Stress from climate crisis

BAR HARBOR — Richard Parker, an educator and yoga and meditation teacher, will facilitate a discussion on stress associated with climate change on Friday, Aug. 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Destination Health in Bar Harbor.

Many mental health professionals believe that people are experiencing the stresses associated with the climate crisis.

“Spiritual teacher and environmental activist Joanna Macy has said that we must ‘speak the truth within community,’” Parker said. “In this spirit, those interested are invited to a gathering to discuss (in both large and small group formats) how you are coping with the stress of the uncertain future and to share strategies helpful to reducing stress and anxiety so that we can address the predicament that we are in on planet Earth. We will also share ideas on actions we can take to aid in this predicament.”

During the meeting participants will examine Steve Running’s ideas about the Five Stages of Climate Grief, and look to Macy’s suggestions for self care and activism. There will also be instruction on meditation as a tool to reduce stress and increase awareness.

Contact [email protected] to reserve a spot at this free class.

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