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Be Here Now

Quiet Day - Art

Our quiet day at Wycliffe URC in January focused on, ‘be here now’.

Your mind is almost always thinking about the past or the future.  As you reflect on the past, you re-examine events that transpired, wrestling with the unresolved feelings it produces in you. As you look to the future, your thoughts are tinged with worry or excitement because your mind says that the future will be worse or better than this moment.

“Be Here Now” typically means that if you place your attention on the present moment, you will experience a greater sense of peace.

To help us do this we did a centering meditation and then looked at the poem by Mary Oliver

Blue Iris

As individuals we went for a walk and looked at the cracks and listened . . .

In the afternoon we did an art meditation. We  created Mandalas. Mandala means circle. Traditionally, a mandala is a geometric design or pattern that represents the cosmos. It’ is about finding peace in the symmetry of the design and of the universe,

Quiet Day - Art

One Planet Living

One Planet Living is Bioregional’s vision for happier, healthier lives for everyone within the limits of our one planet. There are plenty of actions each of us can take in our own lives to help achieve this vision.

The world in our hands

Below you’ll find some ideas which will enable you to take a joined-up approach to living more sustainably.

Big ideas, big impact

Stay on the ground: One long-haul flight can amount to half a UK person’s yearly carbon footprint – so opt for more local holidays and travel by train where you can.

Follow the plant-based trend: cutting down on meat and dairy will slash your environmental impact – from carbon emissions to water consumption and deforestation.

Use your voice: Write to your local MP and ask what they’re doing about climate change, or tweet businesses that aren’t meeting your expectations.

Consume less and better: Research shows that buying more stuff doesn’t make us happy. The planet will thank you for buying less, and investing in better quality products.

Bioregional have also shared the top four things you can do to have the biggest impact.

There is a One Planet Framework that you can use to guide projects and organisations to live within the limits of the planet.

Healing our connection with food

I have the privilege every year of downing tools and heading over to the Oxford Real Farming Conference and this year there was a strong theme about healing our planet, our relationship with farmers and ourselves.

We live in an era where our connection with food and with the communities that grow it have been lost.

The primary purpose of food is to provide nourishment and health but it has now become a commodity and a central cause for health problems, inequality and environmental chaos around the world. In order to re-establish the connection between us, our food and ecology, we need to become aware of our inherent connection with the Earth.

Our relationship to food must be lived through giving back to the Earth and becoming part of the natural cycles that sustain all life.These new products, and the companies that produce them, represent a fusion between new biotechnologies, hyper-processed food, and the industrial billionaires that control the agrifood chain. The tech companies that produce this new food hail the sustainability of their products, claiming it is a real solution to climate change by producing less greenhouse gases than conventional animal production and solving environmental degradation since it requires less water and land and also irons out any animal welfare concerns. But upon deeper inspection, these ultra-processed fake foods rely on GMO crops grown in monocultures, using harmful pesticides, and other agrotoxins, thus directly contributing to the very food system that is destroying wildlife, polluting water and soils, and warming up the planet.

This session, from the Oxford Real Farming Conference with Vandana Shiva; Satish Kumar; Ruchi Schroff discusses how fake food shifts political power away from organic farmers and local markets toward biotech companies. It disregards local and indigenous knowledge and diverse food cultures that it completely ignores the solutions offered by the growing agroecology movement. We must re-establish our connection with eating as an ecological act in defiance of the false solutions that separate us from life and nature.

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