Hello and welcome. My name is Denise Rushing and I am passionate about transforming human structures and systems for a better world. I write about social and spiritual leadership, permaculture, storytelling and living the New Story. If you want to bring about community and cultural change, you have come to the right place.
Dancing TreePeople ORGANIC Orchard and Garden
Hooray! This week, we received the organic certification for our farm. This involved a lot of paperwork and an on-site inspection. Here is a copy of the USDA certificate:
We are harvesting walnuts by hand this season (just Renee and I). The good news: we are selling this year's walnut harvest as organic!
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 …
"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."