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Chara Armon's picture

Noticing Earth’s Troubles? Why It’s Meaningful To Acknowledge Them, Send Love, And Surround Them With Light.

Send light to the earth

We’re daily aware of so many troubles on the Earth that we can’t heal—at least, not yet.  Maybe there’s smog or drought where you live, flooding or species extinction.  I drive to do an errand and notice the air is heating up, the smog building.  How is it for the birds and trees in hot, smoggy weather like this, I wonder, or the kids in my city who have asthma?  Yes, I’m driving an electric car but still—it’s a car.  Cars around me spew exhaust.  I close my windows.  I’d give a lot to heal this all, right now, here in my city and in other cities, too.  I yearn to repair climate change and eliminate air pollution.  I’m not able to do that.  What I can do, though, and you can, too, is surround the problems with light.  So often we think our choices are either activism or denial, but there’s a precious third way: acknowledge the problem, send love, and surround it with light.  Acknowledge, love, light.  Let me explain why this matters.
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Chara Armon's picture

Finding Stillness With Stones

Stones

If you’re someone who feels the strain of a fast-paced life, there’s an ally in nature who can help you experience a restful pace.  I’m talking about stones and the slowness of ‘stone time.’  If you have scientific leanings, you might prefer to call it ‘geologic time.’  Scientifically speaking, geologic time is a phrase we use to describe the eons of Earth’s history, each one millions of years long.  (You can explore what we know about them at the Smithsonian’s Geologic Time website.)  It can feel mind-bogglingly abstract to try to wrap your head around Earth’s 4.6 billion year history.  I find it easier to personalize this by focusing on how you can connect to what I’ll call stone time, which is the slow depth we can encounter when we give our attention to stones.

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Monica Wilcox's picture

An Environmentalist Comes To Georgia

Double bagged groceries

Atlanta grocers possess a deep and unyielding passion for plastic bags. They adore them. I don’t. So naturally we’ve had some interesting altercations at the far side of the scanner.

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Alicia Lawrence's picture

Boost Your Home's Sustainability in 2015

save nature

If you made a list of resolutions for the new year, there’s something you should add: make your house greener. No, I don’t mean paint it. In 2015, equip your homewith sustainable systems to help your wallet and the Earth. Installing such systems can make you eligible for certain tax breaks and save you bundles of money.

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Chara Armon's picture

Can You Include The Earth In Your Intentions For 2015?

Nature conservation

As a new year gets underway, we tend to think a lot about ourselves.  For many, it’s a time for reflection and goal-setting.  Some of us make lists of multiple resolutions, or maybe select a single word that represents what we hope to create in the year ahead.  One question I’m asking this winter is, what is it like to include the well-being of the natural world in this process?

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Chara Armon's picture

Which Of Her Gifts Do You Choose?

gifts from the Earth

Many of us today are looking for abundance and are practicing receiving.  It’s good work.  I love observing people moving from a fear-based scarcity mindset into a more hopeful, trusting belief that there is plenty of goodness to go around.  For women, especially, it’s healing to focus on letting goodness come to us rather than frequently feeling compelled to provide it to others.

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Chara Armon's picture

Healing Autoimmunity Against The Self And Against The Earth

Healing Autoimmunity Against the Self and Against the Earth

I’m writing today about the self attacking the self.  Immersed once again in questions about how to shift my body out of a pattern of autoimmune health problems, and feeling, as usual, trapped and hopeful, desperate and determined, I realized recently that the multiple autoimmune health problems that became common at the end of the 20th century are reflecting, and are metaphors for, the larger human struggle to stop abusing our planet.

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Chara Armon's picture

Why Connect Your Self Care To Earth Care?

environmental protection

In the winter of 2013, I was hit with a realization that our major movements of self care and Earth care are functioning separately, and that’s a false and limiting separation because really they are deeply inter-related.  I'm sharing with you today why this matters.

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Chara Armon's picture

Harmlessness Means Slowing Down

Harmlessness Means Slowing Down

Recently I was being hard on myself for not having removed the weeds in a garden terrace where I grow herbs.  The wild grasses were threatening the herbs and some weed management was beyond needed.  Why hadn’t I been faster and more disciplined in taking care of this?  I was feeling somewhat irritated and even ashamed of my slowness with this garden tending task.

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Chara Armon's picture

Restoration - Worth The Effort?

restoration

I’m reflecting on the long haul of recovering from some health problems, especially, in my case, adrenal fatigue.  (Yes, I know most conventional MD’s don’t believe it’s a real disorder.  I also know that at least 6 or 7 MD’s whom I’ve seen do believe it is, and that I have had many wonky cortisol tests over the years.  Try telling me, with my muscle fatigue, low blood pressure, and other problems on and off for 12 years, that adrenal fatigue’s not real, and I will laugh sardonically.)

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