An excerpt from Letters from a Better Me is at the bottom of this piece. Happy Earth Day everybody!
I’m grateful for the many AWE-INSPIRING gifts from the EARTH! I’m actually overwhelmed with gratitude. I feel waterfalls welling up in my eyes as I think of all the valuable lessons I’ve got from living on this AMAZING planet. I’ve experienced the oneness of the energy that is in everyone and everything. I’ve experienced the purest forms of love, joy, passion, compassion, wisdom, and AWE when I allow myself to embrace moments in nature—the AWE! When I think about abundance, I don’t know anything more abundant than the Earth. I’m also not surprised that when I tap into the Earth’s wisdom I am at peace—Love, abundance, and peace. This is why nature is one of my quickest ways back to the energy of love, abundance, and peace, and one of the places I embrace when I want to extend and amplify my energy of love, abundance, and peace.
There are so many lessons I’ve absorbed from nature and our natural resources. I’ve had some of my greatest moments of AWE staring at mountain, ocean, and forest views. I’ve gained strength from the life of trees. Persevering through rough and steep terrains helped me to power through those brutal emotional and traumatic terrains. Watching the way water moves in a river showed me the power of going with the flow. The reminder that life keeps moving with the rise and fall of the sun and the moon lets me know that their is always movement and within the movement a consistency I can trust.
I’m so grateful for all the nourishment the Earth provides for my body, mind, and soul. Today, I celebrate the Earth’s wisdom, strength, perseverance, resilience, and beauty. Thank you for providing us all with a home to live.
Today, I commit to honoring the AWE-INSPIRING gifts the Earth offers. As a way to honor this amazing planet, I’m committed to contributing to raising the energy vibration to help her heal and strengthen. I commit to living in the energy of love, abundance, and peace and feeding it back into the planet throughout the day.
How this looks: I will intentionally do things today to get my energy up to the state of AWE. Then when I’m in that state of AWE, I will commit to feeding that energy back into the planet through a loving act of kindness. This act could be things like:
- Picking up trash that others have left behind
- Talking to the trees, plants, and flowers from that state of AWE
- Sending prayers for the energy to heal the Earth
- Consciously lessening my carbon footprint
- Thanking the trees for providing me with oxygen to breathe
- Drink from paper straws and out of washable cups
- Support companies who are working to preserve our environment
- Stay in the energy of love, abundance, and peace and spread joy from there
Those are just a few things I can do to honor this most amazing gift of getting the opportunity to live on this planet. What will you do today?
There are 100 more days left to go on this incredible journey. Thank you to all of those who’ve been on it with me. This has one big AMAZING adventure.
With Love, Abundance, and Peace,
©Rachael Wolff 2021
Author of Letters from a Better Me: How Becoming an Empowered Woman Transforms the World
Excerpt from Letters from a Better Me in honor of #Earthday2021
EMBRACING NATURE AS A TOOL
Finding our own lessons from nature acts as a centering tool. It helps us get out of the human box that we sometimes create for ourselves. When we look at nature and how it works, it can help clear our vision and get out of our resistance to the changing tide. We are meant to change, grow, and expand. Our journey is meant to be transformational.
Nature is a great place to gain perspective, even if that means going right outside our door and planting our feet on the Earth. Take the time to feel the energy of the Earth come up through your toes. Use your senses and really feel the energy, smell the air, and hear whatever noises she brings you in that moment. Imagine yourself as a tree with your roots extending through the Earth and stretching through each grain of dirt and sand. Nature is a reminder that we are all connected energy. When we connect through love we create; when we connect through fear we destroy.
Think about a raging river. We can see how the water moves despite anything in its way. If it can’t get through one way it will find another way, but it keeps flowing. Then, at times, it will come to place where it runs slowly and peacefully before picking up speed again. It’s just like life; we will hit bumps and certain doors will be closed so we can’t get through, but it means we find another way. It may not be the path we thought would be best, but that’s just our thinking. If a door is closed, there is always another way. Life will keep flowing and, if we don’t resist it, we know we are going exactly where we are meant to be. There will be times where the water is peaceful and other times where we have to move with gusts of energy.
To live empowered is a daily practice, and we need all the tools we can get to keep us in a loving and empowered place. We are offered fear daily, but we don’t have to accept it. Remember to connect with nature. When nature brings tornados, hurricanes, fires, floods, and tsunamis, we learn about love, compassion, empathy, change, re-building, community, priorities, and the value of life itself. Nature teaches this too shall pass and that we have no idea what tomorrow will bring. If that is not a good reason to live today, I don’t know what is. Our judgments of good and bad are us looking at a straw-holed size of the big picture. We have no idea why things happen the way they do. What we can do is keep learning, growing, and expanding.
When we start respecting nature and the lessons she has to offer, we begin transforming our beliefs, thoughts, and actions to take better care of her. We start being more conscious of how we can help sustain her beauty. We start standing up for survival in our own ways. Just another way we transform the world by becoming empowered.—Copyright ©Rachael Wolff 2020, Letters from a Better Me, Published by Mango Publishing