i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
— e.e. cummings, North America
As I have been meditating on Earth Day this week, I have reflect on all that will be celebrated today–green living, sustainability, local farming, a return to simple. I realize that one highlight of Earth Day is to remind us of practices that can save our dear Mother–some practices that have been created in response to ways that we have abused and neglected her. So while this day is a day of celebrating, it also saddens me to think of how we lost our way and in turn, poisoned our waters, exhausted our resources, and polluted our air.
But I find hope.
I find hope in the family farms, CSAs, and urban farmers who are committed to a simpler and more sustainable way of life. I find hope in the paradigm shift in big business that promotes greener practices. I find hope in the public awareness as it grows broader in its understanding of how we can nurture Earth as she was intended to nurture us.
On a very personal level, I find hope right here in my own backyard. When I step outside to find a snail slithering slowly on my cucumber trellis or a tiny tomato sprout peeking through the dirt, I am filled with wonder. When I experience the colors of autumn leaves or the blossoming of spring flowers, I am blessed. This connection with creation fills me not only with a sense of awe but also commits me to a sense of responsibility, for it is I who cares for our Mother just as the Creator cares for me.
On this Earth Day, I encourage you to adopt practices that support sustainability and simple living, but also just get outside. Get outside and celebrate the very reason for Earth Day–the natural, the infinite, the yes.