The Novasutras term agaya represents concepts found in numerous indigenous cultures. It includes our recognition of and response to the transcendent, creative, loving and sacred beauty of the living Earth. Agaya is strongly resonant with the Diné word “hózho.”
Traditions of holiday revels have been co-opted to push an environmentally-destructive consumerist agenda. How can we reclaim older holiday traditions, and create new ones like Climate Caroling, to heal our communities? What other actions can add meaning and build community with our holiday celebrations?
We know of many hundreds of species lost just in the last few centuries. On this Remembrance Day for Lost Species, we honor these beings that have gone extinct, and renew our commitment to protect and save all that we can in the years to come.
Giving thanks can be a celebration of agaya and ubuntu, whether through personal practices like gratitude journaling, or community-building through the Native American tradition of the “Thanksgiving Address.” What are you grateful for? How do you celebrate ubuntu and agaya?
Novasutras has joined the Rapid Transition Alliance, a global network of people and organizations working towards the Paris Agreement goals of keeping our Earth’s warming below 1.5 C. This network explores how we can make a rapid transition away from climate disruption, and toward a future where all beings might thrive, sharing stories of hope and success along the journey.
Ecospirituality supports well-being in people of all ages. Our allies at The Resilient Activist have great resources for nurturing kids to maintain their resilience through a healthy relationship to living Nature. These include an upcoming class for families, Nature Stories videos and recommended activities, plus links to research on the relationship between climate, nature connection, and mental health for young people.
Climate conversations are a good place to start growing your climate justice activism. You can join online trainings in supportive community to have more effective climate conversations. Trainings from THIS! Is What We Did will show how to avoid pitfalls, promote understanding, and “listen deeply” to people of all views on climate change.
In Novasutras, ecospirituality supports ecoactivism. We share ideas on how to engage in sacred activism. Whether it’s having a climate conversation with a neighbor, or risking arrest in civil disobedience, there are many paths of sacred activism. Which paths are you ready to explore?