Finding an emotional connection with our planet

I have always been someone who has felt connected to the earth and environmental conservation.  In high school many years ago I was wearing the "reduce, reuse, recycle" t-shirts at a time where this practice was not common place.  Recently though I have found myself with a new emotional connection to the Earth.  This connection has really had me paying attention to the details of my day to day life and the plants and animals around me in a new light. 

When I am outside I look at the plants and animals in a new way.  I listen for what they have to say, look at what they are doing and what their day to day is like.  When I am around plants I listen for messages within as they hold many ancient secrets of the universal ways, especially trees which have been around for twenty to fifty years.  Imagine what they have seen in this span of time!

In my day to day I look at possessions in a different way.  I have found myself thinking about whether or not I really need all of these "things" in my life and the effects on the planet that occurred in their making.  When throwing away trash I think about all of the trash in all of the landfills in the world and their effect on the earth's ecosystems.  I have always been one to release my unused items to Goodwill or those in need so that they are recycled and to recycle as much as possible, but this has me thinking more of the global span of these issues our environment is facing. 

Finding an emotional connection with the Earth and its' inhabitants assists in rethinking our day to day and the hussle and bussle of the main stream society in a new way.  It allows us to look at what our needs are in life and what is of the highest and greatest importance to us.  Knowing what our values are and what our life priorities are allows us to release what is no longer necessary for our life path.  This in turn creates balance with all, with the Earth and all that we share this wonderful home of ours with!

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