What lessons are we learning from this pandemic that can help us deal with challenges to come? How does the pandemic affect our response to ongoing crises like climate change? Join Novasutras Daily Discussions, as we help each other make sense of our world, and develop strategies for increasing agaya and ubuntu emerging from the disruption.
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.
Our beloved Earth has three green hearts -- Amazonia, Congo and Sundaland -- the worlds three major equatorial rainforest systems. These are places of unfathomable complexity and diversity, places of beauty and wonder. They are the living embodiment of agaya and ubuntu -- joyous, raucous, mysterious, fierce and lovely.
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.
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.