Why shaman sickness is important for Earth restoration (+ Saturday webinar)

  The work of restoring the Earth to a state of balance and well-being is one of integration.  Shaman sickness matters because those who experience it are called to integrate their mind, body, and spirit in order to provide healing support to a world in crisis.  The phenomenon of shaman sickness may be occurring now far more than we realize, …

Don’t be the canary

    We all know the phrase about “the canary in the coal mine,” based on coal miners’ practice of taking caged canaries into mines.  When a canary died of oxygen deprivation, the miners knew they were in danger and had to exit the mine quickly.  The expression is still used to refer to the delicate person or thing whose …

Are you called to help heal the Earth, & what happens to you if you hold back?

  My parents raised me to believe that everyone is here to make a contribution and I still believe that.  I’ve also come to believe that those of us alive in the 21st century are called to heal humanity’s relationship to the Earth.  Thomas Berry termed this the Great Work, and I recommend his inspiring book by the same name.  …

Is your Earth connection integrated or disjointed?

                   How easily does your care for the natural world connect to your daily life?  Does your desire to tend nature’s well-being and integrate your own wellness with the natural world’s well-being merge easily or conflict with your day-to-day life?  As someone who cares deeply about the natural world, do you feel …

Nature Connection for Happiness

  People so seldom think of the natural world when they think of their own happiness.  I’m coming to you a couple of days early this week because I’m participating in a global blitz of writing on the topic of happiness.  I wanted to participate so I could be the voice for including nature and the Earth in our definition of …

“I know the trees are so alive, vibrant, and conscious!”

This week: A story of nature connection & inspiration for shedding harmful ways of being   I’m sharing with you this week an account of nature connection written by a reader of the Mutual Flourishing newsletter.  Vera Lazar is participating in The Roots and Branches of Mutual Flourishing e-course, and when I read her recent description of a nature-connection walk …

Can you be a container for nature’s voice? + Sandra Ingerman free class Saturday

      I’m thinking lately about the practice of being ‘a container.’  People are using this term to talk about openness and receptivity, and if you envision yourself as a container for insight, love, abundance, or Spirit, it’s a beautiful image.  Being aware of this makes me wonder how we can be containers for nature’s voice.   What might …

What does autoimmune illness have to do with the Earth’s well-being?

As you know, the focus of Mutual Flourishing is on repairing human and Earth well-being in an integrated way.  As you also may know if you’ve been following my work, two of the challenges that have led me to this work are my autoimmune health issues and my concern about our ecological problems, which together prompted me to seek ways …

Does your fear freeze you or free you?

For several years, I believed that feeling fear about environmental problems was unavoidable, that it was my responsibility, and that it might motivate others to care more wisely for the Earth.  It seemed to me that I had to worry and feel afraid about our environmental problems because not enough people were shouldering that burden.  I now see this perspective …