When most of us think of Earth day we go straight to the symptoms of our unhealthy planet:

Plastic bags and masses in the ocean the size of whole states, fossil fuel use, dangerous mining for diamonds and other natural resources, animals dying at an alarming rate because of consumerism and the insatiable desire for more wealth, Global warming, chemicals in our food and all of our products, Chemtrails, dirty water and fluoride in the water supply, the consumption and treatment of animals, junk mail, e-waste, our global footprint, and unfortunately a host of others ways we are raping Pachamama, aka Mother Earth. 

Mama earth is sick and crying out for us to see the bigger picture.

But how many of us have looked at our literal physical bodies as reflections of what is going on with Mother Earth? As a culture and society we are obsessed with how to get rid of the symptoms without EVER looking at why the imbalance exists in the first place. So we create million dollar campaigns for a one day a year push to turn around 364 days of not being willing to look at the shadow side of Earth day, and to take a real look at ourselves and how we are treating our bodies and awakening to who we really are. The planet is suffering and crying out for us to get back in touch with who we really are spiritually. 

Everything that is going wrong with planet earth is a direct reflection of how we treat our bodies and our lack of understanding about ourselves spiritually & how interconnected those two things are.

As above. So below.

So how are we treating this sacred vessel that we call our physical bodies? Are we feeding it well with empowering thoughts? Have we given the message to our young women that somehow injecting ourselves with plastic and filler makes us more beautiful? Are we advocating for women in cultures where all kinds of rape and substandard care are the law of the day? Have we listened to the ancient pulse of the earth, our hearts and the truth we feel or instinctively know? Or do we ignore and drudge on with our daily lives unconsciously consuming and disconnecting? Do we invalidate everything unseen and somehow make everything about what we can sense with only our most basic awareness? Do we hail masculine traits as amazing while disconnected completely from our heart, emotions, and feminine flow? Basically, how are we in our physical bodies and how are we awakening to the vastness of who we really are and the power of LOVE we truly possess?

Earth day in its truest sense is a chance to reconnect with the earth inside of ourselves.

To take time to heal. To forgive. To acknowledge that we are a part of something magical. The same force that turns an acorn into an mighty oak and an embryo into a baby is who we really are. Take a watch apart into a thousand tiny pieces and when you put it back together it will eventually tick. If we did the same thing with a human body it would not come back to it's original form. The magic spark of life would have left the body. No matter what "religion" or cultural belief we have adopted about the nature of life and reality we must at some point look at how all of this flows together. We must see our bodies as the earth and treat her accordingly. That means starting with the WOMAN OR MAN in the mirror. That is how change takes place. It will never be from policy makers or from the top down. The revolution starts in the mind and hearts of women and men. It starts when we begin to deeply honor the magic spark of life and our bodies. The earth will always prevail but how will we fair if we don't look with new eyes and hearts?

 

An exercise to heal on "Earth Day"

Go outside to a beautiful space in nature, preferably where the sounds & sights of anything man-made disappear. Walk around mindfully and slowly allowing your thoughts and frenetic pace to adopt the pace of nature. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Start to notice the perfection of the organic world. The tiny buds or the full open blooms of trees, branches or flowers. Maybe you smell or taste the honeysuckle. Just begin to focus on nature and how you can see reflections of yourself in its perfection. Walk a little slower than you do in your day to day life. Slow down to a snails pace. Open your arms and "soar" like the bird. Notice the butterfly that flutters by your body. Become one with nature. Take your shoes off and ground with the earth. Heck take your clothes off (If you can and won't be arrested) Say a prayer or give an affirmation of thanks. Optional - Bring a journal and spend some time writing about your experience in the wild. 


The 'Earth My Body' beginning and end is based on a Native American chant, the sentiment of which echoes throughout indigenous cultures around the world - Recognizing that we are pieces of the living planet, awakened into self awareness. 
Sharing the very elements of our bodies with all of life. 

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Lyrics

Earth My Body
Water My Blood
Air My Breath
and Fire My Spirit

Earth My Body
Water My Blood
Air My Breath
and Fire My Spirit

I like to sing to the Earth
I like to hold her
She likes to sing to me
She likes to hold me

I like to sing to the Earth
I like to hold her
She likes to sing to me
She likes to hold me

I carry fistfuls of leaves
I make love to the breeze
I carry fistfuls of bones
I trust they will lead me home
I carry grief on my wings
I know why caged birds sing

Through many turns of this moon
My women have suffered wounds
But my grandmothers with me
Close your eyes can't you see?
And my grandchildren are here
The rose the crow and the deer

I am surrounded by light
The light of stories
We need to quiet our minds
We need to listen

We are surrounded by light
The light of stories
We need to quiet our minds
We need to listen

Earth My Body
Water My Blood
Air My Breath
And Fire My Spirit

Earth My Body
Water My Blood
Air My Breath
And Fire My Spirit

Earth My Body
Water My Blood
Air My Breath
And Fire My Spirit

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