Have you ever asked yourself how to be mindful of the environment more consistently? It’s actually pretty difficult staying motivated to be environmentally-conscious every day. For many of us, the implications of conservation practices can seem so abstract — and sometimes futile. Not only is it hard to immediately grasp how our small actions could possibly help solve today’s massive environmental problems but it’s even more impossible to predict how the little decisions you make in a single day could impact the planet’s future. But by cultivating a solid mindset, it can be done!
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Every climate change expert and wildlife management official seems to say the same thing: The daily practices of each one of us truly add up, for good or for ill. So it’s clearly vital to maintain and even improve your environmentally-friendly practices. If you’re having trouble remembering to do so, however, learning how to practice mindfulness throughout the day can mean the difference between soldiering on and giving up.
Imagine a Healthier Mother Earth
Of course, it’s definitely important to keep up with current projections regarding global environmental crises. But sometimes those predictions are so dire that people become fatalistic, believing their own personal practices won’t be enough to stem disaster. It’s a tricky mental balance to achieve but the key to maintaining your mindful environmental practices is to place the worst-case scenarios in the back of your mind as motivation — not reality.
Counter your pessimism by brainstorming with your family and friends about what a utopian future might look like. Perhaps your kids will describe cities with vertical farms growing on the sides of the buildings and beekeeping hives on the roofs while your engineer friends explain how drought-ridden areas can be reborn through desalinated ocean water.
Self-fulfilling prophecies don’t have to be negative. If more people live their lives assuming their grandchildren will benefit from your current conservation efforts, the planet those children inherit is bound to be a healthier, safer one!
If keeping a literal mantra is helpful to you, E.M. Forster’s “Only connect” is certainly a powerful one to adopt as you explore how to be mindful in helping the planet. By envisioning the complex emotional and physical relationships joining each of us to other people and creatures in countless ways, we can begin to understand what we owe to one another in terms of taking care of the environment.
From the air that we breathe to the food that we eat, we are dependent upon other people, upon animals, and even upon the microbes in our soil — and they are dependent upon us.
Whether it’s through meditation or other means, truly anchoring your consciousness into the reality of interconnectedness will inevitably change your daily practices for the better. You’ll understand, for example, that your desire to get rid of weeds shouldn’t include using a harmful herbicide that will hurt the surrounding soil and trickle into the groundwater, impacting city reservoirs and aquatic life — which then is consumed by fish and other animals, including humans.
Learn Something New Every Day
Once you’ve mastered basic living strategies such as carpooling and buying phosphate-free soaps, you may feel at loose ends about how else you can practice Earth-friendly mindfulness throughout the day.
This is the time to begin turning your rhetorical questions into actual questions. If you’re in despair after watching a documentary about dying coral reliefs and sigh, “But what can I, as one person, do about the coral reefs?” — ask your search engine the same question. You’d be amazed how many real, doable suggestions an organization such as the Nature Conservancy will have for you.
In fact, each new day brings an opportunity to research ways to help Mother Earth, from reading the positions of your local candidates on environmental issues to checking out that new nursery catalog featuring plants you could add to your butterfly garden.
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The good news? Just as each day brings an urgent reminder about the fragile environment, the same day also brings new ways to practice mindfulness. So whether it’s an email from a conservation group about signing a petition to halt local fracking or a visit from a friend offering extra plants for your organic garden, take advantage of these daily blessings. Each offers an opportunity to save the planet, in both big and small ways.
Have you been mindful of your environment on a daily basis? Let us know how you do it in the comments section below.