Happy Earth Day!
I am not afraid of love or its consequences of light. ~ Joy Harjo
Today I’m sending love letters.
The first one of course I’m sending out to Earth, joining in the celebration honoring her. I confess I don’t quite understand those who lean into the desire or spiritual understanding that being here is some kind of test or punishment. I believe we each chose to be embodied here and now for the purpose of creating, expressing and experiencing in the physical, and that this is a wonderful, glorious place where we get to daily remember our connections to everything. The Earth is sentient, she is wise, and she sends her love to us each and every moment. If only we could say the same of ourselves. But today I choose to be a beacon of love and pour it into the Earth and thank her for her support and her love. What I really want is for my presence here to be an on-going love letter.
Which kind of brings me to my next love letter. A love letter to myself. Rae’s invitation in this week’s Celebration of Wellness Art-ivity was to focus on self-love, being curious about how one’s thoughts were either supportive or not so much. And so all week I’ve been consciously practicing extending love to my thoughts. What an interesting practice! And actually quite delicious. Above is a peek at my art-ivity – the cover of the accordion-fold book I made which contains a love letter to myself. It amused me to picture my head as this great big heart spouting love thoughts.
And I’ve spouted another love letter. Every Earth Day I do a limited-edition zine in appreciation and celebration of one of Earth’s glorious creatures. This year my love letter is to elephants. I adore these magnificent beings. Elephant has shown up as a beloved totem for me, and I’m so grateful for the beautiful gifts and medicine. And so my zine is indeed a billet doux to elephants everywhere.
I’m offering a love letter to you as well. Thank you for being here; thank you for taking time to read and connect, thank you for being who you are. I welcome the connection and extend my love. And if elephants happen to be a love of yours also and you’d like a copy of my zine, leave a comment saying so and I’ll enter your name in a drawing. I’ll even toss in a few elephant-related bonuses for the lucky winner. If you’re reading this post as an email and want to enter the drawing you’ll need to click through to the actual blog to leave a comment.
I hope you find some wonderful ways to celebrate Earth Day, and I’d love to hear about them.