The Autumn Equinox is upon us.
It’s a time to contemplate balance. Is there balance in our daily life, our relationships, our communities, our environment, our world?
As I write this, the air is filled with smoke. It’s acrid and confining, and it obscures visibility. This inconvenience is nothing in comparison to the loss from these fires. Yet, the smoke feels like a very abrupt answer to the above pondering.
Is this a raw balance to our actions as people on this planet? Every action creates a reaction. Every decision has consequence. We are constantly making decisions and taking action. Whether we do so consciously or not, has much to do with the existence of balance, or lack thereof in our lives, and on our planet.
It was a year ago that my family unexpectedly lost a loved one, and it’s been one hell of a year. I can’t really say it has felt very balanced. Honestly, it has been quite the opposite. It has been a year of some of the most tremendous challenge and change I’ve personally weathered.
As I reflect over this period, what I can see is that this upheaval and imbalance has forced me to become more clear about what still works or nourishes me, and what I need to let go of or change. I am hopeful that the current cultural and environmental upheaval can provide the same refining sense and momentum for us collectively.
One year ago, in honor of Jason, Living Earth Naturals began planting a tree with each online order. We planted 200 trees. This year we will at least triple that. I’m so glad for this. Our forests need our support.
We are also charging forward in reducing plastic waste. As of this post, together, have prevented over 11,500 pieces of plastic from entering the waste stream.
Our social media campaign this month has been in effort to recognize and celebrate how we are all connected and support one another. We’ve asked you to share your feelings about the people who bring joy and balance to your life. These notes of appreciation have been so sweet and moving.
The mission of Living Earth Naturals is to help people connect personal and planetary care. There is not one without the other. How we care for ourselves is reflected in how we care for one another, for our communities, and for our planet.
I do believe this is a critical time for conscious action. It’s a time that needs our attention, our love, our compassion, our grit and our steadfast determination. We must choose over and over to boldly move forward with deep awareness.
On this Autumn Equinox, when the light and dark are balanced, I send you my hope and my promise to continue to take action for a more equal, sustainable future.
I believe we are capable of this, together.
A difficult year for all. It is a struggle to find balance amidst the grief, the isolation, and anger that surrounds us. I am looking forward to the equinox but hoping that where the sun does not provide light, I can find internal light to get through the dark winter months.