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Reminds Us to Honor the Earth
Earth Day is April 22nd. Having it on the calendar stimulates a
thought process that most do not engage in often.
the state of our planet? Its resources? It’s overall health?
is my relationship with planet earth? Do I have one?
Do I give
back to this planet that provides me a home?
American cultures teach us that the greatest wisdom of the earth is
respect. Earth is intimately linked to our past and our future, and
it holds the key to our survival. Native American cultures believe
that everything on earth, animate, inanimate, and in the sky has a
spirit. The sun, moon, thunder, and wind are considered especially
powerful. The earth itself is often referred to as Earth Woman or
African cultures show us that the sources of
life are earth and its water. These cultures believe that spiritual
forces are strong in the underground tributaries and streams. Their
perspective is that this where earth’s soul resides.
cultures respected and lived in harmony with the earth. What
happened? Our modern world seems to have lost touch. Removed is the
thought process that we have a responsibility to the earth.
God made the earth to provide us with all that we need. Why do we,
as individuals and as a society, treat earth with such disrespect?
Littering and filling landfills with products that cannot be
naturally decomposed damages the earth. Rapping the earth of trees,
animals, fish, and scarce resources such as oil, leaves little for
It is important to protect and respect
our earth because earth gives us life.
● Show respect by spending time outside in nature. Still yourself
and listen to the earth and the other elements of nature. Bring
Earth and nature into meditative practices.
● Show respect in a
physical manner by not adding to the pollution. Stop thoughtlessly
littering and become a responsible recycler.
Embrace a green
lifestyle. Use recycled products. Drive a gas efficient automobile.
Little changes can have a big impact on the planet – vow to make
those changes each day.
● Create the best for the earth by
holding the vision of earth’s perfect health and harmony, in your
mind’s eye. Hold that vision as if it is already taking place.
Teach your children and grandchildren to love and respect the earth.
Lead by your example. Spend time with them outside in nature.
There was a time when we took only what we needed, when we gave
something back, and when we worshipped and honored all of creation.
Now the waters are polluted, natural resources are depleted, and the
elements that God created are neglected and ignored.
find our way to a simpler and more meaningful life by living in
harmony with the earth and all of nature.
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