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EU Civil Service Pushing Meditation, “Inner Green New Deal”, to Defeat Climate Anxiety

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h/t Breitbart; Training Eurocrats to take long walks in the woods during their work day, or close their eyes and think about trees and animals, has alleviated climate anxiety according to proponents.

EU officials being trained to meditate to help fight climate crisis

Exclusive: Early results from ‘applied mindfulness’ courses suggests they have helped overcome despair that little can be done

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent
Wed 4 May 2022 21.37 AEST

Brussels officials are being trained to meditate to help them tackle the climate crisis as part of a new wave of “applied mindfulness” that seeks to take the Buddhism-inspired practice “off the cushion” and into hard politics.

EU officials working on the 27-country bloc’s green deal climate policy are attending “inner green deal” courses intended to foster a deeper connection among decision-makers and negotiators tasked with tackling the crisis. The courses incorporate woodland walks near Brussels and meditation sessions, including one that invites participants to feel empathy for trees and animals to boost “environmental compassion”.

Some managers have reportedly shown impatience at being asked to meditate and want to “get on with business”. But early results from the first 80 participants suggest the course has strengthened officials’ motivation to tackle climate problems and overcome personal despair that little can be done.

Mindfulness has boomed in the west in recent years through courses, meditation apps and books. But it has drawn criticism that it has become a “religion of the self”, with one critic warning of “McMindfulness”. However, it is recognised by the NHS as an effective treatment for recurrent depression when delivered as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

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This is probably a good thing. While Eurocrats are playing in the woods, or closing their eyes fantasising about their cute animal friends, they aren’t messing up real people’s lives by issuing carbon fines or whatever.

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May 6, 2022 2:14 am

Saw the article on my phone, couldn’t bring myself to read it so I read the one below it. Actually I didn’t read it but I did look at the pictures. Very nice and better than reading about EU nutters.

Reply to  Notanacademic
May 6, 2022 4:25 am

It seems like World War III could push a lot of anxieties to the back burner. Biden’s plan?

Reply to  Scissor
May 6, 2022 5:40 am

now they don’t even have to stay at home doing nothing on the taxpayers money…they can go hiking on taxpayer cash…good gig if you can get it…

Reply to  Scissor
May 6, 2022 6:45 am

It could well be someone’s plan but not Biden’s, I doubt he could plan his next trip to the toilet.

Reply to  Notanacademic
May 6, 2022 7:36 am

You’re right. He probably just goes with the flow, so to speak.

Reply to  Scissor
May 6, 2022 9:28 pm

WWIII was Obama’s transcontinental Spring series from Tripoli to Kiev.

Ed Zuiderwijk
May 6, 2022 2:32 am

I have a much more effective remedy for climate anxiety: stop telling porkies.

May 6, 2022 3:00 am

But early results from the first 80 participants suggest the course has strengthened officials’ motivation to tackle climate problems and overcome personal despair that little can be done.

What’s being sold is that eliminating CO2 is the solution to all climate problems.

There is the myth that there is a global climate (there isn’t) and that we can “fix it” (we can’t) or that we can somehow stop the climate from changing (we can’t).

It’s no wonder that those who have bought into the myth are suffering anxiety and despair when they realize that “little can be done.”

Those who haven’t bought into the myth that there is a global climate that can be ‘fixed’ or prevented from changing somehow by controlling CO2 are faced only with the problem of how to adapt to any changes in climate that comes their way.

There are engineering solutions for adaptation to a changing climate. Knowing that, there is little to be anxious about. It’s a matter of getting on with adaptation when the need arises.

Or as that famous philosopher, Alfred E. Neuman, said, “What, me worry?”

Reply to  H.R.
May 6, 2022 10:34 am

And it isn’t even changing all that much really

May 6, 2022 3:10 am

Do some work might help.

May 6, 2022 3:10 am

Want to defeat “climate anxiety”? Easy, start putting the lie spewing “climate scientists” in prison. Show the anxiety ridden there is nothing to be worried about.

May 6, 2022 3:18 am

Unfortunately even the Territory Labor Gummint recognize the beggar they neighbour power bills with the solar largesse so meditate on that Ms Christie-
Northern Territory government scraps its premium solar panel scheme, with thousands to miss out on savings (
Reality bites dreamers.

Dave Fair
Reply to  observa
May 6, 2022 8:28 am

“Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free.” Until its not.

Reply to  observa
May 6, 2022 7:45 pm

Saying how much “$” “solar producers” receive is meaningless without efforts to know the context. (First is: what the heck is “1 dollar” in context.)

Saying how much normal dispatchable available at any time kWh could be bought for the money “producers” get when it’s sunny… that would be telling.

Matthew Sykes
May 6, 2022 3:24 am

Going for a walk in the woods is an excellent way to realise that Climate Change is a myth! What change? The woods look exactly the sane as they did when I was 6, and used to climb them.

Reply to  Matthew Sykes
May 6, 2022 9:46 am

A short walk in the woods Sopranos-style, with certain people, could fix a lot of problems too.

Richard Page
Reply to  Matthew Sykes
May 7, 2022 4:14 am

I want to know when they are to fit these long walks in the woods around their lavish hours long lunches, with 3 courses and choice of wine? Bunch of workshy idiots with far too much time on their hands living it up as part of the EU kleptocratic bureaucracy.

May 6, 2022 3:44 am

Think of the mind as a cage full of chattering monkeys. The vast majority of that chattering is noise and bs that gets in the way of real thought. It’s also a plentiful source of toxic stress which is really bad for one’s health.

The first goal of meditation should be to shut up the monkeys. Once folks have clear minds, they are in a much better position to realize that the climate bs they’re being fed is just that.

Bring on the meditation!

Reply to  commieBob
May 6, 2022 4:37 am

A major Buddhist principle is that ‘nothing is permanent’. I hope these EU officials, whilst meditating, realize that this is particularly true with regard to climate. Climate has always been changing, and continues to do so in this modern era.

Reply to  Vincent
May 6, 2022 5:14 am

The other realization of eastern religion/philosophy is the cyclical nature of time (exemplified by the yin yang symbol). In the west we treat time as linear. That allows some folks to imagine that the climate is somehow permanent and any changes are abnormal.

When we see climate change as cyclical, we see a series of warm periods and cool periods on every time scale … day/night, summer/winter, interglacial/glacial.

We are currently blessed to be living in the Holocene interglacial period. We should count our blessings and realize that the real danger is the next glaciation.

Reply to  commieBob
May 6, 2022 5:07 am

Bring on the medication with Oz in federal election mode as neither of the main parties offer any relief or remedy. Breathe in breathe out …..ummmmmmmm….

Reply to  observa
May 6, 2022 5:22 am

In that regard, my favorite medication is a good stiff drink.

Dave Fair
Reply to  commieBob
May 6, 2022 8:31 am

Its gratifying to learn my perpetually blank mind is an asset.

May 6, 2022 3:46 am

climate anxiety”

Induction – The process or action of bringing about or giving rise to something.
Psycho-neuroses – Freud’s definition …to limit how we live so that we can limit the amount of anxiety that we experience.’
Conditioned – brought or put into a specified state
Reflex – an action that is performed without conscious thought as a response to a stimulus.
streSS – pressure or tension exerted on… 

Maybe it’s time to put Len Deighton up there with George Orwell.

Peta of Newark
May 6, 2022 4:16 am

Guess what, the BBC has the ‘wood walking’ angle covered already.

Especially that all they are going to see while out in the wood is ‘Climate Change’

BBC Headline:”Climate change: Spring egg-laying shifts by three weeks

How can they be sooooo dumb?
Birds take up egg-laying and chick hatching depending on 2 things:

  1. The length of visible ‘daylight’ = if anything like farmyard chickens, they respond to ‘hours of light’ in excess of 14 hours
  2. Availability of food – to maintain themselves and feed any chicks.

If/when you read the BBC article, look for the Sleight of Hand
Especially that they tell of the number of caterpillars the birds collect, but also the immense amount food that British People give to the wild birds.
But nowhere (I can see) in there do they link caterpillars to climate.
Surely Shirley, the caterpillars have to happen first, before the birds lay and hatch any eggs.

But UK folks nowadays hand out wild bird food 365 days of the year. ##
And I’m 100% sure, somewhere inside there, the BBC suggested they do as much – and exactly because of ‘Climate Change’

## I certainly do and they talk to me. I can hear them from inside the house and I recognise the chatter – c’mon mister, feed us we’re hungry.
I talk back at them and the instantly appear, they really do.

But I ain’t that dumb, I do a deal with them.
In exchange for the suet pellets and sunflower seeds, I want the red Hawthorn berries from out of the hedgerow.
Vitamin C you see in the berries – and myriad other stuff, esp leaves.
Hawthorn is an amazingly good plant to eat

Reply to  Peta of Newark
May 6, 2022 5:09 am

“But UK folks nowadays hand out wild bird food 365 days of the year”

The average London fox has a pick of anything you care to name. KFC, McD, Burger King, Pizza Express, Domino’s, Five Guys, Donuts, Curry, Thai, Chinese, Lebanese, Moroccan… and the list just goes on and on.

Some idiots still put their refuse out in plastic sacks which get ripped to shreds. They then demand a cull. 

I blame the education system, myself.

Reply to  fretslider
May 6, 2022 9:50 am

I blame human genetics. I used to say the word “medieval” but I was probably off by 10,000 years plus or minus.

Bruce Cobb
May 6, 2022 4:23 am

Om, om on the range…

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
May 6, 2022 6:31 am

That sounds like the Electrical Engineers’ mantra…

“Ohm… ohm… ohm…” What EE could resist that?

John Garrett
May 6, 2022 4:29 am

Never in history has so much money been pissed away for no reason.

The entire “Catastrophic/dangerous, CO2-driven anthropogenic, global warming/climate change CONJECTURE (a conjecture almost entirely lacking evidence) and its associated behavior is a demonstration of human folly at its very worst.

Homo sapiens? I think not.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  John Garrett
May 6, 2022 6:42 am

‘Never in history has so much money been pissed away for no reason.‘

US debt is over $30T. Add that to taxes raised and it’s clear that the welfare / warfare State has been pissing money away, aka plundering us, for over a century.

May 6, 2022 5:06 am

We have a great opportunity here.

Training Eurocrats to take long walks in the woods during their work day, or close their eyes and think about trees and animals, has alleviated climate anxiety according to proponents.

Heavy doses of narcotics will do that, too. And faster.
Better Living Through Chemistry!
(remember that one? It is an oldie but goodie)

Meanwhile, a raiding party of long suffering EU citizenry can enter EU headquarters unobstructed. They can grab official EU forms and letterhead and make the required documents to repeal every rule, regulation, law, tax, fee and fine the EU ever created.
Then they can burn the place to the ground.

Now the entire EU population has their anxiety alleviated.

Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
May 6, 2022 6:04 am

I, too, would like a job where I get paid to take mindful walks in the woods.

May 6, 2022 6:18 am

I guess it beats working for a living.

Mike Maguire
May 6, 2022 6:44 am

The climate anxiety condition is very intentional by the gate keepers. The more that you scare people with the fake climate crisis, the more that you can convince them to believe in your “save the planet solutions”.
Greta was manufactured entirely with that in mind, targeting the vulnerable minds of children that could relate to her vs the fake 97% of climate scientists marketing scheme aimed at naive adult minds. Or the threatened polar bears as global warming mascots marketing scheme.
The climate crisis marketing scheme that’s been most effective is to have the media and other sources blame most extreme weather on the climate crisis. Even things that happen LESS often from global warming. Even weather that has happened numerous times before.

The climate crisis means we no longer have as much natural variation in weather. All weather is now dominated by a 1 deg. C increase in warmth, mostly in the coldest places….which has reduced the meridional temperature gradient on our greening planet that’s supposed to be dying from the fake climate crisis.

The authentic scientific observation of our climate is clearly identifying an optimum for life on our rapidly greening planet….as similar conditions in the past were tagged with.
The politically manufactured climate crisis that’s supposedly destroying the planet, looks more like something from the Twilight Zone.

Andy Pattullo
May 6, 2022 7:47 am

For many, stress and anxiety are unavoidable and cause significant harm. Meditation, deep breathing, physical activity and other strategies can be very helpful. But when stress and anxiety are caused by scientific fraud, magical thinking and ill founded belief systems, the obvious answer is to practice critical thinking and get back to science basics. The story above is all about distracting people with diversionary nonsense so they won’t notice their entire agenda is a lie designed to destroy modern society. Those who will go along with it are exactly the type of folks the false science conspirators want to see “in control”.

May 6, 2022 9:12 am

Can’t make this up! What are these people who walk to the tune of their own drum, right over the cliff on the left

May 6, 2022 9:25 am

Should I be worried that I am not worried? If they applied the meditation time to the average working man they would have to close the bars and pubs.

I agree with the author, medication by elites might keep them out of mischief. Sorry, I meant meditation.

May 6, 2022 10:31 am

Like the Dwarfs who mine, now they sleep. Good, keep it in their bubble world. The childish narcissistic climate warriors are turning inwards having been debunked by reality. Good, let them slip into their insanity and be gone.

May 6, 2022 7:41 pm

Reminds be of Frappé trying to win French elections in 1994 doing his transcendental meditation thing to have 7000 yogic flying experts going up together.

Yes, it’s thing:

May 6, 2022 9:26 pm

The original New Deal also progressed and sustained the dysfunctional State and state. Serenity NOW, insanity later.

May 7, 2022 12:12 am

Om Om Om

May 7, 2022 4:28 am

But it has drawn criticism that it has become a “religion of the self”, with one critic warning of “McMindfulness”.
That comment strikes me as being distinctly Scotophobic.

May 7, 2022 6:50 am

Can we get the alarmist in the US to do the same thing instead of thinking up new/old ways of penalizing us normies for breathing? Maybe convincing them to hold their breaths in the woods to avoid polluting the fauna and flora. For extended periods of time.

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