The personal challenge in climate change

How does our inner life connect into our thinking and feeling about climate change? Our activism? Or even do they connect? It’s likely that many of us haven’t considered this question much, if at all, and for good reason: Mainstream thought, which exerts a strong gravitational pull, carefully avoids the connection between what’s happening in the outer world and what might be happening in the inner world of the citizen. The mainstream has its own […]

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The gold in hidden climate change denial

Can it be we’re all grappling with various stages of denial, even those of us who – like me – have been working on it for a while? I think we do know what’s happening, but our knowledge doesn’t easily percolate down to where we actually live. I’ll share very recent thoughts, some coming into focus this morning on a springtime walk with my brother. Truly knowing that profound change is on the way due […]

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Disrupting the Status Quo – 1

When we first seriously consider the climate change facts, we tend to feel down low and hopeless. It’s tempting for a while to withdraw into a semi-private world where we feel worried or helpless. It’s normal too. Our existential situation is difficult. We or our children are likely to have it much rougher in future than we do now. We may not pull through as a species. But why do we take the climate news […]

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Saying “No” to the Green New Deal

Many of my friends and connections like the Green New Deal. Here’s why I’m saying “No thank you!”. While it would be wonderful to see a broad coalition toward a new future, the Green New Deal can’t be that. It’s a wish list put forward by a coalition of the radical left without consultation with the rest of society.  Small “c” conservatives dislike it intensely. The GND is almost certain to lead quickly to increased […]

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How are we being with the climate emergency?

I was reminded of this poem by David Whyte the other day, speaking with a friend. It was the words “secret water,” that came to mind, though I couldn’t place them at the time. THE WELL OF GRIEF Those who will not slip beneath      the still surface on the well of grief, turning down through its black water      to the place we cannot breathe, will never know the source from which […]

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Right now – this climate moment

See here for Climate Change “Inner Work” link. Wow to the Extinction Rebellion activists for what they’ve accomplished in the last ten days. Just wow! Particularly in London, England, but worldwide – including where I am in Ottawa Canada and probably in your country too – ordinary people / activists brought a huge new intensity to the climate emergency. [If you missed this dramatic upscaling of the climate movement – the mainstream media outside of […]

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Climate Change changes everything – 1

If you knew me you’d know that I’m a person with a lifelong interest in personal development, how we serve the times and the best of ourselves. You’ll know I value a spiritual approach and especially value learning with others, small groups as a best place to grow in. We benefit amazingly from the collective intelligence that good groups tap into. I love that. Now I want to add more of the “showing up” part […]

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Coherent and incoherent collective action

When we come together for some common purpose we often arrive in different frames of minds, different ways of seeing reality. If we can’ come into alignment for out time together we’re much more effective in whatever we want to do. To understand the dynamic, think of these different ways of seeing as different imaginations, different ways of approaching reality and being together. Imagination 1 is ordinary waking consciousness though this can be more or […]

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On not knowing what to do

Well, there’s a nice image for you! Some of you might recognize it as two cards from the OH deck, a radically improvisational way of generating images. The deck has 88 “frames,” words, and 88 impressionistic images, many of them much less friendly than this one today is. It’s definitely not all sweetness and light. Using a device like this, or a poem, can be a writing prompt or deepener, as it was today for […]

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All our efforts are toward Presence

(This post is dedicated to my friend Christel Kraft who I’ve been enjoying walking this road with recently.) All efforts are toward Presence. All our efforts in therapy or self-help, or whatever are part  of a larger effort, our reaching for Presence. But what is Presence? It’s not a description so no words would be it. It’s more like the lived experience of right now, a now that we’re not escaping or wanting to escape, […]

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