The idea of the planet changing is not something new. There have been Midieval Warm Periods, as well as Little Ice Ages within 500 years of each other in Europe.
With it’s incredible changing landscapes and cycles the Earth is a truly stunning exhibition of nature.
From the mountain ranges to rainforests, from glaciers to desert planes there is so much diversity and beauty to be grateful for.
When we take time out of our otherwise mostly disconnected lives to be in nature and appreciate it’s different attributes we actually find some remarkable differences in our lives.
Throughout human history there have been different remedies and cures used for a variety of ailments and health problem, and in modern society the pharmaceutical industry is so powerful that we have mostly forgotten just how beneficial nature can be for our healing. In fact most of the active components in prescription drugs are a form of a plant or compound found in nature. Beyond use as medicine the planet has many healing characteristics, for life on it, and itself.
As we have discussed, humans are bioelectrical beings and the earth is a giant bioelectrical magnet. Spending time physically in nature: a park, a forest is a great solution to recharge batteries and release negative energy; stress, which is accumulating within the body. This process will improve wellbeing of our different biosystems allowing them to operate at their optimum and giving a better platform from which to approach life. Studies show that the process of grounding helps with pain relief and many ailments are greatly reduced or eliminated when this practice occurs regularly.
Mental health also benefits from being in nature. Our brains are coded in such a way that we find trees, rivers and landscapes soothing and revitalising. The pre-frontal cortex, the brain’s command centre, are given time to relax. The parts of our brain responsible for empathy and altruism are also activated.
Colours carry frequencies which interact with our brains in different ways, and nowhere is there a more balanced palette than in the natural world. With green especially a state of relaxation and harmony is restored with positive effects on hormones and organs.
So the planet has the capacity to heal our minds and bodies but what about healing itself from the damage we are causing it?
Following a devastating Earthquake in 2008, researchers from China and the US carried out research into the fracture line where the quake originated in Wenchuan. The quake itself left a gash in the Earth’s surface, which was flooded with a fluid, much like a healing cut. 2 years later the fault line was knitting back together and the gaps were reducing in size. 2 years in terms of geological processes is very short for our 4.5 billion year old planet, so we can picture this process like the healing of a cut.
The way glaciers are transported to the sea, the way volcanoes allow the release of pressure inside the magma, the shifting of coast lines and the readjustment of gas in the atmosphere through the ocean and into the rock structures. Earth is in a constant state of realignment. Some of this will be based on human activity and others as part of other natural cycles.
Though the Earth does heal itself, we need to be sure we do not place stress on it that exceeds her ability to adjust. Catastrophes such as the use of nuclear weapons could push her beyond her healing boundary. This is our collective responsibility.
This is our home. We all call upon the forces of nature, the electromagnetic fields of the planet, the sun’s rays to give energy for our very existence.
If we desire to live in a holistic way which means we can all have access to optimum health, happiness and fulfilment then caring for the planet is an essential part of our journey.
Sustainability is now a buzzword, which is great, that this idea is part of our everyday vocabulary. However, how do we approach this concept in our everyday living?
Practices such as using less packaging, buying local food which is not processed, generating your own energy, not using chemical products which run off into the environment are all decisions which can make as consumers to have less negative impact.
Being proactive in growing vegetables, composting your food waste, promoting healthy and natural practices to others are ways in which we can lead by example to show that life in the city does not need to come at the expense of our planet and the environment.
The human journey is one of change and growth, and the ability to navigate the changes we go through collectively is what builds for the future. We are now in a time of transition and we need to be flexible to adapt new ways of doing things. I hope you can come on this journey with me.