Happy 2011 !
The last year before 2012. If you’ve been in a cave for the last decade and haven’t heard the rumor about 2012, don’t bother. The trend lately has been to turn it into a scare tactic. There’s no definitive answer as to why the Mayans stopped their calendar at year 2012. But it is quite obvious that something may happen at some point…
After going from confident to unsure to amused to frightened about 2012, I finally read something that made sense. In Pam Montgomery’s Plant Spirit Healing she discusses the many indigenous cultures who have found significance around the year 2012. But instead of total Earth destruction, they see it as the beginning of a new Earth. “A paradigm shift” to appropriately quote Pam. A time when humans will be drawn back to the Earth for guidance and learn to love and care for her as our Ancestors did.
Have you noticed the rise in popularity of sustainable and organic business practices? It really spreads across the board. From airplanes to sex toys, you can find a ‘green’ version of just about anything. Our paradigm shift is already in the making. What significant changes will we make to lessen our carbon footprint in the next year? Enough to fuel our paradigm shift?
In the year 2011, my resolution is to be proactive with my impact on the Earth. Continue supporting local, sustainable businesses and buying organic – continue being proactive with my health and preventing disease – continue the reduce, reuse, recycle triangle – and taking each to a higher level of efficiency. A couple of old ideas need more attention: plant trees everywhere – turn off the tv – have potlucks with a goal – write to my local congressman – utilize grants – meditate every day – make functional art. As more ways to have a positive impact on the Earth become apparent through the year, I will incorporate them too.
A human’s impact on the Earth is not just the footprints you leave behind. The interactions you have day-to-day either send out positive vibrations or negative ones. The way we treat (and eat) our animal brothers and sisters impacts the Earth on a huge scale. And of course, what impact are you creating on yourself, in your own home?
To say Winter is the new Spring, is not my way of emphasizing our global warming conundrum (ehem) but a new way of looking at the start of a New Year. Why do we have to wait until Spring to start cleaning and celebrating? The sun began its revival December 21st, and for me that means more sunlight and more activity. If I were a bear, I’d wake up now! What I mean by Winter is the new Spring is this – all of the uplifting feelings and excitement that Spring embodies can break ground now. Why stay in a sleeping unconscious state for the next three months when you could be growing up green?
Consider this, the self reflection and inward thoughts that accompany Winter’s sleepy snow and rain can be utilized as a means of preparation. So that when the real ‘Spring’ arrives you are ready to implement your goals for greening your life. (If you haven’t already started.) De-clutter your life of energy-sucking bad habits while you’re stuck inside, and Spring will bring much more of a positive change to the Earth.
Goodluck, and may your quiet days of January, February and March
see a new light.
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