April 19, 2011

Earth Day – What We Can do in CrisisEverything is interconnected. Our environment is really an extension of us. What we do to planet earth, we do to ourselves. When we look at what is happening in the world right now, we see that we are in crisis. With Earth Day around the corner, let’s examine what we can do in this crisis.

What is Crisis?

On the outer physical realm it looks like tsunamis, earthquakes, nuclear crisis, hurricanes, tornadoes, destructive fires, extensive heat waves and droughts, melting glaciers, raising sea levels and icebergs the size of small states breaking away from ice caps. There are breakdowns in all aspects of reality these days.

The dictionary says a crisis is: any event that is, or expected to lead to, an unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, community or whole society.

When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.  John F. Kennedy said this in one of his speeches on April 12, 1959.

I believe most crises provide an opening for growth, no matter how fearful the circumstances, because crises stop the treadmill we are on and force us to look at what really matters. We can grow emotionally and spiritually from crisis if we choose to.


Paradigm shift was the term used in the influential book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn (1962) to describe a change in the basic assumptions, or paradigms, within the ruling theory of science. Paradigms are also referred to as thought patterns.

Being in a crisis can speed up the changing of paradigms or basic assumptions that are no longer working in our world.

Our Response to Crisis

We can respond on the physical level and that is a wise thing to do. I’m sure you have read many articles at this point (including some of my earlier blogs) on what we can change and how to protect Mother Earth. There is much to read and much to do on the physical realm. There are ways we can help the earth and make a difference.  You can refer back to Awakening the Dreamer, 3 Common Household Chemicals Killing The Great Lakes, Making Intelligent Environmental Choices Inside Our Homes, 7 Questions to Ask To Help Protect our Planet to see some ideas and maybe change some paradigms.

What about our other responses – our mental, emotional and spiritual responses?  We tend to think that our five senses is all we have. So we tend to think that what is physically apparent is all there is. But now with quantum physics, we know that there is a lot going on in the invisible realms. Remember everything vibrates and those unseen energies are just as important as our physical endeavors.

How Important Are The Other Realms?

If we think about something before it becomes physical, then our thinking mind is very important.  If we need emotion to strengthen the attraction factor, then that becomes important too. Emotions are also a compass to tell us if we are on the right track or not. If we are feeling good, we know are going in the right direction with what we are thinking. If we are not feeling good, that is a sign to stop or examine what is going on. Our spiritual response is the recognition of a multi-dimensional universe that is still a mystery in many senses. It is the response that connects us all as we are all one with this realm.

Our mental, emotional and spiritual responses are what is needed in this particular crisis. There still may need to be some paradigms shifts here with these responses, but they are where our power resides.

We need new thinking and the emotions of love, compassion, gratitude, peace, joy, harmony, trust, hope, etc. to abound while realizing that everything is connected to one source.  If we, as the people of planet earth, come together in thought, emotion and spirit, we would be able to change the physical realm very quickly. The power and the potential to reverse this crisis is within our grasp.

Get involved with community efforts in your location. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.“ Margaret Mead

Contact me if you want to join our group working to make a difference. Happy Earth Day!

To your good health!


About the author 


I’m a Canadian, gluten-free, tai chi loving, great-grandmother. I live in Ontario and love helping people get healthy again.   I use all the experience I have gained in the almost 5 decades to help you live a life full of vitality with great clarity and focus.

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