The environment is really about our relationship with nature and everything that is not made my humans. This section of the Wheel of Wellbeing is going to focus on both aspects — the health of our planet and how your health is improved by contact with nature. Plants, trees, rivers, oceans, animals – all of it – are all created by the power much higher than us all. Which is why being in nature is so healing for humans – we are in direct contact with Spirit’s work. We all have an aspect of nature that really moves us. Maybe it’s sitting near the ocean and hearing the waves, or enjoying how clean the air smells after a rain, or cuddling up with a furry critter that shares your life.
We also know that the earth is experiencing trauma, most of which is caused by us. We are at an important juncture in our relationship with the Earth and how we impact the environment. In this section, we will explore vital aspects of our environment and your relationship with nature.
Over the next few months, I will be adding content to this area. I will be leading an in-person workshop in Santa Barbara and then producing video lessons and a workbook that you will be able to download here. In the meantime, check out the recommendations below to get you started on your own exploration.
Recently, I have been exploring what has happened to our food system and the impact that has on our environment. The following recommendations focus on that topic — all are fascinating and well done.
- Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
- In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver