Recently, I was asked about the theme of my blog. I’ve written on human health, environmental issues, the beauty of nature, travel, vegan recipes, gratitude and unity. You, too, may have wondered in past weeks, what do these ideas have in common? After giving a lot of thought to helping you better understand, I have updated my About page. The revised text follows.
Humans are a part of the biological system called Nature. Mother Earth, all living things, every mountain, drop of water, and grain of sand are made of the same elements that we are, and together, we exist within the same Universal Fabric. Quantum physics shows this Universal Fabric, even the part we see as empty space, to be conscious and interdependent. All of our actions, large or small, feelings, thoughts, and intentions affect not only our own lives, but all that exists within the entire Fabric, for better or for worse. What’s good for one of us, the Micro, is good for the whole, the Macro. (For example, feelings of love and gratitude are good for each of us, as well as all of existence.) And those things that are not beneficial for the Macro do not benefit the Micro. (For example, chemically treated crops are not good for the Earth’s soils or a person’s gut.)
This idea is not new. The Micro of the Macro concept originated in the healing system of Ayurveda, (from the Sanskrit Ayur, meaning life, and Veda, meaning science or knowledge) which dates back 3000 years. This ancient system is firmly rooted in the idea that a healthy balance between mind, body, spirit, and environment creates an optimal state, therefore preventing disease.
In this blog, we explore themes that can help balance the Micro with the Macro. You’ll see data from new health studies, nature photos, travel essays, vegan recipes, philosophy, poetry, and other reverent musings. You’ll also receive links to empowering websites and podcasts, as well as information on the physicians, scientists, & other individuals on the cutting edge of helping further an aligned humanity, and whose voices need to be heard.
Please join me in exploring and celebrating this beautiful privilege and responsibility each of us has, living as a Micro of the Macro.
In short, this blog is about Life: our lives in relation to those of other living beings and our interactions with Earth, the only home that we have. When we take measures to improve our individual lives in meaningful ways, the whole of Life benefits.
Healthy eating is one of the best ways to improve your own health and that of the planet. By eating an organic whole food plant based diet, not only can you spare the lives of innocent animals, but you also vote (with your dollars) for a food system that is less toxic, and therefore healthier for us and our environment. When you supply your microbiome with these much-needed nutrient-dense foods, it responds in ways that nourish the brain and other vital organs. (Learn more in my article Thinking Outside the COVID-19 Box: 10 Ways to Boost Immune Function.) You feel better physically and mentally, which can result in positive interactions between you and your family, colleagues, and community.
Traveling allows you to better understand and accept people and ways of living that may have at one time seemed frighteningly different. In last week’s post, Six Reasons to Gift Yourself with Travel, I outlined some of the benefits of travel, both individually and collectively speaking. Some of those benefits include increased tolerance and appreciation of other populations and the natural world, a broader understanding of current events, and an education unlike any other. These ideas can benefit not only the traveler, but also the human race and the planet.
According to Nancy Etcoff, psychologist and researcher at Harvard University, beauty is instinctual and essential to life. (Did you see my photo essay For the Love of Beauty?) Spending time in nature, surrounded by the beauty of mountains, ocean, forest, or wildlife, reconnects us with our origins and opens our hearts. Sunshine super-charges our mitochondria and helps our bodies produce vitamin D. Trees emit love in the form of oxygen, along with health-inducing chemicals. The sounds of birdsong and rustling leaves result in stress reduction. Colorful sunsets can be awe-inspiring. Again, a win-win for the Micro and the Macro.
Maintaining an ongoing practice of gratitude can help you get through trying times. Focusing on and being grateful for the positives in any situation helps infuse a higher vibration in all your thoughts and deeds. Many studies have been done on gratitude, and its health benefits include lower blood pressure, better cholesterol levels, feeling more socially connected, experiencing less anger & anxiety, and better sleep. (Check out my article Does “In All Things Give Thanks” Apply to These Times?) The kicker is, the Universe matches your vibration, providing more higher-vibe situations. You can see how this can help align your efforts with the betterment of the whole, right?
And unity. What a time to address the subject of unity, when people around the world are more divided than ever by disease, politics, prejudice, and financial status, but so many are raising their hearts and voices in defiance of it all. Some changes have already been implemented, and I believe many more are imminent. (Did you catch my article Unity Rising?) Unity and equality involve not only reformed interaction between the powers that be and our communities, but also a renewed commitment to caring for the Earth that sustains us. This sentiment is being echoed far and wide, by indigenous peoples, environmental journalists, animal rights advocates, and youngsters who are rightfully fearful of climate change robbing them of long lives. Unity is woven by love, a love demonstrated by peaceful protestors, food pantry volunteers, and a host of front-line workers. It is strengthened by attention shared with families and friends as we continue to shelter at home, check on our neighbors, and stay in touch with friends. It is made brighter by an appreciation of Mother Earth, as we go outdoors for temporary respite from this heavy reality. And, rest assured, it has always been a part of us, but must have gotten lost on our to-do lists in the pre-covid status quo.
I hope you now have a better understanding of the theme of my blog. Fact is, each of us is a Micro of the Macro, entrenched in the biology of Nature. This platform, with its many diverse subjects, is designed to lovingly encourage you to align with the whole, for improved personal & planetary health, and the betterment of mankind.
Blessings for Clarity,