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"Constructive Living" is a Western approach to mental health education based in large part on adaptations of two Japanese psychotherapies, Morita therapy and Naikan therapy. Constructive Living (CL) presents an educational method of approaching life realistically and thoughtfully. The action aspect of Constructive Living emphasizes accepting reality (including feelings), focusing on purposes, and doing what needs doing. The appreciation aspect of Constructive Living enables us to understand the present and past more clearly and to live in recognition of the support we receive from the world.
Reynolds is recognized as the leading Western authority on Japanese psychotherapies. His books have been published in the U.S., Japan, China, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. In 1988 the World Health Organization sent Dr. Reynolds to China to train psychiatrists there in Constructive Living. He currently lectures and conducts workshops around the Pacific, including approximately three months in spring and three months in fall in Japan lecturing and consulting in Japanese. He is the only Westerner to receive the Kora Prize and the Morita Prize by the Morita Therapy Association of Japan.
Prof. David Correia, director of the school's undergraduate program in American Studies, recently led more than 20 protesters who stormed the office of Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry over the city police's use of deadly force, which was the subject of a federal Department of Justice probe. Correia was arrested and charged with felony battery on a police officer for allegedly shoving a member of the mayor's security detail during the incident. Berry was not present at the time. Some protesters claimed Correia had his arms by his side and attempted to walk past the guard, who then bumped him against a wall. Correia told reporters he would plead not guilty to the charge.
Correia has continually blasted Albuquerque for a litany of perceived social ills, including police brutality, racism, poverty and mental illness. In April the U.S. Justice Department slammed the Albuquerque Police Department in a 46-page report for engaging in what federal civil rights investigators call a pattern of excessive force. Between 2009 and 2012, there were 20 officer-involved fatal shootings, one of the highest rates in the country.
“We can decide finally to confront this history head-on, we’re not going to flinch anymore,” says Prof. Correia. “We’re going to decide to make changes that force us to do things we don’t want to do and have never done before.”
"Grass, Soil, Hope" is a book that takes us on a journey from one fascinating topic — and one inspirational, hardworking individual — to another. The exciting concept of 'carbon farming', which Courtney White clearly articulates both with theory and with practical examples, could revolutionize our entire approach to environmental restoration. If widely applied, these techniques would reverse climate change, and reestablish health to the land, to ourselves, and to our communities. This is an important book that is filled with hope." — Larry Korn, translator and editor of Masanobu Fukuoka's The One-Straw Revolution and Sowing Seeds in the Desert Where people are fighting climate change and growing food with pasture cropping, permaculture, wetland restoration, rooftop farms, biodiesel, beer, and sweaty dancing.
This book tackles an increasingly crucial question: What can we do about the seemingly intractable challenges confronting all of humanity today, including climate change, global hunger, water scarcity, environmental stress, and economic instability? The quick answers are: Build topsoil. Fix creeks. Eat meat from pasture-raised animals. Scientists maintain that a mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planet’s soils could offset a large percentage of greenhouse-gas emissions going into the atmosphere.
But how could this be accomplished? What would it cost? Is it even possible? Yes, says author Courtney White, it is not only possible, but essential for the long- term health and sustainability of our environment and our economy. Right now, the only possibility of large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is through plant photosynthesis and related land-based carbon sequestration activities. These include a range of already existing, low- tech, and proven practices: composting, no-till farming, climate-friendly livestock practices, conserving natural habitat, restoring degraded watersheds and rangelands, increasing biodiversity, and producing local food. In Grass, Soil, Hope, the author shows how all these practical strategies can be bundled together into an economic and ecological whole, with the aim of reducing atmospheric CO2 while producing substantial co- benefits for all living things. Soil is a huge natural sink for carbon dioxide. If we can draw increasing amounts carbon out of the atmosphere and store it safely in the soil then we can significantly address all the multiple challenges that now appear so intractable.
About the Author
Courtney White is the author of "Grass, Soil, Hope." A former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist, White dropped out of the 'conflict industry' in 1997 to co-found the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists, and others around the idea of land health (www.quiviracoalition.org). Today, his work with Quivira concentrates on building economic and ecological resilience on working landscapes, with a special emphasis on carbon ranching and the new agrarian movement. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Farming, Acres Magazine, Rangelands, Natural Resources Journal, and Solutions.
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