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From Dreams to Action with Regenerative Living

An Excerpt from “Regenerate Your Reality: Your Guide to Regenerative Living & Sovereignty

Guest Post by Jean Pullen

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Jean Pullen is a multi-talented artist, gardener, cook, musician, writer, and entrepreneur. Jean is founder of Regenerate Your Reality, partner & director at  Jungle Project, and a Soil Advocate at  Kiss the Ground. Jean believes we can be part of the solution to the climate crisis, and that we all can play our part by living regeneration and coming back to our essence of love.


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Writing a book about my regenerative lifestyle has been such a unique journey, and it wouldn’t have been the same without the support and involvement of many special humans, whose contributions appear throughout my book.

Toby is one of those humans. She has also been my editor, walking me through the entire book creation process. I highly recommend working with her 🙂 I am so grateful for the beautiful insights and inspiration that she brings to my book, and I appreciate her allowing me to share a small piece of what we’ve co-created on her website.

I am so excited to share with you all an excerpt from my soon-to-be-published book, Regenerate Your Reality: Your Guide to Regenerative Living, Happiness, Love & Sovereignty, including a special contribution from Toby!

The book is already available for pre-order. If what you read here resonates with you, consider buying your copy now at: https://www.regenerateyourreality.com/bookpayment.

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Affirmation: I take action on my dreams every day.

As I write today, I know I live my dream, every single day. Freedom is a state of mind, a vibrant and holistic way of life. It is easier said than practiced. The freedom I’m talking about starts with loving ourselves, accepting ourselves, and liberating ourselves from limiting beliefs.

Happiness is not a destination; it is a way of life. When I began traveling solo, I entered a “thrival mode” (the opposite of survival mode) of creating my own reality.

When we live our dream every day—satisfying our basic needs, cultivating self-love, and taking care of the earth and each other—we live with purpose. We paint each brushstroke with beautiful moments and cherish the simple pleasures.

As I started to go inward and assess each aspect of my life, I understood what was real and what was illusory. I followed my heart through Central America, and I thought I would make it all the way down to Patagonia, but found my home in Costa Rica instead.

Just because we are born somewhere, that doesn’t mean we can’t migrate. Our dreams and outlook evolve as we grow and learn about the world. When our dreams and perspectives evolve and grow, sometimes we need a different environment to contain them.

Our dreams and goals ebb and flow with the cycles of life. They can change in an instant when we wake up from the “fog” of social conditioning, or from familial expectations, and start to find our own way.

My dreams changed as I grew and learned, evolving from my childhood dreams, to dreams in my early twenties, to the dreams I have today. Sometimes our deepest beliefs can change, and we open to new opportunities our minds can’t even comprehend. Perhaps we reach all our dreams and goals, and then we still keep dreaming, living in the present and believing that everything is possible.


“Maybe you haven’t even dreamed it yet!

—Toby Israel, Author of Vagabondess, Founder of Mujeres Fuertes @mujeresfuertescostarica@vagabondesstravel

We often talk about making our dreams come true. The sky’s the limit, that kind of thing…

But, going out on a limb here, what about the things we never dared to dream? What about the possibilities that didn’t even enter into our orbit of awareness? What if the sky *isn’t* the limit?

I’ve had a lot of conversations recently about the gnarled, labyrinthine trails we call our life path.

I didn’t dream up this life; I lived it into existence, one day at a time. In fact, I couldn’t have dreamed it even if I’d tried! So many key ingredients hadn’t come into my path yet.

I think it’s great to have goals and aspirations. They keep us focused and challenge us to grow. However, I would argue that when we limit (yes, limit) ourselves *only* to what we can dream, two things happen:

  1. We dream small, because we are scared to dream too big. I notice this in myself all the time as I vision new projects. Why do you think it took me so long to write my book? A travel blog was an “achievable” dream. But a book… What if I failed? Or worse, what if I succeeded?!
  2. We don’t know what we don’t know. I can’t plan a future full of people I haven’t met yet, experiences I have yet to live, and information I haven’t yet learned. I can only set goals that exist within the realm of conscious possibility. But what about all the possibilities I can’t even imagine.

Ten years ago, I never could have imagined the life I have today. Today, I know that I have *no idea* what my life will look like ten years from now. The people, places, ideas, and projects that will populate it—maybe I haven’t even met them yet. I certainly haven’t dreamed them.”


The Regenerate Your Reality Book is ready to pre-order!

Regenerate Your Reality will plant a seed of restoration in your path and remind you that we are all forces of nature. Pre-order your copy now to get it early 2022: https://www.regenerateyourreality.com/bookpayment (A portion of proceeds will support the planting of three trees for each book purchased.)

Thank you so much for reading! If you don’t know the project, Regenerate Your Reality uses permaculture, agroforestry, and education to bring sovereignty and happiness to our communities. ⁣It is our mission to restore the relationship between humans and the earth and build a regenerative future. Share the mission and learn more at www.regenerateyourreality.com.

Be sure to follow Regenerate Your Reality on Instagram and Facebook to stay tuned about all our upcoming webinars, workshops, farm tours, and book release.

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In my first workshop meeting, I share a TED Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and she discusses how throughout history those in power—especially colonialists—have dispossessed others by choosing how to tell their stories.

I am a young, white, American woman facilitating a workshop in Cape Town, South Africa sponsored (I think) by the U.S. embassy.

The title of this workshop? Storytelling for Social Justice.

As my “students” introduce themselves at our first of five meetings, they speak with courageous vulnerability about identity, hope, passion, and overcoming adversities I can scarcely imagine—genocide, violence, disease, loss.

They are mostly African, mostly POC, and mostly ten years older than me.

Sitting at the table with these eight extraordinary individuals in a bland classroom in the “American Corner” of the Central Library, I facilitate a discussion about “finding our authentic voice.”

Am I following in the well-worn tracks of those colonialists and neo-colonialists who sought to dictate how the stories of the African continent should be told?

Am I, too, somehow disempowering my students by seeking to facilitate their storytelling? Is “facilitate” just a nice word for “control”?

Damn, I sure hope not.

But I also hope that my race, age, and nationality do not disqualify me from sharing what I know with this exceptional group of human beings. They have honored me with their trust, their time, and their attention—and I feel humbled and motivated in equal measure. I want to support them in telling their stories, and I want to do it in the right way. So, as I do, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what the “right way” would be.

I’ve never quite faced a situation like this before. I’ve taught dance and yoga, but writing is another level. When we talk about telling stories—our stories—we step into sensitive territory.

For too long academia has arrogantly claimed ownership of the world’s stories. For too long,  media and politics have propagated incomplete stories, visiting a kind of violence on their subjects by flattening them into one dimension. For too long, those who possess privilege and power have thought to police the self-expression—the stories—of those who have less.

And on and on and on…yes, storytelling is sensitive territory.

But, I’m still facilitating the workshop. This is how I’m moving past these stumbling blocks:

1. I choose the word “facilitate” over “teach.”

I would not presume to teach a group of people older, wiser, and more seasoned than me. I prefer to understand my role as that of facilitator, enabling my workshop participants to learn from one another and from my experience. (I also expect to learn just as much from them as they do from me!)

2. To that end, I focus on the knowledge I do have to share, which may be of value.

Introducing this workshop, I told my group that I came to them primarily as an editor who has worked on thousands of articles and several full-length books. I also come to them as a writer who has published for years on many online platforms. I believe the knowledge I have gathered from that work could benefit anyone wishing to improve their writing skills.

3. I accept the tension.

I think there is an inherent tension to my position. There are layers of nuance whenever a person steps into a teaching role, travels in foreign countries, or enters any cultural context other than their own—and I’m doing all three. That’s okay. I hope that by keeping those nuances in mind I will manage to avoid any particularly inappropriate gaffes.

 

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