The UN spelt it out this week: “Climate change is running faster than we are – and we are running out of time.” Most of us know climate change is an unfolding disaster, but we still don’t change. Why? It’s not what you know, it’s the way that you know it. We know the facts and figures in our heads, but don’t – or can’t – engage on an embodied, gut level.
I first explored these idea in ‘Sacred Ecology’ and it’s still my most popular publication even though it’s almost 25 years old! I wrote about ‘somatic knowing’:
“Besides the cerebral knowledge we all possess, the words & ideas stored in our heads, there is a deeper knowledge held within the tissue of our bodies. It is a somatic, physical knowing which comes from direct experience. This is the knowledge of faith, of emotion, of the gut feeling”.
Fast forward a quarter of a century, and I’m still exploring the same territory. I’ve found many allies in that time, people like David Abram, Glen Mazis, Charles Eisenstein and Philip Shepherd. You may not know them yet, but trust me – these are some of the key thinkers in what we might call embodied ecology. I’ll be talking to these four as part of the free on-line Embodiment Conference in November. The conference will include over 100 speakers from disciplines as diverse as yoga, coaching, meditation and therapy.
The Embodiment Conference takes place from 13 – 24 November. It’s free to join, but numbers are limited so sign up now if you don’t want to miss it.
In preparation for the event, my next few blog posts will introduce the four thinkers I’ll be interviewing during the conference. Next up will be David Abram, cultural ecologist, geophilosopher, author of ‘The Spell of the Sensuous’ and a source of inspiration for many!