A Community of Practice for Leading Deep Change

Beekeepers learning together. Photo by Anggi Nurjaman on Unsplash

We seek to manifest a community of practice; to cherish our diversity of experiences, age, wealth, culture, gifts, talents and focus. A community of practice is a way that people with shared concerns and passions learn from one another, support each other, and grow in skills and abilities.

Focusing Practice, Inner Activism, Agaya and Ubuntu

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.

Earth’s Three Green Hearts: Equatorial Rainforests and Working to Heal Them

Equatorial rainforests are sacred places. People around the world are coming together to recognize this fact and work to save Earth’s Three Green Hearts: Amazonia, Congo, and Sundaland. The Novasutras Movement is working to preserve and protect each of them. Learn more about it and join us on Tuesday, August 25th 2:30pm PDT / 21:30 UTC.

A Valentine to Earth’s Three Green Hearts

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.

Acknowledging Land and Indigenous Peoples

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?

Coping with Crisis

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.