this earth day

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Β – unknown

On this Earth Day, it seems appropriate to observe the condition of the planet as a metaphor for our human condition. Or is it the human condition, played out every day in myriad ways, that is the metaphor for the condition of the planet? As I step back and observe these, it appears to be a both/and situation.

The alarm is being sounded, over and over, to warn us that we must make immediate changes to the way we live on this planet if there is to be one at all for our children’s children…or their children. Our lives of excess are catching up rapidly. Whether we consume large amounts of fossil fuels for various reasons, don’t bother to recycle appropriate waste in our communities, or we eat too much, or keep using plastic bags when we shop, or…there are many more; we are taking from rather than seeking ways to give to our planet to keep it healthy.

I wonder how our individual choices mirror, in some way, those we are making in the ways we choose to live on this planet? I feel it is worth a few moments for each of us to pause to consider our own individual health and how it, too, may mirror the condition of our planet. Our choices have consequences. Every choice…every one.

I love trees. They have been an object of my love and respect for many years. Over the weekend I read a message from Tami Simon of Sounds True that mentioned trees and Adyashanti’s perspective on them in his most recent book.

“In his new book, The Most Important Thing, spiritual teacher Adyashanti writes about “enlightened relativity” by exploring the nature of a living tree. He writes about how it is impossible to say that such a tree exists separately from the soil that feeds its roots, or from the sunshine, air, and rain that allow the tree to grow and thrive. It is actually pretty obvious: there is no such thing as a tree apart from the total environment in which it is embedded.”

And so it is with each of us.

We are fragile. The earth is fragile. May we see our own fragility, so that we see how fragile the earth we inhabit truly is.

May we all learn to love, honor and respect the gift of our lives here and now. As we heal ourselves, we contribute to the healing of the planet. May we offer love, honor and respect to the earth by making choices, however small, that contribute to the healing of our environment.

Think globally. Act locally.

It will make a difference.

With gratitude to all of those who work tirelessly every day to care for and nurture back to health, our earthly home.


13 thoughts on “this earth day

  • A beautiful post Carrie. Reminding us of our deep connection to everything and to each other. May we all wake up and take responsibility in healing ourselves and Mother Earth and to re-connect daily and honor this one and precious life we have been given. Happy Earth Day πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’•

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  • Beautiful post, Carrie. ❀

    I was particularly struck by this: "…we are taking from rather than seeking ways to give to our planet to keep it healthy." The taking seems to be an addiction. I've been thinking a lot about how much it resembles any addiction (drugs, alcohol, you name it), and how there are so many good people out there who have awakened with a hangover of sorts and realize that we've been (literally) trashing our lives. It's been a very slow recovery, one that's been going on for as long as I can remember. Probably before my time of remembering.

    Unfortunately, the recovery models are so out of date. But there are wonderful people out there, with new and amazing ideas, who are leading the way towards something else. I hope, for the sake of those to come, we make it.

    I am currently reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. Have you read it? (Or maybe you were one of several who recommended it to me? If so, thank you!) It's about trees and humans. I'm about halfway through and it's a wonderful book so far.

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    • Thank you, Robin. ❀️ I am not familiar with the book you mention. However, I know now from you and will find it! Thank you!

      I agree with you on the outdated models for addiction treatment. I feel those are shifting in small ways as well. The β€œthrow away” habits which have been inculcated by money-making corporate giants are a challenging addiction. There are many individuals and groups who continue to work tirelessly for all of us, which is why any small step we take makes an important contribution to the healing of these addictions and ultimately our planet. πŸ™πŸ»

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  • Wonderful post, Carrie. Sometimes it is so frustrating to realize how little we can do locally on the big issues threatening our planet, but it is better than nothing, of course.

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    • Thank you, Helen. I feel that even the small things we choose to do – the choices we make individually – make an important contribution to the whole. There are many people working hard every day to get us turned around as a collective…and our individual contributions matter. πŸ™‚


  • Carrie,
    I like this, “We are fragile. The earth is fragile. May we see our own fragility, so that we see how fragile the earth we inhabit truly is.” A beautiful intention to start any day with.

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  • So many decisions we make in a day feel small, but they’re not, are they? I feel pain when I forget my shopping bags. I need to feel it closer to my core so that it never happens again.

    P.S. Awfully proud of my reusable straw, too. If everyone could …

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