Metanoia + The Problem of Civilization

Metanoia + The Problem of Civilization

Metanoia means: to have a profound change of heart, to have a change in one’s way of life.
If I hadn’t had that roommate from Portland Or while studying overseas in the South of France who took me to the farmer’s market there - where I first tasted the most delicious tomato I ever had …

Or … had I not grown up in Southern California as a daughter of a Czechloslavakian immigrant who grew strawberries, oranges, lemons, peaches, green onions, herbs and a few other things in the backyard and often asked me to fetch “a lemon for me sweetheart” or “some chives from the side of the house.” and regular took to buy fruit from the fields …

Or .. had I not had a dear friend permaculture my backyard in Bend, Or … (there are so many experiences that shift my perspective from there to here …

I may never have even considered ecology. I may have never known. And perhaps, have been given these gifts and this knowledge, it is important to share.

Because if these ideas hadn’t been shared with me, I would still be in an old paradigm. So, here … may these words produce a metanoia.

I dare you to read every word.

Excerpt from "Endgame: The Problem of Civilization" by Derrick Jensen:

The 20 Premises:

Premise One: Civilization is not and can never be sustainable. This is especially true for industrial civilization.

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Premise Two: Traditional communities do not often voluntarily give up or sell the resources on which their communities are based until their communities have been destroyed. They also do not willingly allow their landbases to be damaged so that other resources—gold, oil, and so on—can be extracted. It follows that those who want the resources will do what they can to destroy traditional communities.

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Premise Three: Our way of living—industrial civilization—is based on, requires, and would collapse very quickly without persistent and widespread violence.

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Premise Four: Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.

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Premise Five: The property of those higher on the hierarchy is more valuable than the lives of those below. It is acceptable for those above to increase the amount of property they control—in everyday language, to make money—by destroying or taking the lives of those below. This is called production. If those below damage the property of those above, those above may kill or otherwise destroy the lives of those below. This is called justice.

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Premise Six: Civilization is not redeemable. This culture will not undergo any sort of voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living. If we do not put a halt to it, civilization will continue to immiserate the vast majority of humans and to degrade the planet until it (civilization, and probably the planet) collapses. The effects of this degradation will continue to harm humans and nonhumans for a very long time.

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Premise Seven: The longer we wait for civilization to crash—or the longer we wait before we ourselves bring it down—the messier will be the crash, and the worse things will be for those humans and nonhumans who live during it, and for those who come after.

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Premise Eight: The needs of the natural world are more important than the needs of the economic system.
Another way to put premise Eight: Any economic or social system that does not benefit the natural communities on which it is based is unsustainable, immoral, and stupid. Sustainability, morality, and intelligence (as well as justice) requires the dismantling of any such economic or social system, or at the very least disallowing it from damaging your landbase.

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Premise Nine: Although there will clearly some day be far fewer humans than there are at present, there are many ways this reduction in population could occur (or be achieved, depending on the passivity or activity with which we choose to approach this transformation). Some of these ways would be characterized by extreme violence and privation: nuclear armageddon, for example, would reduce both population and consumption, yet do so horrifically; the same would be true for a continuation of overshoot, followed by crash. Other ways could be characterized by less violence. Given the current levels of violence by this culture against both humans and the natural world, however, it’s not possible to speak of reductions in population and consumption that do not involve violence and privation, not because the reductions themselves would necessarily involve violence, but because violence and privation have become the default. Yet some ways of reducing population and consumption, while still violent, would consist of decreasing the current levels of violence required, and caused by, the (often forced) movement of resources from the poor to the rich, and would of course be marked by a reduction in current violence against the natural world. Personally and collectively we may be able to both reduce the amount and soften the character of violence that occurs during this ongoing and perhaps longterm shift. Or we may not. But this much is certain: if we do not approach it actively—if we do not talk about our predicament and what we are going to do about it—the violence will almost undoubtedly be far more severe, the privation more extreme.

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Premise Ten: The culture as a whole and most of its members are insane. The culture is driven by a death urge, an urge to destroy life.

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Premise Eleven: From the beginning, this culture—civilization—has been a culture of occupation.

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Premise Twelve: There are no rich people in the world, and there are no poor people. There are just people. The rich may have lots of pieces of green paper that many pretend are worth something—or their presumed riches may be even more abstract: numbers on hard drives at banks—and the poor may not. These “rich” claim they own land, and the “poor” are often denied the right to make that same claim. A primary purpose of the police is to enforce the delusions of those with lots of pieces of green paper. Those without the green papers generally buy into these delusions almost as quickly and completely as those with. These delusions carry with them extreme consequences in the real world.

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Premise Thirteen: Those in power rule by force, and the sooner we break ourselves of llusions to the contrary, the sooner we can at least begin to make reasonable decisions about whether, when, and how we are going to resist.

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Premise Fourteen: From birth on—and probably from conception, but I’m not sure how I’d make the case—we are individually and collectively enculturated to hate life, hate the natural world, hate the wild, hate wild animals, hate women, hate children, hate our bodies, hate and fear our emotions, hate ourselves. If we did not hate the world, we could not allow it to be destroyed before our eyes. If we did not hate ourselves, we could not allow our homes—and our bodies—to be poisoned.

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Premise Fifteen: Love does not imply pacifism.

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Premise Sixteen: The material world is primary. This does not mean that the spirit does not exist, nor that the material world is all there is. It means that spirit mixes with flesh. It means also that real world actions have real world consequences. It means we cannot rely on Jesus, Santa Claus, the Great Mother, or even the Easter Bunny to get us out of this mess. It means this mess really is a mess, and not just the movement of God’s eyebrows. It means we have to face this mess ourselves. It means that for the time we are here on Earth—whether or not we end up somewhere else after we die, and whether we are condemned or privileged to live here—the Earth is the point. It is primary. It is our home. It is everything. It is silly to think or act or be as though this world is not real and primary. It is silly and pathetic to not live our lives as though our lives are real.

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Premise Seventeen: It is a mistake (or more likely, denial) to base our decisions on whether actions arising from these will or won’t frighten fence-sitters, or the mass of Americans.

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Premise Eighteen: Our current sense of self is no more sustainable than our current use of energy or technology.

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Premise Nineteen: The culture’s problem lies above all in the belief that controlling and abusing the natural world is justifiable.

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Premise Twenty: Within this culture, economics—not community well-being, not morals, not ethics, not justice, not life itself—drives social decisions.

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Modification of Premise Twenty: Social decisions are determined primarily (and often exclusively) on the basis of whether these decisions will increase the monetary fortunes of the decision-makers and those they serve.

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Re-modification of Premise Twenty: Social decisions are determined primarily (and often exclusively) on the basis of whether these decisions will increase the power of the decision-makers and those they serve.

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Re-modification of Premise Twenty: Social decisions are founded primarily (and often exclusively) on the almost entirely unexamined belief that the decision-makers and those they serve are entitled to magnify their power and/or financial fortunes at the expense of those below.

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Re-modification of Premise Twenty: If you dig to the heart of it—if there were any heart left—you would find that social decisions are determined primarily on the basis of how well these decisions serve the ends of controlling or destroying wild nature.

Cluttered phone = cluttered mind

Cluttered phone = cluttered mind

Your phone is not your friend. Yet, for some of us, we give more facetime to our phones than we do to our closest people. Your phone, when used as such, can be a useful tool instead of a time suck.

Do these 5 steps (if you have ever said “I don’t have enough time”). It will change your life. Especially #5

  1. Turn off your notifications - leave on the one thing that doesn’t make you anxious, remove the trigger.

  2. Delete all apps you don’t use. Once you know the apps you want to have in your life - put them into a folder + get them down to one screen if you can.

  3. Move your apps to your second screen - what is the first thing you see - is this reminding you of what’s important to you?

  4. Use the “do not disturb” setting. Go to settings, general, do not disturb, customize it. You can set it up so that during, you can still receive messages from whom you want to receive messages from (I have my set to include messages from Nate, my brother, dad, + stepmom, and my kids school).

  5. Listen to this. 042: How to Own Your Phone (not the other way around)


Here’s a screen shot of mine.

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Cleanse support to consider

Cleanse support to consider

Essential Oils + Supplements to consider during a Cleanse

  • Lemon
    Lavender
    Peppermint
    (These 3 together = allergy/immune system support
    Slim n’ Sassy Metabolic Blend
    Turmeric
    Pink Pepper
    Yarrow Pom
    Fractionated Coconut Oil
    Detox Face Mask
    Balance Natural Deodorant
    OnGuard Toothpaste + Mouthwash
    OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate
    OnGuard Hand Soup

  • Life Long Vitality Supplements
    Zendocrine Liver Support
    TerraZyme Digestive Enzyme
    PB Assist Probiotic
    GX Assist Gut Cleansing Support
    *All of these can be found in the Cleanse + Restore Kit. Also consider the Healthy Habits Kit

YOGA WITH A CAPITAL "Y"

YOGA WITH A CAPITAL "Y"

First, Reverential capitalization is the practice of capitalizing words, particularly pronouns, that refer to an aspect of the Divine.
In my recent Teacher Training with Elena Brower, I learned ... I say learned, because until then I knew this by rote, but not by heart), that yoga is the practice of stilling the mind, of calming the fluctuations that veil our True Nature.
I learned that yoga is the "complete mastery over the roaming tendencies of the mind", or said another way it is "the intentional resolution of all self-limiting, self-defeating thoughts, patterns, and tendencies within our personal energy field."Said yet another way, "Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart."
We utilize these shapes that we make to mirror the situations in our lives that disturb us the most. The practice of yoga is a training ground, where the only true challenger is our own minds. Yoga is a state, where our minds are luminous reflections of the beauty, peace, and good that we all posses.
It takes a minute. I'm nearly 2 decades into this practice and I just learned ... learned... this. The yoga sutras say that yoga is the practice and the state. They say that Yoga is found in the stillness of the mind, but that the mind can never be stilled - let that land for a second ..
I believe that the point is to practice, to observe, to surrender and do it again. I believe that we hold peace ... and our task is to string moments of peace together until eventually we are more Light than dark, we are more at peace than at war, we are more relaxed than anxious, more loving than cruel, more sane than not. Through our practice, and especially our breathing we remember who we are. Then, we can meet each other in reality. As Rumi (my soul brother poet) says, there is a field beyond wrong-doing and right-doing, meet me there.

With Love,
Kat

My favorite doTERRA wellness products

My favorite doTERRA wellness products

Choosing doTERRA to support our health took the guess work out of what to purchase. Where we used to put our resources, now simply goes into our convenient monthly wellness box - saving our family time and money.

VITAMINS + SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE BOYS DAILY
A2Z + IQ MEGA + PB ASSIST JR + DDR PRIME FOR B
VITAMINS + SUPPLEMENTS FOR MOM + DAD
LIFELONG VITALITY PACK + MITO 2 MAX + TERRAZYME + PB ASSIST
+ BONE NUTRIENT COMPLEX + DDR PRIME FOR ME
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FOR OUR HAIR + HANDS + TEETH
DOTERRA SALON ESSENTIALS HAIR CARE
DOTERRA ON GUARD FOAMING HAND WASH
ON GUARD TOOTHPASTE+ MOUTHWASH
ON GUARD SANITIZING MIST

FOR HOUSE CLEANING
ONGUARD CLEANER CONCENTRATE
ONGUARD LAUNDRY DETERGENT
PURIFY
LEMON
BASIL

FOR SELF-CARE
BREATHE 
DEEP BLUE RUB
AROMATOUCH

FOR SKIN CARE
IMMORTELLE
ROSE TOUCH
FRANKINCENSE TOUCH
LAVENDER TOUCH
GERANIUM
YARROW | POM
HELICHRYSUM

FOR EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
EMOTIONAL AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSED KIT
EMOTIONAL AROMATHERAPY TOUCH KIT
TO MITIGATE ANGER/FRUSTRATION/STRESS: COPAIBA
FOR ANXIOUS FEELINGS: BERGAMOT + COPAIBA
TO GIVE YOU A BOOST: PEPPERMINT BEADLETS
TO BRING SUPER DUPER HAPPY FEELINGS: CHEER

OUR DAILY OILS ROUTINE
MORNING MADNESS + FOCUS: INTUNE
DIFFUSER BLENDS: WE USE LUMO AND LOTUS
  FOR MEDITATION : SANDALWOOD + ARISE
  FOR WORKING + TEACHING : INTUNE + PEPPERMINT ON TEMPLES
  FOR CLEANING : ONGUARD + LEMON, CYPRESS, BASIL OR PURIFY
  FOR YOGA PRACTICE : YOGA COLLECTION, BALANCE, ELEVATION
  FOR BEDTIME : BALANCE (2 DROPS ON THE SOLES OF THE FEET) + LAVENDER, BREATHE + ON GUARD (WHEN THERE’S A COUGH OR SNIFFLE), SERENITY FOR THE BOYS (THEY GO TO BED EASILY AND SLEEP WELL): KIDS COLLECTION CALM (TINIEST BIT ON THE SOLES OF THEIR FEET, SPINE, INTO THEIR PALMS FOR 3 DEEP BREATHS), SERENITY SOFTGELS (INSTEAD OF MELATONIN), SANDALWOOD IN THE BEDSIDE DIFFUSER
 

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