8 Ways to Save Your Health and the Planet
At the end of the day, what’s good for the planet is also good for you.
Recently, I invited a friend’s two little girls to come over and dig up some of my organic strawberry plants.
Years ago when I dug out the grass to put in perennial ground covers, strawberries were a natural replacement that I do not have to mow, water or spray with toxic chemicals.
When the berries were out, I had invited the little girls over and delighted in how happy they looked running through my garden gathering food for their own family.
“My little girls would love to have strawberries in our garden,” my friend had remarked in passing.
I can’t wait until they come back and I can teach them how to transplant the organic strawberries into their own garden.
Yesterday I found myself pondering the chain of possible events:
- If these little girls could come to value eating fresh organic strawberries out of their own garden, then possibly they could come to value treating the land around them with great respect.
- If they came to understand how keeping chemicals out of their garden could help the birds, the bees, the butterflies and the hummingbirds, they might make the connection to how their own choices could affect the flora and fauna around us.
- And if they came to love organic gardening as much as I do, their generation might take better care of the earth.
Here are eight simple things you can do that save your health and the planet at the same time:
- Meditate. When you use the Insight Timer meditation app, you can see how many people are meditating with you literally all over the world. When you take your time to quiet your mind, you lift your own frequency and you contribute to peace on earth.
- Stop using toxic chemicals in your lawn and garden. The common weed killer glyphosate, also known as Roundup, causes horrific deformations in farm animals. I recommend you do not click on that link if you are a highly sensitive person. This one chemical has been proven to cause 15 health problems in humans, including Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, thyroid problems, cancer, gluten intolerance, depression, MS, liver disease and respiratory problems. I am always proud to use my own garden as an example of how beautiful a place can be without toxic chemicals.
- Stop using plastic water bottles. Plastic water bottles may take as long as 1,000 years to degrade in landfills. In a recent study, researchers found 24,500 different chemicals in the waters from plastic bottles. In my home, I get distilled water delivered and use a stainless steel water bottle.
- Stop using nail polish and toxic makeup products. My long-term friend and client Sally Larsen heeded this message years ago when she founded Atlanta-based sallybskinyummies.com. You can download her FREE guide on how to avoid toxins in the makeup aisle at this link. Nail polishes in particular are linked to a toxic trio that cause cancer, neurological damage and reproductive harm while at the same time being so toxic you are advised to dispose of it by taking it to your local hazardous waste facility.
- Plant a garden. Great exercise, check! Spiritual upliftment, check! And when you create an organic garden, you cultivate a safe space for endangered bees, which are responsible for one out of every three bites of food you eat, as well as the butterflies, hummingbirds, birds and other wildlife.
- Adopt a rescue pet. Having a pet lowers your blood pressure, your stress hormones, boost your immune system, give you a good excuse to exercise and keep you safe. Every year, approximately 2.7 million animals are put to death in U.S. shelters (about 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats). When you adopt a pet, you save a life, you save money and you fight factory-style puppy mills.
- Don’t buy what you don’t need. Money worries are the No. 1 cause of stress in the U.S. When you think carefully about what you purchase, you not only spare your mental health you avoid purchasing items that you will then have to throw away or give away because you don’t use them.
- Create sacred space. In addition to planting a garden, you can create a sacred space in your home by setting up a meditation room or place for prayer and quiet contemplation. When you do so, you lift the vibration in your entire living environment, which improves your mood and blesses everyone who comes to visit.
What is healing? Healing happens when you make the connection between how you treat the earth around you and your own personal well being.