

Fear the End of Sustainable Life. Worsening Pollution, Destruction of All of this Natural and Human World,

Desecration of Nature. Loss and Extinction of Species, Loss of Birdsong and Insect Hum.

Fear Collapse and Savagery, Brutality, Violence, Violent Dislocation and Rampant Fear Based Selfishness.

Fear Starvation. Chaos, Panic Breaking Out, Incapacitation, Death.

Fear the Strongest, Overlooking or Destroying the Weakest. Polarization and Violent Divisiveness.

Fear Aloneness. Exclusion, the Cries of the Excluded,

Fear Humanities Worst Values Ruling. For Inequality, Hate and Greed to Take Over. Harshness.

Violence of the Mob, Criminality Gone Mad.

Fear That I Too Will Behave Badly.

Fear for the Suffering of My Family, My Children, and Grandchildren and Yours.

Fear for the Pain and Suffering of Future Generations.

Fear that Family, Friends, Everyone Looses all Hope

Fear Being too Old to be of any Real Help and of Falling into Despair.

Fear Spiralling Downwards into all Pervasive Pain.

Fear Loosing the Will to Live.

Regret and Anger for All that we have Lost and Being Blamed

Loss of Compassion,

Loss of Kindness and Respect for One Another.

Loss of Forgiveness

Loss of Awareness

Loss and Extinction of Species..

Loss of Connection, Loss Of Connection with Like Minds and Souls and Hearts

Loss of Love

Loss of Faith

Fear Machines, Technolgy taking over.

 

 

 

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RESILIENCE: WHAT IS IT THAT WE MOST VALUE AND WANT TO KEEP?

Do Not Want To Lose:

The Earth.

The love in Our  Hearts, The Divine in Us, Our Souls, Our Children, Our Grandchildren.

Our Connection with each Other, the Natural World, All Nature, the Oceans, the Trees, the Animals,

Birdsong, Sunsets and Sunrise.

Civilisation,  a Deep Sense of Community, Connection & Support, Cohesion, Peace and Trust between People,

Generosity Of Spirit, Humanity.

Connection to Love, to People Through the Hearts and the Human Qualities of Compassion, Sharing and Caring for Each Other, Kindness, Appreciaton, Empathy, Gratitude, Joy, Laughter.

Inspiration, Creativity, Inventiveness, Curiosity,

We Need:

To Love

To Love and Protect the Enviroment, Mature Trees, Animals, Birds, the Oceans

The Restoration of Nature and the More Than Human World

To Encourage the Next Generation to Trust Their Heart-Song

A Sense of Service, of Creative Partnership.

To Risk Dangerous Conversations.

To Offer Our Wisdom, Experience, Love and Support and To Care for Each Other.

Practice Reciprocity, Appreciation and Gratitude.

Prayer and Silent Witness to the Changing World.

A Capacity for Contentedness in the Midst of Change.

Honouring and Respect for Our Ancestors and Wider Family.

To Care about Celebration, Ritual, Singing, Sharing and a Sense of Belonging.

Connection with the Sacred and with the Wheel of the Year.

To Know that we Each have Gifts and Rescources,

To be Good Companions, Who Inspire and Challenge Each Other towards Creative Ideas

To Believe that We Can Make a difference.

To be Practical and Deside what is Feasible

True Resilience,  a Dynamic Response from a Place of Deep Listening

To Care for the Soul

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JEM BENDELL & TONI SPENCER: DEEP ADAPTATION Bristol

This video is 45minutes long but well worth watching

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LOOKING INTO THE ABYSS: Dispair, reconciliation and the Courage to Love by Justine Huxley

Justine is the director of St Ethelburgas Centre for Peace and Reconcilliantion in London and has just published: Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change

In the last few weeks, we’ve all in our own ways been digesting the news that we have less than 12 years before climate chaos hits.  In the last 7 days, we’ve also been hit with reports that animal populations have been reduced by 60%, that the oceans are significantly warmer than scientists realised, and seen Brazil elect a president who has been described as a ‘global danger’.
It seems we have entered a new phase in our journey of self-destruction, and the ecological and social collapse we have suspected to be on the horizon is now coming to meet us.
The culture of astonishing denial that has pervaded the mainstream has made it almost taboo to talk about such things. The reactions of those unable to face reality can close us down or render it pointless to talk honestly.  But in recent weeks, we sense a sea change: the time for reticence is over.
Mainstream media and also the scientific community for years have been ‘softening’ the facts – always presenting them with relentlessly upbeat messages that we still have time.  The idea is deeply embedded that people must be protected from hopelessness and despair for fear of creating panic or even greater paralysis (Deep Adaptation, Jem Bendell, Cumbria University).  But those messages are now sounding increasingly hollow.  We need to act fast, absolutely, but even if we pull out all the stops, the likelihood is we are going to see more migration, poverty, hunger, conflict and war than we have ever known.
Protecting ourselves from hopelessness no longer serves us.  As many enlightened activists have told us (such as Scilla Elworthy, nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize), only if we walk towards the  darkness and not away from it, can we be transformed and be of real service to others or the world.
Many different kinds of responses needed – and I honour those responding with everything from civil disobedience to deepening our relationship with Earth as sacred.  We all need to follow our own hearts prompting.
For me, the theme of reconciliation is naturally to the fore.  I cannot shake off the image of an individual facing a life-threatening illness.  Confronted with a potentially terminal diagnosis, making rapid outer changes in lifestyle is immediate, driven by the determination to live.  But surrendering to the real possibility of death is behind the deeper change – change which could be viewed through the lens of reconciliation.  Reconciliation with our own mortality and with how our individual life has been lived often leads to reconciliation with our family, to making peace with our enemies, and to decisions – made with a sharply awakened consciousness – about which values to live by if time might be limited.
I’ve seen awe-inspiring change made by people in these situations.  I’ve seen people drop grudges and let go of fixed patterns overnight, in a way that seemed almost unbelievable to those around them.  I’ve seen people give up long-held defences and open to the beauty and spontaneity of life. It’s as if a secret reveals itself about what it means to be human.  The seriousness also catapults us beyond the limits of the physical body and into the journey of the soul. Something much bigger than our own individual life makes its presence felt – whether we call that God, or experience it through the power of human love and our existence in a web of  relationship with others.
All this happens when we are brave enough to go beyond denial, to embrace despair and be changed by it.  And miracles are possible in this space – miracles that include but are not limited to physical recovery.
Sitting with this theme of reconciliation, I feel a call to reach inward – to ask my own heart how I can love more fearlessly – not just those close to me, but our whole human family and those around the world whose lives are already being torn apart.  How can I allow my heart to be broken by it all – by the beauty of what we are destroying, by the melody of a solitary blackbird, or by those pregnant moments before first light, as a dark winter night awakens into day. How can I live the knowledge that mystery is present even in the midst of what is falling apart?
I also feel a call to reach outwards –  to colleagues, activists and spiritual companions – to make space for retreat and discernment.  Not to give up on outer action, but to explore in parallel this inner work of reconciliation and see if we can source the resilience that comes only from being in touch with the depths.  How can we prepare honestly for what is coming? How can we act with integrity, and keep acting from that place, even on the days when it all seems futile?  How can we meet this with the full depth of our spirituality – with both the ferocious passion and the ruthless inner detachment that real service demands?
To those willing to look into the abyss – may our love and connection with each other and with Earth make this a time of meaning –  and sustain us in the times to come.

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