April 22 marks a special day in our earthly calendar; a day to renew our relationship with the planet. Earth day means many things to many people, but as we see the realization of a global village take effect, and projections that it would take 6-8 planet earths in natural resources for all her inhabitants to live like Americans (who as we all know consume 1/4 of the worlds resources), this year underscores the importance of sustainability. Sustainability is something we should all take to heart… and put into practice.
Naturalist M. J. Slim Hooey penned these words that were first puplished in the book, Earth Prayers (Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon, Editors) as a reminder for all of Earth’s inhabitants:
I have come to terms with the future.
From this day onward I will walk easy on the earth.
Plant trees. Kill no living things.
Live in harmony with all creatures.
I will restore the earth where I am.
Use no more of its resources than I need.
And listen; listen to what it is telling me.
• Stress Tip for the Day:
Step outside at dusk tonight with a blanket to observe the Milky Way and the constellations. Reacquaint yourself with the ocean tides and the phases of the moon. Memorize the cricket’s song, or the eagles’ cry and address the trees and flowers by their names. See yourself as part of the natural world, not separate from it. Inner peace abounds in nature. Allow it to abound in you as well.
• Links Worth Noting:
A friend sent this link to me in the hopes that I would share it with as many people as possible. Please take a look and read the message. It is one that I feel we all need to hear.
• Photo of the Day:
This is one of the best photos of the planet earth I have seen. It was on a calendar from Deepak Chopra’s Center. Enjoy!
• Quote for the Day:
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
— Rachel Carson, Environmentalist and author of Silent Spring
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (6E). He can be reached through his website:www.brianlukeseaward.net
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