In Novasutras, we help one another deal with our emotional responses to the climate and extinction crises through practices like meditation and shinrin-yoku. Developing deeper awareness of ubuntu and agaya enhances our emotional resilience. Dr. Michelle Merrill, founder of the Novasutras Movement, discussed some of these ideas in an interview for an article about climate grief that was published last month.
Reposting Molly Young Brown's powerful reflection on the dominant Industrial Growth Society. The suffering caused by this system stems from its insistence on unrealistic and unhealthy relationships between people and with the more-than-human world: its lack of ubuntu and agaya.
The first local chapter of Novasutras is sprouting and reaching sunward. We had our launch party in August (details and pictures follow), and we're planning and participating in events as part of the Global Climate Strike Week in Santa Cruz, California.
Explore the history, practice and science of "forest bathing", and how it can help you deepen your connection with all other beings in loving-kindness, with the complex wonder and sacred beauty of the universe, with what we call agaya and ubuntu in Novasutras. Shinrin-yoku practice may help you become a more effective agent for increasing ubuntu and agaya in the world.
Agaya came from merging the words agape and Gaia. Gaia references the Gaia Theory that Earth systems interact to promote life's resilience. Agape is divine, altruistic love.
Novasutras has its roots in Deep Ecology, as expressed in agaya.
Visit your tree friend often. Take a little time to get to know it. Meditate together, focusing on the exchange of breath.
A wonderful quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh provides a lovely illustration of agaya "...I looked into the tree and I saw the whole cosmos in it..." Another expresses ubuntu "We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea; the time has come for all to live as one."