Hay House Radio Episode Recap
- Episode Name: “Meditation for Mother Earth: Cultivating Love”
- Live Broadcast: April 17th, 2018 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time
Episode Summary Re-cap
It is said in Chinese medicine that in order to heal, we must return to our Mother, the EarthIn this special Earth Day radio show, Heather will take your through a powerful meditation for Mother Earth designed to cultivate inner health, self-love, and planetary healing. She will also reveal 5 easy and meaningful ways to cultivate love by protecting Mother Earth.
How to Cultivate Love by Honoring Mother Earth
What does it mean to you to honor the earth? When you get right down to it, it really means you are honoring yourself. Because the earth provides the ground we stand on, the nutrients we take in, including food, air, and water. The earth is part of the circle of life. It nourishes us and we, in return, must nourish and support the earth. So what happens if we start taking more than the earth can provide?
In Native American culture, we have always been taught to think about living in harmony with nature and taking only what is needed, while leaving enough for the next seven generations. This kind of thinking set the stage for what would later become known as sustainability and environmentalism. Words and concepts that are now necessary in a world that no longer recognizes the circle of life.
But more of us are waking up, aren’t we? Especially, if you’re an empath, highly sensitive, or if you’re on a healing path. On this path, you awaken to the knowledge that if we care for the earth, really, we are caring for ourselves and future generations. And if we care for ourselves and our loved ones – if we truly want to get or stay healthy – we have to preserve and protect our Mother, the Earth.
So how do we do this? As Earth Day approaches, here are some ideas.
5 Critical Steps to Heal Mother Earth and Honor the Circle of Life
#1 – Stop Eating GMO Foods
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are changing nature by changing our seeds and plants, so that they can withstand the toxic herbicide, glyphosate. Because glyphosate kills everything it touches, the company Monsanto decided to create a seed that would be encoded to allow the plant to withstand the toxic chemicals, called a Roundup ready seed. This “Franken-seed” no longer does what a seed or plant came here to do. Instead, the plant becomes lazy and no longer creates the level of antioxidants our bodies need. This is bad because antioxidants feed our mitochondria, the ancient bacteria that are the powerhouses of energy for our bodies. Antioxidants also help us fight disease and age more healthfully. Glyphosate steals this ability from plants and therefore, from us humans. Furthermore, studies show glyphosate is probably carcinogenic and inhibits mineral balance in the body. Since minerals are the spark plugs of the body, responsible for running the enzymatic functions we need for a good, healthy life, this is adding insult to injury.
Instead, choose organic, wildcrafted, or non-GMO foods. Or grow your own garden and swap your garden’s bounty with neighbors.
Take Less than Five Minutes to Help Ban Glyphosate in Your State
Moms Across America has joined the Organic Consumers Association, the Institute for Responsible Technology, and other organizations in a nationwide campaign to ban glyphosate herbicides in all fifty states in the US. Please take five minutes to sign a petition and urge your state governors to protect their residents and children from GMO foods and glyphosate.
#2 – Get Outside in Nature and Observe Her Patterns
In Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Native American medicine – all ancient healing modalities that focus on wellness — there is a profound bond with nature. In these ancient medicine ways, our ancestors watched nature’s patterns and got to know her ways. They recognized that we are a microcosm of the macrocosm and what’s more, we rely on Mother Nature for our wellbeing. I grew up with an appreciation of nature as I read the stories of my Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people. Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandmother Moon, Elder Brother Sun. I didn’t realize this as a child hearing and reading these stories, but as I grew up, I had a deep sense of everything in nature as my relatives. Everything therefore, had a voice, a meaning, and a power. I think this is why I looked to nature and natural means to heal the health issues I had, even though the doctors insisted I needed pills, surgeries, and targeted medical therapies. In the long run, I found that it was returning to nature’s foods, spending time in nature in my homelands, and gathering with my community that truly helped me heal.
Interestingly, when I started working with people’s DNA in epigenetics and nutrigenomics (aligning food, supplements, and lifestyle to support resolving health conditions), my clients began to heal in these ways too. Nature has a profound way of offering just what we need on our healing journey.
#3 – Eat Foods From Mother Nature
Reduce or eliminate processed food that is devoid of life and spirit. Processed foods have been stripped of nutrients found in nature and replaced with a ghost of life-supporting elements. Toxic chemicals are added in to preserve the food so it lasts a long time on the grocery shelf. More toxic chemicals and unnecessary sugars are added to make the food taste good – “Frankenfood ingredients” – to trick your taste buds into wanting to eat them. The science shows us that these chemicals are as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
Processed foods trick your taste buds (changing them) and trick your brain by creating a constant need for more stimulation in the reward centers of your brain.
Exercise food sovereignty and take your brain and body back from the processed food manufacturers who care about profits, not your health! Start eating whole foods, shopping mostly around the perimeter of the grocery store or buying directly from farmers. Consider choosing favorite recipes and cooking more foods at home from scratch. Home cooked meals can be prepared quickly, especially if you engage family members and friends and make the process fun!
#4 – Practice Zero Waste
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food is thrown away somewhere between farm and fork. In the United States alone, this has led to a $165 billion loss annually in resources including energy, land and water. A large portion of this waste happens in your own kitchen as you throw food away in our modern cooking practices. What if you could stretch your grocery budget, boost nutrition, and help the planet with just a few easy zero waste practices? Two of my favorite easy examples of zero waste cooking are veggie broth and bone broth, because you can save your food scraps in a bag in the freezer to make bone broth or veggie broth instead of throwing scraps away.
#5 – Plant a Tree or Bring Nature Indoors
Trees and green plants detox the air on the planet and in our homes. We need clean air – oxygen to live. In fact, we breathe in oxygen (what we need for life) and breathe out carbon dioxide. Trees and green plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breath out oxygen! Plants are oxygen creators, so they are benevolent forms of life in our world. Their health matters to us and our health matters to them. Our ancestors used to honor this cycle of life and treat plants just as highly as humans and animals because they are the life and breath that gives us life.
If you do plant a tree, consider making it really meaningful by planting it for someone you love. Read my story about planting a tree for Louise Hay in Thailand.
Some plants are known to reduce formaldehyde and other toxins. In fact, a clean air study by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) found that certain large leafy plants can reduce toxic VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the air and help reduce sick indoor air.
Here are some of the plants that can clean the air in your home, according to NASA studies:
- Azalea Aloe Vera
- Bamboo Palm
- Boston Ferns
- Corn Plant
- Chinese Evergreen
- Date Palm
- Golden Pothos
- Peace Lily
- Mother-in-law’s tongue,
- Philodendron (Heart-leaf, Lacy tree, or Elephant ear)
- Snake Plant
- Spider Plant
Here are 15 More Ideas to Support Mother Earth (Add Yours in Comments!)
- Ask yourself: “What would feel like a natural solution?” Does your solution try to shortcut yourself or nature? Or does it honor natural rhythms, physical needs, and processes? For example, make a commitment to stop trying to hack everything, including biohacking. We’re in such a race to look younger, buffer, better, to live forever, and take shortcuts. We forget to ask what would happen if we honored nature. Any time we try to shortcut things, they are often only short-term fixes. Why do we feel like we have to push past nature, why are we in such a rush that we want to force the body or the earth to do something it wasn’t meant to do? What would happen if you trusted your body and nature’s rhythms to support you and to actually heal instead of hacking the system for a short-term solution?
- Take only what you need and leave the rest for the next 7 generations.
- Buy local.
- Plant a garden.
- Walk, bike, or take public transportation.
- Bring your own reusable items, like reusable bags to the grocery store or farmers market. Or your own insulated cup to the coffee/tea shop instead of using paper cups.
- Compost, reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Conserve energy. Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room, lower your heat or avoid air conditioning when possible, take fewer and shorter showers.
- Grow ground cover or a veggie garden instead of a lawn that needs mowing and watering.
- Support green energy, like solar, geothermal, and wind energy.
- Drive a hybrid or electric car.
- Become a water protector and take part in activist to support the environment.
- Use natural or organic personal care products.
- Avoid plastic products. For example, get a water filter and reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water.
- Choose grass and pasture fed animal protein from farmers who have their animals out in the grass and pasture eating their native diets. Avoid factory farmed animal protein.
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