Living in a more “regenerative” way goes beyond traveling responsibly. It is a lifestyle, a mindset, a philosophy of life that are embedded in our ways of being and showing up in the world. It requires to be aware of and live in tune with Nature’s cycles and principles. The following article is an invitation to ponder on that thought and connect to celebrate the rebirth and renewal of life the Spring Equinox conveys.

A couple of weeks ago winter retreated quietly and gently, leaving behind a seemingly long period of withdrawal, reflection, and inward focus, where we slowed down to the pace of life and planted the seeds of our visions and dreams for our life. Guided by the wisdom of nature and the flow of the seasons, we are now entering a transition space devoted to renewal, rebirth, and regeneration.

The spring season holds a power spiritual power. Now is the time to release the anxiety and fears that could have arisen from a period of uncertainty and global turmoil we have been through and let go of what no longer serves us. As we do so, we create more space and allow our attention and energy to nurture the fertile soil of possibilities we have sowed with our intentions and deeds over the last few months to see them blossom and bloom.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

– Lao Tzu

Life keeps running its course unshakably, entering a new cycle with patience and resilience, pregnant with possibilities. We make no exception as we are Nature. We have the opportunity to follow its lead and trust that the Universe will create a flourishing future filled with abundance of love and possibilities in the right time for us to enjoy.

Let’s connect to the energy of spring and celebrate its regenerative power by meditating together!

You are kindly invited to join me and the community of change agents dedicated to leading a more regenerative life through mindfulness and meditation. We will connect online and meditate together on Thursday 8th, April 2021 at 10 pm CET listening to this recording.

We meet online and meditate together every Thursday. It’s free and no-strings-attached…and its good for the soul and the planet!

Credit: Photo by Eugene Zhyvchik on Unpslash; Meditation by Sarah Hall

I want to promote this insightful article from Christine Wamsler, Professor of Sustainability Science, Lund University

We know that mindfulness can transform the life of an individual. But did you know it could also change the world?

We are facing increasingly complex global challenges, of which climate change is perhaps the most important. It is obvious that we must do something about our carbon emissions and the increase in floods, windstorms, and heatwaves that threaten our environment – but we don’t seem to know what.

It is becoming clear, however, that the problem can’t simply be solved by new technology or new governments alone. We also need to develop new social practices and encourage a broader cultural shift towards more sustainable living and climate action. We have to completely rethink how we do things. This is where mindfulness comes in.

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the present moment. It is more than just moment-to-moment awareness. It is a kind, curious and non-judgemental awareness that helps us relate to ourselves, others, and our environment with compassion. Mindfulness can be developed through meditation and other contemplative practices, such as yoga and deep listening. It is increasingly used in various professional fields and disciplines. In 2016, 14 times more academic articles used the term as did in 2006.

Mindfulness is often summed up with the phrase “be here now”. We can all be mindful; it’s rooted in our consciousness, and it’s associated with greater emotional intelligence. Neuroscientists think that mindfulness can literally rewire our brains.

How mindful thinking can drive global change

As I show in my own research, mindfulness can not only change how we think about the social and environmental crises that affect our world, but can also help us to take the actions needed to build a more sustainable society.

Mindfulness can influence our response to crises, including climate change. It does this for instance by modifying how people process information about risks, changing their environmental behaviour, and by increasing their motivation to reduce suffering and support governments’ climate actions. Reasons include the influence of mindfulness on compassion for both people and nature, and on understanding complexity.

Mindfulness can also increase our ability to cope with the impact of climate change. Studies have shown that mindfulness can be used to help not only the victims, but also everyone else involved in a disaster. Post-traumatic stress affects groups such as emergency workers, firefighters, police, military, volunteers, and communities that host disaster victims; mindfulness can help them reduce that stress. It can make people better able to cope with stress and adapt to new circumstances, by minimising automatic, habitual, or impulsive reactions and increasing cognitive flexibility.

Mindfulness can also encourage us to be more aware of social justice and injustice, and more sensitive to context. It can help cultivate compassion and our intrinsic moral values which, in turn, can be reflected in actions for the common good.

This links to climate change as global warming has environmental and health consequences, which disproportionately affect low-income countries and poor people in high-income countries, who must be protected. Climate adaptation measures must not create new problems or make existing problems worse. Mindful thinking can lead people to consider the consequences of unquestioned structures and power relations, at all scales from petty disputes in the workplace to global issues.

Hence, mindfulness can also change organisations from within. In times of climate change, sustainable organisations need to nurture and develop their social assets in the anticipation of, and to cope with, unexpected risky events. It does this by influencing people’s job satisfaction and organisational learning, and by improving their cognitive flexibility and openness to novelty. This can encourage organisations to constantly probe their environment for ways to stay ahead through innovation.

Yet despite the obvious benefits, researchers have been slow to assess the potential of mindfulness and other contemplative practices for transformation. Bodies such as the United Nations have been more proactive. The United Nations office which co-ordinates global climate action (the UNFCCC), asked the Buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh to provide a statement ahead of the Paris climate summit in late 2015, for instance.

My research shows that mindfulness and global sustainability are more connected than we think, but we need to know more about the link between them. It’s high time to explore the practical impact that contemplative practices such as mindfulness can have on sustainability, and how we can tap into this potential to drive global change.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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