How to navigate ecological grief without navigating into hopelessness
As empaths, we can tend toward extremes of tuning in to everything and everyone, or shutting out everything and everyone – both of which are unhealthy ways to engage with modern human life.
Listen in as Rachael Alaia and Lola talk through ways to stay present, honor ourselves, and show up in service as empaths in the face of climate collapse and ecological uncertainty.
Topics Covered with Rachel Alaia
- Facing the reality of our world and experiences without turning in and tuning out completely
- Honest evolution and healthy disconnection
- Honoring the gift and positive use of social media (avoiding vilification)
- Motivations and intentions for using
- Being a consumer vs. a creator on social media
- Impact of suffering in our social media feeds and an empath’s somatic response
- Recognizing historical trauma and releasing these pathologies
- Uncovering the survival mindset amidst trauma
- Showing up fully when faced with a limited time to live
- Savior Complex for the World and Connecting with our deeper values
- The ongoing exploration of self- awareness
- Riding the pendulum of criticism and acceptance
- Renegotiating what our wants and needs are at a personal level
- Being careful with generalizations and speciesism
- Emotional extremes as a highly sensitive person or empath and how it impacts our participation in the present moment
- Our healthy relationships to pain, death, love, and life
- Deep Time: Working with a greater intelligence that we’re a part of and a larger timeline we’re participating in
- Playing the blame game by avoiding personal responsibility
- Homeodynamis and Balance in Flow: Navigating self-regulation alongside co-regulation
- Neuro and Emotional Divergence: Accessing empathy or narcissism according to your own experience
- Psychos in Control: Examining power hungry oppression and cultural domination
- Ancestral accountability and doing what’s right with your life now
- Rachel’s recent work and exploration
About Rachel Alaia
Rachael Alaia is a writer, facilitator, and educator helping folks engage in body awareness, ecological sentience, and experiential inquiry for personal & planetary healing. Her work seeks to bridge culture and ecology, transformative justice and spirituality, trauma resolution and storytelling, somatics and regenerative design.
Rachael holds a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She is an experienced practitioner and teacher of yoga and meditation, she’s a trained guide of transformational group work, and she has engaged in expressive arts as a therapeutic method for healing trauma her entire life. Rachael is known for creating and facilitating spaces that are both nourishing and provocative, comforting and life-changing; Spaces that honor the entire spectrum of the human experience. She is humbled and honored to have the privilege to engage in this work.