Cleaning Up Mother Earth
from our Angel Messenger Creative Team
Cleaning up Mother Earth is our responsibility, and many people are definitely doing their part. But despite everything we know about our suffering planet, there are still so many of us standing on the fence.
We can do better. And perhaps one of the best ways to get motivated and stay motivated is to take a few pointers from a group of people who have always had a fierce and reverent love for Mother Earth.
If we can adopt even a small percentage of their love and respect for Mother Earth, we can clean her up and stop letting her down. Why? Because our motivation won’t come from our heads. It will come from the heart.
Mother Earth is alive with spirit
Native Americans believe that all nature is alive with spirit. That goes for you, me, the rocks, water, wind, animals – everything. And because nature is alive with spirit, it’s sacred, and something to revere and love.
In the words of the indigenous activist, John Two-Hawks, “[Native people] are connected to the earth. Not in some dreamy, romanticized way, but in reality…Native people have always possessed an innate sense of our deep connection to the earth, fire, water, and wind.”
“We have always known that a tree is alive…that the waters and the winds are our lifeblood…[And] how important it is to the future generations that we live our lives humble and in balance and respect with Mother Earth.”
And because of this long rapport with Mother Earth, it’s unthinkable for many Native Americans today to live with the same careless attitude that others have adopted. For them, fighting for Mother Earth isn’t something they do on the weekends. Defending and protecting her comes naturally to them, just like it does for Faith Spotted Eagle, a 68-year old elder of the Yankton Sioux Nation.
Change your beliefs about Mother Earth
Protecting and cleaning up Mother Earth can come naturally to us, too. But in order to do that, we have to cultivate a different mindset about Mother Earth.
As Thich Nhat Hanh says, “When you realize the Earth is so much more than simply your environment, you’ll be moved to protect her in the same way as you would yourself. This is the kind of awareness that we need…If we develop a deep relationship with the Earth, we’ll have enough love, strength, and awakening in order to change our way of life.”
The best way to start cleaning up Mother Earth is to start loving her again.
How to love Mother Earth
You can’t love someone very well if you don’t know them very well. And unfortunately, most of us don’t spend much time with Mother Nature. Here are four ways you can change that.
#1: Get outside
We spend the vast majority of our time indoors. But how can you increase your love, respect, and awe for Mother Earth when you’re never hanging out with her?
No matter where you live, make a conscious decision to spend more time outside. What do you love about being outside? Get specific!
#2: Learn about local life
Learn about animals or plants that live and grow in your area. Then, whenever you clean up your own special area of the earth, you help to make sure these animals and plants have a better place to live, too.
#3: Build a connection
Develop a relationship with the earth by finding an outdoor place where you can offer prayers, connect, or simply be quiet.
#4: Eat locally
There are so many advantages to eating locally. But when you eat locally, you can increase your love for Mother Earth. It’s like going home to your mom or grandmother’s house, where you know the food is always good. When you eat locally, you can really appreciate what Mother Earth is providing for you right where you are.
5 ideas for cleaning up Mother Earth
The internet abounds with so many wonderful tips on how to clean up Mother Earth, protect the environment and do your part. Here are 5 ideas that have love at their core.
#1: Say No to plastic
Did you know that expeditions found plastic in the Mariana Trench? That’s the deepest trench not just in the Pacific ocean, but in the whole world. Yes, plastic is all the way down there.
Help to reduce plastic pollution by using reusable shopping bags, reusable coffee cups, and avoiding plastic wherever and whenever possible.
#2: Pick up pollution
We could all point fingers and say that cleaning up Mother Earth is someone else’s problem, but let’s replace blaming with our own initiative.
Slip on a pair of cleaning gloves and gather up the garbage you see. Sure, other people shouldn’t litter. But should we walk over it and ignore it? We can, but hopefully, our newly-awakened love for Mother Earth invites us to do something different; something better.
#3: Go paperless
There are so many opportunities to reduce the amount of paper that gets produced and thrown away. Opt for online bills, invoices, tickets, etc.
If possible, read eBooks, rather than physical books, which we typically only read once anyway. And if you’re always getting useless advertisements in your mailbox, make a point to unsubscribe so you don’t accumulate piles of wasted paper.
#4: Ask: Do I *really* need this?
We are persuaded by society to buy, buy, buy. But before you make your next purchase, stop and ask yourself: Do I really need this? That is, is it essential, or do you think you will get rid of it within a year or two? If it’s not essential, leave it on the shelf. Otherwise, it will end up in a landfill, dumped on top of Mother Earth. Not so loving, right?
#5: Use solar power
You don’t have to install solar panels on your roof or go off the grid. That’s not always feasible for everyone.
But there is something you can probably do: instead of throwing your clothes in the tumble dryer – which takes up a lot of energy – use the sun’s warmth to dry your clothes and kitchen towels.
Once you start doing this, you’ll appreciate good weather on a whole new level and thank the sun for shining for you that day.
#6: Meditate outside
Mother Earth isn’t some inanimate object. She is a living entity that gives birth to life. Your positive energy and vibrational frequency have an effect on her, too.
So, take your meditative moments outside, and share your positive vibes with Mother Earth. She’ll share her healing energy with you, too.
#7: Use non-toxic cleaning products
Whether you’re washing your laundry or your dishes, your toilet or your car, always strive to use non-toxic cleaning products. The products we use end up in the water supply and land, and if they’re made up of toxic ingredients and nasty chemicals, it’s like pouring poison down Mother Earth.
Remember, the earth is our source of food and water. Without Mother Earth, we wouldn’t be alive!
It’s never too late for love
The Dalai Llama is attributed with saying,
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
We have to include Mother Earth in this conversation. It’s no longer a luxury to love Mother Earth. Nature has existed for millions and millions of years, long before humans hit the scene. And in the short time, we’ve been here, we’ve certainly done a lot of damage.
But it’s never too late to believe nature is alive with spirit. And it’s never too late to be compassionate and loving to Mother Earth.
Much Love & Angel Blessings,