Happy Earth Day!
Please celebrate by having yourself an extra yummy green–superfood–salad, smoothie or juice today. And go outside and connect!! Cheers!
With a growing shift in consciousness and wellness lifestyles, what we consume, how we source food and materials, how we eat and how we treat the Earth, should all reflect this rise in consciousness–as it did in ancient times and how it currently does in indigenous cultures still. A beautiful way of life and philosophy of indigenous people is to only take what you need from the earth and to pray and give thanks for all the elements and energy that went into planting and harvesting that which you eat from the Earth, a.k.a. Mother Earth, a.k.a. Gaia. This way of our ancestors is beautiful and not dead. We can each reach deep within and connect to the timeless wisdom of living in better harmony with the Earth and its inhabitants.
Living greener, more conscious, and mindful, has evolved into an overall lifestyle for me. The beauty of this path of living environmentally friendly and making responsible decisions and lifestyle choices, has affect me on all levels.
Our mindfulness towards the earth is for the greater good and future sustainability of all here now, and all to come.
Becoming aware of what environmental hazards are, their impact on us and the earth, and how we can easily do our part to reduce them, is such a powerful start for making change. Chemical-based products negatively affect us on a cellular level. They cause hormonal imbalance, reduce brain function, alter the nervous system (google neurotoxins) and pollute our bodies, the air in our home, the environment, and the planet. One of the greatest factors that made me realize the impact of chemicals and environmental hazards on living things is the many benefits I've experienced mind, body, and soul, as a direct result of cutting chemicals and toxins out of my life. I have greater brain function, more clarity, clearer skin, greater hormonal health, and emotional control. I now implement regular ways to detox from the heavy-metals around us, such as having Fulvic Acid with water, liver cleanses, green juices, probiotics, and epsom salt detox baths. Toxic heavy metals come from air pollution, automobiles and public transportation, and are some of the biggest sources of pollutants. So no matter how healthy we eat or how toxic-free our home is, if we leave our home and venture out into the world, pollution will be there. The good news is that there’s solutions. The more and more that awaken, lean in, and learn how we can each do our part in reducing pollution, honoring our planet, and protecting it, we help the earth vibrate higher daily.
3 Easy Ways to Protect the Earth & Yourself
1. Supporting Ethical Brands & Companies
Brands who are environmentally mindful, sustainable, ethically, and consciously made. Not only do these companies have the planet’s well-being in mind, but also yours. Such a win-win situation. I have a huge crush on companies whose values and ethics benefit and support me in maintaining and sustaining a healthful lifestyle. To have conscious brands so accessible–is everything.
I love mindful companies and brands who get it. Don't you? In the same way that indigenous gatherers and farmers only take what is needed from the earth, these brands only make and produce what is needed. And in some cases as in not made until it’s ordered. This ultimately helps to reduce emissions in the air, which is the #1 cause of air pollution.
2. Going Green | Natural Products
Transitioning to a non-toxic lifestyle by breaking up with chemical-laden beauty, hair, body, and household products, has been life changing is such a positive way. My biggest concern was if natural/green products would actually work as well. It took me some time to discover which products are most effective for my home, my family and I, and to learn about ingredients. Once I found my flow and way with green products and green living, I never looked back. I love supporting natural products & brands who get it and that WORK. I've become a full-fledged believer in the power of pure, natural, chemical-free products. Yes, they are out there, they work–well, have high standards, and help us all to do our part in reducing emissions and protecting and saving the planet.
Natural Home & Cleaning Supplies: Seventh Generation, Zum Clean Laundry Soap, Natural Value (Wax Paper and BPA-Free Baggies), Mrs. Meyer's, If You Care, Simply Organic, Caboo
Natural Body/Beauty/Hair/Bath: Saje, Giovanni, Well People, Hanahana Beauty, Honest, Schmidt's, Spa Ritual Natural Nail Polish
Natural Medicinals: Premier Research Labs, Gaia Herbs, Herb Pharm, Moodbeli, Moon Juice, Navitas, EnerHealth, Mushroom Matrix, Nature's Plus, Garden of Life, Sun Potion
Natural Candles, Incense, Sprays, Woods: Resonance Apothecary, Shaman's Market
are all among my favs and go to's. I could go on and on!
3. Reusable Grocery Bags & Boxes
Less plastic bags for the win! Less paper bags for the win! Less single use items for the win! The data on how plastic bags are polluting the environment and harming both marine and wildlife is alarming. California along with other states have placed a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags to reduce pollution and protect the environment. Customers now have to bring their own bags when shopping or pay 10 cents to purchase a recycled paper bag or you can purchase a reusable bag for around $1 to $2. It’s wonderful to know that 200 countries around the world and other states and cities are taking the same protective measures by enacting laws which ban the distribution of disposable, non-recyclable plastic carry-out bags and charge a fee for all other disposable bags.
My personal favorite way to pack groceries is using hemp mesh bags and large canvas or cotton totes. My next favs are boxes and hand woven market baskets and African Baskets. The level of ease they both make carrying groceries is pretty epic. Saving and repurposing grocery boxes works wonders as a way to transport groceries from store to home. Grocery boxes can be found at any market and store you shop at. I’m sure they’d be more than generous in donating a few to your mission in reducing waste and protecting the environment. If you use plastic bags and sandwich bags, consider reusing them. Sandwich bags can be washed out, left to dry, and
Reflection | Thoughts
Keep in mind that because of supply and demand, the less we use, the less that has to be made. And keep in mind that litter is not just litter, it’s pollution.
We’re either guardians and stewards, of the Earth/Gaia or the opposite. Yikes! Let’s be good, thoughtful, and kind stewards of Gaia, Mother Earth, she’s feeding us and housing us–as she did our beloved ancestors. How beautiful. Give thanks and honor!