In honor of Earth Day 2018, we at Illuminating Hearts invite you to think a little differently about this day and about your relationship to the planet and to nature.
What if every day were Earth Day? Then every year would always be an Earth Year!
We offer a few questions to build a better world for us, our planet and future generations.
What if you started your next idea, task or project from a more centered place?
What does meditation or play have to do with earth day? Well, if you look at the world we have created around us to date, despite our shiniest technologies and toys, we have created a polluting world obsessed with convenience and profit. That world was not created from a centered place. It was created from a place of lack, separation and competition.
So we ask you, what if you first entered into a state of wordlessness before you began creating what you want in your life? There are so many ways to get to wordlessness. You could meditate, listen to great music, attend a sound meditation, play an instrument, draw or sculpt or paint, play a sport, play with your dog or cat, or play a game with your child. When you meditate or play you drop words, thoughts, and the split and divisive nature of the mind. And then something magical happens. Runners call it the zone. Dancers know it well. Artists who are creating enter a time of no-time. It is in this wordlessness, you begin to connect to everything. Some call it oneness. Some call it joy. Some call it happiness. In that state, you get your best ideas! And the earth is hiring visionaries now, it needs all of us creating from THAT connected joyful place.
Imagine you put a new requirement on your next work meeting or family time, and made everyone play something or do something they enjoyed deeply before you started. That would make for a great meeting and even greater solutions.
What if the nature you see around you was considered your wisest elder?
After you enter that wondrous wordlessness that dominoes you to your best imagination, you can create products, services, projects, buildings, and new systems that are connected to nature. And we need a new relationship to nature. Even in 2018, most of us still think we are separate from nature. We see nature as something to control, dominate, or harvest for profit.
Nature is our best ally. And we ARE nature. We were never separate. And the time has come to design a world that not only looks to nature as a part of us, as us, but also to look to it with respect. We not only ARE nature, we need nature. Stop closing the door on nature, we need to open up our doors and windows of perception. We need to bring nature indoors. Ninety percent of our time is spent indoors. Usually in sick buildings that are sealed off from nature. If you want to learn more about the art of bringing nature indoors, you can read here about Biophilic Design. and Illuminating Hearts provides Biophilic & Wellness Design Consulting for your home or business!
So, it is time. To bring nature inside. To learn from nature. According to the Biomimicry Institute "A sustainable world already exists." Biomimicry is based on the idea that "nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival." - Biomimicry Institute. You can read here about Biomimicry.
What if what we once thought was competition in nature, is actually cooperation?
Despite our misconceptions, few relationships in nature are in direct competition. Relationships we once thought were predatory or competitive are mutually beneficial in some way. Competition takes too much energy.
Symbiotic relationships or mutualistic relationships are most powerful when they include unusual allies. The more different the parties are, the more likely the mutualism will be successful. Something to consider in your world. How can nature teach you to invite in more cooperation, mutualism and collaboration?
We are sharing with you this twenty minute film from the Biomimicry Institute as an invitation to a new way of thinking about your world. What if you look to nature as your best resource to fuel ideas, designs and solutions?
Enjoy your new Earth Year!