By Jena Griffiths | February 21, 2016
Earth School now has a second campus called Earthuni.
The site you are on is where you will find guides who can help you with specific challenges.
Earthuni focuses on developing subtle body competencies. Our guide here is Markus Hirzig
Access archive of all previous interviews – go here
By Jena Griffiths | November 15, 2015
(This article was written in response to the Paris massacre.)
The German word for compassion is Mitgefefühl (to feel with) or Mitleid (to suffer with) but this could be a catastrophe for us or the world in general unless we do it consciously.
Read the short version about this in Living Now Magazine – December 2015. (If you only have time for one short piece, read this one.)
The following article goes beyond the usual advice of active support. It is about something additional we can each do, equally important, to change things no matter where we are in the world. (A shorter, earlier version, of the post below is on OM Times community blog. Read it here (1200 words).
As the days passed, I felt something crucial was missing from my perspective in both articles, particularly related to compassion. Friends came forth and filled in some of the blanks, giving me learning experiences related to “deep listening” and also our need to be able to embrace multiple perspectives in order for us all to move forward or evolve as a species. I’ve subsequently added lots more additional notes below, they are really just notes to myself, posted here for anyone else who wants them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jena Griffiths | August 30, 2015
Here’s a bunch of sea daisies for you, a fragile gift of hope from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. I took this close up photograph of living coral last month, near Cairns, after making a special trip out there to go see for myself. (The last time I dived in this region was in New Caledonia 18 years ago. )
We are constantly bombarded with terrible news about the state of our planet. And while yes, we do need to take urgent action, we also need to be mindful of what vision of the future we breath life into. I choose a future where we preserve our beautiful blue planet and all life on it.
On this note, have you seen Brad Bird’s new film called Tomorrowland? If not, I urge you to see it, and tell everyone else to see it too. Hollywood has always been a barometer of our collective Zeitgeist, and this important new film indicates that, at last, the collective tide is turning. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jena Griffiths | June 9, 2015
“Every story is a variation on a single theme: This shouldn’t be happening. I shouldn’t be having this experience. God is unjust. Life isn’t fair.” ~ Byron Katie, Loving What Is
“It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.”
Byron Katie shared her wisdom with with us in Earth School and will be here in person in Switzerland in mid July for a 4 day silent retreat in the Alps and also in Zurich for a day as part of her European tour.
Byron Katie is the author of numerous books and a spiritual mentor to millions of people worldwide.
Personally I think her simple 4 questions inquiry process “the work” is the biggest breakthrough ever to end human suffering.
“I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment,” says Katie.
Download the audio version for your ipod/iphone/android:
Byron Katie will be in Europe from 9 July to 2 August 2015
July 18 Zurich – one day workshop (Also in Amsterdam , Paris & Cologne)
July 10-15 – 4 day silence retreat Engelberg, Swiss Alps
July 24 – 2 August – The school for the work
More information on Byron Katie’s schedule visit thework.com also for 24/7 helplines to do the work and free resources.
“The Work is: Judge your neighbor, write it down, ask four questions, turn it around. That’s it. Simple stuff.” ~ Byron Katie, Loving What Is
The 4 questions that can change your life
1. Is it true?
2. Can I absolutely know that it’s true?
3. How do I react when I think that thought?
4. Who would I be without the thought?
Turn it around.
“The Work is merely four questions; it’s not even a thing. It has no motive, no strings. It’s nothing without your answers. These four questions will join any program you’ve got and enhance it. Any religion you have—they’ll enhance it. If you have no religion, they will bring you joy. And they’ll burn up anything that isn’t true for you. They’ll burn through to the reality that has always been waiting.” ~ Byron Katie, Loving What Is
Topics: Conflict resolution, Dealing with intense emotions, Dealing with the inner critic, Depression Cures, Family complications, Fear, Grief and rage, Happiness, Parenting, Relationship problems, suicide, surviving abuse | No Comments »
By Jena Griffiths | May 30, 2015
This Thursday, June 4 2015, I’ll be interviewing Mahima Klinge for Earth School. Mahima is the author of “A Rebel’s Guide to Inner Peace”
Topic: Being Happy now is Easy
Date June 4 2015
Time: 11 am CET/Switzerland
What will we discuss?
“How can I be happy every day in a world that is so negative and challenging?”
Mahima will share clear and down to earth spiritual guidance and action steps you can take to discover that “ Being Happy Now is Easy”
She will also share a brief but powerful guided meditation to help you connect to yourself on a profound level.
By the end of this call you will feel, from the very deepest part of your being, that you NOW truly understand and know how to BE inner peace and bring happiness into your daily life
1. Happiness is your purpose
Discover a happiness that is not dependent on any outside circumstances, events, situations or people
2. Lean into positivity
Know what makes you expand and make time and space for those things in your daily life
3. Stand in your Power
Clarity about who you are on a spiritual level and material level are the keys to the kingdom of happiness
Her impressive presences gained from 20 years of meditation training and experience makes her an extremely effective and engaging Teacher, Workshop Leader, Personal Coach and Motivational Speaker.
Mahima is from Zimbabwe, now living in Switzerland. She has dedicated her entire adult life to learning and sharing everything she has mastered in the art of joyful living in the now.
By Jena Griffiths | May 27, 2015
Usually I’m pretty hopeless at reaching out and asking for help. Most of us are. We feel weak reaching out but actually the opposite is true. The other day I heard Brendon Burchard say that he has made it a daily practice to asking one other person for help every day. Why? It keeps him feeling humble and connected! What an enchanting idea. It reminds me of Brene Brown who says, “Vulnerability is a most accurate measurement of courage. It is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness but it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.”
Receiving is also giving. It is a way to help others feel valuable and appreciated.
We fear revealing our of soft underbelly but this is what makes us loveable. Vulnerability is the glue that holds people, couples, societies and even nations together.
Or as they say in Africa, “Ubuntu”. I am because you are. You are because I am.
I like to think of it this way: we switch our own light off a moment so that others can shine.
Some personality strengths may get in the way of your asking for help.
Strong self reliant or stoic characteristics. You can see some of these characteristics in your hands.
Think of reaching out as just one more muscle (a soft tender muscle deep inside) that needs strengthening too.
Here is what I’m going to do.
Make a wish list of all the things I need help with and post it somewhere visible.
Make it a daily habit. Each day I will reach out and ask for help from one other person.
Yiiii…did I say that?
What’s your action plan? Share it below if you dare.
By Jena Griffiths | May 9, 2015
Byron Katie has helped millions of people with ‘The Work’ – a way of questioning and releasing whatever is causing you much suffering.
The following 4 questions are Byron Katie’s gift to humanity.
They are the core of doing ‘The Work’
Here is how I see it:
If you are staring down the throat of an angry lion, all you see are sharp teeth and nothing else.
What to do?
This may surprise you.
Just ask yourself these 4 questions.
1) Is it true?
2) Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
3) How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
4) Who would you be without the thought?
Then do something to shift your perspective.
Turn the thought you are currently breathing life into upside down or inside out.
Instead of thinking “I’m being eaten by a lion”
try on other thoughts for size. Such as, “I’m not being eaten by a lion”,
or “I’m being eaten up by myself” (I am being devoured by my own thoughts)
or “The lion is being eaten by me.” (I am conquering my own thoughts).
Each of these reversals gives you a millisecond to catch yourself
in the act of doing something rather miraculous.
Being the creator –
in the moment.
You are not doing anything wrong. You are simply being creative.
The 4 Qs let you see you have a choice.
Your life is your canvas.
Your thoughts are the colors on your paintbrush.
Stop. Breathe. Smile.
But….there’s no time for all this while being eaten alive?
Try step 1 again……..
I’ve been practicing these 4Qs the last few days. Trying to calm down
and step into a bigger version of myself after getting a yes from
Byron Katie to do an interview for Earth School.
My first thought was yiii..am I really good enough?
So, then I thought, let’s test this process.
Question 1. Is this really true?
I started laughing and was instantly cured.
Give it a try yourself and let me know.
To find out more or to submit questions for this call go here.
Byron Katie will be in Europe giving workshops and talks throughout July.
Topics: Be yourself, Being in transition, Burnout cures, Dealing with intense emotions, Dealing with the inner critic, Depression Cures, Family complications, Fear of success/ fear of failure, General, Happiness, miscommunication, overwhelm, Parenting, Procrastination, Relationship problems, self esteem, Sexuality, Showing Up, spirit, suicide, surviving abuse, Willpower / addiction | No Comments »
By Jena Griffiths | May 3, 2015
“It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” Byron Katie
Byron Katie will be sharing her wisdom with us in Earth School’s open auditorium in a few weeks and she will be doing a European tour in July (Amsterdam, Swiss Alps, Paris, Zurich, Cologne and Bad Neuenahr, Germany.)
I’m deeply honored to do this interview as personally I think Katie’s simple “4 questions” process is the biggest breakthrough ever in psychology to end human suffering. It will certainly end your own suffering if you try it.
Byron Katie is a spiritual mentor to millions of people around the world and author of several books, such as Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life.
Byron Katie calls her method of self-inquiry “The Work”:
“I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment.”
Join us for this interview and submit questions.
The Work is a way of identifying and questioning any stressful thought. It consists of four questions and a turnaround. This is a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe.
If you are going through hell right now with a problem, particularly a relationship problem, put your experience through Katie’s simple 4 question process.
The four questions are:
1) Is it true?
2) Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
3) How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought? and
4) Who would you be without the thought?
The turnaround involves considering the thought in a reversed form- changing subject and object, changing yes and no, or changing it to be self-referential. For example, for the thought “My husband should treat me better,” turnarounds could include “I should treat my husband better,” “I should treat myself better,” or “My husband shouldn’t treat me better.”…
Try the 4 questions on anything that is bothering you right now. Give yourself the gift in these 4 questions and really taken the time to do the work. More detail on how to do The Work
More about Byron Katie Read the rest of this entry »
By Jena Griffiths | April 29, 2015
Next interview in Earth School will be with Nicholas Janni.
We will be discussing ‘Awakened Leadership’
What are the new cutting-edge competencies of leadership, and how can we tune into to the highest future possibilities of a bigger ‘we’.
Friday, May 1, 2015 Elsewhere.
Replay is here.
Nicholas is doing really important work in field that impacts us all. He’s at the leading edge of bringing higher levels of consciousness into the business world.
More about Nicholas Janni
Nicholas Janni is the founder of the leadership consultancy Core Presence . Over the past twelve years he has gained an international reputation for his seminars and coaching, in which he bridges the worlds of creative, personal, spiritual and professional development in a uniquely powerful, accessible and relevant way. He delivers seminars and coaching to CEO’s, boards and senior leaders worldwide. Nicholas is an Associate Fellow at The University of Oxford Said Business School and teaches at IMD in Lausanne. He is also a director of Circular Society a global platform for social impact.
By Jena Griffiths | April 23, 2015
Last Sunday I went to visit Thomas Rippel on the farm where he is learning the craft of turning straw into gold. When I interviewed Thomas a few weeks ago he hold me that the secret to preserving cow manure, and preventing it from rotting, was not to remove any of it from the barn the whole long winter. When manure rots it gives off ammonia and methane into the atmosphere. But if you can prevent it from breaking down you can then use it later to make rich humus for your lands. This rich humus not only nourishes plants, it also holds a huge amount of carbon in the soil that would otherwise go into the atmosphere. So instead of cows contributing to the greenhouse effect and global warming they are actually part of the solution. Straw gets added on top of the manure on the ground daily and the cows simply compress what is under their feet. It keeps them warm and content in winter and, surprisingly, doesn’t stink at all. The compression of the manure prevents it breaking down and emitting toxic substances. Virtually all ammonia emissions are prevented.
I think this is a breakthrough idea and totally do-able on a larger scale. In fact, Thomas is currently consulting for an EU project where this method is being applied to a stable with 1500 cows. It is a tried and tested method. Thomas learned his craft of soil regeneration from someone who has been practicing and perfecting it for generations. The best part is, Thomas is not keeping the recipe a secret. He has a mission to share this solution for our soils, our atmosphere and our earth with the whole world.
You can listen to the interview with Thomas here.
Visit and like his website here: Swiss Bio Farmer Or get him to consult in your area.