As of November 1, 2015 I will no longer be offering Drumming and meditation Circles, or Seasonal Rituals/Ceremonies at the Spiritual Centre in Wilmot, Nova Scotia. I will now be concentrating more on ecological gardening, seed saving, and permaculture activities. However, I will still offer a monthly spiritual musing.




At this time there is a lot of discussion about the state of the planet. Humans have been living in relative harmony with the environment on this planet for at least a million years. It is only since the Industrial Revolution of the 1600s that we have forgotten how to live in harmony with the environment. Industries create all kinds of waste products which have been dumped into the air and water since then with no regard or thought of the consequences. Hence our current crises of air and water pollution leading to climate change. Humans, with our superior intellect and brains, were put on this earth to be stewards of it; to honour, protect, and live in harmony with all beings and elements on it and hand it on to the next generation in hopefully better shape than we found it in. Instead we have looked at the earth as a vast, seemly unlimited supply of resources to be used almost exclusively for our own benefit…we just take, take, take never giving anything back. The trees, rocks, plants, and animals have been ignored and their habitats are now being destroyed at an alarming rate. It seems that it is not possible that the actions of a single person can change this, so many of us just throw up our hands and do nothing. However, I feel that if you feel strongly about this planet and wish to heal it there are actions that each of us can take to reduce our "carbon footprints" on earth. Also if you do take action for the planet ("walk your talk") others will notice what you are doing and will often change their way of thinking and begin to change their own lifestyles to help heal the earth.

Here is a list of things that, I feel, will help reduce our "carbon footprints" conserve energy, and create more vibrant communities, in no particular order:

1) walk to the corner store instead of driving,

2) ride your bike or take public transit if this is possible for you,

3) turn off the lights when a room is not in use,

4) plug your computer, TV, stereo and other electronic equipment into power bars and turn off the power to the equipment AND the power bar when not in use,

5) when you encounter road construction and have to stop, do not idle, turn off the car engine to reduce pollution,

6) reduce your cars speed on the highway...this will use less gas and hence produces less pollution,

7) use a clothesline to dry the laundry if possible,

8) take reusable canvas bags to the store rather than getting more plastic bags, 

9) reuse plastic containers with numbers 2 and 5 to store and/or freeze left-overs rather than recycling them,

10) try to buy products that have the least amount of packaging,

11) use hand tools to garden, rake leaves, shovel snow, and a push style reel lawnmower instead of gas fuelled (and noisy) implements...this is a great way to get physical exercise,

12) take a reusable mug to the coffee shop rather than using a disposable styrofoam cup,

13) use passive solar to heat your home as much as possible...lots of windows on the south side of the house with a 3-4 foot overhang out from the roof (built on or an aluminum awning) lets the sun into the house in winter for heat, and the overhang keeps the sun out in summer to keep the house cooler. If you do not have an overhang on your house close the curtains during the day in summer to keep it cooler and open windows at night to take advantage of the cooler night temperatures, 

14) turn the thermostat on the furnace down in winter to about 20 degrees, and turn the air conditioner up in summer to about 25 or even 26 degrees...both of these will use a whole lot less fuel and electricity, 

15) hand wash and dry the dishes rather than using a dishwasher if possible,

16) support local businesses in your area to help keep local people working and money circulating in the local area, and

17) support local Farmer's Markets and source your food and meat products carefully. If at all possible avoid GMO and pesticide laden food and meat, and buy FAIR TRADE products (fair trade products give the farmer a fair price for their products and labour).

If each of us did even half of the things on this list we would all use a lot less energy and fuel, and have less garbage to put in landfills, help other people, and reduce our carbon footprints. Also taking these kinds of actions will help heal our planet and create more vibrant communities to live in. Something for all of us to consciously think about and then act on with good intention.