I don't particularly want to spend time reading weighty books and research papers about environmental degradation, pollution, waste, greed, the melting of polar ice and all the things mentioned in the cartoon below. But if I'm going to live according to my core values it's something I need, and choose, to do.
- one of my vital core values is to connect with and spend time in the natural environment. I'd like future generations to have the opportunity to enjoy it as I do.
- another is to be part of a community, to connect with, and be part of something bigger than my own little space in the world. It'd be great to connect with others doing their bit to make a difference.
- a third core value is to do with education and personal development. I like to extend myself. I enjoy being educated, informing, sharing and trying to explain concepts clearly.
To help me through, I'll apply the principles of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and mindfulness meditation and make space for the feelings of anxiety and self-doubt, possibly make friends with my demons and breathe deeply into any discomfort. (Information on ACT here.)
Rather than leaving the preparation to the last minute like last year, I've been thinking ahead, mulling over how to present the whole depressing schemozzle so it’s not a major turn off.
|Pilfered from Burrowers, Books and Balderdash here.|
| This path is high above the surrounding plain. |
The white rocks that litter the path were once at the bottom of an ancient sea.
| Trees have grown along fault lines where water has trickled.|
To get a sense of scale, I'm the little splodge on the right looking over the amazing landscape. Mutawintji NSW.
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Thinking about climate change and environmental damage, in the privacy of our own heads, can make us feel insignificant and scared. It was only when I made veiled comments to others, including my doctor, that conversations opened up and I realised I'm not alone in with the continual sense of fear and doom.
My doctor commented that he is treating more people for depression than ever before, and suspected that isolation and fear about the future may be part of the cause.
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