Be Green or Not to Be Green — There is no question!
By Mindy Goldis
I think about how I would define ‘green’ if I were asked to explain it in a few words. The ones that come to mind are, ‘alkalinity’, ‘sustainable living’, ‘environmentally sound’, and ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’.
To further explain what I mean, I would connect them all to mind-body-spirit consciousness. ‘Alkalinity’ means balanced and being in a state of optimum health. When we choose to eat ‘green’ foods like wheatgrass, dandelion greens, spirulina and the like, it creates homeostasis in the body. Eating lower on the food chain has a greater benefit on planet earth and its impact for future generations. We can also connect this with our relationships, thoughts and what and how we communicate with other people.
‘Sustainable living’ incorporates the food choices we make in our lives to both nurture ourselves and others around us. The word ‘sustenance’ is defined as, “that which sustains life”, meaning food, nourishment. Our body consciousness can be improved more so by the foods we choose not to consume. The understanding that making small and significant changes can benefit our health over the long term is worth the effort. Do it for yourself! You will set an example that will create an interest in others, as well.
Being ‘environmentally sound’ follows the laws of nature that were in place at the time this world was created. To be in such a ‘perfect’ state, we would have to regress back to the time of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In their world, no shame, guilt or negativity existed and the cycle of life flowed with ease and spontaneity. There was no rhyme or reason to think that ecology was in any means distressed or disturbed.
Living in the world today, we can each, as individuals and in a collective manner, do our part to make choices that are for the betterment of the environment. Some examples are, riding a bike or walking, instead of driving. Purchasing bulk food items instead of those already packaged. Placing your food scraps back in the earth, instead of adding to the landfills.
‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’ is a catch phrase that has been around for many years. Recycling is be-coming the norm in most cities, states and around the world. Choosing to reduce or reuse, we are helping the planet even more. Energy has to be used to recycle the items we put in our blue bins and this can offset the benefits.
I would add some other R’s to these three, namely Relax: to nourish yourself with quiet time for meditation, deep breathing or a warm bath. This is a way to feed the mind, body and spirit. Reflect: contemplate the choices you make and how they ‘mirror’ back to you. Revive: awaken in yourself the means and notion that ‘I can’ and ‘I will’ return to a life filled with health and happiness. In so doing, we are following the laws of nature with loving kindness and returning mother earth to her original pristine state.
I am ‘living green’ every day of my life. There is no doubt in my mind that we can each, as individuals and as a whole, find one thing we can do every day that will both benefit our health and the ultimate health of others in the world and Mother Earth.
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