Tomorrow is Earth Day. Each year I’m reminded of one that my husband Bob and I celebrated in Washington DC in 1990. It was the year Earth Day went “global” and people all over the world were celebrating our Mother by raising consciousness about how we treat her. We stood in an amazing circle with strangers from all over the country and the world and danced in celebration. We listened to magical stories told by Native Americans; we got up-close and personal with a huge American eagle. We never forgot that day. Today Bob had the opportunity to offer a short presentation on Earth Day to his workmates. He spoke of the history of the day and how it developed, how it caught on in the rest of the world. and how other cultures observe it. Then he spoke of our friend and teacher, Frank Menusan, and of how he speaks of our Great Mother. Frank teaches that in Native American tradition we live in harmony with the natural world; that we are in relationship with all of creation; and not just the two-legged humans but the four-leggeds, the winged ones, the ones that swim in the waters, the ones that crawl on the earth, the tree people and stone people – rocks and minerals as wisdom keepers and living beings – and tree people and plant kingdom living on the earth reaching up and out toward each other. That said we are in Relationship with all of these beings. When we understand that relationship we also understand that we have a Responsibility to our “relations” – our family of brothers and sisters – to take care of each other. When we understand that responsibility we understand that Reciprocity is incumbent on us – to give back, support and sustain all of our “relations”. Earth Day is the perfect time to honor the The Three “R’s” – Relationship, Responsibility, and Reciprocity.
STRETCH: In honor of The Great Mother, the planet Earth, make it a point to keep the “Three R’s” in mind. If you see trash, pick it up and dispose of it. Minimize waste. Recycle. Re-use. Give thanks for the bounty the Earth provides and honor her gifts. Honor the trees, the birds, the fish, the waters, and the rocks. Honor each other.