It’s a cloudy and thunderous day here and promising rain on this beautiful land. Something I think about every single day is how understanding can be delivered to folks in a way which will help them to be more conservative of finite planetary resources. Plant life, indigenous lives, air, water, the children, our own bodies – all are affected tremendously by the amount of consumerism we’re all party to.
Earth Day comes and goes and still restaurants pack leftovers in styrofoam containers which head into a landfill. Mass quantities of plastic packaging from food and products quickly makes its way into the bellies of sea life and into the Earth-body herself and it is heartbreaking. How have we come this far with technological intelligence and moved so far away from our primitive instincts about how to care for ourselves and our home. The children are relying on us to leave them something they can work with and improve. Our reliance on convenience product, oil, plastics, and an attitude of bigger, better, more, is trumping our quiet insistence to do it differently.
I find it empowering to make daily choices which affect change, even changing out your toothbrush to one you can put in the fireplace when it’s time to change it, and buying deodorant and lip balm in paper packaging (or just use coconut oil from the jar!) helps, too. Everything helps! Good reason to learn to ride horses, eh?
Here’s the thing, we feel guilty. And the thing is that it doesn’t go away if we ignore it. So let’s take more action. Make the medicine. Release what isn’t helping or healing. Slim it down. Honor local farmers. Take care of the elders and indigenous in the area. Sponsor the children and animals.
Celebrate your one precious life. There’s so much we can do.