11 Ways to Stop Worrying and Love the Green Life

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11 Ways to Stop Worrying and Love the Green Life:
When your landbase is under siege, it's important to maintain activist endurance.
by Mickey Z.
Climate change, species extinction, global warming, GMO, HMO, Guantanamo, swine flu, bird flu, affluenza, loss of civil liberties, Lou Dobbs...the nightmares never seem to end. What's a dedicated but overwhelmed activist to do? "Every day, people who push against violence and injustice or pull for peace and freedom must face their own fears," writes pattrice jones. "Many activists also must struggle with 'aftershock,' the physical and emotional reverberations of frightening, horrifying, or otherwise traumatizing experiences endured in the course of their activism."

Emma Goldman once spoke of not wanting to take part in a revolution that didn't include dancing. Unfortunately, most dissidents rarely have a chance to stop and take stock and do an impromptu jig. So, if you're one of the lucky activists—of any stripe—and you're able to slow down, regroup, and then jump back into the fray for yourself and others: do it. Rather than allow the state of the planet to deter or even paralyze you, learn ways to navigate the madness and provoke change.

Howard Zinn once said: "The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

Here's to one marvelous victory after another...
[For complete article reference links, please see source at Planet Green here.]

11 Ways to Stop Worrying and Love the Green Life

1. Live Simply
This is not some kind of contrived martyrdom borne of self-imposed poverty but rather a recognition that material consumption is not the path to fulfillment or enlightenment. Albert Einstein suggested that when describing the truth, we should "leave elegance to the tailor." Indeed, the planet doesn't need humans living elegantly and such a lifestyle will not nurture our activist soul.

2. Create a Sanctuary
Sara Novak puts it, well, simply: "To really make reflection and meditation a part of your life, you need to make room for it." No matter how small your space may be, you can still transform it into your safe haven of sorts.

3. Volunteer
Sure, it's cliché to recommend that someone in the midst of turmoil reach out and help others. Cliché, but often dead-on. It doesn't even have to be a formal volunteer situation. When things are as screwed up as they are now, opportunities to help abound. Open your eyes and choose one that lights you up. People don't volunteer and say "Gee I wish I hadn't volunteered," and you won't either.

4. Find an Eco-Psychologist
Being acutely aware of dire environmental issues can understandably provoke angst and anxiety. Those who feel they need outside help might wish to seek out a local eco-psychology practitioner.

5. Learn From Past Activist Victories
More from Mr. Zinn: "If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, it energizes us to act, and raises at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction."

6. Choose Action Over Hope
No matter what you're hearing from Washington, action is always better than hope.

7. Reconnect With Nature
Ludwig Wittgenstein sez: "Let's cut out the transcendental twaddle when the whole thing is as plain as a sock on the jaw." When humans lose touch with nature, all hell breaks loose. How's that for a sock on the jaw?

8. Read pattrice jones
I quoted her in the intro, now check out her book: Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies.

9. Move Your Life Off-Grid
Some 200,000 people are already doing it so if you need a truly major break from society's pliers, you can start with Colin Dunn's Rule #1 of living off the grid: the electricity you produce must be greater than the electricity you consume.

10. Pace Yourself
In the words of Charles Bukowski: "Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you're gonna lose everything...there has to be great pauses between highs, where you do nothing at all...And I don't mean having profound thoughts. I mean having no thoughts at all. Without thoughts of progress, without any self-thoughts of trying to further yourself...It's beautiful."

11. Eco-Vodka
When all else fails, a little eco-drink can help take off the eco-edge. Try these green vodkas. Drink responsibly. Don't drink and drive. In fact, try not to drive at all. But, don't drink and ride your bicycle either.  

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