Looking for climate-aware emotional support services and resilience training opportunities? You’ve come to the right place.
Climate-aware Meditation and Mindfulness Programs
The Resilient Activist website includes helpful articles on building resilience in relation to the state of the environment and how our hearts, minds, and bodies respond.
Kansas City-based Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness offers a wide and varied calendar of secular mindfulness and meditation practices that may just fit your needs.
Their approach is welcoming to all and many classes have an emphasis on environmental awareness and nature connection. You can participate in their programs online or at various locations around the Kansas City area.
Doing good in the world – including the important work of caring for the Earth and its beings – is the highest calling there is, but it can can take a heavy toll on our physical, emotional, financial, social and spiritual resources.
One of my mantras is “Do not fall into despair”. It reminds me that letting my own resources become completely depleted is counter-productive and that I’m best able to be of benefit in the world when I mindfully include myself in my caring efforts.
It’s one of my greatest pleasures to share what I’ve learned about resilience, vitality, and well-being with others.Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200, psychologist and co-founder of Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness
Addiction Recovery During Higher Education
In light of the prevalence of climate anxiety and ecological fear, many college students are engaging in harmful behaviors in an attempt to alleviate their emotional pain. This article, Addiction Recovery During Higher Education, from Intelligent.com offers a broad understanding of the causes, types of addictions, and resilience and support tools and organizations.
“It’s clear that college students are under a lot of pressure from school and their peers, leading them to engage in risky behaviors like substance abuse. There’s no denying the great benefit young adults stand to gain from attending schools of higher education, but it would be unwise to dismiss the use of alcohol and drugs as a normal part of the experience. Every year students struggle with academic performance and become injured or die as a result of substance abuse.”