Breathing during times of challenge becomes a lifeline. In the seventies world renowned Czech psychiatrist Stanislav Grof discovered that pure oxygen, without the use of any drugs, can transport you into altered states and heal emotional trauma and pain which would usually take years of therapy.
So we are happy to bring out two Swiss facilitators trained by Grof himself to conduct a workshop on a working biodynamic farm, Jakkalsdraai, near Swellendam.
How precious oxygen is becoming with the Escom and Sasol air pollution in certain areas reaching levels higher than in China, where citizens are actively objecting. And now they want to stop legislation targeting the improvement of our air quality, due to costs! Time for civil society to put down our unified foot against breathing toxic brews containing cadmium, chromium, lead, barium and mercury.
Even if we don’t live in Witbank, can we utilize our power of compassion and project ourselves into those areas. And join the poor and vulnerable folk whose lives are threatened. Distance and time spans are two factors keeping some people back from solidarity with the current and looming suffering on this planet. So from practicing compassion.
Retired NASA professor Robert Bindschadler, glaciologist over the past 35 years with 18 field expeditions to Antarctice under his belt, warns about ever faster melting ice - sea levels rising by 3 to 4 meters by 2200. “It would be irresponsible of the scientific community to give false hope that we won’t see a one-meter rise by 2100. So you’d better plan for that, and it might even be worse.”
Our family will inherit this problem, after all the interim consequences which we write about repeatedly. “But we found places where the speed of the ice was changing in less than a decade.”
Problem is the media is failing to report solid science. Enter the raison d'être for the Green Times. Even when 90% of scientists agreed that the ice caps were melting due to human caused emissions, the media persisted in reporting this as an equal debate with the denialists. Of course this created a skewed perception. When there’s a drop of doubt, people hang onto that like a lifebuoy. Human nature hangs onto hope.
What is needed now is courage, compassion, communication to facilitate fast and furious change. There are 3 types of empathy – cognitive, emotional and compassionate – this moves us to help, to change, to stand up and refuse to support that which is not honouring life.
When we allow suffering to touch our heart, it allows creativity to come forward and new answers emerge. It is time for global compassion.
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Elma and the team
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Are you interested in healing through altered states? Then you should join us for a Holotropic Breathwork weekend in the countryside, led by 2 Swiss facilitators trained and certified by the creator of this modality, Stanislav Grof himself!
Pop culture characterizations of Ebola-like viruses place the blame for the spread of the disease squarely on the shoulders of globalization and man’s careless spoiling of the environment. It’s not just Hollywood that believe that we are the cause of our own potential demise.
How much is a human life worth? How much is our future and that of our children worth? Well, the answer to both is “not too much,” if Eskom and Sasol’s pollution-friendly tactics are anything to go by.
Kirstenbosch was a place where children could run barefoot as toddlers. For Nirmala Nair and thousands of other Capetonians, this majestic botanical garden was a breath of fresh air. But their use of toxic pesticides is threatening to mutate that image.
A recent rise in drug resistant human pathogenic fungi may be fueled by the use of fungicides (pesticides that kill fungi) on agricultural fields, according to research led by Manchester University in the United Kingdom.
The Cabinet has approved the treaty on the Grand Inga hydropower project between South Africa and the DRC, paving the way for what could become the largest hydroelectric project in the world, with the potential to power half the continent.
Small scale alternative energy generators - yes that includes you and I with solar PV on the roof - will finally be able to feed our excess energy back into the grid and get paid for it by the City of Cape Town!
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