“Now is the time to create new rituals
for remembering and mourning those we have lost,
and for celebrating and making commitments
to those remaining.”

RDLS logo by Julia Peddie

As the present mass species extinction dawns in human awareness, actively grieving associated personal and collective losses is part of a healthy, as in complete and wholesome, ongoing response.

For some, among them artists and healers, actively and creatively grieving is the primary ongoing response.

Extinction Witness is one in a growing coalition of artists, educators, museum curators, scientists and writers forwarding Remembrance Day for Lost Species, November 30th (Lost Species Day or RDLS) to honor personal and collective losses and celebrate the regenerative power of mourning ritual.

The focus is on pollinators for Lost Species Day 2017. There’s invitation to follow and contribute to posts at Lost Species Day blog up to November 30th when we’ll gather to honor pollinators by grieving departed species and celebrating survivors that all may thrive.

Here is the 2017 Lost Species Day call for participants.

In advance of November 30th, please see and share She Will Bury Them (2014/2017), featuring a poem written and voiced by Megan Hollingsworth, Cherry Blossom Butoh Dance by Maureen Momo Freehill, and music by Clare Hedin. The poem in She Will Bury Them remembers bees killed after a spraying of neonicotinoids in Wilsonville, Oregon June 2013.

“Raising human consciousness in the world is the most important
thing that needs to happen right now.”

– Isha Foundation

In addition to producing something fresh for pollinators in 2017, Extinction Witness again hosts 108 Bell Rings Joy Giving, offering live-stream of the practice on November 30th. Extinction Witness will also participate in the raising of a Life Cairn and dedication of pollinator remembrance meadows. Event details will be posted below as soon as possible.

Joy Giving 108 Bell Rings is the practice of moving through emotions associated with past, present, and anticipated experience. 108 is reached by multiplying the senses smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight, and consciousness by whether they are painful, pleasant or neutral, and again by whether these are internally generated or externally occurring, and then again by past, present and future, to total 108 feelings. 6 × 3 × 2 × 3 = 108. ( Bhante Gunaratana )

On Lost Species Day, 108 Bell Rings is practiced to relieve the emotional burden of injustice and loss, while recognizing the constancy of change and appreciation, that service to collective well-being may be peaceful.

Here is introduction during the 2016 Joy Giving Practice hosted by Your Yoga in Bozeman, Montana. And, here is a more in-depth dialogue on Lost Species Day, responsible witness, the power of mourning ritual to end avoidable atrocities, and more with Megan Hollingsworth and Linda Lombardo at Voice of Evolution Radio:

* Please note that Megan misspeaks the estimated rate of present-day species extinction when she says, "an estimated 75 to 200 species lost each year". The present extinction rate estimate is rather 75 to 200 species lost each day, well above the resting background rate of species extinction, estimated to be about 10 species lost each year. Also, Megan briefly mentions grief is praise. This teaching originates of Martín Prechtel's work. Please see Martín's book The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise.

For overview and brief background on Lost Species Day, please read “Why don’t we grieve for extinct species?” by Jeremy Hance, 11.19.2016, at The Guardian.

@LostSpeciesDay #LostSpecies / RDLS logo by Julia Peddie

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