Earth Day is a time to honor and celebrate our amazing Mother Earth. Many of us do some cleanup, which is simple and has a significant impact. Last week, we talked about how we get so many healing benefits from connecting with the earth and just breathing in the fresh air. The earth's natural properties are healing physically and emotionally, and if we connect with nature we build resilience.
This practice of celebrating the earth comes from our beautiful Indigenous People. Their teachings of reverence to the earth and interconnectedness to all creatures have so much to teach us, especially now. We need to follow their lead in the way Tribal Communities sacrifice so much to save the earth.
Without the Earth, where are any of us? This week we explore ways to pay reverence to our home.
Thinking about our planet and the direction we are headed is overwhelming. I feel inspired by younger generations, tribal communities, and by those who consider the earth every single day.
Let’s help inspire our kids to see the earth for what it is. Our home, the reason we have fresh air, clean water, wood for our houses and furniture, maple syrup for our pancakes, and so much more. Find little ways to make the connection between the earth and you, and find one way to give back to the earth…not just on Earth Day, but every day..
Here are some ideas:
- Leave things that are growing, in the ground
- Don’t peel the bark off the trees - they are homes to bugs, after all!
- Turn off the water when you aren’t using it (brushing your teeth)
- Find new ways to reuse materials - kids have great ideas about this!
- Pick up garbage when you see it