Climate Decision Time – Miracle on the Horizon. Please Help.

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A recent UN report says that we must immediately commit to reducing greenhouse admissions since we’re rapidly reaching the point of no return.  Given that emissions were once again on the rise this past year, I’m concerned that we will have to do a 180 and that we lack the political and social will to  make the necessary changes in the time frame required.  The UN report states that the next 12 months will be crucial if we are to have a hope of turning this around.

The US will be in the midst of a presidential election within the next 12 months.  I’m hoping the world will move forward without us and make these necessary and unprecedented changes next year while we’re distracted with the election.

But what if they don’t?  Do we just brace ourselves for the inevitable?

I don’t think so.   We don’t have to give up yet but we do have to get serious about what our options are.

The physical solutions focusing on greenhouse gas emissions and recycling are just not likely to reverse course in the time frame needed.

What we’re left with is the unlikely event of a miracle.

Here’s how I see it.  We either sit on our hands, hope for divine intervention, and prepare to go into survivalist mode.

Or we actively try to make a miracle happen.

I realize that we may be long past the age where we believe in tooth fairies and miracles, but do we have any better options at this point?  Does it hurt to try?

I’m no expert on miracles.  I can barely create miracles in my own life.  But I do have a channel to the divine and I’ve been guided to make people aware that we have more power than we think.  We’ve been leaving a lot of cards on the table when it comes to the climate crisis, and if we use all of our resources, not just the physical ones, to bring a solution we might actually be able to create enough of a miracle to help turn things around.

I’ve been talking for several weeks now on my Foundation blog about this notion that we’re in an emotional and spiritual relationship with Earth, and that it’s reciprocal.  I realize that many people believe that Earth is a dead thing that we can take from endlessly.  That is clearly not the case, because if we’re talking about environmental collapse as the worst-case scenario for climate change, then it would stand to reason that Earth is not dead.  Yet.

To those who believe Earth will survive this, but we may not, I say that I choose to take action now to provide for my sons and future generations.  We owe it to them to not give up on the viability of our species when there is more we can do.

If we assume Earth herself is part of the living ecosystem within which we live, then it stands to reason that, as a complex and brilliant species of one, that she has her own energy, and possibly consciousness and intelligence.  Quantum physics has been pointing to the notion that all matter has consciousness, it’s not just this crazy intuitive’s belief in this.

So, let’s assume for the sake of argument that Earth has consciousness and she’s alive.  While in Western thought we may think this is ludicrous, many indigenous and Eastern cultures have for millennia regard Earth as a sacred being.  I’m not saying that we necessarily need to worship Earth, but I do believe that Earth is our most precious loved one, and that we should care for her as such.

While I was caring for my beloved late husband Christopher before he died, I realized he needed emotional and spiritual care to supplement the medical and nutritional.  He needed a will to heal, and a motivation to do so.  If I was indifferent or cruel to him while he was sick, he would be unable to bring the full capacity of his healing to the table.  I believe we have the same opportunity now for Earth, for us to get on board with providing emotional and spiritual support for Earth healing.

This is work that cannot just be done by a few.  As a species, we have to collectively decide if we’re going to provide the right conditions for Earth to heal.  I cannot do it by myself.  But just imagine if millions, or even billions of people were to pray or meditate each day for Earth’s healing, what could be possible?

What could be possible if each day we played or sang a song or painted a picture celebrating Earth and our love for her?

What could be possible if we all were present and noticed different aspects of Earth’s flora, fauna, and mineral, every time we stepped our looked outside?

What could be possible if we each picked up trash when we were walking outside?

What could be possible if we commit to bringing our own straws, water bottle, or to-go containers instead of generating waste that goes into our oceans and waterways, Earth’s circulatory system?

What could be possible if we were to express our thanks each day to Earth for providing shelter, sustenance, and inspiration?

What effect would this have if we were talking about a human loved one instead of Earth?

According to the Pew Center for Research, we are still a country that believes in God.  Why don’t we collectively ask for God’s assistance?  What if we each promised God that we’d take better care of Earth going forward if he were to help her heal on our behalf? And then followed through on our promise?

I’m the first to state that I could be wrong.   But I will also be the first to say that I could be right, and if so, this could be a game-changer.

I figure we don’t have anything to lose, and everything to gain right now.  Literally.

Unlike the political and technological solutions, the above strategies cost no time and no money, and they do not require that you elect someone in 2 years to make it happen.  It starts with a simple decision on your part to do these things, and to invite others to do them with you.

If nothing else, environmental psychology shows that it’s good for you mentally and physically, and it seems we all could use a little help in those areas these days.

In other words, there’s no downside to doing this.   And we cannot afford to be wrong on this.

I believe that the UN report is also right with regard to the fact that it is decision time.  At some point it’ll be too late for even a miracle.  We don’t have forever to decide.  I don’t know how long we have, but I think it’s safe to say that the sooner we get on board with this the better.

I hope you understand the importance of this message and decide to help me to create a miracle.  Please share this with all your friends and family, and ask them for their commitment.   Follow through on your own commitment and encourage others to do the same.

Help me make a miracle right now.  We can’t afford to wait any longer.

Help yourself.  Help your fellow human, animal, and plant.  Help Earth.

It’s the right thing to do.  Right now.

Silver Linings Blog Relaunch

IMG_0258It has been almost 3 years since my last Silver Linings post, which ended a 4 year run that included approximately 400 blogs.  It’s time to relaunch the blog since we need it now more than ever.

The blog was created in November 2012 as I was beginning my exploration of creating a good life through intentional practices and the science of wellbeing, ie, positive psychology after my 20 year marriage ended. I was so surprised back then to discover this field after spending a lifetime experiencing challenges and struggling to create a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

The blog was really a way to translate my reflection into learning and sharing.  Those lessons were hard-earned, often involving sleepless nights, many tears, and sometimes at the expense of relationships, my personal self-esteem, or even the self-esteem of others.  I don’t regret having to learn any of those lessons.  We all have to learn them sometime, somewhere.  What I regret are the lessons I failed to learn at the time and the people I hurt despite my good intentions.

What has transpired since my last blog has been an incredible, wonderful, yet tragic span of my life.  About that time, I had just started a job at the University of Georgia supporting faculty success and wellbeing using all the precious life lessons and training I had cultivated over the many previous years.  I felt I was doing the work I was meant to do, and sharing my lessons so that individuals and the organization as a whole could benefit from every tear I shed and heartbreak I endured.  But it was not meant to last because I lost my beloved sister, Sabina, and husband, Christopher, to cancer in 2018, just 7 months apart.

What followed was another crash course in survival, perspective-finding, transformation, and inspiration that led me to eventually quit my job and start a new nonprofit called the Foundation for Family and Community Healing.  Because relationships have been so important to Sabina, Chris, and me, combined with what feels like a crisis in our ability to hold our families and communities together in a healthy way, the focus of FFCH is on helping others to learn to create healthy and rewarding relationships with themselves and others.

Also, as I sat with the forest in my backyard, day after day, holding vigil for my sick husband or my own grief, I realized that it is not just our relationships with ourselves and each other that are in crisis, but also our relationship with Earth.  Thus, FFCH is also helping all of us to restore our healthy and balanced relationship with Earth, not just on the physical level, but also emotionally and spiritually.

We are leading a social media campaign to discuss this more emotional and spiritual side of our relationship with Earth and asking people to become more aware and intentional about their relationship practices and habits with Earth and our natural world.  Please join us as we explore humanity’s opportunity to heal this relationship and provide support for Earth as she heals, as a novel (and also ancient) climate change solution.

I am relaunching the Silver Linings blog here as well because I am in a place of acute transformation and generativity that is above and beyond where I left you in October 2016.  Just as I shared my journey, reflections, and lessons with you after my divorce during the first phase of the Silver Lining’s blog, I wish to again include you in this new phase which is so full of inspiration and hope, despite my personally tragic year 2018, since to do otherwise would feel irresponsible and selfish on my part.

I invite you to join me, anew if you were a previous reader, as I continue to learn and reflect upon the many lessons of hope, transformation, mortality, connection, spirit, our natural world, our relationships, and our purpose.

Despite much effort and attention in the self-help world, I continue to hear that people do not have time to consider such subjects.  They are busy with their goals and responsibilities, many of which are absolutely real and often important, if not critical.  However, I also encourage you to take a step back and look at your life from the 30,000 foot view, and ask yourself what really matters right now given the challenges we are facing as communities, families, and individually? When will you prioritize your own, your family’s, or your community’s wellbeing and peace of mind?  Are all the things on your list really more important than that?

At some point we have to put our proverbial feet down and refuse to continue to buy into the notion that all of our ‘shoulds’, ‘have tos’, and ‘musts’ are real, and to instead, consider and commit to those things that really matter.  Peace.  Hope. Compassion.  Kindness. Connection.  Care. Love.  Is your entire list of priorities really more important than cultivating these things in your life, family, community, and world?

If the answer is No, be bold, get a big, fat Sharpie, and cross things off your To Do list, remove yourself from obligations that no longer hold meaning and purpose for yourself, and commit to taking the time you need to reflect on your values and priorities given what’s going on in your life and world.  Then reallocate your time to pursue the things that are most important and urgent. Perhaps your new To Do list will include sharing your journey with us through this or our other communities.  If so, I appreciate your willingness to learn and share with me and others in this space.

As a seasoned coach, I know that we have the individual and collective wisdom to accomplish anything and solve any problem, if only we will stop running around and take a reflective and experimental approach to identifying problems and solutions.  So stop.  Now.  Tune in.  Engage.  Take action.  With us, and/or elsewhere.

I look forward to seeing you in this space going forward.  May you have peace and hope as you take action to create the world in which you wish to live in.