Be The Change
It feels like this week is one of hope, with Earth Day on Wednesday and the One World: Together At Home concert last Saturday. During this challenging time, it is very important that we collectively rise up stronger than when we went into this crisis. Here are some helpful tips to make a difference in your community and in the world. In times of crisis, it can often feel overwhelming, like nothing we do is ever enough. The best way to persevere, is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I encourage you to choose one of the ways below to make a positive change.
- Buy Gift Cards, CSA Shares or Donate to Local Non-Profits. Right now, many local businesses, small farms and non-profits are suffering with the hurting economy. If you have the means, it is a great idea to share the wealth. I just mailed out two checks today to my local yoga studio that is no longer in operation but has on-line videos and to a local farm for a summer CSA share. Buying a CSA is a safe way to ensure you are well-fed with fresh vegetables this summer. Some shares also include local milk and eggs. At pick-up time, you drive up and pick your box up from the farm, so it’s fast, easy and relatively safe. This also gives the farms money up front to help them cover the costs of growing and planting.
- Stay Home & Be Still. I mentioned this in the first week’s post, but I want to reiterate that this is the perfect time to start a mindfulness practice. Being still is one of the best things we can do for our communities & the planet. You may be thinking, “Why is a Physical Therapist telling me to be still?” It is true that our bodies need to move to stay healthy. However, I want you to notice all the miniscule movements and changes happening within your body when you sit still. This means sit without any screens or books or entertainment in front of you. Cherish and explore the feelings inside of you. Exploring how our bodies change and different sensations that arise every moment will have profound effects on your life. It will help to develop your EQ or Emotional Intelligence, because you will become in better tune with your emotions and the emotions of others. It will also help you to realize your true needs more clearly. I have found that many positive changes including exercising more, doing less needless shopping and eating less sweets all came from being more in tune with my body. Even three-minutes, 3x/day of sitting still and exploring what arises inside of you will have a profound effect on your life and the planet.
2. Tune in to Virtual Earth Day. Earth Day is tomorrow, 4/22/20. This year, there are concerts, educational talks and exciting action ideas that you can do from home.
Here is the link to take part in this day of virtual earth celebration: https://www.earthdaylive2020.org/?source=email
We are All In This Together. At this time when all of our lives have been changed in some way, we can feel how fragile and interconnected our lives are with the earth. We depend on it to live, and taking part in this Earth Day can be a good way to gain inspiration and remain connected in the fight for a better future in good stewardship with the earth.