Being an Advocate for Plants: Paul Moss

Being an Advocate for Plants: Paul Moss

Paul Moss is co-founder and executive director of The Plant Initiative https://plantinitiative.org  a nonprofit organization founded in 2020 that works collaboratively with others to advance respectful treatment of plants. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota in the department of Geography, Environment and Society, where he is focusing on the relationship between people and plants. He has an undergraduate degree in biology, and masters’ degrees in agronomy and marketing.

 

In this episode of Humans & Earth, Paul speaks about:

 

  • His life-long connection with plants and respect for their sophistication.
  • Plants as intelligent, responsive, and sentient beings, not objects, and the ethical issues these discoveries raise for human treatment of plants.
  • The need for more people and organizations to advocate for the well-being and respectful treatment of plants, including in agriculture and the human diet.
  • When we harm plants we harm ourselves, and when we help them, we help ourselves.
  • How new scientific discoveries are leading us beyond our tendency to objectify and devalue plants, and books and talks to explore if you want to know more.
  • Intuitive communication with plants.
  • How cultural assumptions are way behind our actual scientific and intuitive insights about plants’ complexity and intelligence.
  • Practical ways we can treat plants with respect, care, reciprocity, and gratitude and work toward creating a “worldwide democracy of all beings.”
Regenerative Collaboration: Principles & Actions

Regenerative Collaboration: Principles & Actions

 

In this sequel to Episode 44, Regenerative Collaboration in Science & Spirituality, I talk about how we can see the story of Regenerative Collaboration gaining strength in today’s world.

 

I share 4 Principles of Regenerative Collaboration.

 

I also offer you 3 ways to participate: things you can do if you want to help humanity move further into Regenerative Collaboration.

 

And I show you how to help others see that living in collaboration with other people and with the natural world brings flourishing, not loss.

Do You Feel Blocked from Contributing?

Do You Feel Blocked from Contributing?

What does it mean to you to contribute to regeneration for people and planet?

Are you contributing in the ways you want to?

And are you thriving at the level you desire?

How can you translate what our podcast speakers say into your own life so that you and Earth both benefit?

 

In this episode, I talk about the importance of letting go of the blocks that prevent us from making the contribution we desire to make in the world. I share some of what I’ve learned about how resolving trauma and claiming your authenticity affect your readiness to offer your talents or compassion to the world.

 

This matters because your individual transformations impact planetary healing.

 

Your transition beyond what’s blocking you can be a collaboration with global transformations occurring for humanity and the natural world.

 

Your healing or upleveling is part of humanity’s healing and upleveling.

 

I also share about the new Guide to Healing: Resources for Self-Empowerment now available on the Courses tab of the website.

Let Informed Optimism Light Your Way

Let Informed Optimism Light Your Way

Do you feel discouraged about our future on Earth but want to feel optimistic?

 

Listen to hear good news about people around the world who are supporting one another and restoring Earth. Experience how your outlook changes when you’re informed about signs of well-being and regeneration.

 

If you’d like to gather with others who are exploring Informed Optimism, watch our newsletter for invitations to our new monthly online gathering. We’ll practice Wise Focus and Informed Optimism and explore how emotional clearing can help you be a stronger and more helpful presence to yourself and our planet. We’ll also discuss ways that your spirituality, self-care, and actions in the world can interweave so you’re contributing in the ways your heart desires. Join us to discover how your self-development can support Earth’s restoration.

Architects of a New Humanity: Rhetta Morgan

Architects of a New Humanity: Rhetta Morgan

Reverend Rhetta Morgan is an interfaith minister, facilitator, artist and healer.  Her work encompasses the intersections of spirituality, creativity and activism, all rooted in an intention to work and live in a more just world. She currently facilitates Anti-Bias work for the Anti-Defamation League, leads The Ecclesia Fortify Circle, a group that supports activists to develop spiritual practices, and recently returned from South Africa working as facilitator and healer with Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity. Find her at www.reverendrhetta.com

 

If you want to be in service to love on this planet at this time, what can that look like?

 

How do you do the inner work needed so you can face domination in a potent way? How do you connect to something transcendent when the world feels unjust and painful? This are questions being asked by citizens and activists in many fields. Reverend Rhetta Morgan addresses how, if you’re working to support communities that are in trouble, you can handle fatigue and find sustenance.

 

In this tough time in our culture, it’s easy to lose touch with our vision for what we desire instead. Touching on awe can be regenerative for those who are feeling exhausted. “There is a way in which we can infuse the most difficult circumstances with a sense of power, awe, and sacredness.”

 

We can face exactly where we are and how we feel, yet also take an empowered, compassionate, visionary stance. This involves working with all of our identities, from victim to awe-maker, change-maker, and community nurturer.

 

Wholeness and oneness are the lenses she finds most powerful: “It’s not about winning. The ‘right side’ is the ‘whole side,’ as healthy as we can get it.”

 

How to believe in the legitimacy of your sense of mission or calling. “You’ve got to have a declaration: I am here to support this time! I am here to do what I can in this time.” Our ancestors and the planet require it. We must ask, “Who do I need to become so that I can answer that heart call?”

 

“I like to imagine the electromagnetic field of Earth claiming me so that as I move, I move in service to her.”

 

“I like to live as if it is possible for justice to be the way of the world…I am in the ‘yes’ of what is possible…We are called to stand before the ways culture works now and offer a different way.”

 

The Restorative Power of Endarkenment: Deborah Eden Tull

The Restorative Power of Endarkenment: Deborah Eden Tull

Deborah Eden Tull is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She spent seven years training as a Buddhist monk and has been living in sustainable communities for over 25 years. She teaches engaged awareness practice, which emphasizes the connection between personal awakening and global engagement. Eden draws upon teachings from the natural world and an embodied understanding of animism. She is the author of Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown and other books. Eden offers retreats, online courses, and consultations internationally. To learn more, go to DeborahEdenTull.com.

 

If you’re an activist or a spiritual person, do you need ‘endarkenment’ as much as ‘enlightenment’? Hear Eden Tull explain in this interview why her answer is a resounding ‘yes.’

 

In this conversation, Eden and I discuss:

 

  • Why our ‘outer work’ of activism or contribution needs to be supported by ‘inner work’ that feeds compassion, resilience, and purpose. We are wildly creative beings who are meant to experience darkness “as the field of absolute rest and regeneration” that inspires our creativity.
  • A ‘dark time’ can be a personal experience or an experience a people or culture are going through. It can be ‘dark’ as in ‘unpleasant,’ or ‘dark’ as in ‘mysterious, uncertain or visionary.’
  • It’s counter-cultural to embrace darkness. But darkness includes beautiful halves of our reality such as the night, sleep, rest, interiority, sadness, wisdom, crisis, and fertile soil.
  • Ignoring darkness within and without can be a mistake because suppressing or ignoring our grief or horror at the world’s suffering prevents us from acting in healing ways.
  • Darkness can be a fertile space where we listen and discover creative solutions that are based in fierce compassion. “It’s in metabolizing our grief that we’re freed up to act in more constructive and creative ways.”
  • How her book offers a structure for going into ‘dark’ spaces—whether meditation, open inquiry, or grief for a planet in crisis—and letting them be fertile instead of without life. Endarkenment can be a process of transmuting pain into vision and vitality.
  • “We need to wake up more fully to our partnership with nature”—not by seeing ourselves as separate, but “by recognizing our innate oneness with the more than human world and Gaia consciousness…when we do this, we receive guidance and information.”