"The Dream Drives the Action" -- Thomas Berry

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Time to Mobilize is NOW...

First, here is an excellent article by Bill McKibben on our current response to Climate Castastrophe:


The net of it is this: it is time for a world-wide large scale mobilization for a "war" we are currently losing.  We can turn it around if we put the same level of intensity and energy into fighting it as we did WW2.

Second: Here are the top 100 solutions courtesy of Paul Hawken and his research team.  "Drawdown" covers proven solutions that ALL need to be implemented in order to reverse Climate Change:


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Remember Tomorrowland?

When I was five years old, I was introduced to the Magic Kingdom.  I loved all the themes, but especially enjoyed Tomorrowland and "The City of the Future."  I knew in my heart that technology would make everything even better.

Fast forward fifty four years...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Optimism is a Political Act

Cynicism is obedience. 

From a great article by Alex Steffan:

"Entrenched interests use despair, confusion and apathy to prevent change. They encourage modes of thinking which lead us to believe that problems are insolvable, that nothing we do can matter, that the issue is too complex to present even the opportunity for change. It is a long-standing political art to sow the seeds of mistrust between those you would rule over: as Machiavelli said, tyrants do not care if they are hated, so long as those under them do not love one another."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Power of Changing the Story

From Charles Eisenstein:
"Every act that comes from the understanding of interconnection, of inner being, is a spiritual act, and
also a political act.

By acting from a different story, we disrupt the psychic substructure of our mythology. And we offer an alternative... any time that we give somebody an experience that doesn’t fit into the old story, it weakens that old story. It disrupts it. It could be an act of generosity. It could be an act of forgiveness. Anything that violates that understanding that we’re separate, and everyone’s in it for themselves,

Being in service to something larger than yourself. "

Wow and yes.  Watch:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Principles of Spiritual Leadership

Will Keepin’s Principles of Spiritual Leadership 

Adapted by the Pachamama Alliance from a presentation at Schumacher College, Totnes, England by Will Keepin of the Satyana Institute, Boulder, Colorado, this provisional set of “principles of spiritual leadership” provide the beginning of a collective inquiry into how we can apply spiritual teachings and wisdom in the work of global citizen game changers. 

(1) The motivation underlying our activism for social change must be transformed from anger and despair to compassion and love. This is a major challenge for the environmental movement, for example. It is not to deny the legitimacy of noble anger or outrage at injustice of any kind. Rather, we seek to work for love, rather than against evil. We need to adopt compassion and love as our foundational intention, and do whatever inner work is required to implement this intention. Even if our outward actions remain the same, there is a major difference in results if our underlying intention supports love rather than defeating evil. The Dalai Lama says, "A positive future can never emerge from the mind of anger and despair."

A New Story

Let’s start with a story.

Earth’s story began in an instant 13.7 billion years ago. We flared forth as light, underwent a series of creative and irreversible transformations, both physically and psycho-spiritually, until we arrived here –in this moment, on this beautiful blue planet, interconnected with and a part of all that is here in this place. Earth is our home and we are part of her unfolding story.

Problem: We Are Between Stories

Have you ever had a family member who seemed to be in one crisis or another all the time? In many family systems, we encounter individuals that always seem to create crises in their life---and in the lives of those around them. Why is that? Evidence suggests that humans create crises, not just as individuals, but as a culture: institutions crumble around us, ecosystems struggle, Earth’s own climate is shifting…. all crises the we collectively create.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Creating a New Story

"Give me a lever and a fulcrum on which to place it and i can move the world" --Archimedes

Lately, I've encountered more and more people who believe our culture is living the wrong story.  Some are working to create a new story.

The old cultural story is this: we need things to be happy, and we definitely need more money.  Abundance is limited.  We must fight for our share of a decreasing pie. Earth is here for humans to use (or use up).

One result of this dysfunctional story is this: most people who have "enough" are afraid they soon won't.  They resent anyone who needs more, even if it's just to survive. Those who do not have enough are afraid too--desperate even--that they won't have what they need to survive.

There are plenty of dystopian Hollywood movies from Mad Max to The Day After  to Idiocracy that show us how a this story like this ends:  it’s a story of death and dying.  In all of these unhappy endings, Earth is trashed for the sake of human needs or conflict.  The vulnerable are exploited. Our children and grandchildren inherit less beauty, less life and greater struggles than the generation before.

This is insane.  And we know it.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The power of collective action

I rarely seek out, let alone share, films that suggest personal action is useless.  It IS important --especially in its role in waking us up as individuals. So I'm not sharing this film for you to walk away with that message. The reason I am sharing is that, in the final analysis, I do not believe that is the point this author/filmaker is making.

Blogging for Sanity

"What did you do once you knew" poet Drew Dellinger writes in a poem about lamenting over the fate of his great great grandchildren.  What kind of ancestors are we? 

Blogging for Sanity is back.  I am not sure whether I am blogging for our collective sanity or my own :-).  But I will ask provocative questions and share what I'm doing.... and perhaps some knew "knowing" as it happens.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Constitutional Failures

I loved my high school Civics class.  We studied the checks and balances to power that the US founders enshrined in the constitution.  We studied the Bill of Rights.  This class took place the year Richard Nixon resigned and when the rule of law triumphed. Because of this, I knew that our system of government was stronger than any one person.  We could count on the rule of law and the structure of our democracy to ride out tough times.

Recently, we have experienced failures of these checks and balances--when key individuals chose party over country. As the failures happen, I realize that the erosion of the institutions and the failure of the constitution is what troubles me the most.

Here is my short list of the three most heart breaking of these:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Tell everyone on this train I love them"

When I saw the photo of Taliesan Myrddin Namkai-Meche, age 23, in his graduation cap and gown it
Source: Facebook
took my breath away. It is not just that he was young. It was that, for just an instant, I thought he was my son who lives in Portland and went to Reed College too. The resemblance was so striking that I began to weep... as a mother. His mother called him her baby boy and shining bright star.

They are so beautiful and brave, these men who rode the Portland MAX train that day. The two who died: Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and Rick Best, 53, a veteran who lived in a Portland suburb with his family. The only survivor, Michah Fletcher, is a 21-year-old poet. I weep for them all, and for the girls whose lives were at risk.

I weep for our country. We are all on this train.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What Can One Person Do About Climate Change?

This is a great opinion piece in the Washington Post today:  Now it is up to us to Save the Planet

It is.  And collectively we CAN and MUST take action

As I see it, our individual action falls into three categories:

1.  The Energy We Use
2.  Soil
3.  What We Buy (and What We Throw Away)

More on each of these in the days to come.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Get inspired. Stay inspired. #Resist

Here's the thing--we need to BE STRATEGIC with our energies because overwhelm and cynicism can lead to despair, and indeed this is the objective of the rapid-fire actions coming our way. Shock and awe.

First, recognize that we are in a marathon, not a sprint and we need to develop our personal capacities to act quickly, strategically and with passion & force.  

Here is what I am doing personally so I can go the long haul: 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Why I March...

Today was joyful, peaceful, powerful... electric and spectacular! (In Napa, we even cheered and sent love to the loud guy with a Trump flag driving by.) We are not protesters. We are marchers who rise up and stand for what we love and value: dignity, justice for all, and Earth herself.

This is who we are.

Why do we march? It is not complicated as some would have you believe.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fear is Useless

I’m not certain of the exact moment it begins.  Maybe it is when I decide to cruise Facebook and
online news sites in hopes that there will be good political news.  Who am I kidding?  Even if there is good news, I am pretty sure that the corporate media doesn’t plan to share it with me. Why help me feel good when they can get me to buy more of what they are selling.

Here is what they are selling:


My body feels fear well before I realize what is happening.  A tightness in the pit of my stomach, maybe a constriction in my chest.  A random thought enters my mind: I wonder if I should buy some grain to store in cupboards… or more toilet paper.  Just in case.

Before I even notice the anxiety,  my imagination is bent on worry.  My creativity transforms into

Monday, January 2, 2017

View From the Sun

Welcome to the EarthLover blog.  Here you will find art that celebrates the beauty, creativity and sacredness of Planet Earth.

50% of the proceeds of any original art featured on this site will go toward organizations and initiatives that help renew, restore and reimagine humanity's relationship with our living planet.  (the remainder will be used to purchase more art supplies, so the art keeps going as long as I do).

This one is called View from the Sun.... Check back from time to time as there is more to come.  

-- Denise Rushing  aka EarthLover

  --  Original Painting, Mixed Media,  24x24 in.


Friday, December 2, 2016

A Simple Mantra.

People keep asking: what can one person do about Climate Change? My simple mantra is this: Soil. Sun. Sacred.
SOIL: building a living soil sequesters carbon
SUN: The sun must become our primary source of energy.
And SACRED Earth means honor nature--shop less love more.
So what can one person do? Make compost, support ecological agriculture, save energy, install solar... love Earth more than stuff. You would be surprised how much we can accomplish together and how joyful it can be.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Musings From the Permaculture Garden

Nature teaches us: "The Problem is an Opportunity" Okay so give me every idea you can think of for how we turn this horrific and massive problem into an opportunity. I'll start.

This is a very real real opportunity to:

--shine a light on how the Tea Party actually governs. For real.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Antidote to Fear...

There is a reason that FDR said “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”     He said this because, as we have witnessed in these past weeks, fear creates its own reality.  Above all, it creates more fear— a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In the words of Jesus of Nazareth: "Fear is useless.  What is needed is trust”  (some translations say “what is needed is faith.”)

What does fear feel like?  And how do we know we are in its grip?  And once we know, how do we turn it around?

CLUE 1: Fear is held in the body.