“The ancient Taoist sages learned everything from their keen observation of nature. They followed the changes in the seasons, the movement of animals, the properties of medicinal plants, and the pattern of weather in the sky. They knew that we are part of this grand symphony called nature.”
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
– John Burroughs
Mother Earth so unselfishly gives to us…the oceans, the sky, the land, the air, the trees, the animals however, the health of our planet is in jeopardy.
We seem to view our earth like a bank; we continuously withdraw without sufficient deposits.
As I look out my window at what once used to be a quiet beach community, I hear construction of new buildings being built, thus crowding out the green space.
I see oceans full of trash and oil.
I see pollution in the sky overlooking the hills and mountains.
I see confused sea lions and dolphins trying to figure out why their natural habitat is disappearing.
What are you doing on a daily basis to express thanks to this magnificent planet that is desperately trying to support you?
We all could be doing better.
This weekend we celebrated Earth Day, the annual reminder about how our planet needs us to RISE UP and take action to live a greener and more sustainable lifestyle.
It is a day to inspire awareness and appreciation; learning ways to protect the health of our environment.
(SPECIAL NOTE: I HAVE AN EXTRA SPECIAL TREAT FOR YOU AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE)
Beginning in 1970, this celebration was established to bring awareness to the plight of the Earth, and how humans need to protect it from harm.
The goals of Earth Day have been raising awareness of environmental issues, fostering peace, participating in community action and giving honor to our planet.
People all over the world celebrate with parades, concerts, activities and other wonderful events focusing on REUSE, RECYCLE, and REDUCE.
You may be wondering, “But what can I do? I am just one person and this is a HUGE planet.”
Well, you can do A LOT. Not only does taking daily action help the planet but it can SAVE YOU MONEY as well. Who doesn’t need to save a little money?
“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
– Gaylord Nelson (Former Governor of Wisconsin and FOUNDER OF EARTH DAY)
My personal plea: don’t just think of Earth Day as a once a year celebration. Live Earth Day, every day-- simple small but effective steps really add up.
Below are some tips for ways you can impact your life, the life of others and your Mother Earth.
Mother Earth needs you to ‘Rise Up’ or we may be facing a future in which “…the grand symphony of nature” will play no more.
Your Earth Day and Every Day Simple Action Plan for a Greener Life:
- Use cold water to wash your laundry (cold water costs 5 to 10 times less than warmer water).
- Use your reusable bags for shopping
- Okay, its time! Time to get rid of all those clothes and unnecessary objects that are just taking up space. Help others by giving away whatever no longer serves you.
- I have known many people who leave their TV on when they are not watching it. I’ve never understood why. It’s time to power down. When possible, for example, turn off lights, unplug appliances, reduce technology usage--be conscious to use less energy. Tune into those you love instead.
- Stop using disposable products.
- Lower your thermostat
- Avoid buying bottled water. Use glass or stainless steel and invest in a water filtration system. You are worth it.
- Support your local farmers market and eat with the seasons. Your body has been eating this way since time began. Explore and try new culinary options. You will save money and get healthier in the process. I shop at my local farmers market every week. I can’t tell you how much I have saved as well as all the new types of healthy foods I have discovered. I am especially into the incredible fresh herbs. There is nothing like eating farm to table. The taste, smell and nutrition are so much better. Plus you can buy the most beautiful flowers!
- Recycle your newspapers.
- Unplug your cell phone charger when you are not using it.
- Grow your own garden. Even if it’s a tiny windowsill herb garden.
- In your bathroom, use low-flow faucets, toilets and shower-heads.
- Here is one you may not think of. Sort out your own “emotional being.” By attending to your unresolved issues, forgiving those who deserve and do not deserve you forgiveness, you are taking overall responsibility for your life it's what I call…SAVE THE PLANET ONE PERSON AT A TIME.
Now for the SURPRISE.
Something new happened last year for Earth Day. I interviewed Natalie Pace.
Natalie is the co-creator of the Earth Day Gratitude Project and the bestselling author of The Gratitude Game, the ABC’s Of Money and Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is.
With the Earth Day Gratitude Project, Natalie encourages everyone on Earth Day from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm to power up the gratitude and power down your energy consumption.
Even though Earth Day has passed for this year, I would like to challenge you to choose a time this week and give it a try. I bet you'll come out of it feeling more relaxed and refreshed!
Illuminate by moonlight, candlelight, or LED’s. Take the time to give thanks, count your blessings and focus on energy efficiency.
Natalie hopes that individuals will gain new insight and allow the lessons learned to inform new habits that last.
Last year Natalie made available to you, my Rise Up Wellers, the Earth Day Gratitude eBook. This eBook features valuable tips on sustainability and stories of gratitude from leaders such as Prince Charles, Deepak Chopra, Kathleen Rodgers, Lynne Twist and more.
Today I'm opening it up to you once again.
I asked Natalie what her top 3 tips were for my readers. She said:
- Think of “garaging” the car for a day.
- Spend one hour with no electricity…power down…. go outside in nature.
- Download the eBook
Become aware of where your energy is leaking and costing you money.
Give thanks yearround to this big beautiful earth for all that it has given to you and take steps to help heal our magnificent planet.
Every action, no matter how big or small, counts.
Finally, Natalie and I both believe that gratitude heals. You see when you are in a state of gratitude; you are open to new ideas. Once our eyes are open, we can see the way to change.
Let your gratitude RISE UP, not only on Earth Day this year, but every day.
With Love and Hope,