#GivingTuesday - HEARTWOOD

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Joy Giving / Grieving Discovery

Losing Bob & Letting Jesus

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                   grief & creativity

This mass extinction event can be allayed.
Many who are now on the edge of existence can be revived. 
WaterONFIRE (2014) / ex·tinc·tion wit·ness

      "How can we care if we don’t grieve?" 
- Jeremy Hance, Frog goes extinct, media yawns / The Guardian
11.29.2016 is #GivingTuesday
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   at Heartwood, a regional network of people helping people
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Dear Friend,

My time at Bioneers was very healing. My gratitude goes to those who supported my travel, food & lodging, and participation, to Bioneers co-founders Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel for their generous vision, to the Bioneers crew, and all who co-create a conference that informs, inspires, connects, and heals. Bioneers 2016 Highlights offers glimpses of what I captured during the conference, including brief perspective through my lens.

I so appreciate Bioneers for the wholeness reflected in a true balance of what is ripped, burning flesh matched by the balm of enduring compassion and creative genius. That's life - all the painful brilliance of transformation - and Bioneers brings it.

I've been writing a lot and mostly since returning from Bioneers. I've not offered a post until now due to my own need for retreat and what feels the relative emptiness of text communication. 

Today, I write to encourage participation in remembrance of lost species, November 30th, as well as to share my most recent, 'Losing Bob & Letting Jesus' (below).

Please know this post is framed entirely within
I'm with you, I love you, I see you,
I believe in you, and everyone.

I hope you'll spare an hour for listening to dialogue with me and Linda Lombardo at Voice of Evolution Radio. Linda and I cover a great deal of ground otherwise offered here in writing. 

“Raising human consciousness in the world is the most
important thing that needs to happen right now.”
– Isha Foundation

Lost Species Day Joy Giving - November 30th
ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is one in a growing coalition of artists, educators, museum curators, scientists and writers forwarding International Remembrance Day for Lost Species (Lost Species Day). 

This year, ex·tinc·tion wit·ness joins Your Yoga in Bozeman, Montana for Joy Giving. Lost Species Day Joy Giving practice is focused on grieving discovery and the total cost of a doctrine that has long made legitimate by law the exploitation, removal, and murder of men, women, and children, all non-human organisms, and whole communities.

Please read 'Grieving Discovery', written Armistice Day 9.11.2016, which tells the story of my wedding 'Discovery Tree', pictured above, and how fully embodied grief keeps the peace.

Lost Species Day offerings have been highlighted throughout November at the Lost Species Day blog. Jeremy Hance wove a lovely chorus of Lost Species Day voices in "Why don't we greive lost species?" (The Guardian, 11.19.2016) Gatherings have begun. November 27th, folks wearing stripes climbed trees in urban Glasgow to honor disappearing lemurs. Others, not necessarily wearing stripes, joined parade for lost and nearly lost species in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. For Joy Giving details, visit the  REMEMBRANCE page and be sure to explore the breadth of Lost Species Day offerings.

Listen to dialogue on Lost Species Day, discovery doctrine, 108 bell rings practice, and responsible witness. Note: The resting or background rate of species extinction is estimated to be about 10 species lost each year, the present species extinction rate is estimated at 75 to 200 species lost daily, not annually. The teaching "grief is praise" originates of Martín Prechtel's work, 'The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise'.
Joy Giving - Lost Species Day at Voice of Evolution Radio / ex·tinc·tion wit·ness

Losing Bob & Letting Jesus / Go Back to Never
Beginning with an experience of tragic loss and influenced by the cost of perpetual war, 'Losing Bob & Letting Jesus' offers reflection on the need for each to step forward in peaceful service now, however is feasible, and gives a nod to two possible futures that I perceive along with the determining variable between these two possibilities.

The post includes the short film 'Go Back To Never' (11.2016), featuring the poem 'Be Like This Baby', author unknown, set with music by Clare Hedin and photos from Standing Rock by Ryan Redhawk / Standing Rock Rising. 

Standing Rock may be the global epicenter where mass battle or mass peace will be decided. It feels important to note that the violence inflicted on human beings who stand to protect Missouri river water is not surprising given how this continent came to be occupied by white-skinned folk, who arrived running from and with our own long-inherited trauma. And how murder is a standard practice for securing prospects in today's global market.
"Remembrance Day for Lost Species, is a poignant
reminder of those species that we've failed.

The pine marten is all but extinct in England and Wales.
However, thanks to conservation actions,
pine marten thrives in Scotland."
- Wildlife Vets International  
Much of today's overwhelming grief is anticipatory. There is fear that what has been established in protective laws and protected areas will be lost to the final breath of a dying era that's damaged everyone and cost so many. 

Among decisions that will determine the health of water and, thus, whole communities is Scotland's call, anticipated 2017, on whether or not to allow dangerous hydraulic fracturing - 'the forcing open of fissures in subterranean rocks by introducing liquid at high pressure, especially to extract oil or gas'.

Then there's "Canada's Standing Rock" - the B.C. tarsands pipeline conflict. Hydraulic fracturing, gold and uranium mining that threaten U.S. national forests and parks. 3,700 dams proposed globally while the recommendation from scientists and economists is dam removal. And more...

If the desire is a present and future free of fear-invoking violence, we must stop fearing the present and future. The collective consciousness must be cleared of anticipatory grief. And this is done by clearing individuals of anticipatory grief.

I invite you to let your imagination go to a world without flowers. Without the child's laughter. Go all the way there and sit awhile. Grieve that darkness, which exists today for some members of Earth's global community. Then, be present where you are. Then, see the flower and hear the child laugh as if for the first time. Be so grateful for their existence that you fall to the ground asking only what you may do to help someone other than yourself.

The Lost Species Day Joy Giving practice is designed to move practitioners through 108 feelings associated with experience, resolving the person to joy for the very prospect of being alive and a generally peaceful mind. Many - more or less structured - practices, including breathwork, chanting, and dance, have been designed to accomplish emotional purification.

This is old information. Yet, human awareness of mass specie extinction is quite fresh. And, so, the effort of Lost Species Day to create and establish rituals fitting for this fresh consciousness.

In addition to visiting the REMEMBRANCE page for more information, please see the list of those supporting grief ritual along with readings on grief linked at bottom of the ex·tinc·tion wit·ness Sanctify page. Please also stay tuned for notice of Grief & Creativity Forum at Depth Psychology Alliance, resuming Winter 2016/2017.

Most warn that livings will become more challenging before improvement, so please be gentle with yourself and others. Just as I complete the final edit on this post, I'm reading a tweet from Bill McKibben, "This is a graph of total global sea ice. The red line is this year. Something is very very wrong."

Truth is, it's morbid out there. My most recent poem Y?, is written in response to 250 puffins washed dead upon Saint Paul Island during what's been an unseasonably warm autumn from Montana North to the Bering Sea. And dire drought yields wildfires and unbearable air consuming Southeast communities. My arms reach out for everyone. Gifts to Heartwood especially appreciated in this light. 

As the mother of a six, nearly seven, year old boy, my heart would like to sink in the uncertainty. I'm clueless to the looming challenges. Then I remember the wonder and creative genius of biomimicry's sweet blossom - natural wisdom that wants to break through each and every person just as chemically-laced water at high pressure will split rock. Just as the election has split losers, now fighting one another, in the Dream that eventually nobody wins given the associated nightmare is reality for most.

I want my son to shine in a culture that serves biomimicry to pre-schoolers. That's 100% possible if mineral extraction stops, large dams get removed, people and lots of perennials thrive. The beauty is that all this, already begun, is catalyzed by the split in this union that's forced the light of human kindness, understanding, and reverence through the cracks.

Autumn is an ideal season for grieving and within the overarching Season, there's an alchemical masterpiece brewing. What falls does rise. To know sorrow is to know joy and to experience the fullness of life. Please unite with others, near and far, in this fullness November 30th.

Lost Species Day ritual need not be elaborate. Sincere, if brief, words of gratitude form the most potent prayer. And, as is noted in Jeremy Hance' post in The Guardian, grief has many faces, humor and gratitude among them.

Thank you,

postscript: Today is #GivingTuesday. Please help me give back to my roots at Heartwood by contributing to the Facebook fundraiser or through the ex·tinc·tion wit·ness secure support page. Protecting forest communities and helping to revive forest communities is among the healthiest, most helpful actions. Please visit FOREST EDGE and read the 4 per 1000 Declaration of Intention set to tree font by Alana Lea of i Give Trees and explore the work of groups, including Heartwood and Pachamama Alliance, helping to protect and regenerate forest communities. ex·tinc·tion wit·ness patrons have the option to direct up to 18% of online contributions to three organizations: Global Compassion (Cameroon), Heartwood (Eastern United States) and Winona LaDuke's Honor the Earth (White Earth Reservation, Minnesota). We offer poetic films, compassionate social media presence, and genuinely sweet vibes in exchange for project support. 

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Her Face - giant sequoia / RIGHT WORK
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no one is to blame. everyone is responsible.
recommended reading:

Personal as Ecological
/ The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis
by Brendan Kelly

Project Drawdown
DRAWDOWN (ˈdrôˌdoun) n. 
The point at which concentrations of greenhouse gases
in the atmosphere begin to decline.

First Policy Switch: 
From a strategy of reducing problems to reversing them

Blindspot Think Tank, UK
"People are not inherently destructive and economic activity need not remain dependent on exploiting people, planet and the potential of the future. The economic vehicle need not remain stuck in reverse, making reverse progress."
scribbling for environmental, social and economic justice

The Sixth Extinction
An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert

Transition Streets 
see a project example at Transition Missoula

WIN-WIN Ecology
How Earth's species can survive in the midst of human enterprise
by Michael L. Rosenzweig

Women's Climate Action Agenda 
Women's Earth Climate Action Network ~ WECAN



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     or all the eligible members of a state, typically
     through elected representatives.


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'little blue marble in hand'
still from WaterONFIRE

'Discovery Tree' - giant sequoia
photo coypright Jack Gescheidt

bison & gold leaf 
still image from Go Back To Never

Her Face - giant sequoia
photo coypright Jack Gescheidt
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