I believe that someday it will be normal and natural to consider the earth and the environment in all the decisions we make, from food to homes to work to families. At this point we'll all know and feel how intrinsically connected we are to the environment and that we are only healthy when the environment is healthy. It's a symbiotic relationship that deserves deep respect, honouring, time, and energy. I sometimes wonder how much time we have. I feel like this future needs to be now.
Sitting in my home I began thinking about what I do to take care of the environment. I started at the door and worked my way around and noticed that I do more things than I realized so I thought I'd share some suggestions below. You don't need to do all these things right away to be a good human and a good environmentalist. Take one or two steps at a time. Have fun with it and be gentle with yourself. Certainly, us humans, as well as nature, will not improve by beating ourselves up.
So from my home to yours. :) Really, it's the earth that's our home, so let's take care of them as well as we take care of our family home.
- Spend time in nature! This will increase your gratitude and respect for the environment which will naturally lead to you wanting to take care of it. You'll create relationship and notice all the ways nature gives. It's incredible when you really realize! So much beauty and abundance! We are blessed by nature every day.
- Use non-recyclable bags as garbage bags. Vegetable bags, bread bags, chip bags, etc. Paper bags can hold dry garbage.
- Save jars for bulk items, drinks, storing food, bringing food to work, etc. Ever noticed how something that's been in plastic for a while begins to taste like it? That's the chemicals from the plastic leaching into your food.
- Stock up on local vegetables and fruit in the fall. Channel your inner squirrel. :) Store it, freeze it, preserve it, ferment it, savour it.
- Half empty glass of water that you're done with? Give the rest to your plants or a tree.
- Compost! Yessss!
- Before you put water down the drain in the kitchen, ask yourself - is there something I could use this for? Pasta cooking water in pasta sauce (great thickener), potato boiling water in gravy or soup (potassium boost!), water you cleaned veggies in can water the garden, etc etc etc.
- Reuse plastic - ziploc bags, resealable pouches nuts seeds and dried fruit come in, take out and to go containers that can be washed.
- Recycle and reuse where you can.
- Flush less. If it's yellow, let it mellow.
- Turn water off while brushing your teeth.
- Most hair types don't need to be washed everyday.
- There are now shampoo and conditioner bars! Less packaging less plastic.
- Choose natural cleaning products.
- Don't forget that water that comes from the tap and the showerhead, that's in the toilet and the bathtub, comes from nature. Be grateful for it.
- Choose eco-friendly menstrual products. Better for your health and the environment's. Or try period underwear!
- Choose environmentally friendly and animal friendly road salt.
- Choose natural soil, compost, and fertilizer.
- Grow your own food! Share the abundance! Enjoy.
- Plant flowers for the pollinators!
- Pollinators over winter in old plant stalks, leaves, etc. It's suggested to wait until the temperature is 15C for 7 consecutive days before cleaning up your garden so that the pollinators have time to reawaken and leave their winter homes. :)
- Bring clean reusable bags everywhere, not just the grocery store.
- Bring clean refillable jars and containers to fill up on bulk items. This can include cleaners and personal care products.
- Buy local! Yes, your veggies, fruit, meat, home decor, and anything else you can think of. Search out a local, or environmentally friendly, sustainable source first.
- Support your local stores, creators, artists, musicians, practitioners, writers, restaurants, bars, etc.
- Think about what you're buying. Where did it come from? How was it created? Who created it? How far does it have to travel to get to you? What packaging is it in?
- Choose natural products. If it harms the earth when disposed of, it likely harms you when you use it, ingest it, put it on your skin, lawn, pet, etc.
- There are so many cool sites and companies online to buy second hand, refurbished furniture and household items from. Google it. I recently bought a refurbished phone and I couldn't be happier with it.
- Choose food items that are plastic free or in glass containers instead of plastic. Then you get a jar with your purchase too!
- Purchase organic! Do it! It doesn't matter if it costs more. Your health, the planet, the animals, the plants, you're all worth it!
- Remember what you spend money on is a vote for what you want more of.
- Vote for political leaders that care about the environment. When they're elected, write them and remind them why you voted for them.
- Sign those environmental petitions you see on social media.
- Donate to environmental organizations like TreeSisters, the David Suzuki Foundation, Nature Conservation funds, etc.
- Walk, bike, carpool
- Reuse paper. Heading to the bin but only one side used? Use the other side to doodle, journal, make lists, write your daily gratitudes, etc. Then recycle.
- Take hand-me-downs! Clothes, appliances, dishes, dish cloths, furniture, etc. Be creative! Make it your own.
- Share - books, tools, clothes, shoes you've worn once and your friend will wear once, soil, seeds, food, love.
- Be grateful for our natural world and all they provide.
These might not all seem convenient, but several of them are and it's worth it taking the extra time and effort. Convenience, which is something I love - don't get me wrong, is part of the reason we've gotten ourselves here. Let's think long term. How will our present actions affect the future, our children, and our children's children? How can we combine the amazing technology and convenience we have now with the wisdom, conservation, and knowledge of the environment? It's necessary to think this way now.
Every day is Earth Day.
Hello, my dear friends:
If you're a sensitive person like me you may have noticed some stress, anxiety, or tension this week. I think the first week back to work after the holidays can be challenging for some. Also the current global environmental and political climate is a bit hard to take in. I'm attending to my nervous system and my heart and would like to remind you that there are plenty of resources (Reconnect to Source) available to you so that you can do the same.
Move your body:
I just finished doing TRE - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (video) and feel more in my body than I was prior to doing them. And this is why I suggest movement, to stay connected to our bodies and their wisdom, to let the energy move. When we do we center ourselves and make space for hope, a clearer perspective, and compassion. Support your beautiful local Yoga studios and attend a class. There is also a dance studio for adults in Fredericton now! You'll see me there Sunday nights for Ecstatic Dance.
I've created a 5 min. meditation video for you. It's available here.
If you follow me on IG you have access to my 4-part Video Series for Empaths and Sensitives. Check my profile, IGTV, and stories highlights for the Videos.
Loving Kindness Meditations are available on my Soundcloud.
Action is powerful and always available to you!
If you can, donate to the causes you care about. I love Treesisters who have a goal of planting 1 billion trees per year in deforested areas. I have more info about that below.* Donate to local and foreign animal shelters, to conservation and environmental organizations, to Australia (see pic).
There are events being offered by donation and several artists making donations when you purchase their products, all in support of Australia. Locally, Louise Farr has organized a Drumming Circle on January 15th form 7-9 at the Keswick Ridge Community Hall, 86 Route 616. Proceeds go to Australian Red Cross.
Consider your purchases. Can you buy less plastic? Where is your food coming from? Have you thought about consuming less meat, composting, bringing your re-usable bags to stores, shopping local? The new year is great time to get started on these new habits. There is so much we can do to take care of the environment!
Contact your local political representatives. Let them know what you will and will not be a part of it. Let them know what is important to you.
Rest when you need to rest. Take care of yourself, each other, and your part of the earth. Turn off the news. Attend to your heart. Connect with your loved ones and offer them your heart.
* Treesisters is the same wonderful organization who put together Sing for the Trees on International Women's Day last March. They are an amazing symbol of the connection between women and nature, and supporters of feminine-based leadership - all things that I believe in whole-heartedly.
I've joined them as a Grove Tender which means I will be creating a local Grove in support of their mission. It will include a monthly event which I will share here when ready. <3
Womb work is important because of the connection mentioned above - that of women and nature. Working with our wombs helps to re-establish this connection as it grounds us in our bodies; helps us to see how nature is so intricately woven into our existence; magnifies how sacred Mother Earth is, and therefore, how sacred we are; and amplifies how connected we are as we begin to notice the synchronization of the moon to our womb cycles whether we menstruate or not.
Juliane Nowe and I are teaming up to share some of this goodness in a Yoga and V-steaming class happening on Thursday January 30th from 7-8:30. Pre-registration is required so that you can safely experience a V-steam according to your needs.
We are creating a sacred and confidential space for you to be a part of and can't wait to share with you!
I'm sharing lots about the benefits of V-steaming on my social media these days. Contact me if you have any questions!
Sending love beams in all directions.
I hope you've had a great summer and are enjoying the transition into fall!
It's been a while since I've written. I could say that I've been extra busy with my garden and the travelling I did in August but I'll be really honest, I've been a little nervous about sharing with you the direction I am taking with my work and my offerings. :) Some of you have been here for years and know me back from my days teaching Yoga at Satori. I've grown and changed a lot since then so of course the work I share with the world has too. This medicine is so important and needed right now that I've realized it's a bit selfish to hold back from sharing it for fear of what people might think. So, I step in...
As it becomes more and more obvious that our natural world, the environment, and Mother Earth are in desperate need of our help and love and respect I feel more and more called to Womb Wisdom. What is Womb Wisdom? It can be many things. Most significant to me right now is how guiding women to connect with their wombs naturally inclines them to connect more deeply with Mother Earth. It's hard to describe how or why this happens but it so clearly happens that I am often in awe. We come from the womb and we come from the earth. We consume food and water from the earth everyday; we walk on her; we breathe in her air. These are integral parts of being human. These are integral parts of the earth. (I plan to do a blog post on my personal journey with Womb Wisdom soon and will share it here when I do)
This medicine is a return to our true selves, and a return to our Earth Mother. She is precious and she holds and supports us. As we hold our wombs without judgement and with love, we hold her. We nourish each other and this is what the world needs.
I offer from my heart to yours the following offerings.
Sacred Woman Soiree
Sunday Sept. 29th
New Moon Intentions
What is V-Steaming?
It's a sacred practice that helps with all PMS and Menopause symptoms; infections; fibroids; cysts; infertility; feelings of disconnection to your body, your womb, your feminine self, your power, your sensual and sexual self, and so much more.
I continue to offer Coaching for Women. As always sessions are tailored to your individual needs, dreams, and desires. Lately I am inspired by the process of Re-Parenting ourselves and how truly effective and powerful that can be. I'm also seeing amazing results for women who are willing to explore their limiting beliefs around what it means to be a women in our world today and how that shows up, especially when around men.
Natalie loves life, people, animals, plants, and trees. She believes in the flow of life and approaches each day with gratitude.