Part II: Re-entangling Humans with Nature: A Spirituality and Ecology of Belonging with Dr. Apffel-Marglin and Co-host Dr. Akomolafe

March 9, 2017
Hosted by Rochelle McLaughlin, with Co-Hosts Annie Levin and Susan Olesek

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Even in the 21st century, two-thirds of the world's peoples live in non-modern places. In such places the multitudinous voices of the spirits & deities of the other-than-human world continue to be heard, continue to be loved or feared or both, continue to accompany human beings in all their activities. In this episode, Apffel-Marglin draws on a lifetime of work with indigenous peoples of Peru & India to explore how the beliefs, values, & practices of such traditional peoples recognize that human beings are in communion with other beings in nature that have agency & are kinds of spiritual intelligences. Ritual is the medium for communicating, creating & working with the other-than-humans, who daily remind the humans that the world is not for humans' exclusive use. When such relationships are robust, human lifeways are rich & environmentally sustainable. The objective is to ''re-entangle'' humans in nature, by promoting a spirituality & ecology of belonging & connection to nature.

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Rochelle McLaughlin, with Co-Hosts Annie Levin and Susan Olesek

Rochelle McLaughlin, with Co-Hosts Annie Levin and Susan Olesek

Rochelle is the founder and creator of Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio and publisher of Revolutionary Wellness Magazine. A professor and researcher of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in the department of occupational therapy at San Jose State University Rochelle’s primary interests/devotions/passions are in helping humanity embody a radical slowing down, inspiring a collective remembering of our intricate entanglement with the world, awakening a deep honoring and humbling of our human condition, and evoking a revolutionary re-sacralization of every moment of our lives, and from this place co-creating “the more beautiful world we all know in our hearts is possible”. Rochelle is honored to be given the opportunity to hold the “Revolutionary Wellness” space for innovators, change-agents, edge-workers, and healers of integrity working to articulate and bring to light alternative ‘solutions’ to global crises today.

Annie Levin is the creator of The Emergence Network’s Precipice Series here on Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio. Annie is an attorney and birth doula living in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked in the fields of community organizing, conflict resolution, childbirth education and immigration advocacy, serving in settings ranging from schools to hospitals to Capitol Hill. In 2012, she spent four months traveling the U.S. in search of a path forward in these challenging times, and has been following the threads from that journey ever since. She currently serves as a curator for the Emergence Network, a collective that poses the question, “What if the way we respond to the crisis is part of the crisis?” She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has been a scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School since 2013.

Born outside of Boston, Susan spent her formative years in Asia with occasional forays into places of extreme suffering like The Walled City of Hong Kong and the streets of Bombay. These experiences made deep impressions on her Enneagram Type 1, ideological heart. By the time she entered Occidental to study sociology, Susan’s resolve to somehow make a contribution to the world was embedded in who she was becoming. This determination percolated while she raised three boys and began to study the Enneagram, a process that took her deeply into herself and the great losses suffered in her own childhood. In 2009, Susan emerged hopeful and certified, full of ideals, and with just enough self-belief to accept the challenging invitation to teach the Enneagram to 100 inmates in a little prison in Texas. This decision changed the trajectory of her personal and professional life, forever. Susan delights in the unknown yet vast unfolding of the Enneagram Prison Project and is thrilled to be hosting the 9 Prisons One Key Series for Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio.

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