6 Heart-Centered Ways to Make the Planet Better

6 Ways to make the planet better by Stephanie St.Claire

 
1.  Have the courage to operate in your gifts, in full power, every day.

For some that will mean leaving “secure” jobs to start their own business. Some will stay in their corporate job and transform the very foundations, attitudes, and protocols of the 9-5 culture. Some will start a volunteer service or non-profit on the side. And for others, this will mean playing your music, doing your art, and using your time to bring beauty into the world. Paradoxically, we will be able to release ourselves from the particle-heaviness of time, and yet time will have a previously-unknown preciousness to us.

 

2.  Stop staying in/putting up with a relationship that doesn’t work.

If the person isn’t right for you, you need to set them free (and yourself) and find partnership with someone who is on the same page with you. And yes, this may require you walk the path alone for a while and grow. In the past, we partnered up for socio-economic reasons. Partnerships today are being formed for mutual edification and contribution, whether they be business, social, or romantic. The future generations of families, societies, positive world development, life-changing inventions, technology, etc. depend upon our partnering in healthy relationships TODAY.

 

3.  When you read or watch something that nourishes you (books, movies, blog posts, YouTube videos), have a mind to share your knowledge with someone else.

You will probably have to stop multi-tasking so you can be present and really glean from what you’re taking in. But go above “basic consumption” and share what you know with the people in your life. We are all teachers now.

 

4.  When you see something wrong or evil, speak up.

REALLY speak up. Say something, do something, and be such a strong presence that that wrong/ignorant force can no longer survive and propagate.

 

5.  Figure out what your beliefs are about art/poetry/philosophy/spirituality.

Don’t be content to throw up your hands and go “Uhhh I don’t know….it’s all unknowable” and then hashtag #angels #miracles on your rainbow pictures. Get to know what etheric force lights you up and makes you inspired. This might be different for everyone, but it’s part of our human obligation to know what we think/feel/believe about the poetry and life force of material things.

 

6.  Wanting to feel appreciated by others is healthy. Expecting equal reciprocity from everyone you’re involved with is insanity.

Very rarely do we ever have reciprocal exchanges and THAT’S OKAY. Just trust the process. We give over *here* and we receive over *there*. Believe in the abundance and equality of the resources surrounding you; give and take with balance and awareness.

Just a word of warning: Be careful how much you’re giving over *here* (drained? exhausted? frustrated? and bitching about it?) and taking over *there* (well, I’m drained, exhausted, and frustrated. I’m going to eat/spend/bitch to my friend for 2 hours). Be aware and be balanced.

 

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“For years mental health professionals taught people that they could be psychologically healthy without social support, that “unless you love yourself, no one else will love you.” Women were told that they didn’t need men, and vice versa. People without any relationships were believed to be as healthy as those who had many. These ideas contradict the fundamental biology of human species: we are social mammals and could never have survived without deeply interconnected and interdependent human contact. The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation.

-Bruce D. Perry, M.D.,
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook

 

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Side note…

A few years ago, my best friend and I broke up with our boyfriends during the same week and we were completely devastated. We cried together, took turns bringing chicken soup to each other’s apartments, and made sure the other one was brushing teeth on a regular basis. After about a month of this we were still not feeling better or getting out much and we decided that had to change. We were in New York City after all, and being on a diet of Ben & Jerry’s and cheap martinis was ruining any judgment we had left. John and I created the Thursday Night Supper Club and we would each invite 2 people to dinner at the Standard Hotel and the 6 of us would drink some drinks, eat some food, laugh some laughs, and slowly….we started to feel human again.

Thank God we had each other. What I realized was, yes, time heals all wounds, but having those few good people who are going to lift you up, call out your best self, and nurture you into a new season of life are everything.

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