Hello sisters and welcome to the start of a brand new week, but the penultimate day of my 14 days of love! If you need to catch up on any posts, simply click ‘Sunray Sister’ above to get an overview of all my content. Plus I’ll be doing a re-cap of all 14 posts this Friday.
Over the weekend I shared some advice on how to love yourself, and how to love others. The final piece of the puzzle is our planet; our home, our surroundings, the physical space in which we exist, a spinning rock in an infinite universe, the reason we are alive today.
In my eyes, a lot of the larger world around me is completely out of balance. What I need to remember is that I have a little piece of that world, and through small actions, and through influencing others with those small actions, I could make a small difference which could lead to a collective huge difference.
Today I would like to share my tips on how to love the planet, so that it might be a happier place for all…
In the UK alone, we send millions of tonnes of waste to landfill every year. The world is not getting any bigger. We need to take responsibility. Stop and ask yourself, what do I throw away everyday? Where has it come from? How can I reduce this?
Reducing waste is a step in the right direction, but it isn’t the ideal. The ideal is having no waste at all. There are so many simple things that we can refuse so easily: no carrier bags, no plastic bottles, no disposable cutlery, no take-away cups, no plastic containers… Learn to say no.
Research the alternatives
Know your options. Find out what happens to your recycling. See if there are any extra solutions. Create new habits and find the alternatives. For all the things you refuse, there are reusable replacements. Use tote bags, reusable water bottles, bring your own metal straw and cutlery, use glass containers to store food, make your own toothpaste, use cloth napkins. The list is endless! And exciting!
Avoid the need for new. Find it second-hand first. Clothes, furniture, books, electronics… Another endless list! Discover artists and makers who use reclaimed materials or natural ingredients. Learn to make things yourself. Learn to ignore the lure of advertising and sales.
Respect your personal world
When our surroundings are clean and tidy, we can be more at peace with ourselves. We can see clearly, once the clutter is cleared. Treat chores and cleaning like sacred rituals; to give thanks to the items that you use, and the enjoyment they bring you. Look after them all. When things break repair them, or find someone who can.
Accept the physical world
Be at peace with everything. Even though I am aiming towards a less materialistic life, we still exist in a physical world, where physical things happen. With love, kindness, knowledge and responsibility, we can avoid the bad things.
Re-consider your travel
Cars are clogging up the planet. When you can, use your feet instead; walk, run, pedal, skate, scoot! Also consider public transport for longer journeys. If your route is not part of public transport, look into car shares, perhaps with work colleagues.
Reconnect with nature
Switch off and spend time in nature. Walk in the fresh air, and remember that we are natural. We are not plastic or electronic. Plant seeds, grow vegetables, pick berries from hedges and collect pretty leaves.
Use your vote and your voice
Sign petitions, donate to charity, fundraise, get involved with the community. Support independent markets and businesses. Vote for the people you believe in, because they might listen and help to make a bigger change.
With little steps and small changes, we could all make a big difference to the monumental imbalances in the world. What advice do you have? What do you already do to show your respect for this world?
Tomorrow is the final day of Sunray Sister’s 14 Days of Love, NOOOOOO! I’ve loved exploring some new topics, and digging into things that I think are really important, as well as fun and silly stuff.
In the final post I will have that special surprise that I mentioned way back at the start of the two weeks, and I have already talked about it in a previous post, any guesses?! You will have to wait until tomorrow to find out. See you then sisters!
Peace and love,