A non-profit organisation to support the emergence of a fair and sustainable world
Close to one year ago, a small team gathered and launched the Listening to the Earth movement – an invitation to tune-in to Earth’s wisdom to guide policy decisions on the environment and to reconnect with Nature as a foundation for a sustainable future… I described the beautiful adventure that unfolded in a previous blog post.
Today, we are taking the next step by creating the non-profit organization: Listening Inspires. I am sharing here how this step emerged, how we see it unfolding, and how you can join the adventure.
A year since the launch of Listening to the Earth, the invitation is spreading, with hundreds of individuals around the world heeding and sharing that call in high level political events such as the UN Climate Summit last September and the Madrid UNFCCC COP, and in our everyday lives. All this was done with no resources other than the powerful commitment of the little team that brings the Listening to the Earth movement to life.
The global pause that COVID 19 has called the world into has been a moment of reflection and creativity for this team. One in which we felt the urge to do much more.
We wish to spread much farther the invitation to be Listening to the Earth, especially as the red light warnings of the planetary emergency are flashing stronger than ever and the post-COVID recovery provides us with a unique opportunity to pave the way for a fairer world, grounded in a respectful and mutually nurturing relationship with Nature.
We feel that these efforts must be nourished by the powerful energies of love and joy, that the peoples of this world may not only achieve the vision embodied in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030, but also reach the ultimate goal all humans thrive for: to experience love and joy. We wish to make SDG 0 – the SDG of love and joy, a fundamental component of Agenda 2030.
We wish to support the change makers thriving to make the world a more harmonious, joy-inducing place, and reach out to those of us who are aching from experiencing or witnessing the suffering in the world. We feel the anger that comes from experiencing and witnessing the ravages of war, racism, inequity. We know and have experienced the burn-out of those who give their all to support victims of war, natural disasters, forced migration, disease and other plights. We see and feel the eco-anxiety that weighs on our hearts and stifles action. We feel the grief that comes from seeing forests burn down, waters choked with plastic, animals disappearing from this earth. We see the dulling of the senses that can crust-up one’s relationship to the world when it is all too much to cope with. But we also know that Life offers us powerful ways to connect to our deeper Source of creativity, power and joy. We know that connecting to this inner Source can transform our relationship to the world and transform the way we act in the world, allowing us to act from a space of love, compassion and joy.
Listening Inspires will address the interface between our inner world and the outer world. It is an invitation to listen to ourselves, to each other, and to Nature. It is an invitation to inspire in all senses of the word: inspire as breathing in, connecting to the Life force within and around us, and inspire as the outward movement that radiates a vision and sets things in motion from within and without, fueled by our hearts, mind, soul and Life.
What will we do? Building on the offerings already present on the Listening to the Earth website and social media, we will offer spaces to listen and connect to ourselves, each other and Nature through online and presential workshops (e.g. on eco-anxiety, personal resilience…), webinars, guided meditations. We will share inspirations through podcasts such as the Listening to the Earth podcast, blogposts and videos. In doing so, we will draw from many inspirations: deep connection to Nature; spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and heartfulness; traditional knowledge such as Ayurveda; arts; dance… Listening Inspires will provide spaces for sharing and co-creativity designed to inspire and facilitate the emergence of new ways of engaging in the world with harmony.
How can you support us?
- Donate! So far, the Listening to the Earth movement has been powered by the commitment and generosity of the team which launched it. To take it to the next level, we need additional resources to enable committed individuals to fully dedicate their time to this adventure, investing in powerful communication and broadening the range of offerings. We welcome donations, which can be made to the paypal account: email@example.com
- Connect us! if you know of foundations, individuals, organisations that can support us or join forces, please let us know!
- Communicate! For the moment, the flagship activity of Listening Inspires is Listening to the Earth – please go to our website, Facebook page, and share widely! Stay tuned as we start communicating about the unfolding of Listening Inspires to help us spread the word as actions emerge.
- Volunteer! Have some time you’d like to dedicate? We particularly need help with communication in social media, video and podcast editing, as well as fund-raising. If you are interested, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The COVID-19 crisis that humanity is undergoing is a challenge on an unprecedented scale, one which induces tremendous suffering but also brings gifts (c.f. blog post by Myra Jackson). One of the most precious gifts many have expressed gratitude for has been the stillness brought about the global pause.
Why do we enjoy stillness so? Maybe because it allows us to listen, to hear, to feel, to connect, to breath, to be keenly aware of Life flowing through us… and that stillness makes space for, inspires, allows the emergence of new waves of creativity, new forms of abundance.
Will you join us in sustaining the magic of this stillness beyond the global pause?