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We’re on this Earth Together

Apr 20, 2020 | JVP's Blog

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -John Muir

We’re all in this together. How many times have you heard that phrase lately? The pandemic has made us hyper-aware of the fact that we are all connected and that the actions of each of us have an effect on everyone. That’s not news to me! I’ve been saying for years that the concept of separateness is an illusion. We have always been one at a soul level, and we have always shared something very important– our beautiful Mother Earth.

April 22nd is Earth Day, and my greatest wish for the year ahead is that we continue to hold onto the idea that we are in this together when it comes to the environment. The Earth gives us so much, and it’s important that we offer it our respect and gratitude – not just on April 22nd, but every day.

You probably are home with some time on your hands, so now is your chance to do something to honor the earth. I’ve come up with a few ideas to help you not only celebrate Earth Day but to heal the earth and yourself in the process.

1) Celebrate the stillness. It’s quiet now with fewer cars, airplanes, and people walking by, and I’ve never been so aware of the sounds of nature. Over the last few weeks I’ve been spending hours outside, soaking up the songs of the birds and the whisper of the wind in the trees. Wherever you are, stop and listen to the sounds of nature. There’s never been a better time!

2) Connect with the rhythms of the earth throughout the day. If sitting on your balcony or deck in the morning is your usual routine, try adding another ritual at a different time – yoga at sunrise, a sunset meditation, or some quiet time outside late at night gazing at the moon and stars.

3) Practice grounding to balance your root chakra. You tap into strength and stability though your first chakra, and that connection nourishes and “fertilizes” the earth as well. Grounding can be as simple as sitting under a tree or in a chair with your bare feet on the ground and breathing gently as you picture a stream of energy flowing down your spine and into the earth, releasing negative energy and drawing strength back up through the ground.

4) Try a garden meditation. Dig in the soil, plant a tree, or create a vegetable garden. I find that watering my plants and flowers puts me in a meditative state where I feel particularly in sync with nature. As I observe the flow of water, I set my intention send love and gratitude back to the earth.

5) Start small. If you live in the city and are confined inside for the time being, you can still care for a houseplant or grow flowers in a window box. Or try something as simple as putting out a bird feeder to provide nourishment to your feathered friends,

These are just a few suggestions to help you feel closer to the natural world.

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