“Like a Mother who allows her children to play in her lap, she gently took care of their every wish. Her womb was their home and they were flying freely around like butterflies. Initially they kissed her feet and held her hands tightly as they explored the beauty of the home she created for them. They were in awe of her magical treasures and happily swayed along on her songs. Whenever, one of her children was struck by the dance of karma and fell ill – she presented her loving potions which she created in their name. Her medicines were like sweet nectar, derived from the petals of the precious and delicate flowers, aromatic herbs and most of all – her love, light and healing energy.
As time went by, they grew stronger and stronger and more familiar with the way everything worked – and thus they started exploring more and using her treasures to create new things. With every invention their love for things began to grow more and more – and their memory of their mother started to fade away.
They started to snatch her clothes and jewels in order to satisfy their needs – in order to meet their demands and growing wishes – leaving her barren. But still, she didn’t let go of them. Even though they were hurting her every second and trampled on her womb – she would rise every morning and get dressed again – only to be left barren and hurt by night again. They said it was their right, their inheritance. She didn’t say anything – she sealed her lips.
It was her prayer and her devotion to give them everything she has, until her last breath.
She is your mother – Mother Earth. Do you love her as much as she loves you?”
My personal theme for the month of May is Mother Earth Awareness. I always try to dedicate a certain time/phase or month to something that is coming up a lot. Often it is just something that suddenly has a stronger presence in my life. So this month it will be all about Mother Earth.
So what will I do during Mother Earth May?
For the past few days I have really been thinking about what my own individual impact is on the world and what I can do to improve this. This means that every day, I will keep track of my daily routines and the things that I do – and reflect upon each of my actions, such as the following:
What do I normally eat? Is what I eat chemical? Does it harm Mother Earth in anyway? If so, how could I reduce it?
Do I produce a lot of waste a day? What kind of waste do I throw away? Is it environmental friendly? Or is it a lot of plastic?
Are the groceries I buy sustainable? Does it contain a lot of plastic? Where does it come from? How does it impact Mother Earth?
What kind of beauty products do I use? Are they chemical or not? Do they harm Mother Earth? Which products could I replace with natural ones?
What kind of cleaning products do I use? Do they harm Mother Earth? Which products could I replace with natural cleaning methods?
My aim is to reflect on at least one thing a day, educate myself and my surroundings and raise awareness. A lot of individuals argue that vegetarianism is the ultimate way to go. However, despite not having any animal products myself – I still believe we produce a lot of waste and contribute to damaging Mother Earth in many ways, due to the following:
As soon as we as human beings start following trends or become increasingly in favour of certain foods, herbs etc. the demand increases and suppliers will be pressurised to come up with new “creative” ways to be able to produce enough. Which means that our herbs, organic oils, nuts (such as almond nuts) and so forth are perhaps in possible danger? But moreover, the Earth is in danger. In the end it doesn’t matter whether we have more refined oils or organic oils – as long as our needs and demands are high – Mother Earth will naturally go through a lot of pain. So we need to be mindful of what is right for us and what we need. Moreover, in a way our demands and desires to have foods from across the world has also disrupted nature’s natural ways. It is not for no reason that ancient healers used to stress on the fact that one should have only that, which is in season and that which has been grown in their surroundings.
For example, those who suffer from pollen allergy or hay-fever allergy, are often recommended to take natural honey, which was made in the area they are living – as that will lessen the allergy. Moreover, according to ancient healing systems such as: Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Islamic medicine and so forth; it is said that one should eat according to the elements present in his or her body. In Ayurveda the main elements (dosha’s) are described vatta, pitta and kalpha. Those who have a vatta composition should have a different diet and lifestyle then those for example with a pitta composition. Moreover, foods were also perceived as medicine in ancient times – where each imbalance (illness) had a specific counter remedy – that helped the body to move towards its natural balance again.
At home, for example, I do not cook with onion and garlic (for spiritual/energetic reasons), however, when one of us suffer from a fever, cold or the flu – we use garlic as a remedy, for it is perceived as a highly effective and natural antibiotic. In the end Mother Nature truly has a cure to everything – but it is us human beings who have forgotten it. The question I always ask myself though is, what if we always eat the same type of foods, what if we continuously have fruits and vegetables that are out of season? What kind of affects does it have on our body? Meaning, what if garlic is indeed strong and works as an antibiotic – what kind of affect does it have on our cells if we consume it everyday?
The problem is of course, that now a days, there are countless of studies conducted and each topic has perhaps positive and negative results. Therefore, I know that there will be many people out there who perhaps disagree with me and that is fine. The most important thing is, that we learn once again how to listen to our body and to act accordingly. And in order to do so – we need to learn to align ourselves to Mother Nature and listen carefully to her wisdom. Our compassion and gentleness towards the Earth and this world in general has really left us in many ways – so it is time to (re)-establish our connection with Nature.
Will you join me? What will you do for your Mother?
Perhaps Vegan Tuesday? or going through your cupboard? Changing your diet? Or simply by sending out a prayer for Mother Earth? Everything is possible
With my love & light,