In Greek mythology, Gaia referred to Mother Earth, or Earth Goddess. There are many theories around the word Gaia, but I will not muddy the waters with comparisons of the many interpretations. I am merely suggesting a way of thinking that contributes to holistic health and wellness, because what is good for the earth is good for our bodies.

There has been an increase in focus on protecting our planet. Concerns for global warming, pollution in our waters and air, and toxins in our food which come from pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Much of the food we are accustomed to eating has been exposed to harmful chemicals; therefore is harmful to our bodies. If it is prepackaged or ready to eat from a drive-thru, it’s probably not healthy and contains some level of ingredients that are not conducive to optimal wellness, even those claiming to be healthy. 

The overuse of plastics and other toxins has polluted our planet. In addition to ending up in the ocean where marine life may consume it, storing food and water in plastic containers is harmful to our bodies. Plastic is used in water bottles, straws, disposable flatware, storage containers, and pre-packaged food. Although plastic has revolutionized the way we store food, and contributes in some way to nearly everything we have in our homes and cars, the disposal of used plastic has become a global problem of astronomical proportions. Pollution is endangering wildlife, sea life, and human life. 

What can we do to change this? Think about what you use, or is in your home that may contribute to a toxic environment. Do you consume food that contains toxic chemicals? Do you use plastic bottles or containers? We live in a society where, out of convenience, these things are everywhere, and we are all exposed to them. I have had to make a shift in how I do things, and I choose saving the planet over saving time. It’s challenging, but if we want to protect Mother Earth, we need to take a stand if we want our earth safe for our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.                                                                                                        

                                                                    ~ Thich Nhat Hanh