The Elephant in the Room

Here are some follow-up resources following Carla’s talk on 10/10/21, “The Way Forward is Now.” (The talk could alternately be titled, “Courageously Facing the Elephant in the Room.”)

Carla recommends watching this video with Joanna Macy:
“JOANNA MACY: Climate Crisis as a Spiritual Path.”
https://vimeo.com/588455489

The poem from Rilke that Carla shared (as does Joanna Macy in the video):

Quiet friend who has come so far,

feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.


Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29

For more information on DEEP ADAPTATION
which is encouraging people to face climate and societal collapse with love, generosity and skillfulness, here are two video. The first is more scholarly/informational, the second more poetic and heartfelt.

“Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phoe6H0laaQ

“Grieve Play Love”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQwhZSdHh-Q&t=218s

You may also be interested in David Attenborough’s
Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet”:
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08YN825QM/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_JBZQB9W85YCQJKR43AM5


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