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We’re Changing Our Name

We have an exciting announcement to make: we’re changing our name. Art / Earth / Tech is becoming Life Itself.

Why? We want our name to really capture our commitment and vision, the essence of what we are standing for as a community. We believe that when we choose wisdom, well-being and awakening, we are making a stand for life: we are choosing Life Itself.

Over the next few weeks you will see our brand and name change, but our commitment remains what it has always been.

We are here for the people dreaming of a bigger future, who sense that the inner work is essential. Those who want to discuss the big questions of life, who want to deepen their practice and flourish in areas they care about. The people who want to live more wisely, honestly and coherently and have seen that community is essential.

Ultimately, we are here for many generations to come after us. We are here for the ecosystem as a whole.

We are grateful to be taking this stand with you for Life Itself.

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Know Yourself

In our last Creative Practice Call we wrote a “Love letter to the future” dedicated to our grand children. Below is a powerful letter by Harry Bonnell.

We are offering our Morning Creative Practice calls every Thursday 7:30- 8:30am (UK). First one starts on the 11th of June until the 16th July. Book yourself for £35. 

Know yourself. For only in this way can you know others. And it is through others that we are shaped and influenced.
Know whether you are reactive or a planner; love structure or are suspicious of it. None are good or bad, but each means a different life.
Know what makes you tick; your strengths and weaknesses; your suspicions, superstitions and simple solutions; your moods and why you have them.

And look for beauty. For you become what you look for. Seek out musicians and dancers, for they usually will develop you.
You do not have to be ‘top dog’. Just be important to who is important to you – and if many people, or great people, are important to you then maybe this will drive you on.
Know others, for it is only in this way you’ll know yourself. Listen to their lifes, their strengths and hopes and strains. See if they talk fast and avoid silence or whether they are quiet and surprise often, neither are good or bad.
Life is long, and if you live well it will have memories which transcend time. Live well. With love, expansive love. Harry

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Love Letter to the future

In our last Creative Practice Call we wrote a “Love letter to the future” dedicated to our grand children. Below is a beautiful touching letter by Juliet Cochrane.

We are offering our Morning Creative Practice calls every Thursday 7:30- 8:30am (UK). First one starts on the 11th of June until the 16th July. Book yourself for £35. 

To My Darling Grandchild,
This is the year 2020 – a number that sounds like the future to me even almost 6 months in (and 8 months pregnant). What year are you alive, now, and reading this love letter to the future, to you my darling grandchild? 

Not long before my grandma passed away she said to me: now I understand what immortality is. It is you. It is seeing myself in you, so clearly.  
We each live on even after our physical form has passed. Do you already feel that sublime connection between your individual self and the whole Self (with a capital S)? You came out of this world, not into it. You are soil, air, water and fire; skin, breath, blood — life. You are beauty. Do you see the beauty around you? 
What can you see around you, right now? Where can you find beauty? In the trees, the sky, the city scape. All is earth, air, water, fire. All is a part of you and you a part of it. One beautiful whole with all the people in their rooms, on the streets, in the grass, climbing trees. You are each alive and sharing this time and the human condition — your hearts all beating at the same time. 
Now, do you look inwards and see beauty? Never forget how beautiful you are. Your skin, your blood, your soul — all is beauty. Live beautifully. Love. Love inwardly and outwardly. 
I am with you always. Your mother and father are a part of you, always. The past future, the past present — all roads lead to the same place: now. 
Now is when I write this letter to you, my beautiful grandchild. Now is you reading these words like the whispers of a ghost. Like all ghosts whispering, there is a longing to be heard. We all just want to be seen and to be heard. Who sees you? Who hears you? 
Never shrink. Never make yourself small. You are an expression of life and of beauty. You have a birth right to express yourself and to be seen and to be heard. 
Spend your time with those who make you feel alive, who see you, who hear you, who tell you: you’re beautiful
Never stop seeing the beauty in things and that which is sacred in the every day.
All my love,
Your Grandma XXX

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Wise Food

By Lily Joan

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Food is sacred. 

It’s not about us, it’s about a bigger whole. The connection between our planet and us, about the exchange of energy. Ironically, mother nature doesn’t need us to survive, but we do need her.  

Yet, somehow over time, we have steered ourselves away from the living with, instead leading lives as if superior. We are now more lightly to trust the indications on a medicine box more than our own bodies, we are more lightly to trust the expiry date on packaging rather than used our senses to judge what is edible, we are more lightly to eat a fast-food meal than cook ourselves something  with fresh ingredients. I could go on. It boils down to this though: we are accustomed to convenience. We are spoiled to the inch of our life. We are used to having anything, at any time, anywhere. We will consume, and keep consuming, and the planet will be juiced dry in the process. And does it actually make us happier? Will we ever be satisfied? My answer is no. I don’t think we are getting happier OR healthier. Quite the opposite!  

But let’s not linger on the negative, let’s focus on the good stuff. How can we do better, how can we live happier, healthier lives and save the planet in the meantime?  

My way to make a difference is through food. As food is the most obvious way we internalise our environment. When we eat, we feed both the body, the mind and the heart. When we eat, we are taking in the food’s energy and nutrition. When we eat, we are activating all of our senses, connecting us momentarily to ourselves and our environment, both physically and mentally.  

This opens up a world of opportunity to be steered into the ‘right’ direction. Food is a powerful medium, because it’s an indispensable life source. Whether we like it or not, we must all eat.  

It can become a burden, with today’s layers of pressures- financial, cultural, agricultural, ecological, ethical and ideological.  But there are two sides of a coin. Food can really, work magic.  

Let’s celebrate that, embrace the possibilities, learn from our ancestors, invent news ways, open our minds and heart to the concept of food changing the world for the better. 

Okay, so food can make the difference. Now what?  

I think there’s too much weight in the idea of trying to save the world as an individual (although many out there do have huge impacts). We can just think small. As all smalls add up. 

And a few smalls may inspire others, creating a wave of a movement without them feeling like it is taking over their life. We just need a little nudge sometimes, a little spark of inspiration. 

Even if it’s through a tiny initiative like buying local seasonal veggies, it can get the ball rolling. And that’s my goal. To empower people with positive do’s.  

The beauty of the food-theme, is that we help ourselves in the process of making a more global difference. Good food, from the right place with the right story, influences our personal health and happiness directly. 

So it’s a win-win! In other words I strongly believe that if we aim to lead healthier lives, we automatically feel better, and help mother earth in the meantime. 

Let’s looking into what ‘healthy’ actually means then.  

In the English dictionary, ‘Healthy’ is described as ‘a state of bodily or organic soundness, freedom from bodily or mental disease or decay’, and ‘Healthy food’ as ‘types of food, e.g. organically grown or with no synthetic ingredients, regarded as promoting health’. There you have it, it’s as simple as that: pure, untampered with ingredients for a body or mind that isn’t suffering from illness or deterioration.  

So eat healthily, what does that even entail? How can we make sure our bodies don’t get ill? Aha! This is where it get interesting. 

A huge player for overall health, is gut health. Doest’t sounds like much fun does it. But what if we learned that gut health makes you happier, healthier, clear minded, more efficient, stabilises hormones, reduces medical bills, increases your energy, sleep and reduces your stress levels. Interested now?  

The gut is the main source of overall inflammation, the core of the good & bad is filtered, and home of about 80% of our immune system.  

We learn to live with sore muscles, swollen stomach, cloudy mind, energy dips during the day, rashes, joint pain,… and we deal with these symptoms with medications. Yes, symptoms, as they are the result of chronic inflammation. ‘Chronic’ meaning long term infection our body can’t handle, compared to a short-term fight it puts up against toxins, bad bacteria and viruses. Chronic inflammation is a slow process, resulting in us becoming accustomed to the symptoms. But those headaches, the exam, spots, low libido, clammy hands & feet, brittle bones, repetitive coughs & colds, dandruff, early balding or turning grey and sleep disorders, they’re not something to put up with, they are signs our body is suffering, our immune system is failing.  The good news: food is a source of all types of protection and help we need (alongside good sleep, exercise and stress regulation)! 

In short, we have billions of bacteria in our gut, thousands of types. Each type with their own speciality. They convert the food’s nutritional package into substances our body needs to live. These bacteria are mainly found in the small intestine. This means we need eat food that isn’t broken down too early on, leaving nothing left for the bacteria to use lower down. The good bacteria protect us from illness, but the bad bacteria cause it. The bad live off empty carbs, sugars and things like pesticides. The good bacteria however thrive off minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, fibres & good fats. If we feed them, they become our army that fight the bad bacteria, mending our intestinal wall so the toxins don’t get into our blood stream. Foods like white bread, pasta and white sugar are absorbed by the body in the large intestine, converted into sugars instantly, giving us an energy boost (but nothing nutritious), overusing our insulin production to balance out the instant raise of our blood sugar level, also starving our gut flora. If this goes on too long, we become addicted to  the constant feed of sugar, which our body then stores in fat cells when they can’t be burned. Our gut flora diversity diminishes, making it harder and harder for our body to process our foods the right way, leading to serious vitamin shortages. On top of that, our intestine is where a huge part of our hormones are created, including the happiness hormone serotonin. It also contains as many nerve cells as our entire spinal column, capturing all activity in our gut and directly reporting to the brain, which in turn decides which hormones to produce, which organs to activate, which triggers to send out, which emotions to express. So a happy gut equals a happy mind. 

Don’t worry: just by eating fermented foods, healthy oils like omega 3, high fibre ingredients and colourful antioxidant-rich fruit, herbs & veg, you’re already on the right track! 

But the point is: if we wean ourselves off the process crap, en get into the beauty of cooking ourselves fresh meals using quality & varied products, we are doing the planet a favour too.  

But I do realise it’s hard to wean ourselves off what we know. It’s not actually about changing what we eat, it’s about changing how we feel about food. It’s the rewiring of our brains we need to focus on, relearning the art of eating, to find a way to want to eat what’s good for us, bringing what the heart want in line with what the body wants.  

That’s when the processed, packaged foods come back into the story. Companies push foods high in sugar, fat & salt and we learn to like them, we are even brought up with them as comforting treats. Treats becoming habit. They are designed to get us hooked. So now it’s up to us to be aware of that, and reconnect to that old-fashioned concept of ‘nourishing’ ourselves. We can learn new preferences, understanding that joy and comfort can come from healthier, more sustainable options too.  

Yet, it can take time, to reach that state where food is something that nourishes & makes us happy, rather that tormenting or sickening us. Our society is focussed on temptation, quick-fixes and contradictorily, the idea of resisting desirable foods. And we identify with memories of food experiences, which often outweigh knowledge of health and even taste (as we may not actually enjoy the taste of a double sided mars bar, but seek the reliving of a happy childhood memory it triggers). It’s up to us to relearn the meaning of ‘delicious’, even if it doesn’t correlate with the diet we were brought up.  

It’s absolutely possible, and can even be an enjoyable process.  

Dive into the exploration of new ingredients, new flavours, new herbs and spices. Allow yourself to be triggered, enriching your meals rather than depriving yourself of anything. It’s just about daring to let go of the fixed ingredient combinations we have been brought up with. Open up your senses to the pungent, salty, sour, bitter and sweet. And know you are feeding your body with a multitude of nutrients in the meantime. 

Let us pay greater attention to the physical sensations food gives us, let us slow down a little and savour flavours, use all our senses when cooking and eating. 

Let’s integrate mindfulness into our meals, fall in love with the stories behind the ingredients, the process of preparation, the creative flow of bring new flavours together, being present in the moment of consumption, the joy of sharing with others, the satisfaction of self-care, the connection to our environment.  

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Qi Gong – The Eight Precious Exercises

Whether you’re a beginner, an expert, or just wanting to try something new this isolation period, here are the eight precious exercises of Qi Gong to help loosen your mind and body in these times.

Excerpts taken from The Power of Ch’i by Geoff Pike.

Preparation:

We are ready to begin Pa Tuan Tsin. You have chosen the spot in which you feel most natural and where the air is at its best. You are dressed in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing with ample leg room, your footwear is light and flat bottomed, the sash around your waist is soft and not tied too tightly. You are stripped of metal accessories, your bladder and bowels are empty, you have eaten nothing for at least two hours and taken no alcohol for at least six. There is a pitcher of cool to warm boiled water or hot green tea nearby in case you need it. You remember that all inhalation and exhalation must always be through the nose, never through the mouth (unless exhalation is so instructed). All breathing should be concentrated on the slow, silent and deep. The words patience, discipline, fortitude and faith are firmly in mind.

1. Scoop the Stream

Relax. Stand with your feet flat and arms loose at your side. Empty your lungs; inhale as slowly as you can while raising the hands (palms down) until the fingertips reach above the head (now palms up). Hold silent for a count of three. Exhale, reversing the inhale movement. When your arms are by your sides again, move them to intertwine your fingers, palms facing up. Bring your palms to your mouth, your elbows pointing upwards. To the count of three, reverse your palms facing down, and push your arms back down. Reset, and repeat eight times.

2. Press the Sky

Reach behind with the left hand and firmly clasp the back of the thigh below the left bum cheek. Exhale fully. Form a ‘cup’ with the right hand hooked at the wrist. Inhale slowly and deeply while raising the cup to the lips, elbow inline with shoulder. Without pause, turn the cup outward and over, rise on your toes and continue inhaling until the right arm is ‘pressing the sky’. Hold for a count of three. Exhale slowly and steadily and reverse the action exactly. Complete four times with each arm.



3. The Shaolin Archer

Inhale while raising your right arm so that it is level with your shoulder. Swing your arm across your body, feeling it as it moves across your chest, exhaling as you do so. Before your hand finishes travelling, bring your left arm up (the ‘bow’). Raise the forefinger of your left hand. Inhale slowly and extend your left hand, keeping your eyes focused in your fingertip. While you’re doing this, pull back your right arm as if drawing the bow. Pause for three counts, and extend all you can through the tip of your finger and arm. Exhale and complete the sequence in reverse. Swap arms by exhaling and swinging the two into opposite positions. Repeat four times on each side.

4. Search the Clouds

Begin in horse stance. Place hands on upper thighs with the fingers facing inwards. Slowly inhale, while bending the body backwards and to the left as far as you can. You should have fully inhaled by the time you’ve stretched as far as you can. Hold for a count of three, and try to push back a tiny bit further. Bring yourself upright while exhaling. Hold for a count of three. Repeat on the right side, four times on each side.

5. Lift the Rock

Entwine the fingers with the palms facing upwards. Inhale slowly, bringing the hands up level with the chin. Continue the upward press, careful not to break your grip as you push above your head. Follow the movement of your hands with your eyes until your hands reach as high as they can go. Hold for a count of three, trying to extend a tiny bit more. Exhale while reversing the movement. Press down for the count of three, repeat eight times.

6. Touch the Sky, Press the Earth

Stand straight with your arms loosely at your side. Inhale slowly while raising your hands above your head and continuing a backwards bend as far as possible. Hold for a count of three. Exhale steadily while reversing the movement, pushing forward until your fingertips touch the ground as far ahead of your toes as possible. Inhale slowly to reset to standing position. Repeat eight times.

7. Eye of the Tiger

Stand straight with your arms loosely at your side. Inhale slowly while gradually rising onto your tiptoes, turning the head as far left as possible. Try not to move your shoulders or chest. Hold in this position for a count of three. Exhale and release to standing position. Complete again on the right. Repeat on each side four times.


8. Grip the Swallows Egg

Start in horse stance. Inhale deeply while extending the right fist in a frontal punch. When the fist is fully extended, tense the full arm as if in a strike, and hold for the count of three. Slowly exhale as you reverse the movement, withdrawing the fist and resting it at your hip. Hold for a count of three. Repeat with each arm four times. Once done facing forward, repeat again by twisting into the ‘left bow’ position, punching four times into an imaginary target; four punches with each arm. Then, twist into the ‘right bow’ position and punch to the left, repeating twice. Close the horse stance, standing upright. Inhale. Exhale. Bow to the light that is in you.


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Getting S*** Done Online Calls

Good morning everybody!

Maybe there are projects you always wanted to do but never got around to it. Maybe you tend to procrastinate and overthink things. Maybe sometimes you just need to talk to someone so you can get your juices flowing! Well the Get S*** Done call is for you! You can benefit from our practices if you are doing a massive spring clean or delivering a project to a client. This call is open for all from teachers to musicians, to engineers and business owners. 

Join our Getting S*** Done calls, every weekday morning for 25 minutes from Monday 13th of April at 8:30am (UK) for 3 weeks with your host Petronella @Art Earth Tech.

Book yourself for £20 and GET ALL YOUR MONEY BACK at the end if you attend 90% of the calls.

How do these calls work? 

You will be part of a WhatsApp group, where you get to write up what you have accomplished in the last 24 hours, what your game is to achieve and do in the next 24 hours, and what you may be blocked with.  This is where being part of a community who has your back helps. 

Life has always been uncertain, yet having practices and people around help us accomplish what we want. 

What do I get out of these calls?

Our community provides support and accountability which produces powerful results (and better than going at it alone). This is a practice we have tested ourselves internally for several years and it works. Which is why we want to offer it to our broader community. Here are some additional things that will get covered:

  • Self motivation and self management
  • Accountability
  • Validation exercise
  • Integrity

Get S*** Done Culture of Art / Earth / Tech

Part of creating a wiser world we all want to live in, is in the way we are being and getting s*** done. Art Earth Tech would not exist if it were not for us waking up with a possibility and getting the legwork done. We’re doers as well as thinkers and meditators. We value hard work, commitment, shipping, and getting sh** done. So we can’t wait to be on the call with y’all and share this practice with you. Who’s in?! 

Join our morning calls at 8:30am – 8:55am (UK) on Getting S*** Done. 

Every weekday for 30min from Monday 13th April to Friday 1st May with your host Petronella @Art Earth Tech. Book yourself for £20 and GET ALL YOUR MONEY BACK at the end if you attend 90% of the calls.

Here are the details of the times and dates of the calls

You can benefit from our practices if you are doing a massive spring clean or delivering a project to a client. This call is open for all from teachers to musicians, to engineers and business owners. 

Monday 13th April 8:30-9:30am (UK) our first call will be for 1h, so we can set you up!

Tuesday 14th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Wednesday 15th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Thursday 16th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)

Friday 17th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) – a review of the week 1 🙂

Monday 20th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)

Tuesday 21th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Wednesday 22th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Thursday 23th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)

Friday 24th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)  

Monday 27th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)

Tuesday 28th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Wednesday 29th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Thursday 30th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)

Friday 1st May 8:30-9:30am (UK)  our last call will be for 1h, so we reflect on our learning and outcomes and celebrate our accomplishments! Order the pastries 🙂

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CANCELLED: Online Salon: Community resilience with Rory Egan Curtin Sunday 5th April 3pm CET

This salon has been cancelled and we will inform you when it will be rescheduled

Join us for a discussion on the ‘Networks of Socio-Ecological Resiliency in Collaborative Agrarian Communities in the Himalayan Region of Ladakh, India’ from a new friend of Art Earth Tech community Rory Egan CurtinShe is a buzzing community organiser with tonnes of energy and ideas, and we are excited to welcome her! 

Description:

The Himalayan region of Ladakh, India, has recently seen social-ecological transformations occur at an unprecedented rate, with unpredictable ramifications for social-ecological systems (SES), the economy, and food security, as increasing numbers of farmers abandon their traditional farming practices to seek higher education and enter the wage labor market in urban centers. The research I will present at Art/Earth/Tech asks why these changes are occurring, and what will likely be the consequences for the culture and ecology of this unique agrarian region. What makes this discussion of particular interest to sociologists, urban planners, and systems thinkers alike, is systems theory has yet to identify the level of interdependent complexity and collaboration at play in traditionally agricultural and collaborative communities. This is significant because the collaborative culture of such farming societies may present a more resilient approach to how communities can work with one another and their environment, fostering more cohesion rather than competition, and ensuring greater food security and social cohesion. Inspiration for a better future?

Bio: 

Rory Curtin is a doctoral student at Humboldt University in Berlin, who graduated from Columbia University with her MA in Tibetan Studies. Her research focuses on the macro-significance of findings that can illustrate the benefits of cooperation specific to agrarian societies. As, she recognizes the potential to incentivize governments to encourage community-based agriculture through subsidies, not only for the benefit of preserving aspects of traditional culture, but serve to protect the resilience of fragile ecosystems. She currently lives in Berlin. 

You are welcome to drop in just for a part or join for the whole session. 

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Wise food Salon and Cooking Class with Lily Roberts

I am very happy to tell you that we will be offering Online Wise Food & Plant based Cooking Class with Lily Roberts Tuesday 7, 14, 21 April from 6pm-7h30pm (Paris)£14 for 3 Classes

  1. Wise food Salon Tuesday 7th April 6pm-7h30pm CET . An opportunity to converse with a wise vegan Chef, learn from her philosophy, experience and observation 
  2. Enforce your immune system Cooking Class Tuesday 14th of April 6pm-7h30pm CET. “You are what you eat”- Healthy food, healthy body, healthy mind.
  3. Healthy Comfort food Cooking Class Tuesday 21st of April  6pm-7h30pm CET . Be gourmand, be well. Have taste and pleasure with health.

(Lily Roberts)

For those who don’t know me I am a real “gourmande”, and I recently felt that I wanted to be wiser with my way of eating, to embrace a more plant based diet so that my action contributed less to the suffering of other beings while being healthy myself. I am vegetarian but still struggle to become vegan because I don’t know how to make my food both healthy and delicious. So I thought I needed a master to guide me in this path. And who better than Lily Joan Roberts! 

(Lily cooking for us at La Cheraille to work out our wedding menu)

Lily was our chef at our wedding, she cooked wonderful vegan food for our guests and did it with an incredible spirit and heart. She feed our body and our spirit, and if you meet her, you won’t be able to help it but to have a crush on her, because there is a true grace in how Lily approaches life and food. More than a Chef she is a true artist, she creates tasteful compositions that are delicious to the mouth and the eye. The moving thing about her cooking is that Lily cares for people that is why she always makes sure the food is tasty and healthy.

(Rufus & I, thanking Lily at our Wedding at La Cheraille in 2018)

I am very happy to tell you that we will be offering Online Wise Food & Plant based Cooking Class with Lily Roberts Tuesday 7, 14, 21 April from 6pm-7h30pm (Paris)£14 for 3 Classes

  1. Wise food Salon Tuesday 7th April 6pm-7h30pm CET . An opportunity to converse with a wise vegan Chef, learn from her philosophy, experience and observation 
  2. Enforce your immune system Cooking Class Tuesday 14th of April 6pm-7h30pm CET. “You are what you eat”- Healthy food, healthy body, healthy mind.
  3. Healthy Comfort food Cooking Class Tuesday 21st of April  6pm-7h30pm CET . Be gourmand, be well. Have taste and pleasure with health.

(Lily cooking for us at La Cheraille to work out our wedding menu)

See you soon!

Sylvie

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A wise response to a crisis

wisdom in practice brought to you by Art / Earth / Tech

Newsletter March 2020

In this edition we cover: 

  • The opportunities and lessons to take away from Coronavirus
  • Essay: Outbreak by Charlotte du Cann 
  • Blog: Letting go of being enlightened by Liam Kavanagh
  • Practice
  • Books
  • Events (online) 
  • AET update
  • Prayer

This offering from Art Earth Tech is curated to bring you a selection of wise goods themed differently each time. Recently, Coronavirus has changed everything and so this issue has a blend of our own offerings and material with a selection of writing and events that inspire us. 

Our response to the Coronavirus 

This one minute film Danger, Opportunity, Meaning and Hope distils our thoughts for our call on Saturday – created by member Richard Millington 
– and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos of our salons and events

The Chinese word for crisis is composed of the word “Danger” and “Opportunity”. Right now, there is a lot of the conversation in the public space coming from a place of  “fear” and focused on the danger and disruption. Here, at Art/ Earth / Tech we would like to emphasize more the “opportunity” – without in any way diminishing or denying the suffering arising for people – but focusing more on the lessons and reflection that we may take from it?

Let’s dare to dream together and paint a new world, one where we trust and learn from the lessons the Coronavirus has to offer, come join us in our open Online Community day this Saturday evening 28th March 6-8pm (CET),  5-7pm (UK)
Join via Zoom here https://zoom.us/j/659327540

Continue reading our post here: The opportunities and lessons to take away from Coronavirus

Essay: Outbreak 

by Charlotte du Cann

Charlotte du Cann is a writer, editor and co-director of the Dark Mountain Project. She is involved in our Contemplative Activism Sangha and recently spoke at the Human // Nature // Stories event held in London by member Hannah Close. You can watch her talk, The Kist, which she mentions in the essay below.  

“Having resisted every warning and admonishment to transform and change our ways, we are now, as a collective, being forced into a cocoon ourselves, to do the work we should have done generations ago…I am bereft of access to places and people I once loved. But I know this loss is part of the payback, the great sobriety, what Bendell has termed the second R of Relinquishment, ‘what we need to let go of that is making the crisis worse’.”

To continue reading this moving piece, read on the Dark Mountain Project website

The Oil Slick at the recent action against BP sponsorship at the British Museum Photo: Guy Reece

Blog: Letting go of being enlightened

by Liam Kavanagh

“Is now the time when we start to truly realise that when we declared our enlightenment a few centuries ago, we were a bit premature and to make a course correction?

I don’t know, but I feel certain that our decision making is impaired by massive attachments to these notions: that we can control fate through reason and science, that we are separate individuals living “our own lives”, and dogmatic ideals of equality. In the paper, I discuss how these ideas relate to our inaction in the face of the long-standing threat of climate change.”
Here, Liam discusses how they have affected our coronavirus response. https://artearthtech.com/2020/03/25/letting-go-of-being-enlightened/

Practice

We need our practice more than ever, particularly in the confines of our homes with our loved ones! These regular group meditations are excellent. 

Love Vs Virus

Twice daily meditations from Burgs, The Art of Meditation, at 9am and 6:30pm CET; 10am and 7:30pm UK time.These live group loving kindness meditations and talks offer support, encouragement and advice on how to build a positive response to the unfolding situation we are facing. 

Cup of calm

Daily 15 minute meditations before work at 8:45am from the She Leads Change group https://sheleadschange.org/events/cupofcalm/

Book(s)

Die WiseA Manifesto for Sanity and Soul by Stephen Jenkins, a palliative nurse in Canada and founder of Orphan Wisdom. Stephen describes our uncomfortable relationship to dying through real experiences he has had at the bedside of dying patients, the conversations with their family members and listening to the same fear of death. I refer to this book all the time and it really transformed my relationship to living and dying, and how we humans frame it. From the minute we are born, we are dying. He puts dying in the centre and through his many conversations with the dying, and their loved ones, our greatest fear is being forgotten. That we cling on to life to stay a part of something, to stay important, the last hurrah of our ego. 

As we sit in the pandemic with panic and death edging towards our front doors, we will be called to embrace our relationship with dying and with grief. 
Stephen has written a blog about coronavirus too: 
“Leaving the wishing, the hoping, out of it. That’s how you leave the panic out: By leaving the hope out, too. By being a citizen – not an inmate – of a troubled time. “Window

Our wise booklist 

With the time we have now, you can finally make a start on your ‘aspirational’ bookshelf, which if you are like me is full of the books I should read and haven’t made the time too. This Wise booklist from our community is a good start, indeed I’m not sure many are left off!

Online events

These days, we are gathering online instead of in person. Thankfully, many organisations have transferred their planned events to online. Here are a few happening over the next few weeks: 

25th – 29th March In the Footsteps of Thich Nhat Hanh Online SummitBuddhist Wisdom Summit
Cultivate joy and transform suffering with wisdom from leading teachers in the Plum Village tradition of mindfulness, compassion, and peace.

27th – 29th March In Times of Crisis: A two day course With Pat McCabe & Bayo Akomolafe from our friends Ruby and Christabel Reed at the fantastic Advaya Initiative

“Often the ways we think about times of crisis become part of the crisis itself. At these times, a much deeper type of response is needed.” Book here: 
https://advaya.co/events/2020/03/27/the-climate-crisis-me-you-and-the-more-than-humanOn a similar theme, read our piece on Ritual and The Return to Mystery

Starts 27th MarchGAIA: Global Activation of Intention and Action from the Presencing Institute

“Covid-19, like any disruption, essentially confronts each of us with a choice: (1) to freeze, turn away from others, only care for ourselves, or (2) to turn toward others to support and comfort those who need help.” GAIA offers a 14 week process where you can book slots every day leading up to the Global Forum in July. It looks like a fun experiment to be part of! https://www.presencing.org/news/news/gaia-global-activation-of-intention-and-action

5th April 2-4pm UK; 3-5pm CET: Our next online salon ‘Networks of Socio-Ecological Resilience’ 

Join us for a discussion on the ‘Networks of Socio-Ecological Resiliency in Collaborative Agrarian Communities in the Himalayan Region of Ladakh, India’ from a new friend of Art Earth Tech community Rory Egan Curtin. She is a buzzing community organiser with tonnes of energy and ideas, and we are excited to welcome her!

You are welcome to drop in just for a part or join for the whole session.https://zoom.us/j/599047500
Meeting ID: 599 047 500; Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aVOqa8HoO

Update from Art Earth Tech

We have WhatsApp groups (who doesn’t) in our hotspot locations: UK, France and Germany as well as a worldwide one for our members outside of those places. All of you are welcome to join, please follow the links below. 

If you are based in Berlin, we have our Berlin meet n’greet call: Friday 27th March 1pm CET. We are expanding our hub and community there (a little later than expected) and despite not being there as planned, that doesn’t mean the party stops! We are having a lunchtime call on Friday 27th – please only for those who live in Berlin or who are moving to Berlin. 

Call details: https://zoom.us/j/599047500
Meeting ID: 599 047 500; Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aVOqa8HoO

And don’t forget our global community call on Saturday 28th March 6pm CET (5pm UK) on our response to the Coronavirus as mentioned above. 

Call details: https://zoom.us/j/599047500
Meeting ID: 599 047 500; Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aVOqa8HoO

Recommended reading on CoronaVirus

This is our opportunity to create the future we want to live into, one where our communities flourish and are resilient. What we put in place now will help us in our future. Here is a comprehensive list of Covid 19 Mutual Aid groups set up across Europe and UK. There are places missing, so please do send us links to group you know of and are part of and we can help spread the word. 
https://artearthtech.com/2020/03/25/covid-19-mutual-aid-groups-across-europe-and-uk/

Similarly, this more US oriented website has commons-oriented, P2P-driven, open source initiatives to help combat the outbreak of Covid-19 https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Category:Corona_Solidarity_Initiatives?fbclid=IwAR3rCpnKFBfRkTYjpHscBEvw-SPooZgLk0iHlJuChQOCtcsvuBIipM4zppc

For those of you who are seeking guides on living in community with the virus: this article could help A Guide to Self-Isolation and Social Distancing in Houses of Multiple Occupation

And for all of us, here is a list of guidelines to follow assembled by a friend of AET:
General guidelines COVID-19 (incl. for practically supporting vulnerable or infected people)

This reading list has articles on the political, economic, and social effects of the unfolding crisis: The Politics of COVID-19, Readings #5And finally, for the tech-minded, this crowd sourced CoronaVirus Tech Handbook is being developed with tech tools and data: Personal Protective Equipment

Prayer 

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Mother/Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace!

That where there is hatred, I may bring love.

That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.

That where there is discord, I may bring harmony.

That where there is error, I may bring truth.

That where there is doubt, I may bring faith.

That where there is despair, I may bring hope.

That where there are shadows, I may bring light.

That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Mother/Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.

To understand, than to be understood.

To love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

—Saint Francis of Assisi—

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No suffering is meaningless if it compels us to act: watch our latest film in response to Coronavirus

Watch our video response to the Coronavirus and join our Saturday Community Calls on the opportunities and lessons to take away from the Coronavirus

Saturday 6-8PM (CET) 5-7PM (UK)

Online call: https://zoom.us/j/659327540

It is important in these times to put things in perspective and to do that, let’s first breathe and find our calm.

The Chinese word for crisis is composed of the word “Danger” and “Opportunity”. Right now, there is a lot of the conversation in the public space coming from a place of “fear” and focused on the danger and disruption.

Here, at Art/ Earth / Tech we would like to emphasise more the “Opportunity” – without in any way diminishing or denying the suffering arising for people – but focusing more on the lessons and reflection that we may take from it. This is a chance to reflect on our way of life and discover that we could live less busily and more humbly, spend more time with our family, play more with our children. An opportunity to look at our mortality and appreciate the preciousness of life and our loved ones.

Join our community call this Saturday 6-8pm (CET) 5-7PM (UK) https://zoom.us/j/659327540