As headlines insist on the inevitability of a war that may pull the entire world into a pattern of destruction we – Earth and all Her Inhabitants – may not be able to survive, we know there are people who have faced the worst and found solutions by working together toward a common goal. Rather than watch videos of interviews with individuals who thrive on conflict and want to humiliate one another, we can learn from people who support the health and well-being of all. After hearing the rhetoric that suggests war is not only inevitable but the only way to solve conflict, in my search for the antidote to this belief I discovered an obituary of Dr. Paul Farmer. Through his obituary, I found Bending the Arc, a documentary that explores the birth of Partnerships in Health, a global outreach NGO improving healthcare and lives everywhere. Continue reading Bending the Arc Towards Justice and Peace: Our Common Purpose
Category: Mother Earth
Gratitude Tapping for Abundant Local Harvests
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Sunday, October 11, 2015, marks Thanksgiving Celebrations for many Canadians. This year, with books and films like This Changes Everything ( see http://www.naomiklein.org/main) contributing to positive, community approaches to climate crises, supporting and celebrating our local organic food movement is more important than ever before. When we buy from our local organic farmers and regional organic food growers, every meal we eat has the power to help restore the integrity of our physical geography as it strengthens individual health and builds community. When I touch upon the relevance of local food systems to our current state of climate emergency, I’m sometimes met with belligerence born of fear. “Nothing can be done,” often accompanies the outright refusal to shift from eating addictive, health sapping convenience foods because of very real time constrictions, perceived cost prohibitions, and the hopelessness and terror we feel when we think too much about super storms and the other signs of global warming. Although the trauma of climate change is so potentially devastating that we often do all that we can to deny it or at least temporarily forget it, Tapping can help us calm our climate-change fears, neutralize our addiction cravings, and move forward to strengthen our community ties.
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Mother Earth Day
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May 9, 2015 – Mothers Day
Here in the northern hemisphere, our world comes alive with all the colours of spring at this time of year. After a winter of focus on human struggles that highlight human injustice and the many social issues we must address if we are to build nurturing communities, our Mother Earth puts on her spring attire and that place in our hearts that will always belong to Her begins to vibrate with hope. Oh, yes, we tell ourselves. The human story is not the only one. There is this other story, this story of possibility, of seed bursting through soil, of bud blossoming, of leaf unfurling. The harmonies of our Earth Garden Home are perennial works of art that teach balance and beauty while nourishing our bodies and refreshing our spirits. If you doubt this, go for a walk in a nearby community garden, park, or wood. All around us the world is springing to life and encouraging us to do the same.
Yesterday, Wim Wenders film The Salt of the Earth, about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, reminded me of Earth’s regenerative powers. After an hour of stills depicting the horrors of human suffering taken on what Wenders calls Salgado’s personal journeys into the heart of human darkness, journeys that ultimately leave him spent and despairing, the photographer makes his way back to the light through the renewal and regeneration of one small part of our shared Earth Mother. Salgado’s family’s land, clear cut to send the children to university, is slowly brought back to life by the younger generation’s planting of a million trees. By the time the film concludes, Salgado’s son, Juliano, shows us the sweep of rain forest that is his heritage. In three generations we see paradise, paradise lost, and paradise regained.
This Mothers Day, may we all honour our First Mother, Earth. May we thank her for the lessons of regeneration she offers when we do what we can to repair human exploitation. May we say prayers of gratitude before the simple but deep pleasures of eating locally grown foods. May we plant seeds and trees, abstain from using corporate poisons, and reclaim our own health by fostering Hers. May we trade our guns and knives for garden tools. May we become loving participants in the ongoing creation in which we are meant to thrive. May we come to our senses and see who we truly are, Earthlings . . . , co-creators with all the beings that create and sustain this magnificent world.
Until next time
Jane Buchan, MA, AAMET Advanced Practitioner, email@example.com, 802-533-9277
Jane is a Learning Coach specializing in neutralizing trauma and cultural constructs to support learners of every age. To engage her coaching services, please contact Jane by phone (802) 533-9277 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put Coaching Query in the subject line.