It’s one story — Reconnecting to meet social and climate crises

As a child, I grew up with strong feelings.

Deep feelings of who I am and what is important in life.

I felt one with the world.

Living and caring was one.

As I became older, culture took over.

The stories I heard began to colour my life.

I went to school.

I learned that adults and experts know — not children.

I learned that knowledge is external — not internal.

Kicked out of the world of wonders and wisdom,

I started filling up my brain with knowledge to find a new place in the world.

I went through academia.

Learned that the truth is complicated.

Learned to express myself in complicated ways.

Over time, I started to not understand myself anymore.

Hiding myself under layers and layers of “othering” to feel protected.

At one point, my heart and body became rebellious.

My voice refused to repeat others’ stories.

My thoughts refused to ignore my feelings.

Feelings of partiality, imperfection…. of separation.

I lost my voice.

It’s when I saw the separation in the world.

Consumerism, injustice, climate change.

It’s me. It’s us. It’s one story.

Searching for a new voice is scary.

It makes me shiver.

And there is a strong headwind out there.

But if you understand my silence, you may understand my words.

With silence, you may hear my call.

Visit the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), related research and publications, to find out more. Read also the Medium article: ‘What story do you want to live’?

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Professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). Founder and Director of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program. Mind&Life Fellow.

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Christine Wamsler

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Professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). Founder and Director of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program. Mind&Life Fellow.

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