Today is Earth Day – a day for us to renew our awareness of our connection to the Earth. As we go through our daily routines, especially those of us that live in urban areas, it is easy to forget about the ground we walk upon. It is deeper than the sidewalk in front of our house, the road that leaves town; or the bicycle lane that takes us to work. Even in more rural areas, we may still focus on the day to day troubles and fail to contemplate the gifts of the earth.
Along with the idea that we need to take care of ourselves – mentally, physically and spiritually comes the much bigger notion that the earth is what sustains us all on each of these planes. Our gratitude for our life does not begin nor end with our ‘thank you for this day’; it begins with the simple actions that enhance or diminish our lives on a daily basis, that also enhance and diminish the quality of life on earth. Think about it. Think about the things you do to enhance your own personal well being. There should be no incongruity between self-care and care of the earth. The reverse holds true as well, if you know how to take care of the earth – you have the fundamental knowledge of how to take care of yourself.