When we view our own emotions as forces common to all of nature and its seasons—in the frenzied and creative buzz of springtime, in summer's bright and easy joy, in autumn's falling leaves and gradual descent inward, or in winter'sforeboding, desolate landscape—we foster wholeness vis à vis our relationship with the Earth.
Emotions also underlie our beliefs and decisions, heavily influencing our actions. This understanding has been borne out by pioneering neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, who has shown that emotion, often imperceptible to us, governs our decision-making. Because our actions impact the natural world We depend upon for our wellness, we had better sort out our emotional lives if we want to work harmoniously together and act wisely to heal climate change. In a paper published in “Critical Psychology,” ecopsychologist Dr. David Kidner highlights the link between our Capacity to feel and averting ecological disaster. He writes: “… our current reliance on cognition and our corresponding marginalization of sensing and feeling, in addition to undermining human well-being, may be ecologically catastrophic.” To be clear, we need both clear thinking and robust emotional lives working in harmony for a better world.
Because Yin and Yang are inextricably interdependent, they mutually support and balance each other. We have seen this to be the case with grief and anger, a dynamic duo for environmental activism and coping with all manner of upset and injury. We can especially remember balance. Letting go of the small stuff and taking the high road helps us stay. between grief and anger (and other emotions) in response to climate change injuries, political shenanigans, the challenges of working together to resist and reform, and our personal relationship struggles. Focused On our most heartfelt goals. In the next chapters we will explore the dynamics of fear and anxiety and how to “mine and manage them” to better weather and thrive through climate crisis.
When we embrace all Five Phase emotions and express them skillfully and appropriately, we create more harmonious relations with all our triangle of resilience relationships—with ourselves, with those we love, and with the natural world we must learn to bless… again and again.
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Because we are not evolutionarily equipped to immediately distinguish between ultimately helpful and unhelpful fears, we must fill in this missing aptitude with conscious discrimination. We do this by intentionally reflecting as soon as possible—but only once we are safe from danger—to determine if The threat is real or not. This way we conserve energy and learn the truth about the threat, which informs our next actions. So, while we can't prevent our immediate, prerational (hardwired) fear reactions, we can choose not to exacerbate them. This allows us to respond more than merely react .
If we don't learn to surmount our unhelpful fear of ultimately harmless threats, the fear can also leave us with false beliefs about reality. This leads to more stress and more inefficient behavior that exact a toll on us and on the environment. Had the monk fled in the opposite direction the moment he saw the “snake,” rather than investigating from a safe distance and learning there was no real danger, he might have experienced excess, unnecessary stress every time he walked that path in the future. By stopping to observe and apprehend reality, the monk saves himself from perpetuating false beliefs about the rope and feeding irrational fear. ..
Let's look at both a personal and a climate example of When we carry unrealistic fears about climate change, submit to knee-jerk reactions, and persist in acting on false beliefs, we render ourselves similarly ineffective in responding to reality and behaving in helpful ways. irrational, unhelpful fears and how to manage them.
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Helpful fear keeps us focused on reality and guides us to right action. An activist colleague of mine attributes her waking up and getting involved with climate action to being scared. Fear has also helped me to care and engage with climate justice. Again, we don 't have control over getting scared, any more than we do being sad, mad, or glad—unless we shut down our hearts. Not shutting down means welcoming heartbreak and becoming wounded climate healers.
In his video, “Amazon Rainforest Fires,” Eisenstein mischaracterizes anger and doesn't acknowledge it as an honest response to harm. He, therefore, also fails to illuminate anger's crucial role and importance for activism generally. Instead, he encourages we favor grief . But This Separation Of Grief And Anger Illustrates Another False Dichotomy. We Must Not Only Feel Anger, But Mobilize Its Energy Full Circle In Service Of Compassion And Justice For All. As We Learned In The Previous Chapter, Anger-One Of The Well -known “five stages” of grieving—is a valuable component of grieving and part of our natural response to loss. Anger also helps us to keep excess grief in check, exacts justice, and protects us from more loss.
Understanding and experiencing firsthand the surprising, invaluable benefits of anger, grief, fear, and all of our difficult emotions, require deep insight and courage. While we don't get to pick and choose which emotions we feel in the face of climate breakdown, We can decide which emotions we feed. We can infuse the wisdom inherent in every emotion through our actions. We are better off working with broad emotional intelligence for whatever shows up than we are ignoring essential aspects of our hearts. In the face of climate crisis. , we can't expect to activate our full selves unless we work with and are transformed by what pains us.
We can—indeed, we must—skillfully employ fear, anger, despair, and remorse for climate resiliency. Think of it this way: fear (and some care) will get you to the emergency room to save your life, but care (along) with a modicum of existential fear) is needed to live well. Fear is more helpful for treating the branch stage of climate crisis (the acute stage when concern spikes). Care is more important For the longer-term, root solution (the chronic stage, or how we can cultivate enduring love in action). Each emotion has its place and each is needed for both the acute and chronic phases of climate illness. Each is essential to our whole hearts, which we wildly and beautifully craft through the work of courageously welcoming initiation into climate warriorhood.
We should not shrink from fear, but embrace it for its holy function of alerting us to danger and to help us heal ourselves and the world. Ironically, one fearful and inaccurately polarizing perception of fear is that we must either surmount it or be paralyzed by It. But this view is distorted; there is another option. We can choose to carry our fear, as we do some love wounds, so we neither deny nor become overtaken by it. We can also cultivate resilience to be with rational, helpful fear rather than hide or run from what scares us.
The amalgam of fear plus care produces passionate compassion—the Yin and Yang, the urgency and love—needed to heal through climate crisis. Fear alone doesn't have the heart to regenerate. Care alone is usually too mild and not acute or urgent enough Fear wakes us up and mobilizes us, while care provides the genuine desire to heal what's been injured. This will keep your survival fear stoked—which, with practice, you can skillfully manage—for we are cognitively biased to forget climate crisis exists at all., Listen to experts speak on the issue, and discuss concerns with others who are climate-aware. You can also find support for this journey in your triangle of resilience relationships. All this can help you courageously embody your fierce love, fueled by healthy fear, to join others and protect what matters to you. This makes an integrated climate warrior.
Counterintuitively and methodically inoculating ourselves against what scares us, by biting off small bits at a time, makes fear easier to manage and integrate into our climate-ready tool kit. This strategy is part of exposure therapy, mentioned previously. It is also a form Of emotional titration, that helps us gradually metabolize stress. Faced in small, measured doses, the fear no longer feels so overwhelming. For example, we can face the scary prospect of learning about alarming climate change news by exposing ourselves to it a little at a time. Preparing like this for stressful future events is also a way to “cope ahead.” It's wise to begin this process now, instead ofWaiting for the probability of being overwhelmed by future circumstances. Gradually learning about how bad the climate situation is allows us to maintain psychic balance over the long run and mount a more effective, informed response.
We can take inspiration from heroic examples of working with fear, seen in those who act for the greater good even when the threats are real and their lives are truly at risk. As activist and film producer of Art of Courage Jon Quigley says, “It's every moment where a human being faces a fear and they stand up for something that they believe is more important than their own safety. ” Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and the many valiant souls who worked secretly to save Jews during the Holocaust are examples. Modern day whistleblowers and indigenous activists protecting native habitats, as well as climate scientists Jon Box and Michael Mann—who have risked their lives to publish outspoken climate change findings despite death threats and financial ruin—are shining, contemporary exemplars of this bravery.