Post Doom, No Gloom, via ZOOM

Weekly community support calls

Wednesdays: 8:30pm-10pm EST (5:30pm-7pm PST)
Saturdays: 1pm-2:30pm EST (10am-11:30am PST)

(Passcode: 276442)

Each 90-min Zoom call will include discussion of…

•  Big picture updates: abrupt climate change, collapse, etc 
•  Coping strategies / Adapting to what’s here or inevitable
•  Best practices and Love-in-Action ideas and envisionings
•  Post-doom recovery & wellbeing circles /  healthy habits 

Intention

The purpose of these weekly Zoom calls is (A) to support each other in learning and accepting what is real, including what is now inevitable and unstoppable, and (B) to elicit and catalogue collective intelligence with respect to living honorably and courageously in increasingly chaotic and challenging times. Our aim is to provide a safe and supportive virtual space to explore questions related to ecological overshoot, abrupt climate change, biospheric and societal collapse, and coping/adapting to what is possible and what is no longer possible going forward. Special attention will be given to sharing “best practices” for experiencing life in all its fullness as a gift (including its inevitable grief and disappointments) and nurturing a greater sense of community with our human and more-than-human kin. (See definitions of “doom” and “post-doom” below.)

 

Foundational Videos

These two short videos offer a perspective vital for staying sane, sober, and on-purpose in contracting, crazy-making times. They are especially recommended for those who regularly or periodically participate in Michael’s weekly “Post Doom, No Gloom, via Zoom” community support calls.

New Serenity Prayer: Emotional Support for Climate Anxiety and Environmental Dread

This 25-minute video was created to help people experience as little suffering as possible, now and in the near-term future, by providing a clear and compelling guide for “accepting what we cannot change, changing the things we can, and having the wisdom to know the difference.”

Beyond Hope and Fear: Clarity, Compassion, Courageous Love-in-Action

This 23-minute Zoom presentation offers an essential “big picture” perspective that can help us move (A) from confusion to clarity, (B) from blame to compassion, and (C) from fear, overwhelm, or despair to meaningful and courageous love-in-action.

Michael Dowd

Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling religious naturalist eco-theologian and TEDx speaker whose work has been celebrated by 6 Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, including noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael and his science writer, evolutionary educator, and fellow climate activist wife, Connie Barlow, have addressed nearly 3,000 secular and religious groups throughout North America over the past two decades. (Connie is a leading advocate of Assisted Migration of trees poleward in an abrupt climate regime.) Their work has been  featured in major media throughout the U.S. and Canada, including The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and Canadian Broadcast Network. They live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 

 

Doom

definition 

1.  A common feeling of ugh or dread upon realizing that technological progress and economic growth and development are the root of our predicament,  not our way out.

2.  A name for the anxiety and fear called forth when living in a coronavirus era that triggers an economic depression.

3.  The mid-point between denial and regeneration . . .  with or without us. 

 

 

Post-doom

definition

1.  What opens up when we remember who we are, accept the inevitable, honor our grief, and prioritize what is  pro-future and soul-nourishing.

2.  A fierce and fearless reverence for life and relative equanimity even in the midst of abrupt climate change, a global pandemic, and collapse of both the health of the biosphere and business as usual.

3.  Living meaningfully,  compassionately, and courageously no matter what.

A post-doom mindset is a hard-earned and often fluctuating state of being. Classic stages of grief mark a well-worn path. However, mere acceptance of what is unavoidable need not be the endpoint.

What shifts in perception, understanding, relating, and identity become possible when we walk through a post-doom doorway? How do priorities, life-ways, and outer-world involvements shift and clarify on the other side? And how can such changes call forth genuine equanimity, even joy?

What opens up when we share our personal journeys along this trajectory and especially gifts to be found on the other side of “doom”? What stories, perspectives, and tools assist us in going beyond emotional detachment, stoic resolve, and spiritual transcendence?

Those with a post-doom mind and heart haven’t given up; they’ve stood up. Empathy follows naturally in the wake of realizing what is underway and unstoppable.