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5 Ways of Dealing With Uncertainty In Coronavirus Times

5 Ways of Dealing With Uncertainty In Coronavirus Times

May 25, 2020

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We are now in liminal space--betwixt and between--normal is over, but we don't know what lies ahead. How do we deal with this profound uncertainty?

How We Can Personally Embrace Apocalypse

How We Can Personally Embrace Apocalypse

May 14, 2020

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Eric Garza, a podcaster, writer, and educator. His most recent podcast project, Embracing Apocalypse, explored the interplay between catastrophe and revelation in the modern world. He studied ecological economics at the University of Vermont, where he has taught for nearly a decade. Outside of the university setting he teaches and mentors people on gathering and preparing wild edible and medicinal plants, subsistence hunting and fishing, and minimalism.

Learning The Skill Of Grieving In A Time Of Loss, Part 2, Good Grief Network

Learning The Skill Of Grieving In A Time Of Loss, Part 2, Good Grief Network

April 30, 2020

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Laura Schmidt and Aimee Lewis Reau join Carolyn to discuss the work of the Good Grief Network and how we can learn and utilize the skill of grieving  as we navigate the many losses we are experiencing and which will increase going forward.

The Journey Of Grief In Disruptive Times:  A Conversation With Terry Chapman

The Journey Of Grief In Disruptive Times: A Conversation With Terry Chapman

April 25, 2020

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Carolyn and Terry Chapman discuss their upcoming "Journey of Grief In Disruptive Times" seven-week, online series. Why talk about grief at this time? How does safe and supportive grief work help heal us and help us make a difference in a world in crisis? How does conscious grieving make us stronger and more resilient? How does deep grief lead to deeper joy? Terry and Carolyn discuss these questions and more and offer a window into their upcoming series. 

Learning The Skill Of Grieving In A Time Of Loss, Part 1

Learning The Skill Of Grieving In A Time Of Loss, Part 1

April 24, 2020

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The first episode in this two-part series focuses on the benefits of grieving for ourselves and for those who grieve with us. Conscious grieving is a skill we need as collapse deepens and our losses increase. Whether we grieve the loss of life or the loss of a way of life, the skill of grieving in times of loss is the medicine we need for ourselves and for our communities.

Managing Anger For Deeper Human Connection

Managing Anger For Deeper Human Connection

April 18, 2020

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Anger is a normal human emotion. Most people lack skills for managing it and communicating it without intent to harm the other. In fact, anger when skillfully communicated can be a tool for deepening our connection with people we care about. It can also be useful in maintaining boundaries. In this way, it becomes a doorway to maturity and deeper wisdom.

Sandra Amy of Environmental Coffeehouse

Sandra Amy of Environmental Coffeehouse

April 14, 2020

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Sandra Amy, co-host of Environmental Coffeehouse and Carolyn discuss ways we can support each other during the pandemic in order to avoid panic. Love and beauty are everywhere, even in the midst of crises.

Coping With Collapse: Managing Anxiety

Coping With Collapse: Managing Anxiety

April 11, 2020

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In this episode of Coping With Collapse, Carolyn offers specific tools for coping with the anxiety we all feel at this time of crisis.

“Coping With Collapse” Series:  Navigating Fear

“Coping With Collapse” Series: Navigating Fear

April 4, 2020

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We begin our Coping With Collapse series by learning tools for navigating fear. No matter how much you have read and learned about collapse, you aren’t human if you aren’t scared. There is nothing wrong with feeling scared, but since we are human animals, our fight or flight instinct often takes over, and we crater into panic. The suggestions I’m giving you today are not about NOT being afraid, but rather, how to contain the fear so that it doesn’t own us.

Self-Compassion And Self-Care In A Time Of Coronavirus

Self-Compassion And Self-Care In A Time Of Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

Carolyn shares a sobering report from Coronavirus hotspot, Kirkland, Washington, and offers tools for self-compassion and self-care in the midst of this global pandemic which may be the first in our lifetimes, but probably not the last.

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