As Earth Day approaches, its hard to understand why its not the most celebrated day of the year. It feels like barely a blip on the radar as we all focus on upcoming Mother’s Day. I love my mom too, but, the Earth is the O.G. Mother and I’m always perplexed at how little importance we give to this connection we have with her. We all superficially understand the earth to be our home, the very ground beneath our feet, but we still remain disconnected in a larger sense, as though our fates were not intertwined, as though we were not intertwined. But it bears remembering that we are not an exception to the rule of life on this planet.
We hear buzzwords like sustainability and green living and some of us half-heartedly participate but by in large we take our home for granted. As the conversation about wellness grows in popularity and more and more people are awakening to the fact that nurturing our inner connection; deepening the richness of our inner lives, is essential to a life well lived, the earth is conspicuously missing from the conversation or else included as an afterthought. But, there can be no inner and outer alignment without acknowledging this sacred connection that precedes all other connections. The very same impulse that moves us towards our own wellness, towards our own growth and alignment, cannot be complete without acknowledging the root of our very being: our home.
After all, the moon affects the tides of the ocean and our menstrual cycles. The sun warms our mood and our bodies. Plants sustain us with air to breathe, food to eat, and its hard to deny the spiritual connection we feel when we’re immersed in nature. We’ve been looking skyward since the beginning of self-awareness but the connection to the earth beneath our feet is even older than that.
This Earth is not our birthright- she is our mother. This is about stewardship and responsibility and taking care of our mother as all children do as they get older. We must listen, quietly and undisturbed, to the natural environment and honor the gift she gives us. By listening, we feel connected to the land, to our evolutionary past and to ourselves again.