This Equinox happens to coincide with a Global Climate Strike week of actions. Novasutras Santa Cruz participated by holding an Equinox meditation focusing on climate and forest well-being, with an in-person meditation about 12 hours before the moment of the Equinox. A recording of that public event has just been posted on our YouTube channel, so you can include it as part of you own Equinox celebration.
Michelle Y. Merrill, Ph.D., is an expert in international sustainability, systems and complexity, teaching and learning, biologically-inspired design, anthropology and ecology. Over decades of research, she has worked in the US, Asia and Africa studying rainforest primates and Higher Education for Sustainability. She is a published author, a respected educator and international speaker, and the founder of Novasutras. She earned her doctorate from Duke University in 2004.
Life on Earth teaches us how to be together, and how we are related to the life around us. We need only remember how to listen to those most ancient teachings. What we seek to accomplish on behalf of the planet has work within as a necessary corollary.
We’ve made a short video illustrating some alternatives to hugs and handshakes, that can allow us to keep our distance physically (important for slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19) while acknowledging our emotional and spiritual connections. Two options to share agaya & ubuntu while remaining safe during an epidemic include the “Namaste” gesture (anjali mudra) and the “heart connection” gesture.
Helpful hints for preparing local celebrations of the Solstice Dec 21st, including themes of celebrating the sun, pausing for reflection, contrasts, and global unity. We suggest some activities for rejoicing in ubuntu and agaya.
Focusing partnership practice is a powerful tool for connecting with our inner wisdom. It can open us to the power of Nature and community. We become more effective change agents when we develop heart-knowing and deep listening skills.
Helpful hints for preparing local celebrations of the Solstice, including themes of sun celebrations, pausing for reflection, contrasts, and global unity. We suggest some activities for promoting awareness of agaya and ubuntu and having fun.