Visit our 10-Steps to Personal Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate page for information about our program and information on how to join!
The world is (literally, in a lot of places) on fire.
Climate change. Ecological loss. The erosion of democracy. Deadly global pandemics. There is a lot going on, to say the least, and not only does it seem like no one in charge is doing anything meaningful about it, there are extremely loud communities of people violently resisting action about every one of these things and those people are everywhere.
Just reading that might make you feel like you’re going to have an anxiety attack. That’s a list of facts that you might spend most of your energy trying not to look at directly. You definitely aren’t alone. A 2019 poll by the American Psychological Association revealed that 68% of adults have at least “a little eco-anxiety” (as a treat) while 47% of people age 18-34 say the stress they feel about climate change affects their daily lives.
Those figures might come as a relief to you, or you might want to scream into your pillow that only 68% of adults feel “a little eco-anxiety” as the natural world factually melts out from under us as a direct, observable result of the tenets of global capitalism, and that 29% of the people in the same poll who responded that they had not changed their personal behaviors because of climate change, said that nothing would ever motivate them to do so.
It might feel like you’re on a sinking ship with a bunch of selfish, deluded pricks who are actively pumping sea water into the ruptured hull. Frankly, that isn’t even hyperbolic – you’re absolutely right. That is precisely why it’s more important than ever to both acknowledge and validate the reasons for this baseline panic, and to connect with people who aren’t trying to kill or enslave you.
We need community more than ever; not in the corporate co-opted sense of manipulating human groups for more efficient wealth extraction. That’s the last thing we need. The community we actually need is a ride or die cohort of allies who are committed to each other, and to grappling with the absurd problems we are confronted with on a daily basis. The only way we’re going to be able to show up for each other is if we’re able to come to grips with both the reality of our situation and our own social and emotional resources.
That’s why, in partnership with the Good Grief Network, we are offering our affiliated program, 10-Steps to Personal Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate.
The program is ten meetings over ten weeks in small groups, doing heart-centered and process-focused work.
What is Good Grief Network?
“GGN helps build personal resilience & empowerment while strengthening community ties to combat despair, inaction, & eco-anxiety on the collective level.”
What are their values?
That is practically a list of Luciferian virtues in Dominion theology. That’s why we knew this would be such an organic fit for our ministry and a vital resource for our own community’s mental health and emotional wellness. We all struggle with these things even as we work to mitigate their impact on our lives and the lives of those we love.
You do not have to be a Luciferian to join our groups! Many of our members don’t identify that way. But what you will find in our groups are allies who share the values stated above, and share in a commitment to our community and to vulnerable communities everywhere.
If you are struggling, please know that you are far from alone, and that many bright, creative, and loving people are working their fingers to the bone to create safe and sustainable places for us around the world. If you would like to join us in this work, know someone who would, or just want to get yourself in a better functional place, please feel free to share this article, visit our program page, and reach out to our Community Manager, Piper Furiosa (contacts on our program page) to inquire about open slots.
It’s easy to get mired down by the things far out of our control that aren’t being done, but when we do, we lose sight of the very real things we can do, for ourselves and the people around us. We hope that you’ll find the support you need, either within our groups, or somewhere that works for you.