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Embracing an Earth Life Balance

Earth Life

In a recent message from Mary she showed me the natural balance of our planet as it was at one time.

As humans we worked within this balance. We had our own communities and we did what we needed in order to survive. We farmed, we fished, we hunted… but only what we needed. We drew on the natural resources around us to make life livable and comfortable. It wasn’t easy, and it was a true balancing act. We had respect for nature and our surroundings…and even though the term sustainability was not in our vocabulary at the time, we were living it.

But times changed and so did our greed… as well as our attitudes. Most of it was pure ignorance … we had a minimal understanding of the impact we had on our environment at the time. We simply wanted more…all in the name of progress, convenience, commerce and power. The next thing we knew we were polluting our beautiful planet and diminishing our resources at a rate where the balance would be changed forever.

I realize there is no going back to those days, but we must always keep nature in our thoughts…what are we doing to our planet? What could we be doing to lessen the impact of the way society lives today? What can we do in terms of reducing our carbon footprint? What can we do to reduce the amount of waste we produce? What can we do in order to conserve energy? What alternatives can we use when choosing products or services?

Here are a few suggestions (and there are many more):

  1. Clean with natural and harmless products such as vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda (look for aluminum free…here’s a link that talks about brand name baking soda and the use of aluminum http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/15/Baking-Soda-Used-to-Treat-Swine-Flu-85-Years-Ago.aspx )
  2. When you are sick try treating your body with natural and holistic options such as oil of oregano and raw garlic instead of buying cold and flu products from the drug store.
  3. Instead of throwing away unwanted items, try giving them away or donate to charity.
  4. Do your research before purchasing painting products or wood treatment products for treating wooden decks and fences….you might be surprised at what is out there and better for the environment.
  5. The usual advice: walk don’t drive…reduce, reuse, recycle…compost…use cloth bags when shopping…watch your energy usage…
  6. Vote with your wallet…contact your big box retailer and tell them you want greener products.
  7. Buy organic if you can. Buy local if you can.
  8. Don’t buy into the latest and greatest anything…it is all marketing…ask yourself “Is this something that I really need, or am I just being swayed by a marketing campaign?”.
  9. Be careful with plastic products. Convenient yes, but the health risks are still unknown…(there are over 200 chemicals floating around in our bloodstream because of the food, the packaging and products we consume).
  10. Research Holistic health options including dentistry….there are dentist who use x-ray machines that produce minimal radiation…so ask your dentist what they are using…also try to eliminate your use of fluoride…research is showing that this is not a healthy treatment option.

…anyway these are a few things off the top of my head…there are hundreds of other recommendations…the bottom line is be kind to mother nature and she will be kind to all of us!

…and this is according to Mary!

Earth Day – the Sequel…This Time it’s Personal

Fall is here
I’ve always like the way movies try to come up with cleaver sequel titles or tag lines. When in doubt go for “This time it’s personal”. So, for many of use last week had some type of Earth Day theme to it. I know in my office they were giving out trees to plant…and pens made out of recycled cardboard…coffee was free for the day to anyone who brought their own mug…there were tables displaying various energy efficiency initiatives going on in our community…a group of volunteers went out and cleaned up any garbage or debris that gathered around the building over the winter months… there was even a demonstration to point out how much dirt gets collected from an exhaust system by placing a sock over the tailpipe. These are all good things to help draw attention to and in a way celebrate Earth Day.

…But shouldn’t Earth Day be every day? Shouldn’t we constantly be looking at our lifestyles and making adjustments on a regular basis to see what we can do to protect our environment. This morning “C” and I sat down to channel one of the images Mary sent me was that of the Earth orbiting the sun, but she did it in a method that represented time-lapped photography. She was showing me the Earth every day….with the message of “Let’s make every day Earth Day”.

We don’t have to go crazy trying to change all of our habits at once…but if we can make small and simple adjustments…focus on what we are consuming…focus on what we are throwing away…focus on the products we purchase…focus on what we are pouring down our drains…and just put some thought into the impact we are having on the environment.

Is there a safer product? Is there a less toxic option? Do you really need it? Is there an option to reduce your carbon footprint? Am I being wasteful?

It’s a matter of being thoughtful…a matter of loving the Earth…loving yourself…listening to your heart…and helping to heal the Earth….and there should be any doubt…the Earth does need to heal.
…and this is according to Mary….much love!

They’re Setting Fire to the Oceans

They’re Setting Fire to the Oceans…those are actually partial lyrics to a song by a band called Yukon Blonde that’s been stuck in my head since a recent message from Mary came through. The image that she sent was that of the ocean and a single fishing boat. My first thought was that the boat seemed so small in comparison to the massive oceans, but yet at the same time I felt fear. The reality is that our oceans are in danger. It’s as if we are setting fire to the oceans through our over consumption and disposable life styles… plus the issue of over fishing… we are placing a huge strain on our environment.

Most people are unaware of what is happening to our delicate underwater ecosystems. Most of us know about the health benefits of fish and fish oils, but are unaware of the destruction that is happening all over the world. I’m not suggesting giving up the health benefits but we should at least be thinking about our lifestyles and the choices we make.

I found a very interesting video from the UK which I’m sure is reflective in the fishing practices in other parts of the world. Also, there is a documentary coming out next month by Rob Stewart called Revolution that will be worth watching.
http://www.therevolutionmovie.com/

In the meantime here is a link that outlines 10 things that you can do to help…I’ve listed the bullet points below:
http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/take-action/10-things-you-can-do-to-save-the-ocean/

1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
3. Use Fewer Plastic Products
4. Help Take Care of the Beach
5. Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life
6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
8. Influence Change in Your Community
9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly
10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life

Love yourself…love the earth…love the oceans..and this is according to Mary.