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Searching for balance in challenging times...


Sometimes it seems like life moves forward by going from one extreme to the other. For a long time, it seemed like the mainstream media was overwhelmingly unconcerned about climate change issues. At this point in time, there's a great deal of scary stuff about just how bad things will get, IF we don't do anything about it. It seems that some of us are going from the one extreme of climate denial, to the other extreme of climate despair and hopelessness...


At the same time, there is a lot we CAN do... and everything we do, even if it seems small at first, can make a real difference. Meeting the magnitude of the changes that are needed, is going to take all of us. So let's come together in ways that are supportive, so we can each find our own next steps to creating a healthier world. Of course, this includes joining together with others -- in small support groups, in large activist groups, in knitting circles, in project teams, in as many different configurations as we can imagine....


In a recent New York Times article, psychologist Renee Lertzman is quoted as follows: “What works really well is when people feel that they are invited and inspired to be part of something constructive, combined with having the safety to grapple with the magnitude of things,”


That's our intention as the South Berkshire Climate Change and Consciousness Hub. We want to offer a supportive networking space, where people can find one another, and get inspired... where it's ok to acknowledge feelings, while also exploring creative actions. Our aim is not to become a group that is focused on a particular set of actions... but rather, to host a space where people can explore what groups they may want to create or join, and/or what individual action they may want to take.


And before you knock me for talking about individual action, just remember that the whole student climate strike started with lonely Greta following her conscience... and yes, she had gotten to the point where she was able to do that, through the support of her loving family. So healthy small groups can support us to take individual action, which can sometimes end up inspiring the creation many more groups... which can in turn, inspire many more individuals to take action....


and that is how we birth the kind of world we want to pass on to our kids, and to their kids...


Yes, a lot of opportunities have been lost by not taking action sooner, and grieving our losses is a part of becoming mature... AND, let's not lose the opportunities that we still have in the present moment, to act with courage and love in ways that make a positive difference, large or small.




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