Hello friends! First off I want to say Thank You for joining me each week. I am so grateful to all of you for taking part on a new journey, and a new challenge, each day, to make us the greatest we can be.
Today and this week, let’s show a little extra love to all the moms out there!
Though I am not a mama, I do know that having a loving and nurturing mom in my life has been a true blessing. Mom’s are strong, and to become one, not just a figure, but an embodiment of mothering, you must grow and evolve tremendously.
I also want to pay respect to our collective mother, the Earth. She nurtures us all everyday, and without any effort from us, rotates, protects, and houses us.
Many are concerned, with good right, with the environment and the state of our earth for our health and that of generations to come. And, just like with healing our personal ailments, the earth could use some love and healing attention too.
Healing our Home
We all know about recycling, reusing, and composting. But how often do we actually do these simple tasks, or others, to benefit the well-being of the earth? I know it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of running around, keeping appointments, chasing the kids, etc and forget to take the extra step to the recycling can. Or, maybe we don’t forget, we simply choose not to “go the extra mile”. You know that cardboard tube at the end of the toilet paper? Yea that can be recycled, but how many of us drop in the trash?
Ok, I’m done the rant. I realize that even though I am only one person, my efforts, over time can have huge impact. This goes for every area of life, and so in regards to making a difference to the environment, simple efforts daily will be beneficial.
“The earth laughs in flowers”. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Simple Ways To Be Earth – Friendly:
Recycle everything! This is an easy place to start and most counties offer a free bin to use for curb side pick up.
Compost. This automatically reduces the amount of waste you contribute to a landfill. It also gives nutrients back to the soil and even if you don’t personally have a garden to use the raw compost in, you may have a neighbor who would (not kidding!)
Otherwise, find a place outside, dig a small hole and bury it. The main concern with rotting compost is the smell and attractions of rodents and small animals. Also if you have a pet, they may be attracted. So, with that in mind, do what is best for you and your outdoor space.
Avoid microbeads. Products, such as exfoliating body scrubs, may contain these pellets. The beads go down the drain and enter water systems causing toxins for us and marine life who may ingest these plastic pellets.
Go meatless. By eating less meat we therefore give more support to the vegetable gardens. Meat production creates much greater amounts of greenhouse gases and also uses more water than vegetable and grain cultivation.
For example, approximately 1,850 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef in comparison to the 39 gallons of water needed to produce a pound of vegetables.
Turn off the faucet. Do this while brushing, soaping up dishes, etc. This seems pretty insignificant but it can actually save gallons of water per day.
Unplug appliances. Leaving electronics plugged in, like TV’s, have a slow, steady energy draw all day long. When possible, unplug any electronics. You might save some money on the energy bill too!
Non-toxic cleaning. Choose products that are non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals. Remember, whatever you wash down the drain eventually ends up in our water systems.
Distilled white vinegar, tea tree oil and lemon , kill bacteria and mold. These make for great everyday cleaning solutions.
Today’s Effort – Show Your Mother Love
Try to do one or more, acts of service for your Mother Earth today.
Choose from the above suggestions or research some of your own.
Reduce your carbon footprint by re-using, donating, and gardening.
“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Our Mother’s are often taken for granted, and overlooked for all that they have provided. Today we can be grateful for all that we have.
We all possess a personal power that can shine through at any time. Show some love.
Be proud of yourself.
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The information shared in this article is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any form of illness or disease. The opinions are the author’s alone and are not to be used as a guide to follow for any health related conditions, but rather a sharing of perspective.
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