Following our last post on how we and Mother Earth are one and the same, one can most likely draw a conclusion that both us and Mother Earth need some healing. But when it comes to that, just like the chicken-and-egg conundrum, one can ask what we should heal first: Mother Earth or ourselves? It’s undeniable that the materialistic world we now live in is a big part of why so many issues exist, may it be environmental, sociopolitical, or economic. While we rush to point fingers at otters, we fail to realize we all had a hand in creating this monster. Our feelings of not enough make us buy things to fill the void inside us. The overconsumption-driven economy has caused natural resource depletion and created environmental destruction.
Mother Earth sure needs healing. But true problems lie not only in the relationship between us and Mother Earth, but also in the relationship between us and our true selves. And maybe before daring to heal the earth, it’s us, who might need some healing too. Healing ourselves from greed can make us realize that our happiness doesn’t necessarily mean owning more things. Healing ourselves from the feeling of inadequacy can help us feel more accepting of who we are and what we have. Healing ourselves from the repeated pattern of fight-or-flight response can make us enjoy living life alongside Mother Earth more. And what’s the secret to this self-healing journey for a better world? If you can choose to be anything, be kind.” – UnKnown Be kind to ourselves, Mother Earth, and other beings the same way that Mother Earth allows all kinds of seeds to grow on her without judging but giving them time to show themselves to their fullest. Be gentle to ourselves, our feeling world, and our physical body. Embrace our imperfections the same way the land provides food to everyone regardless of who they are. Treat the weeds, trees, bugs, worms, and all beings who play vital roles in the environment, the same way we want to be treated, with respect and gratitude. Through kindness, we can cultivate a deeper connection with the earth both inside and truly be one with the earth outside. Let’s shift our intention from “rescuing” Mother Earth to healing ourselves and reconnecting with the land. When the relationship[ between us and ourselves is healed, so is the relationship between us and Mother Nature. Only then, we can truly live in harmony with Mother Earth because we and Mother Earth are ONE and the same.