I’ve been recuperating this past week from the “knock you out, drain you out” flu.
I woke up on Sunday feeling better than I had in 6 days. My stomach felt neutral, I was able to eat a solid breakfast and the sun was shining! I had energy to spare so I decided to go outside and wash my car!
This led to me placing the garden hose with running water next to our Liquid amber tree trunks while I was soaping up the car. After drying the car I kept the water flowing as I stood and gave each tree a deliberate soaking all around their trunks and 3 to 4 feet out in a circle. I felt a sense of well being as I communed with each tree and appreciated the sun shining on my body that had been cooped up in bed most of the week.
This led me to take a look at all of our plants and trees around the front and side of our house. I started at the side of our house and worked my way around the house and up to our front door watering every living thing in the early morning warmth of the sun.
The earthy smell of wet dirt greeted me along with the sweet fragrances of the roses and the delicious aroma of the tangerine bush.
It was a sensual delight to spend close to two hours out in the front of my house in the sunshine caring for my car, and then for all of my trees and plants. I can’t remember the last time I took that much time watering our plants.
We have a gardener that comes once a week and mows our lawn and plants our annuals and keeps up with our pruning. I have not been in contact with the feel of the dirt on my feet, or the tickling sensation of ants doing their best to crawl up my legs for a long time. The feel of the cool water running over my feet and legs, washing the ants off of me and back on the ground where they belonged was refreshing. I had forgotten how gratifying it is to smell the earthy fecund aroma of wet shredded bark, mixed with decomposing leaves and along with fragrant fresh budding roses and camellias.
It wasn’t until I came inside that I realized it was Earth Day! Was it a coincidence that I chose this day to reconnect with the earth around my home? I don’t think so. The Earth Day Network estimates that more than a billion people now participate in Earth Day actives each year. I believe in collective resonance. I think at some level I connected with the energy of all the other people focusing on our Earth in their own unique ways.
My dream is to see a billion Love Warriors participating in Self-Love Day before I die. Wouldn’t it be great for someone to wake up one morning and behave in more loving ways than usual and then realize it was Self-Love Day?
Even better yet; wouldn’t it be awesome to have a billion people waking up each morning treating themselves and others with love every day of their lives?
You and I can start. We can start right now with this day. Let’s see what happens!
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!