Why I’m Not Protesting on Saturday

  This weekend there will be organized protests against our use of fossil fuel energy and in favor of addressing climate change and promoting renewable energy.  I heartily support activism of this kind, and sometimes I participate in it.  (I was in D.C. with my family on a frigid day in late winter of 2013 to protest the Keystone XL …

Does the Earth Care for You?

  Do you believe that “Mother Earth doesn’t care about you at all,” as Alan Lightman asserted in an Op-Ed in the New York Times on May 3?  I don’t.  Or at least, I don’t think that’s the right way to think about the human-nature relationship.  (And besides being probably wrong, it’s too darn discouraging!)  Here’s what I believe is …

Your spouse, your child…and the tree?

   Daffodil daughters   This week in the mail I received the wonderful new book by Dr. Jim Conroy and Basia Alexander, Live and Let Live, How Multidimensional Collaboration Heals Ecosystems.  Dr. Jim is known as the Tree Whisperers work in the area of plant communication and healing is really amazing!  I’ll hope to tell you more about it in …

Can productivty and nurturing harmonize?

  I don’t want to take care of my body!  Or at least, sometimes I don’t.  Earlier this week I was in a workaholic phase—all I wanted to do was write, create, learn, and teach in order to contribute to ecological healing, then repeat.  Self-care, home-care, and even parenting seemed unappealing.  I didn’t particularly want to sleep, relax, exercise, tidy …

Before you can save the natural world, let it save you

  This week I have been reading my students’ research papers on topics such as deforestation, shark finning, industrial agriculture’s harms, and fracking.  The papers remind me of the natural world’s pain, and of the pain experienced by those who are aware of what’s going on ecologically.  You may be like me and find that sometimes you don’t want to …

Touching the Ground in April

Last weekend I had a chance to work in my garden for the first time this year.  (Usually I get out sooner but we had a long winter and a late spring, and I also was slowed by some health problems.)   On a sunny morning, my son and I planted three seaberry bushes, two females and a male.  Seaberries …

Letting the Body Lead

What if you can’t honor the Earth unless you also honor your own body?  What if Earth care isn’t as much an intellectual numbers game of measuring water pollution or carbon emissions, but a body-centered practice of loving one’s own self, and then relatedly loving the larger Earth self?   I’m not saying that the intellectual or scientific aspects of …

How can Mutual Flourishing serve you?

I offer the warmest welcome to those of you who are new to the Mutual Flourishing community this week!  Thank you for visiting, and I hope you will stay.  We have important work to do in nourishing ourselves and connecting to the natural world, so I’m looking forward to interacting with you.   Last week I shared parts of my …

Mutual Flourishing Manifesto

A hearty welcome to those of you who are new to my newsletter this week!   Today I’m offering some of my core beliefs.  Let me know what resonates with you!   I believe that we’re ready as humans to treat the Earth lovingly and heal ourselves in the process.  I offer insight and action strategies to enable people to …

A New Level of Consciousness

I’m inspired by the work of African scientist and ecological activist, Dr. Wangari Maathai (1940-2011).  I almost met her in the autumn when she died, and I perpetually regret that it was impossible for her to make her final planned trip to the U.S.  I wanted to experience her brilliant smile in-person. Through the Green Belt Movement she founded, millions …