A simple exercise for being with climate change

Here’s a simple exercise that will give you some useful information about how you’re viewing and feeling about climate change, or deep adaptation. (Deep adaptation is the art of having a heartfelt and engaged response to the notion that climate change might very well not be “fixable,” but rather a reality that we’re learning to live with.) The exercise takes only five or ten minutes and is safe and revealing. Take a few moments and try it.

Choose an object in your room to represent climate change (or deep adaptation) and put it where you can stand over or beside it. Put another object down to represent yourself, a pair of shoes for example. Put the object that represents you the distance away from “climate change” that feels right to you and stand in that place and consider climate change. Notice how your body feels contemplating it, how you feel. Take a little time to allow yourself to land here. Jot a few thoughts down if you like.

Then take the position of climate change and consider “you,” where you just were. Notice how it feels from there, and jot it down if you like.

When you’re ready go back to the first position and feel how that is, considering climate change. Notice anything that’s new or that’s true, or that you might want to do.

And that’s it, your through!

I’ve created an online event to do this in a group, Sunday July 7th. Participants will do the exercise individually, then share what happened in small groups. We’ll alternate between the small group and the larger group as we  consider what we’re hearing, how it is for us, and what we’re learning.

Please reply to this email and I’ll make sure you have all the details to attend the call.

Posted in climate change, deep adaptation.

6 Comments

  1. Interesting and useful exercise Andrew. The realisation that came more strongly is the one that I have been living with for some years now. Ultimately it is death that’s in charge of my life, not me, and death’s not for shifting. That isn’t fatalism for me. Everything must end in the end. My end and that of everything and everyone that I love is now living with me every day. My task is to know death, to make it my friend, and to do it well. I will make it my legacy for all those around me who will watch me do it.

    Thanks for the Insight Andrew.

  2. Beautifully said, John. That is indeed a legacy for those around you. We’re mutually encouraging, helping, and teaching each other to do show up and meet this time well.

  3. Thank you Andrew, very interesting. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it brought new insight of how we are one with climate change….it is us and we are it.

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