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January 29, 2020
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When recycling means “Thank you. I love you”

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Question… does recycling your household waste make any difference? Are those “small changes” for sustainability actually significant?

When climate change seems to be happening faster than scientists predicted. When fires burn around the world destroying our precious forests and all the life within them. When global leaders turn a blind eye to the protesters. And when industry continues to pollute our water and air unimpeded…. you might well ask yourself “Is it worth it?”

On the level of the physical, recycling is a mere drop in the ocean of accountability. However, on the level of intention, it means a whole lot – especially when done with an attitude of love.

“The heart calls us to actions that the mind cannot justify in the face of global problems.” – Charles Eisenstein

How do you know when someone loves you? Small gestures can often mean way more than big lavish gifts. Knowing that they care, that they are thinking about you, and that they are willing to go out of their way in order to bring greater happiness (or ease, or wellbeing) into your life, opens the heart and uplifts the spirits.

Everything is energy; everything has a vibration. Think about a time when you did something out of obligation; you did it because you “should”. It probably felt heavy and onerous to do; time passed slowly. Then think of a time when you did something out of love; you did it because you “could”. It probably felt light and joyful; time passed quickly.

In a culture built on doing things we don’t really want to do out of obligation or necessity (such as going to work every day in a job that you don’t love), it’s time to reclaim the joy of living so that we can continue to survive as a species.

It may sound woo woo , but given the enormity of the climate challenges we are currently facing, doesn’t it make sense that we need not only radical action but also a profound shift in our approach?

We live in a throwaway culture, where the value of things has been lost. It’s often cheaper and easier to throw something away and buy a new one than mend and make do. Reducing waste – particularly food waste – is one of the key ways where you can cut your carbon footprint. Yet when done as a laboured obligation or punitive limitation, it may simply be adding to toxicity of our environment.

There is an interconnectedness in everything. The choices you make matter. The actions you take matter. And the energy with which you do it matters. When we approach small things with great love we can create ripples through the ocean of existence.

Before eating a meal, or using an everyday object such as a wooden spoon for cooking, pause to reflect and acknowledge where it came from. What was the source material? How many hands did it pass through before coming into yours? What resources went into its creation?

When you stop to sense the story behind the things you consume – literally and figuratively – it boggles the mind and touches the heart. Give thanks for these great gifts. A deep sense of appreciation makes us less likely to throw things away, and to cherish what we have.

It’s a way of saying “Thank you. I love you” to our Earth.