Articles

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Keeping Equilibrium in the midst of Despair and Fear-Rob Law

‘This reality is taking its toll on our mental health, especially among younger people who are understandably losing hope for their futures on a hotter planet.Eco-psychologist Joanna Macy teaches useful frameworks for facing up to disturbing realities and finding capacity for action.

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Loving a Vanishing World

We cannot expect to feel hopeful, and having any particular hope is likely to end in heartbreak. We have entered into an era of chaos and great pain, and if we ask the universe to make us feel optimistic about that somehow, we’re asking for illusion. But our gift, and our task, is far more powerful than sunny feelings, because we still have the chance to make the space for hope. To act in such a way that hope might exist for others who come after us.

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Climate Crisis Forces Us to Ask: To What Do We Devote Ourselves?

To those who feel there is no point in rebelling or taking other actions for the betterment of the planet, who feel that all is lost, Hallam had this to say: “We are in this life to do good, not to bargain with outcomes that are out of our control, anyhow.”

In other words, it is imperative to do what we can to protect the planet, even without a guarantee of success.

Our Practice Is Essential to Dealing Skillfully with Difficulties and Disaster-Linda Graham

Resilience and trauma researchers are identifying five factors essential to reducing distress and recovering from any trauma, and we can skillfully apply our practices of mindfulness, compassion and community to all five of them.

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Anxious About Earth’s Troubles? There’s Treatment

For people who feel an acute unease about the future of the planet, psychotherapists now offer a treatment designed to reduce worries as well as carbon footprints: ecopsychology. Like traditional therapy, ecopsychology examines personal interactions and family systems, while also encouraging patients to develop a relationship to nature.

Spiritual Life Takes Courage- Jack Kornfield

True spirituality requires us to be fully present for life— Meditation helps us to look deeply at the sorrow that exists now in our world, and to look at our individual and collective relationship to it, to bear witness to it, to acknowledge it instead of running away. Without mindfulness and compassion the suffering is too great to bear. We close our minds. We close our eyes and our hearts.

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Climate change is creating a new kind of grief

In response to growing climate anxiety, a handful of psychotherapists are pioneering a new field of treatment. Doctors are urging patients to accept their own powerlessness and take breaks from computers and phones to meditate or work in the garden.


 

Books

 
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How to change your mind-Michael pOLLEN

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.

 
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Hope in the Dark- Rebecca Solnit

Acclaimed author Rebecca Solnit draws on her life as a writer and activist, on the events of our moment, on our deepest past, to argue for hope, even in the dark. She proposes a vision of cause-and-effect relations that provides new grounds for political engagement in the present.

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True Refuge-Tara Branch

Based on a fresh interpretation of the three classic Buddhist gateways to freedom—truth, love, and awareness—True Refuge shows us the way not just to heal our suffering, but also to cultivate our capacity for genuine happiness.

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The Archipelago of Hope- Gleb Raygorodetsky

Indigenous communities are islands of biological and cultural diversity in the ever-rising sea of development and urbanization. These communities are using creative solutions to meet these modern challenges. Solutions that are relevant to the rest of us.

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Active Hope

The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create an emergency of overwhelming planetary proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis.

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The Green Boat- Mary Pipher

Mary Pipher takes on our planet’s greatest problems with the skills of a truly gifted therapist. She knows why we avoid and deny the truth and she knows how we can heal ourselves and our communities even as we try to heal the earth.

 

Videos

Wisdom, Resilience and Leadership - Jack Kornfield

Resources: Working with Fear and Trauma

Tara Branch has an entire video lesson series dealing with fear and trauma


Groups and Counseling

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The Good Grief Network

The Good Grief Network builds personal resilience while strengthening community ties to help combat despair, inaction, eco-anxiety, and other heavy emotions in the face of daunting systemic predicaments.

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The Dark Mountain Project

We are walking away from the stories that our societies like to tell themselves, the stories that prevent us seeing clearly the extent of the ecological, social and cultural unravelling that is now underway. We are making art that doesn’t take the centrality of humans for granted. We are tracing the deep cultural roots of the mess the world is in. And we are looking for other stories, ones that can help us make sense of a time of disruption and uncertainty.