April 2023 Class: Living Well with Mindful Earthkeeping

I am excited to remind you of our upcoming one-hour class, “Living Well with Mindful Earthkeeping,” where we will explore how to live in harmony with the earth and preserve the song of life that connects us all. 

In tomorrow night’s class (April 18, 2023 at 7pm CST) we will explore the song that runs through all of life, connecting us to each other and to the earth. It is a song that can be heard in the rustle of leaves, the chirping of cardinals and doves, and the rush of water over stones. It is a song that reminds us that we are not alone, that we are part of something greater than ourselves.

In the midst of our busy lives, it can be easy to forget this connection to the miracle of life. We get caught up in our worries and anxieties, in the endless to-do lists and the demands of our jobs and families. 

We lose sight of the beauty and wonder of the world around us, and we forget that we are part of it.

Mindful Earthkeeping can help bring us back to our wholeness. Tomorrow’s class reminds us that:

“The Earth has music for those who listen.” 

– Shakespeare.

With a simple and uplifting format, the April class tomorrow night will help us to hear our legitimate worries and concerns, and also explore the reasons for hope, and listen to where the song of life is leading us. 

Join me for a transformative experience where we will deepen our understanding of the interdependence of all life and cultivate a greater sense of care and responsibility for the earth. I will share practical tips, exercises, and resources to help you put mindful earthkeeper principles into action in your own life.


April 2023 Challenge: Create a Restorative Lifestyle Kit

April is typically the month that I offer a restorative living challenge. In 2023, my challenge to you is to create a restorative lifestyle kit.

Why Create a Restorative Lifestyle Kit?

Creating a restorative lifestyle kit can be a great way to prioritize your self-care and improve your overall wellbeing. By intentionally curating a collection of tools and resources that support your physical, mental, and emotional health, you can cultivate a more balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.

But as we focus on our personal wellbeing, it’s also important to consider the impact of our choices on the planet. That’s why creating a sustainable restorative lifestyle kit can be a powerful way to not only take care of yourself, but also contribute to a healthier and more sustainable world.

Here are some reasons why creating a sustainable restorative lifestyle kit is worth considering:

  1. Reducing waste: By choosing sustainable and eco-friendly products, you can help reduce the amount of waste generated by your self-care routine. For example, opting for reusable water bottles, food containers, and straws instead of single-use plastics can significantly reduce your environmental impact.
  2. Supporting ethical practices: Choosing products that are made with ethical and sustainable practices can help support companies that prioritize the well-being of their workers and the planet. This can also help to promote more sustainable practices in the industry as a whole.
  3. Connecting with nature: Incorporating tools and practices that connect you with nature, such as gardening or spending time outdoors, can help you develop a deeper appreciation for the natural world and inspire you to take actions to protect it.
  4. Encouraging a more mindful approach: Taking a sustainable approach to your self-care can encourage you to be more mindful and intentional in your choices. This can help you cultivate a deeper sense of gratitude and awareness for the resources that support your wellbeing.

Creating a sustainable restorative lifestyle kit doesn’t have to be overwhelming or expensive.

By starting with a few simple swaps and being mindful of your choices, you can make a big impact on both your own wellbeing and the health of the planet.

When you join the Mindful Earthkeeper community this month, you will receive a free 38 page pdf on how to create a restorative lifestyle kit. The image to the right shows a sample page from that guide.


Thought for the Week: Pacing for a Restorative Lifestyle

We’re continuing our journey at looking at the rhythms in our life this March.

Mindful Earthkeeper Thought for the Week:

Living a restorative and sustainable lifestyle is all about pacing yourself, finding the right rhythm, and making sure you’re taking care of your mind, body, and soul.

Living in today’s fast-paced world, it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We often feel like we’re constantly on the go, racing against the clock, and struggling to find balance in our personal and professional lives. However, living a restorative and sustainable lifestyle is all about pacing yourself, finding the right rhythm, and making sure you’re taking care of your mind, body, and soul.

Here are some tips to help you pace yourself and live a restorative and sustainable lifestyle:

  1. Set Realistic Goals: Setting achievable goals is an essential component of pacing yourself. It’s important to set goals that are realistic and attainable, so you don’t get burnt out or discouraged. Break down your larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones, and track your progress along the way. Celebrate each small victory and remember to be patient with yourself.
  2. Prioritize Rest and Recovery: Rest and recovery are crucial components of a restorative and sustainable lifestyle. Make sure to prioritize restful activities like sleep, meditation, and yoga. Take breaks throughout the day to rest your mind and recharge your batteries. Don’t underestimate the power of a short nap or a few moments of quiet reflection.
  3. Create Boundaries: Creating boundaries is essential to pacing yourself. It’s important to set limits on your time and energy, so you don’t become overwhelmed. Learn to say no to things that don’t align with your goals or values. Make sure to schedule in time for self-care and prioritize activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.
  4. Practice Mindfulness: Practicing mindfulness can help you pace yourself by bringing awareness to the present moment. This can help you avoid getting caught up in worries about the future or regrets about the past. Mindfulness can help you tune into your body and mind, so you can recognize when you need to slow down and take a break. Pacing and mindfulness can improve your health. Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive effects of mindfulness meditation on mental and physical health. A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice found that mindfulness-based interventions can improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as improve quality of life. Mindfulness meditation has also been found to have positive effects on brain function. A study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that mindfulness meditation can improve attention, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. One study published in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that mindfulness meditation can reduce inflammation in the body, which is a risk factor for a range of chronic diseases.
  5. Stay Connected: Staying connected with friends and family is an essential component of a restorative and sustainable lifestyle. Make sure to prioritize social connections and maintain relationships with people who support and encourage you. Having a support network can help you stay grounded and provide you with a sense of belonging and purpose.
  6. Stay Active: Physical activity is an essential component of a restorative and sustainable lifestyle. Make sure to prioritize movement, whether it’s through a structured exercise routine, a walk outside, or a yoga class. Exercise can help you manage stress, improve your mood, and boost your overall health and well-being. Regular physical activity has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. A study published in the Lancet in 2018 found that physical activity is associated with a lower risk of mortality, with the greatest benefits seen in those who engaged in higher levels of activity. In addition to physical health benefits, exercise has also been shown to have positive effects on mental health. Exercise has been found to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve cognitive function. One study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that exercise was as effective as medication in reducing symptoms of major depressive disorder.

Pacing yourself is all about finding the right rhythm and taking care of your mind, body, and soul. By setting realistic goals, prioritizing rest and recovery, creating boundaries, practicing mindfulness, staying connected, and staying active, you can live a restorative and sustainable lifestyle. Remember to be patient with yourself and celebrate each small victory along the way.