award winning media midwife + artist + producer + professor
Iz, my 14 year old son, came into my office with a scared expression. "What's going on, love?" I inquired. "I just watched a video about the recent UN report on climate change and I feel really scared about the future of human life, mama." he said. "Yes. It is a scary time AND take a deep breath into your fear. It's ok to be afraid." His entire body relaxed in that moment. "We are blessed to know love deeply in our hearts and bodies while the mind is working to make sense of inevitable, uncomfortable ideas of change. I've noticed how you and your sister have really been brave through huge change of uprooting our lives from city to mountain life." He breathed deeply and lifted his spine, then reached out for a hug. "We are courageous and loving human beings and no matter what happens, that strength will always be at the core of our family." We went and sat on the couch together. Stroking his hair, and in an embrace, I said something like: “We get to love each other through the dramatic changes happening in modern civilization. Our current society has been built to depend on fossil fuels. There will be a time in the near future when this energy source no longer exists. Or the pollution from the fuel use becomes too great. I sense that if humans survive, we will live interdependently, self-sufficiently, spiritually, emotionally, scientifically, and creatively re-indigenate to evolve. While the Internet grids and travel (planes, trains, busses, and cars) still exists, your generation will bring forward an emergent way of life on Earth." After expressing my download, Iz sat in my arms thinking and processing quietly. After a long pause, I said, "I'm curious to hear what you're thinking or feeling." From there, I listened to him speak of the possible inventions that could be created. "What about sealed off domes or living habitat structures designed to build human health, without toxic elements...or what about creating a tube that sucks all pollution out of the Earth and into space...beyond our solar system...or what about, what about, what about...this conversation woke my senses, potent like the deer who gave birth in our backyard last week.