In her first 2017 podcast, Carolyn discusses the difference between inner work as a distraction of privilege vs. a strategy of prevention. What IS inner work, and how does it support or conflict with our activism and other forms of work in the world? As always, with emphasis on practical tools for living resiliently, Carolyn offers powerful strategies for navigating the fomidible future of 2017 and beyond.
Humanity’s Blind Spot Is Humanity’s Undoing; Grief As The Doorway To Acceptance And Even Joy In The Face Of Our Demise
Carolyn and consciousness researcher and author, Peter Russell, discuss humanity's deadly trajectory of acceleration and singularity which guarantee our extinction as certainly as abrupt climate change does. So how do we accept what seems inevitable and the reality that "this is how it ends"? Grief is one doorway to acceptance and also a doorway to the joy at lives at our core.
Carolyn and Dmitry discuss Piero San Giorgio's book Women On The Verge Of Societal Breakdown published by Club Orlov Press. Dmitry states that the book illustrates the crucial role which women need to play, as traditional keepers of home and hearth, to keep the family together and doing well during treacherous, turbulent times. But the book also recognizes the great difficulties women will face as the societies they depend on decay and fall apart, and the precariousness of the major gains women have made over the past century, which Piero rightly calls the Century of Women. While recent social progress has made women independent and men somewhat superfluous, these trends tend to quickly reverse as society begins to regress. Piero calls on men to start acting like men once again, and to once again become strong, reliable defenders of women and of their families.
Yes we are facing the extinction of species, but meanwhile, we also face exacerbating tyranny as industrial civilization unravels. How do we reconnect with what truly matters? How do we resist? And how do we maintain resilience as systems collapse and the madness becomes more inescapable? How do we maintain the mandala and the embodiment of wholeness in a fragmenting world? How do we experience joy in the face of its glaring opposites?
Carolyn and Dean discuss the aftermath of the US election and what is likely to change and what isn't. More importantly, they discuss the Impossible Conversation about climate change that we both verbalize and live. How do we create safe circles of waking up to the end of business as usual and lovingly support each other in the process?
Dave Pollard shares with Carolyn the ways in which his exploration of the collapse of industrial civilization has influenced his world view and the values by which he lives. In searching his inner world in relation to collapse, he has found peace through practicing lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Having researched collapse for many years, Carolyn and Dave discuss the richness of their journeys.
Carolyn interviews Professor Mimi Riley of Butte College, Chico, California. Mimi shares how waking up to the global crisis influenced her parenting and her teaching. She emphasizes the importance of the grieving process but also creating and celebrating beauty, as well as developing a spiritual path in order to find meaning, purpose, and community in unprecedented times.
Carolyn and Andrew in conversation and celebration of their newly-released book, Return To Joy. What is joy? How is it different from happiness? How do we access it in a time of extinction and endings? What is required of us to live from and be motivated by joy? To be awake is to experience a wide range of emotions, but we must be able to return to and immerse ourselves in joy.