Hello, beloved beings! My name is Maíra Fernandes de Melo (Engaged Serenity of the Heart) and I’m a member of the Earth Holder Community’s Care Taking Council. From the stolen lands of Tupinambá people - today known as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - I welcome you to the online “Love is Freedom” Earth Retreat.
What does it mean to love? What does it mean to love the Earth in the face of our current crises? What does mindfulness have to do with it? How can Engaged Buddhism help?
The planet is poisoned with chemicals but also with our unwholesome seeds. Greed (colonialism, imperialism, extractivism), hatred (racism, queerphobia, xenophobia, ableism, religious intolerance), and illusion (consumerism, speciesism) are at the very foundation of our environmental crisis, a crisis of our whole civilization model - ultimately a crisis of Love.
Throughout this retreat, we will practice together to love ourselves, one another, and the Earth. We will learn ways to take care of our suffering and the suffering of the Earth, and to act from a place of love and connection instead of anger or despair. We will practice breathing and finding peace in each and every moment, and to allow ourselves to believe that freedom is possible.
Trusting that there is life outside the prisons of our wrong views, we aspire to find other ways of living together, and cocreate new ways of walking peacefully on this most beautiful planet.
Thank you for the courage to show up for yourself, for every living being and for the Earth. Let’s flow together as a river of love!