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sleeping on the grass

I had so much fun writing this article! Thank you to Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves for providing my own kick-start!

  1. Get enough sleep. Inaction is the #1 thing you can do to bring your 33 senses in alignment with the planet itself. Yes, you read that right!

 

  1. Stay present. Notice, notice, notice as much as you can. Until you’ve become good at taking note of your thoughts in order to let them go, they will drift like clouds across your mental plane—or like gnats on your windshield. This is fairly difficult for many people because technology is extremely dominant in our world. Find your way through this constructively. A friend of mine takes a walk most evenings just before sunset. A fellow PDC student has made a personal practice of lying directly on the ground (snow angel style) after coming home from work. Maximum contact with the ground is key, she says. If bugs or dirt are a concern, change your clothes and remove your shoes—weather permitting. There’s nothing like unwinding and feeling your daily pressures melt away.

 

  1. Make your physical, mental and emotional well-being a lifetime priority. I’ve been a single mom long enough to know how challenging this can be. Yet, if you make it your goal to be well within, your happiness barometer can soar. One of the coolest things about this is that you begin to feel a kinship with nature—with the life that swirls around us moment to moment. A likely outcome is that nature eventually is into this priority, signaling an inner shift from ‘just me’ to ‘me and my environment.’

 

  • Get curious about nature. Years ago—despite my busy day-to-day life—I learned that even 15 minutes seated in a frayed patio chair in our tiny backyard watching birds had a regenerative effect on me. Have your kids do it too, together or separately. Silence matters. Keep a journal if you like. Walking, exploring or sitting are all valid vehicles of curiosity. Ask yourself: “I wonder…”
  1. Look for patterns. During the first year of my PDC, we learned that understanding patterns (pattern intelligence) is almost exclusively a trait of the first four regenerative actions above. Climate change, for instance, is a global reflection of long-term patterns unraveling.

 

  1. Live constructively out-of-the-box. This means—live your values. Not sure what they are? Find out. Schedule time in your week to learn cool green topics like:

“No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”   ~ Martha Beck

 

  1. Identify your contribution. What can you do? Can you plant some (non-GMO) herbs, a fruit tree or veggies? Can you build a compost bin? Inviting your kids, partner or friends to get involved makes it fun. Post your project on Facebook or Nextdoor or create a Meetup out of it. Small things often lead to bigger ones. If you feel overwhelmed, repeat steps 1 – 4.

 

  

  1. Take ‘living constructively’ to the next level. Maybe you’d like to add a new skillset to your career by taking an instructional design course or becoming a mentor to a young person. You could find a local non-profit that does something you feel good about and volunteer to help. Connecting with like-hearted people is key to personal growth and renewal.

 

  1. Take one radical step. Then take another. Our world may be messed up, but when we do something radical from the heart we create a powerful antidote. We cultivate authenticity, fairness and integrity. As we move away from actions and habits that don’t align with our core values, radical new steps begin to appear, if only in the form of an idea. Allow them. Everything that is a reality now was once an idea.

Let me know how you’re doing or share a question. I love hearing from you!

“When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.” —Steve Maraboli

 

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People often assume the Age of Discovery is over, but there is so much we still don’t know, and the world is still in need of adventurous explorers.

                       –Trond Larsen, RA Program Director, Conservation International

 

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About a week ago on 10 February, the western hemisphere synchronized with the eastern hemisphere to establish a resonant new year—one that could actually be felt by those who feel such things.  Throughout that day, a sense that ‘things were falling into place’ was ripe.

Paradoxically, our human-centric world is falling apart in more ways than one.  You may have felt this vibe more.

Sadly, this is no longer news to any of us.  And yet…..

It just feels like its time to rock that old mindset that has spread like an illness across the planet, thanks to globalization, greed and fear which have strengthened over the decades.  Why?  Because collectively, our genuine sense of well-being has been hijacked by virtual reality.  You know…cel phones, apps, TV, computers…the stuff we tend to be obsessed with.

Remember–this stuff is all made up.  It’s made by companies who have seduced humanity into thinking their made up version of reality is ‘better.’ 

The effect?  A collective inability to see beyond things toward the cultivation of something greater.

Alert the Driver

What many of us are realizing is that the primary driver of our planet’s ills is how we see the world, which has deep taproots into how we think.  In fact, the prime mover of anything is how we see it.

But in western worlds, the seeing aspect is overlooked in favor of thinking.

Which is why when we focus on our thinking alone, we’re generally unable to rise above—move beyond—the activity of the mind.  And so we know the earth is being rapidly destroyed by our activities, but feel small or helpless in our individual or even collective ability to make the world a better place for all living creatures.

The fascinating thing is that seeing precedes thinking.

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Contemplation Landing, Ecological Staircase, Mendocino

Seeing leads to thinking, which leads to what we do in the world—how we act, what we aim for, what we’re striving to achieve.  Seeing occurs in the space of consciousness—even the folks at Harvard have come to this conclusion.

Seeing—true seeing from our souls—is a spiritual activity.  It precedes thinking in that it—the life force/prana/spirit—permeates all of life.  This activity connects us instantly with our own authenticity. 

From this perspective, we really do have the power—dormant as it may be—to re-envision a healthy future.

To the extent that we are unable to recognize the truth of our essence (our authenticity) and operate from there, reveals the extent to which our planet suffers from our presence.

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Bodega Head, CA

Seeing the World as Futurists

Within each of us is the seed for visionary perspective.  From my own experience, it begins with seeing beyond—far beyond—our corporeal selves.

Wondering how?  Just visit your sit spot daily—or spend time in nature whenever possible—and release thinking until seeing occurs.  It does take work.  But isn’t life worth it?

From this spiritual activity comes resonance, attunement, warmth and peace of mind.  All the non-stuff that no business can sell us. 

Now, a closing thought for opening the future wide ~

If there was one single thing we could ask of the businesses and politicians of the world to do—or stop doing—that you feel would go a long way to healing the earth, what would that be?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I’d just love to hear from you!

Please share this blog generously.*

Next: Six Secrets to the Earth’s Well-being

 

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