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Spiritual Pathways for Thursday~9-22-11: The Autumn Equinox is almost upon us. Take some time to walk outside and enjoy the changes in nature. Sit under a tree, enjoy, breathe in the wonderful energy and know that just like the seasons, we also go through changes and cycles in our lives. Enjoy the cooler days and take time to appreciate nature’s beauty. 

For those on the other side of the world, Happy Spring! May we all feel the wonderful energy surging through Mother Earth as she turns once again and the days begin to change. It’s amazing how she keeps the balance and life can be what we believe and what we make it. We are all creators. Blessings and light.~

~Joy~Mysti-Fran 

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Every Day Should Be Earth Day
by Fran Hafey/Mystiblu

Here in Virginia, USA, April 22 is recognized as Earth Day. That date has always had a special significance for me also for a few reasons. One… I love the earth and I love helping her and all living things. I do my best to keep her clean, healthy and beautiful and teach others how they can do the same. Also, the 23rd is my only son’s Birthday. We’ve always enjoyed celebrating both Earth day and his Birthday the same weekend since he was small. We started when he was very young, teaching him how to respect the earth and treat her right, by organic gardening, teaching him not to litter, showing him how to pick up trash, even if he didn’t throw it out, recycling and planting trees, taking used car oil to the proper places to be dumped, conserving water and also conserving all kinds of energy and not being wasteful. Those are just a few of the things we helped him and his sisters learn and that we do as a family. We learned a lot together and we’ve always been a family that learned how to respect the earth and other living things. Now we teach our Grandchildren and my children are helping to teach them too!

I would like for everyone to envision in their minds and/or write on a piece of paper and speak it out loud everyday, a few times a day … making it our mantra and affirmation,  that we will all work together in creating harmony and peace throughout the world. We need to believe that gas prices have come down so people can afford to live and that food prices have come down so people can afford to eat. I’m asking that you do something everyday to help everyone. Do your best to see these things as already done!! Being positive makes a huge difference!!

We all need to think about Mother Earth, our families, our neighbors all over the world, our children, Grandchildren and those to come and their future and the future of the world. When we have to pay these outrageous prices for gas, we all know it takes money from somewhere else, like food out of the mouths of the children and money for bills, mortgages, rent, car payments, medications and necessities. Some people seem to be getting more and more wasteful these days and this needs to change. People need to become much more conscious of what’s happening and how it can be changed. Continuing to use gas and oil just makes the oil misers and tycoons richer and greedier and that’s not giving them the message we need to be sending them. We need to be telling them “We’re not going to do this anymore, we’ve found a better way!!” Not believing everything we see and hear also helps tremendously!

Here are some things WE can all do to help conserve our natural resources and help the Earth and all living things upon her:

1) Walk… don’t drive as much.
2) Ride a bike or go green! Look into the hybrid cars and cars that use less gas!
3) Carpool. Double and triple up when driving to work or to do errands.
4) Try and plan your outings and errands so that you can do more than just one or two.
5) Keep your automobiles tuned up and running smooth so they don’t use as much oil or gas.
6) Don’t just assume everyone else is going to cut back… if we all cut back, we’ll all see a difference!
7) Drive slower and you’ll not only see a difference in your gas gauge but also in the amount of dead animals on the roads.
8) Plan ahead. When we’re prepared, we don’t make as many mistakes. When we know correct directions we conserve on gas by not driving around looking for the right street or address. When picking people up, tell them to be ready so you don’t have to wait and leave the car running. Knowing ahead of time what to expect, if possible, can help in these types of situations.
9) Stay home! Wow, there’s a novel idea. Stay home instead of going out. Spend time at home with the family or choose one weekend a month not to go out, but to stay home and conserve on gas and oil and maybe even dedicate that weekend to doing something really cool like separate your recyclables or pick up trash, give away those clothes you’ve been meaning to get rid of or fix your bike, plant a tree, have a yard sale, or plan an activity that doesn’t call for using anything that causes pollution, but uses our own energy and human power! How about finding out where there’s a local group teaching about Solar, Hydro and Wind Re-useable and Sustainable Energy so we don’t have to keep digging up our Natural Parks and beautiful forests and land.
First we can learn in our own homes, then we can share it with the world!
10) Grow your own food! Organic gardening’s great and it’s not hard! Even in pots for small spaces! (See my article here) http://Mystickblue.homestead.com/EveryDayShouldBeEarthDay.html

11) Check out
http://www.Freecycle.org today!
12) Go Green, go Solar, wind, and water/hydro energy! It’s renewable and can save with Global warming and energy!
13) Use appliances and bulbs that use less energy!
14) You’ve heard recycle, reduce, reuse and renewable, the four R’s!
15) Find out the facts! Find out where your produce and foods are coming from. Find out information about how you can help your community plant trees, grow plants that help clean the air, teach the generations to come how they can help our home our planet to be a safer, cleaner place to live! Help each other and show love and compassion for all living beings and things!! Pass it on!!

Of course, we all have things to do and places to go and we will need to use our cars to get there. I’m just asking that people become more aware of what they’re doing and what they’re using and how much and when. It’s so important for us to be educated and for the politicians to also know that we have knowledge and a brain and a voice too! The earth is our home and that means for everyone, not just for a select few. We’re all human beings, but everyone knows the truth is, we’re not all on the same level and we’re not all treated the same, but we do all breathe and need to  eat, and we need to sleep and we need this earth to do this on, and if we don’t all wake up and begin to work together and not apart, to begin using other natural resources that don’t cause pollution, illness and death, then there will be no reason to be here any longer.

So, yes… everyday should be earth day because the earth depends on us, just as much as we depend on the earth. The earth cannot be taken for granted and she’s beginning to show us in many ways… that she will not be! Wake up my friend and begin to speak your heart and even if you begin small by just saying NO to just one thing, in the beginning… then perhaps others will say no too and then our message will be heard that we are what we say we are! We are people on this earth that believe in what’s right and what’s just and when we stand together, what then can we not do?!

Today, tomorrow and every day, begin by sending love, light and peace to one another and to our earth. Let’s create harmony on our earth and let’s begin by taking care of her and taking care of ourselves and you’ll then see how it will spread everywhere. Ohhh, it may take some time and you may not believe it at first, but even the small miracles are blessings. Each butterfly, each sunrise and snowflake, each newborn cry and old mans smile is a miracle in itself and we must count our blessings and continue to believe.

Everyday is Earth day. Do you believe?~

I send you love, laughter, peace, joy & harmony,

Mysti/Fran

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