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Carrying on with “business as usual” is not working for humanity. It’s not working for the rest of the planet either.
The good news is that Business as Usual isn't the whole story.
"The Great Unraveling" is part of the story, too. As we all can see, there are many intersecting crises happening around the world.
And here at Turning Season we're focusing on a third plotline: the global adventure story Joanna Macy has called "The Great Turning":
our collective shift toward life-honoring, life-sustaining ways of being human.
Hi. I’m Leilani Navar. I was inspired to start Turning Season Podcast in 2021 after participating in a multi-week Work that Reconnects workshop. In some sessions, as part of our greeting, we each shared an observation from the week that could be seen as "evidence that the Great Turning is happening." I loved the variety of what was named. From permaculture projects to public policy changes, from urban beekeepers to children helping drowning bugs, the evidence was diverse and plentiful.
I'd been having a great time podcasting about dreamwork (and interviewing amazing dreamworkers!) for almost two years, but at that point, my focus was naturally broadening to a wider range of topics. I felt that it would be delightful and supportive to expand the podcast to include all manner of Great Turning evidence, and host deep conversations that let you get to know the how's and the why's and the hearts of individuals who are rising to their unique roles in this time on Earth.
In addition to hosting these conversations, I serve my community in clinical practice and online as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and dreamworker. I help people tend to their physical and emotional health - and the connection between them - through practical wisdom from Chinese Medicine, and insights from their own dreams. In personal health and global outlook, it lights me up to see people feel relief, and a new sense of possibility.
To keep me heartened, actively hopeful, and honoring my pain for the world, I turn regularly to the work of Joanna Macy, who's been bringing her incredible heart and brilliant mind to meet these times since before I was born. "The Great Turning" is a term of Joanna's, and refers to one of "The Three Stories of Our Time." You'll hear more about all three stories on the podcast. (And if you're curious, you can click here to read a little more of my personal story, or here to see my online offerings.)
Alpha Lo caught my attention when I heard him say, “All we have to do is…” and then lay out a sweeping plan for how California can effectively restore rain, prevent both wildfires and floods, and regenerate the water cycle. He explained how we could reverse the negative effects on the water cycle caused by…LISTEN NOW
Episode 36: Personal and Collective Healing in Chinese Medicine and Deep Ecology (with Leilani Wong Navar and guest interviewer Lydia Violet Harutoonian)
Our bodies are just like the rest of the living world: coursing with healing, life-affirming intelligence and capacity; and suffering the effects of being out of balance. The body is one setting for what Joanna Macy called “the three stories of our time”: Business as Usual, the Great Unraveling, and the Great Turning. We’ve explored…LISTEN NOW
Episode 35: Regeneration and Resilience for Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda (with Gloire Mudekuza)
Ready for a dose of Active Hope? Listen to Gloire Mudekuza, a young refugee, a social entrepreneur, a climate activist and a mentor in Uganda, making an impact in the refugee community. He is passionate about regenerative agriculture, climate action, and entrepreneurship. He is the founder and director of Plethora Social Initiative, a refugee-led organization…LISTEN NOW