Mother Nature is asking us to unify
I've been so grateful to watch the sunset the last two nights from these chairs with my daughter, Laila. We've been on a special mama-daughter getaway at a rustic cabin in Maine before school begins next week. I promised her a few years back that when she's ten we'd do something like this, just the two of us. And somehow my first baby is already 10 so here we are. These last two days have been so, so good.
While we've been savoring this quiet time together my spirit has called on me to write what I share below. I'm nervous to share this. It isn't comfortable to speak from my heart and soul in this way. But I believe we are capable of creating a Nourished Home for all and I am doing my best to be of service to that mission. Thank you for journeying with me, and for doing your part to contribute to a more Nourishing Home for your children and all of our children.
Mother Nature, the Great Unifier.
Mother Nature is our Great Unifier. And our children are our Great Equalizers.
It is time for us to listen, learn, and align. It's time for us to humbly and courageously step into rightful action.
Mother Nature, our Great Unifier, reminds us that we are one human race living on this great big planet we call home.
She calls on us to remember that we are each a small part of a cosmic whole that we cannot rule or control.
She is asking us to remember that we're here to coexist, to live simply, to give and receive in a way that honors the vast ecosystems that give us life.
Mother Nature is calling on us all, at this moment, to be of service to the highest good for all people, plants, rocks, and creatures of the complex web we coexist in.
I have been praying and mourning for the people, animals, and land of Texas devastated by this flood. I have been praying and mourning for the people, animals, and land in South Asia who are going through a similar horror right now.
***I will share some links at the end of this post where we can all contribute to helping our brothers and sisters in these regions recover. But first I have to share what I've been tuning into on the collective scale.***
Our possessions, status, wealth, and desires can feel BIG and IMPORTANT and even CRITICAL to our survival.
They have the potential to seduce us into living in ways that aren't aligned with our deepest wisdom, our truest hearts, our sacred integrity, or rightful action.
Racism, religious persecution, xenophobia, homophobia, exploitation of our natural resources only occur when we're half awake, closing our eyes to the humanity of our fellow citizens, ignoring the degradation of this planet.
Although I strive to be conscious and mindful of my impact on our people and planet, I know that my privilege comes at the cost of so much.
It's painful, scary, confronting to be awake to my privilege. But as a seeker who strives to be not only spiritually awake but committed to sacred activism, I must give voice to all I'm learning and working to live by.
One of my greatest teachers is Mother Nature herself. She teaches me every day when I sit by the river or walk through the woods that I am simply a part of a larger cycle that's ever present, ever unfolding.
And Mother Nature has great lessons for us collectively.
Mother Nature reminds us that our possessions, status, consumerism, and petty fears of those we deem as "other" are meaningless when natural disaster strikes.
Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other climatic events strip us right down to our essential selves.
And we have the opportunity to remember what we knew as young children.
Our small children, the Great Equalizers.
Our babies and youngest children are curious, brave, and compassionate. Humble, bold, unashamed, and vulnerable.
They do not hate others based on the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, ethnicity, immigration status, or religion.
Our youngest brothers and sisters see our whole human family through curious, wondrous, loving eyes.
We teach them to judge, fear, and hate the "other" as they grow.
But our youngest brothers and sisters are here to teach us to come home to our true, joyful, childlike, loving spirits.
Mother Nature, the Great Unifier, and our Children, the Great Equalizers, are here to remind us that we are the ones who are humble, loving, and all on the same team. We are the ones who are grateful to be a part of this living, breathing earth we collectively call home.
Mother Nature has worked so hard to partner with us, support and sustain us through our decades of mass consumerism, industrial development, and exploitation of her precious resources.
Despite Mother Nature's tireless efforts to adapt to our actions, we are confronted with questions about how sustainable our towns, cities, and current infrastructure truly are.
With climate change, major storms are becoming more frequent, severe, and devastating. We've hit a tipping point and these storms that are measuring on a whole new scale will keep coming.
When these storms converge with our concrete jungles, where trees, grasslands, plants, rock and earth have been replaced with pavement, buildings, and the footprint of human consumption as far the eye can see, we are being called to find a new way.
We have been living in a truly unsustainable way for far too long and we have the sacred opportunity right here right now to awaken.
We have the choice to start anew, and to build, create, and thrive as a human species in greater harmony with Mother Earth and the changes we've created in her climate through our consumption.
We are living in a political climate that has brought all of the shadows of racism, classism, privilege, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and fear-based policy center stage.
And Mother Nature, our great Unifier, is reminding us in Texas right now that we are one human race and we must come together.
I believe that Nature, this great Unifier, is going to continue to teach us in this 21st century that the issue of our times is how we all learn to live sustainably so that we and our future generations can thrive in harmony with the natural world that gives us life.
I will birth my third child in November.
I want her to live, grow, and thrive into old womanhood on a planet that is itself living, growing, and thriving.
I want all of our children to be safe. I want all of our children to thrive in community with their families, friends, and neighbors.
I want all of our children to know they are loved, that they are home, that they belong here.
May our babies, our youngest brothers and sisters, always remind us as the Great Equalizers that they are, that we are all, each and every one of us, neighbors on this great green and blue earth.
DONATE TO HELP THE SURVIVORS OF NATURAL DISASTER
- If you are feeling called to help the people of Houston and surrounding areas recover from Hurricane Harvey click here to read a short list of legitimate ways you can donate: Help the survivors of Hurricane Harvey
- If you are feeling called to help our international community recover from disaster, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian and development network. Donations to the IFRC go to immediate disaster situations. Donate to the IFRC here.
HELP US CREATE A HEALTHIER PLANET
Here's a collection of "10 High-Impact Environmental Charities with Integrity" that you can explore. Let's work diligently to protect our planet and people from the devastation of climate change.
Which of these 10 organizations resonates with you and speaks to your heart? Go with that one. Give them your support and be a part of their calls to action.
Mother Nature is making a clear request: It's time to act quickly and make sustainable changes in how we consume and care for our planet.
Although so much is out of our control, we can remember our essential selves.
We can choose to live in alignment with our deepest wisdom, our truest hearts, our sacred integrity, and rightful action as global citizens of this great earth.
With warmth & light,