5 Ways to Reconnect with Mother Earth
In celebration of Earth Day this April, we have lined up different suggestions on how you can reconnect with Mother Earth on a more personal and intimate level. By reconnecting, we can unearth the deeper reasons behind recycling, waste segregation, and other key advocacies of environmentalists.
Sometimes, in the midst of our busy lives, we can forget that our habits and lifestyle choices have impacts on the environment for better or worse.
1. Care after a plant – Keep a tiny part of Mother Earth under your wing and surprise yourself at how therapeutic it can be. Don’t worry; you don’t need a green thumb to have a plant that’s thriving under your watch. For low maintenance plants, succulents come in a variety of personalities. There’s the quirky cactus, the laidback aloe vera, or the elegant jade.
If you want to take this a step further, why not build your own herb garden if you have the space for it in your backyard? Easy herbs you can try first are basil, chives, and dill.
2. Go on a nature vacation – Visit beaches, underground rivers, caves, and other nature spots on your next vacation. There’s so much beauty to see beyond the concrete canopy of the urban jungle. A nature vacation is also a good time to recharge and reflect. If you’ve been feeling stressed, a nature vacation can rejuvenate your mind, more than what a trip to the spa can do.
Visit Mother Earth at her best and take pictures! Make your nature vacation more enjoyable and invite your family and friends with you.
3. Get into an outdoor sport – Try your hand at surfing, mountain climbing, trail biking, or any other outdoor sport that will bring you to the wilderness. Mother Earth is our playground too! Expose your senses to the elements and relish the smallest pleasures such as feeling the sun on your skin, being cooled down by the breeze, and more.
Hopefully, with these experiences, we can arrive at a newfound appreciation for Mother Earth’s beauty. At the same time, we can also reap the health advantages of engaging in sports.
4. Disconnect from the digital world – It isn’t impossible to go a day, a week, or a month without internet. After all, Mother Earth is still the primary provider of our basic needs. As much as how the digital and the natural can go hand in hand, disconnecting from the digital world can help broaden our perspective about the environment.
For your digital detox, start small and disconnect for a set number of minutes every day. You may find that disconnecting can be a valuable means of de-stressing and the best part is it doesn’t entail spending money.
5. Eat local produce in season – Eat local produce in season and let Mother Earth teach you the wisdom of life cycles. As they say, there is a time for everything and the food we eat is not an exception. Seasonal foods are not only more delicious but are also more affordable and accessible than their manipulated counterparts.
Aside from helping local farmers with this initiative, we also effectively pay respect to what Mother Earth can or cannot give. Feast on nature’s bounty and give gratitude.
Reconnecting may not be an overnight event but it makes for a great complement to our efforts of living a green life, instilling a stronger why behind the how.
How about you? How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day this year? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below; we’re always happy to hear from you!