Episode 24. How do we navigate this collective dark night of the soul?

In this episode of Eaarth Feels Christine and Rose discuss the heavy-heartedness that climate-aware people are experiencing with the failure of COP25. We acknowledge the grief associated with life as we know it ending and the fear of facing an uncertain future. 

Recurring segments include:

  • Good news Stories
  • One action tip to for you to create change
  • A weekly sanity tip to keep you calm(er) in the face of climate overwhelm


Person of Note:

Excerpt from Beth Hedquist’s Sacred Discoveries Blog:

Our world is experiencing a collective dark night of the soul.

I feel angry. I feel afraid. I feel hurt.

Not just for myself, but for all those who are being marginalized, oppressed, discarded, discriminated. 

 For all those who will do without so others can have more than they need.

For all those who are blind to the truth that we are not separate, and that the harm we do to others we do to ourselves.


Dark Night of the Soul- a period of spiritual desolation, disconnection, and emptiness in which one feels totally separated from the Divine. Those who experience the Dark Night feel may feel completely lost, hopeless, and consumed with melancholy.  The Dark Night also is also an indication, a harbinger of change. It lets us know that we can’t continue living the way we have been living.

Pollyana a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything.

Solstice – the moment during the year when the Sun’s path is farthest south in the Northern Hemisphere (December 21 or 22) or farthest north in the Southern Hemisphere (June 20 or 21). On winter solstice the Sun travels the shortest path through the sky resulting in the least daylight and the longest night. 

Quote: Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.


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Tweet from Dr Elizabeth Sawin, @Bethsawin

Website: Brainpickings.org, written by Maria Popova

Moment humanity pulled together to do the impossible:  Dunkirk evacuation


~Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too. ~ Beau Taplin

~We are the ones we have been waiting for. ~Alice Walker

~Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. ~ascribed to Buddha

Tale of Two Cities Quote

Book: A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Good news:

Action step:  Read the Essay: The Soul-Expanding Value of Difficulty

Sanity Tip:

Take time this week to make a list of your top holiday stressors and jot down a plan to (healthily!) de-stress when they pop up. Keep your plan nearby and handy!

This week’s listener shoutouts:

  • Bella Casarella
  • Judith Passmore



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