Climate Crisis Moment: Charleston, SC–September 20, 2019
On September 20, 2019, more than 200 people rallied at the College of Charleston for individual and collective climate action. The event was a local expression of the global Climate Strike inspired by Greta Thunberg. At Charleston’s event, dozen of people–black, indigenous, other people of color; LGBTQIA+; and young and old spoke. They shared their stories, climate science, and a vision for an alternative future. Together we learned the reality that the global environmental and climate crisis does not affect us all in the same way.
I had the honor of offering the event’s closing comments and they are captured in the video below. I offer insights from Gangdhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Joanna Macy, and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. There are lessons here on how to:
- be present with catastrophic climate disruption
- avoid overwhelm, and
- engage in effective, healing action
Earth Holders Online
The planet today is not the earth of our childhood. Many of us, as we witness forces of nature dramatically shift, feel like we’re entering a strange territory for the first time. Political storms and new social norms make navigating our days difficult. But we can take heart from the words of Confucius, who said: “To know what you don’t know is the beginning of knowing.”
In this guided meditation and talk from July 8, 2018, I share stories illustrating the importance of fresh wonder and suggest ways to cultivate intimacy with unknowing-ness through meditation practice. We embrace Beginner’s Mind to strengthen muscles of curiosity and humility and respond more skillfully to the potential of now.
Unitarian Church, Charleston, SC
On April 22, 2018, I was honored to present the Earth Day Homily at the beautiful and historic Unitarian Church in Charleston, SC. Filmmaker Katy Roberts produced this twenty-three-minute video of the sermon.
Dear Park Monastery, Escondido, CA
This video–recorded at the Earth Holder Retreat in April, 2016–is a panel discussion exploring mindful advocacy and self care. I am grateful to David Nelson for filming the conversation and making it available to others.
Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, CA
This workshop, also from the Earth Holder Retreat in April, 2016, is about Earth Holder Sangha Building. It explores the nuts and bolts of assembling communities of cooperation and communication to better protect and heal earth. Filmmaker David Nelson recorded this conversation, too.
Healing the planet is healing ourselves. Tune into this free Parallax Press webinar with Thanissara Weinberg and me to learn how to put mindfulness practice to work for profound self care and compassionate and effective action.
The Voyage from Despair to Hope: Resilience and Mindful Advocacy in 2017
Come aboard for this discussion as I reveal the Great Atlantic’s lessons on fearlessness, impermanence, and bringing a beginner’s mind to our collective climate advocacy in 2017. This webinar was recorded in conversation with Steven Low of Parallax Press on January 19, 2017.
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