It can be instructive and healing to include some acknowledgement of the land and the people who lived there as part of our gatherings. We can learn important things about appropriate ways to act with integrity in our local ecosystems from the indigenous peoples of the land. Who are the indigenous people where you live? What do you know about their history, and how they may be engaged in protecting their land and culture now?
"The aim of this Fast for the Climate is to presence the lived reality of the unseen millions around the world who are living with food insecurity and starvation due to climate instability and the billions who will certainly follow if we do not take radical action to avert the worst effects of climate change." ~Keith Runyan
An opportunity to review our Octal Meditation and discussion from the December 2019 Solstice. We talked about gratitude, loss, growth, friendship, community, restoration, regeneration and resilience, with a particular emphasis on the record-breaking heatwaves and fires in Australia.
An overview of the basics of the Novasutras movement: its purpose, its practices, its beginnings, and its core principles.
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.
Thanksgiving can become a celebration of agaya and ubuntu, through the Native American tradition of the "Thanksgiving Address." What are you grateful for? How does this bring us together to abide in ubuntu and agaya?
Giving up buying gifts and decorations can add a new layer of joy to your celebrations, bringing you deeper into resonance with ubuntu and agaya. There are many alternative ways to share joy, generosity, gratitude, and loving-kindness. Buy Nothing Holidays can be part of the #Amazon4Amazon boycott - Novasutras is joining this effort urging people to boycott the world's largest online retailer, to pressure the company and its CEO to invest some of their vast fortunes into protecting and preserving the Amazon rainforest.
An opportunity to review our meditation and discussion from November 7th: the Autumn Cross-Quarter, which often includes rituals to remember and honor the dead. We also happened to get a mention on a local radio show this Cross-Quarter.