The original Mother’s Day? How celebrating Earth Day is good for you!
“Carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.” adapted from Thich Nhat Hanh
Next week Monday, April 22nd we’re flying above one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the Grand Canyon. Something about the Southwest has always intrigued me and perhaps draws me to find my Native American spirit within me.
I dreamed I had a past life as part of the First Nations people and maybe that’s why I feel so aligned with healing others.
Allow me to explain and share something special to celebrate Earth Day. This year’s theme is Protect Our Species. Our planet is estimated to have 8.7 million species! I say we start with ourselves!
The spiritual concept of Earth as Mother or sometimes referred to as Grandmother, goes back to ancient times in many indigenous cultures.
Modern interpretations of this some might refer to the Gaia, the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess.
We often say Mother Earth as another way of personifying Nature and all of her living-giving and nurturing aspects, as your own mother gave you life. Let’s look at a little of both views and how you might benefit from knowing more.
“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.” Ancient Native American Proverb
Mother Earth spirituality is understanding that the earth is a physical, living being with the giant forests as her lungs, the waters as her blood and the sacred seasons as her heartbeat.
I know it all sounds romantic, but this is why indigenous people respect the earth and care for her for tens of thousands of years.
She provides life, food, air and water to everyone regardless of their belief.
You can clearly see the issues today with damage on an unprecedented scale to the ‘environment’ and climate change as some of the signs that Mother Earth is in pain, physically and spiritually.
The Gaia hypothesis or also known as the Gaia Principle or Gaia Theory is more a scientific view of Earth and all organic, as well as all the inorganic surroundings, form a complex, self-regulating system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet.
This single system includes the atmosphere, the biosphere, the hydrosphere and the pedosphere (the earth and soil) and is in a constant state of trying to maintain balance or homeostasis to maintain optimal conditions for all life.
“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.” Leo Tolstoy
Homeostasis simply means that our bodies, like Mother Earth, want to find a perfect balance. As a healer and practitioner, this is what I help my clients with on a physiological level but also an emotional, mental and spiritual level.
The challenge is that life doesn’t feel that way most of the time for most people, would you agree?
If we change the salinity of the oceans, the quality of our oxygen changes and the temperature of the planet increases, what would we expect?
Scientists have been studying this for years now, and there’s been a furious debate about it, it has given birth to new ecological studies of Earth system science.
What happens to people who live on sugar, coca cola, stress and SAD (Standard American Diet)? What would we expect again?
“In nature, nothing exists alone.” Rachel Carson
My intention is to bring both ancient wisdom and modern science but also an East and West approach to healing.
This includes healing the earth by making mindful, conscious decisions on how we care for our bodies while caring for our environment.
Here a few things you can do today to celebrate Earth Day next week but consider making it a regular practice for your wellbeing.
- Buy organic, free range, GMO-free as much as possible. Eat as many fruits and vegetables and less meat as possible. Eating less meat impacts the environment in many ways! You can be healthier and reduce the negative impact on the planet by doing this simple thing.
- Take time out for yourself by getting outdoors and quietly letting go the rest of the world if only for 10 minutes each day. Start journaling all the things you are grateful for. Listen to the birds, feel the grass under your feet and see the beauty of nature all around you, even if it’s just a plant, flower or insect.
- Plant a kitchen garden in pots or in your garden. If you’re new to gardening, let me know if you would like to learn how to grow your own food. Growing your own food is extremely satisfying and a way to ‘Touch the Earth’ and teach your children how to care for ourselves and our Mother Earth.
Here are a few more resources:
Check out this fun video, We the People and align with your fav celebrity and ONE cause.
Check out the resources for Earth Day (April 22) 2019 and take action on ONE toolkit.
Download the Power of SHE Sleep. Health. Energy. gift as a way of caring for yourself first.
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