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.