Embracing Gratitude and Eco Living This Thanksgiving
As we approach this season of gratitude, I find myself reflecting on the countless blessings that surround us each day. In the midst of our busy lives, it's important to pause and acknowledge the gifts that often go unnoticed. This Thanksgiving, let us not only express thanks for our personal joys, but also extend appreciation to the very foundation of our existence: the Earth and its Creator.
In the pages of this month’s Natural Awakenings, we explore the concept of eco-living, a lifestyle of intentional mindfulness that seeks harmony with the planet, honoring the intricate balance our Creator designed for us to survive and thrive here. As we gather with loved ones around the Thanksgiving table, let's take a moment to consider what it truly means to live in sync with the planet, embodying the spirit of responsible stewardship rather than reckless domination.
God, in His infinite wisdom, crafted Earth as a tapestry of interconnected ecosystems, from vast oceans to towering mountains, each playing a vital role in sustaining life. As caretakers of this magnificent creation, it is our responsibility to cherish and preserve it for the generations to come. Eco-living, as we define it, is not about controlling nature, but collaborating with it.
Let us express gratitude for the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that yields the nourishing food on our tables. And as we give thanks for the abundance that surrounds us, we can also commit to life practices that demonstrate our appreciation. The beauty of eco-living lies in understanding that our well-being is intricately linked to the health of our planet. To learn more about that unbreakable relationship, listen to Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio, where every week I talk with experts about various environmental issues, how they impact our health and wellness and what we can do about it.
One fundamental aspect of eco-living is cultivating mindfulness in our daily choices. From the products we use to the food we consume, every decision we make has some impact on the environment. Choosing sustainable and locally sourced goods is not merely a trend, but a conscientious effort to live in harmony with the Planet. This Thanksgiving, consider incorporating organic, locally sourced ingredients into your festive meals and help us uphold eco-friendly practices by supporting the many farmers who call North Texas home. “Plant-forward” dishes are also delicious, as indicated by the tasty holiday recipes in this issue, many of which have been submitted by North Texas dieticians.
Another mindful choice is to pay attention the wonders of nature that we’re often too busy to appreciate. Take a moment to revel in the beauty of a sunrise, the rustle of leaves in the wind or the soothing sound of flowing water. Connecting with nature fosters an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the intricately woven environmental tapestry that surrounds us.
As we gather this month with friends and family, let our gratitude extend beyond the confines of our homes and touch the very soil beneath our feet. Recognize that our Creator entrusted us to be stewards of His creation, and that by living with respect for the Earth, we are honoring the divine wisdom that shaped our world.
May this Thanksgiving be a celebration not only of the bountiful harvest, but also of our shared commitment to eco-living. Together let us express thanks for the precious gift of our planet and strive to leave a legacy of mindfulness for future generations.
With heartfelt gratitude,