Finding Lightness of Being In The Midst of Climate Chaos

“Seriousness, like life, is a thought … and this thought creates a feeling. And if you create the feeling of seriousness, then you are in a very serious state …

You are very liable to have stress, strain, sickness and unhappiness and jealousy and everything else … Now, seriousness doesn’t help you do anything in life, but destroy yourself.” — Sydney Banks

Glaciers calving due to excess heat

I had the vague thought, like many others, that human compassion and ingenuity would prevail. We would rise to the occasion and figure out a way, somehow.

When Donald Trump won the presidency in the United States in 2016, so many issues exploded as “unfinished business” in the U.S. — from women’s rights to gay and transgendered rights, to white supremacy, to Nazism to freedom of the press and care for Mother Earth. We faced unbridled, almost vicious attacks on ecological protections across the board by a greedy, lying grifter, hotel and land developer, and mafia-esque ally of the fossil fuel industry.

Desertification is acclerating in many parts of the African continent.

How did we come to this idiotic, absurd, horrific place in which humans were self-extinguishing, dragging millions, if not billions of species along with us?

Later, after coming home, anxiety and urgency and even anger arose. How could this be? How did we come to this idiotic, absurd, horrific place in which humans were self-extinguishing, dragging millions, if not billions of species along with us?

Wildfires in California and on the West Coast in 2020 were beyond any we have yet seen.

For me, it is dance upon a razor’s edge, living in this time, in both the world of the formless and the form. Sydney Banks, my first important spiritual teacher, spoke often of the unity of both of these worlds — without one, the other does not exist.

For me, it is dance upon a razor’s edge, living in this time, in both the world of the formless and the form. Sydney Banks, my first important spiritual teacher, spoke often of the unity of both of these worlds — without one, the other does not exist.

If you identify with what comes and goes, you will be unhappy. If you identify with what is permanent and always there, you are happiness itself.

— Papaji

It is in this connection to Life or God or the Isness that we still and always can find joy and inspiration. This is where I have finally landed, again.

As I settled into the reality of the crisis, I also expanded my view of humanity. I saw that, as a whole, we were all part of the madness.

But as I settled into the reality of the crisis, I also expanded my view of humanity. I saw that, as a whole, we were all part of the madness. Humans, though we all likely emerged from Africa, have split from one another, exploited one another, become disconnected from natural systems and become greedy and obsessive about money, power and profit. Perhaps this was inevitable. At any rate, so it is.

Author, coach, teacher & former investigative journalist: San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, Inc. Magazine, Metro SJ, Recipient of 3 CNPA First Place awards.

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