Soil To Soul Principle #1
Be Part Of The Solution ~ Honor and incorporate the innate wisdom of the systems and cycles of nature, the fragile web of life that connects all life.
What does it mean to you to be part of the Solution?
With the knowledge that everything is interconnected and interdependent, we can make better choices.
Aloha Beautiful Souls,
Hope you had a wonderful week.
An adult makes 35,000 decisions a day! Every choice we make shapes the landscape we live in. How we care for our mind, body, and soul, the relationships we experience, and how we contribute to the health of the environment, and the economy does make a difference.
On a hike to one of my favorite place with my animalizing four-legged 55- pound friends, Chester and Sunshine, I observe solutions. We rest under a canopy of trees and share wisdom. Tuning into the dog’s sensory perception, my innate senses come alive expanding my perspective of the surrounding landscape. The carbon sequestering ecosystem is working 24/7. The free-flowing plants in unison with the sun create photosynthesis, the process used by plants, algae, and certain bacteria to harness energy from sunlight into chemical energy. Roots turn the soil, and limbs, branches, and bark provide homes for millions. Meanwhile, the diversity offers shade naturally providing comfort and protection from the hot sun. The moist earth beneath my bare feet embracing the microbes that greet my soles as trillions of organisms patiently transform old leaves to new soil. The gentle winds soothe my mind and cleanse the air.
I break from writing and walk to the edge of the cliff where the sea meets the shore. The glistening sun like a beacon of light bounces off the ocean swells. I breathe in the pure plentiful Prana. The roar of the sea calms the nerves and nearly stills the active mind. Nature is always regenerating reminding us of the virtues of recovery, and resilience.
I make the choice to clear my mind, to be with Nature. at least twice a day.
In touch with Nature, I am grounded. My inner thoughts are soulfully in harmony, and my will is to bring the best forward. I give myself permission to unload cumbersome baggage that attempts to anchor me. In a state of honesty, we are free, liberated; there is clarity.
The world’s most challenging problems can be solved when there is clarity.
Business, education, religion, and politics, heavily affect humanity and the environment. Unfortunately, clarity is muddled in all these areas. The good news is there are innovator people actively engaged. They are producing products and services designed to interconnect and nurture life. In every sector, there are tremendous opportunities for growth to awaken solutions that will have a positive effect on the present and future generations. As the late transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Build therefore your own world.”
We must co-exist if the human species is to exist.
Imagine if all development was designed with integrity and focused on ecosystem innovation rather than purely profits. And If communities mandates were in place to protect the overall health of its people and habitats? What would happen if we were required to build energy-efficient homes using localized renewable energy sources? How about towns, villages and cities created with peaceful parks, community gardens, carbon sequestering forests, and green belts; practical transportation systems and a bounty of biking and walking trails?
Imagine if communities focused on conservation and responsible agricultural development to nourish the people and the land. What if farmers and businesses that produce sustainable products and services got subsidized rather than industrial factory farms and large corrupt corporations?
What if your hard earned tax dollars went to an education system that taught the masses how to be healthy productive citizens verses, consumers. And funds were allocated to preventative health care; land, air, and water management that assured everybody accessibility to Nature and healthy food? Why not give homeowners and businesses tax credits for energy reduction, to plant edible~medicinal gardens, dump less trash, and to drive less? And tax incentives to business’s that stimulating a local economy of “green businesses.” I would have no problem paying more taxes. Does this label me a socialist? Can our society get beyond labeling, judging and competing? Is it possible to shift our values?
When big businesses come into a community and take over small businesses, it can be like an invasive species introduced into one of Nature’s perfectly designed diversified ecosystems. It can break down functioning systems offsetting the balance and creates havoc.
*It is unconscionable to think that The 10 most sustainable cities in the world are not in America.*
According to the United Nations, 54 percent of the world’s population currently live in urban environments, a number expected to increase to 66 percent by 2050. The UN report says: “In a rapidly urbanizing world, the way in which cities are planned, built, operated, and redefined has an enormous social, environmental, and economic impact.”
The opportunities are endless to stimulate economic growth when we start to redesign systems and cycles, products and services as if the future matters.
The good news is Nature’s communities can restore, as can communities worldwide when diversity and solutions get added back.
Check out some of the numerous innovative communities and Eco-village’s sprouting up all over the world focused on regenerative solutions working with the intelligence of nature. They are cultivating meaningful careers and enterprises for their citizens while stewarding the land and integrating renewable energy, natural building, and food systems.
We have a lot to learn from Nature as we build and rebuild communities.
Each ecosystem functions as a whole; interdependent and thrives on its unique diversities while it interconnects like a forest to meadow, a meadow to a park. Attuned and responsive, Nature can naturally adapt to changing conditions. We learn from Nature how to be resourceful and resilient and the benefits of giving more than we take. Nature evolves to survive, and integrate balance and growth with development.
A Solutions Formula
▪ Wholeheartedly invest as a “giver”, not a “taker,” as part of the solution, not the pollution.
▪ Invite Nature into all aspects of your life. Enlightenment comes from spending time in Nature.
▪ Foster, create and support ecologically-minded businesses and companies that provide living wages, equality, and those developing innovative products and services.
▪ Stimulate the local economy in balance with the ecology.
▪ Generate community development that is resilient and will regenerate, prioritizing fresh air, pure water, wholesome food, biodiversity and land use for all.
▪ The solutions are within. When we shine brighter and share love and compassion, we cultivate and spark the lights within others.
Implementing the innate wisdom of the systems and cycles of we find clarity and can become part of the intricately fine-tuned web of life. Envision the world where everyone gets to enjoy and play, learn and grow, with Nature in our daily lives. Where everyone lives as if the future mattered.
If each of us decided to force our life on solutions what would the world be like?
And Remember that….