Happy Earth day, angels! Today is specifically dedicated to our mother Gaia and appreciating all that she has done, and will continue to do for us. Gaia is more than just our home, she is our protector, our nourisher and our nurturer. Earth is more than just a planet, she is all that we know and she is truly irreplaceable. One of a kind, and you were chosen to be one of her inhabitants over many others, how magical is that?! Whilst it is essential to spread awareness of environmental issues and climate change on this day, I figured I would take on a different approach as I already express my opinions on these significant problems regularly, and I expect millions of others to do so today. I’m going to share with you some facts about our home, Earth, which I truly hope will awaken someone out there to the magic of our existence.
G A I A
Gaia in mythology was the divine personification of Earth itself. She was more than just a goddess- she was the matriarch of life as we know it.
In Greek mythology, Gaia appeared out of a void of nothingness, created before love or night even existed. She birthed the seas, the heavens and the land, and later, the Titan Gods and Goddesses that we are more familiar with. She truly is the mother of all things that we know and love.
Our Earth is made up of 70% water in which 95 percent has yet to be discovered. We’ve lived on this planet for approximately 200,000 years and have yet to explore the true hidden beauties of our planet.
Earth is around 4.54 billion years old.
In 1970, ‘The Gaia Theory’ came into existence, where James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis proposed the hypothesis that the Earth is a living being itself. They expressed that all the chemicals on Earth ‘talk’ to one another in order to protect life on this planet. Since then, this hypothesis has been accepted in the science world as fact.
In almost all forms of ancient history and mythology, there is a presence, symbolism or personification of Earth.
In any little way that you can, practice protecting and nurturing our homes today and everyday. Our mother, Gaia, is irreplaceable and forever giving to us, when all we do in return is take and take. We seem to have forgotten that she is also a part of this universe. Breathing. Existing. It’s our responsibility to preserve and tend to her so that future generations of humans can also have a safe and beautiful home. She is the legacy of our species.
G R A T I T U D E
See everything that you consume and eat as a gift from Gaia, because it is. Without nourishment from the Earth, we would not exist. Bless everything that you consume, and express gratitude for being well fed in a world where that unfortunately is a privilege.
Stay grounded. Spend time amongst nature and truly feel and embrace its presence and all its beauty. Be barefoot and feel the roughness of earth or softness of grass beneath your skin. Admire the trees, the flowers, the birds and the animals, but as living beings themselves, rather than things that are below you in the chain of existence. Did you know time spent amongst nature has been proven to greatly reduce stress?
Respect the Earth. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Educate those around you. Be conscious of all that you consume and all that you release into the world. Conserve water. Preserve energy where you can. Shop wisely.
Be continuously in awe of your blessings and remember that everything around you is somehow an extension and creation of Gaia. The clothes on your back. The walls of your home. Your wooden furniture. Once you truly accept this realisation, you’ll become eternally grateful for all that our mother has done for us.