When You Think of Earth-Changes, Do you Think of Love? from Keisha Crowther

2012: A big year for us Earthlings?

If you feel fearful when thinking about what could happen on Mother Earth this year–and even if you don’t–this eight minute video from Keisha Crowther soothes the soul. Take a deep breath, sit back and enjoy this moment of loving heart-centering. We can do it, if only we believe!

My thanks to Vince Gatien for sending it along. It is the best video on 2012 I’ve seen.

Reuseit.com’s Top 15 Green-Living Websites

From Reuseit.com, where I buy BIODEGRADABLE 13-gallon kitchen plastic trash bags:

Sites We Love: Our Top 15 Online Resources

We’ve handpicked a short list of 15 real movers and shakers that align with our mission and overall philosophy to inspire grassroots change. We have a great deal of respect for all of these sites and highly recommend them:

  • Green America – national non-profit consumer organization, promoting environmental sustainability and social & economic justice
  • Grist – environmental news and green-living tips from the most recognizable voice in environmental journalism
  • Triple Pundit – an innovative, new-media company for the business community that cultivates awareness of the triple bottom line
  • Debra Lynn Dadd – consumer advocate Debra Lynn Dadd provides information on nontoxic, natural, and earthwise products through books, newsletters, and consulting services
  • The Story of Stuff – one of the most-widely viewed environmental short films of all time. By Annie Leonard, known for investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues
  • The Environmental Working Group – working to protect kids from toxic chemicals in our food, water, air and the products we use every day
  • The Container Recycling Institute – a nonprofit organization that studies and promotes policies and programs that increase recovery and recycling of beverage containers
  • Care2 – the largest online community empowering people to lead a healthy and green lifestyle while taking action on important causes
  • The Alternative Consumer -weblog offering product guidance, reviews and advice for eco-friendly consumers
  • 1% for the Planet – an alliance of businesses that donate at least 1% of their annual revenues to environmental organizations worldwide
  • Social Venture Network – inspires a community of business and social leaders to build a just economy and sustainable planet
  • Waterkeeper Alliance – an advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and protecting water from polluters
  • Slow Food International – a non-profit, member-supported organization to counteract fast food, fast life and  the disappearance of local food traditions
  • Roots & Shoots – guided by the extraordinary vision of founder Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian. She believed that that young people, when informed and empowered, can change the world
  • Polaris Institute – engaged in retooling citizen movements for democratic social change in an age of corporate-driven globalization. The people behind Inside the Bottle

Recycling and the Great Cosmic Being

Here is a picture of my “Recycle” sign and can, soon to be lined with compostable bags.









My inner-prompting to recycle again, spurred on by a magazine article,  even though the apartments I live in don’t offer the service, has led me on a mind-trip, one I have not enjoyed. Bottles of products I use, like the Clorox kitchen cleaner or the bathroom air freshener, and other things like drain cleaners and furniture polish and many more (think of all the products you use) have paraded through my mind like a line of wild party-goers, some even sticking their tongues out at me. (Yes, I do know I have ‘quite an imagination.’)

I thought of the Earth and all the garbage we humans create, especially us Americans because we mostly don’t think about the Earth, and was overwhelmed. I remembered a news report about the State of California trucking massive amounts of garbage to our state and paying us to dump it here. “It’s impossible,” I thought. “It’s too late. Plastic is God to manufacturers and retailers and it never breaks down. What can we, or Mother Earth, do?”

Then, when I was meditating this morning, I saw a picture in my mind. It was an immense Being of Light and we humans were on its skin and wherever a whole bunch of us gathered it was as though a disease was spreading, making dark holes in the skin. Then I heard a great belly laugh and everywhere we and the disease had spread was absorbed by waves of Light from the Being’s body. I heard in my mind, “When the shift in consciousness happens, your Mother will be healed by the Light she holds within herself.” Ever ready with yet another question, I asked, “So it doesn’t matter what we do? I don’t need to care about the Earth?”

“Inaccurate assumption,” I heard in my mind. “The actions of those who care about the Earth and other people, are helping to bring about the shift in consciousness. Do what you can, each of you, and you will share, and share in, the gifts of Love. It is never too late to care.”

That makes sense, doesn’t it, that it’s never too late to care? We can all do little things, like joining those who recycle the plastic, glass and cardboard they use, and don’t let the water run needlessly, and turn the lights off when we leave a room. According to the Great Being of Light, what we do, matters. We need not feel overwhelmed. Instead, let us share our gratitude with all of life, secure in the knowledge that the effect of our caring actions is Love.

Note: Compostible kitchen garbage bags are available at http://www.reuseit.com.