As seen in: Issue 29

Environmental Wake-Up Call: Getting Back To Our Roots

It’s something that needs to be discussed, and yet so many people remain silent.  Mental health knows no boundaries and can affect people from all walks of life. It would seem that despite all of our technological advances and potential, we’ve lost sight of ourselves and planet earth. We don’t regard ourselves as highly as the machines we seek; we are close to the point of becoming utterly reliant on them.

Our earth was given to us in perfect working order. In our origins, nature was there to work with us. Food grew everywhere, the water was pristine and life-giving, and the air was full of radiant energies from all of the plants and gigantic trees. The songs of the birds and insects were ever-present depending on their seasons. Earth was full of life.  

Today, we live in a world where poison is sprayed on the food we consume. That same poison is used in lakes and streams to keep weeds down, and those same waters flow through drains and sewers, collected as drinking water for “sophisticated cities.”  Deforestation has seen some of the planet’s most massive trees chopped to the ground, the very columns that let us breathe and help moderate and stabilize the weather. Cities now stand in the place of forests, and towers bombard the airwaves with frequency manipulations. No wonder people are sick and depressed.

One can attain all worldly possessions and achieve all of the goals society deems necessary, but what about our internal workings? We are meant to hear the sounds of a forest alive with creatures, and some never will. Our bodies are desperate for freshwater, and yet most will never drink it in their lifetime. We naturally crave food full of earthy minerals and nutrients, but it’s not accessible to all. The air we breathe should be unpolluted, and it’s not. How have we become so unaware of ourselves?

Nature is a source of true happiness. People are never upset that there is still air to breathe; we don’t get depressed about accessing clean water. Eating real food fresh from a garden is a joy for those who experience it. Studies have proven that people’s moods improve in a forest or natural setting, even if they aren’t the ‘outdoorsy’ type. 

There is a song out there, for those who will listen, and it can change your life. Food grows everywhere there is nature; clean water isn’t too far away, and you can drink it, only it’s not in a bottle sitting on a shelf. There is such a thing as fresh air, but it’s nowhere near the city or anywhere near roadways or machines. We need all of these things to be healthy, so why do we deprive ourselves of them?

I’m not talking about taking a short walk; that is a lifestyle choice that everyone should be doing every day, anyway. Do you want to change the world for the better? Change the way you look at life; there is so much good out there, and it’s been with us since the beginning of time.

Let’s open our minds to the truth of ourselves and what is around us. If we all planted a  garden, there wouldn’t be a hunger problem and the price of genuinely fresh produce would drop, making it affordable to everyone. We can turn the world back into a garden again. We can stop spraying poison into our lakes, streams, lawns, food crops, and ditches. There are better ways. 

We need to look at the inner workings of what’s going on. We are part of the whole ecosystem, and it is out of balance. Let’s work towards balancing our lives back to the good. It starts one day at a time. Slow down, turn off from society and take a real look at how beautiful life is. Let’s focus on our relationship with Mother Nature. By focusing on our natural selves, we focus on the good

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Growing up on a deer farm located on 79 acres of land along the banks of one of Lake Michigan's tributaries, Tom grew a love for nature and all the beauties it could hold. Through that passion Tom has channeled his influences into educating the community on sustainable agriculture, becoming an activist, writing for magazines and creating music tuned to nature in his band Cosmic Knot.