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Honor Mother Earth with a Spirit Bowl Ceremony

If you are looking for a special way to honor Mother Earth this Earth Day, we have the perfect ritual to incorporate into your family traditions: a Spirit Bowl Ceremony.

Honoring Mother Earth with Spiritual Awareness

The purpose of this ritual is to recognize that work needs to be done to bring human life into harmony with the rest of life of life on earth and to pledge ourselves as Earth Stewards.

Realize and take full advantage of our symbiotic relationship with the Earth. Set the stage for an Earth honoring day going outside in your garden, window box, or nearby park and kneel before a plant or in an open green space. Tap into the green, generous energy. When you feel connected, acknowledge the Earth and all it gives to us by pouring your intentions for a healthy, whole planet into your actions.

When you return inside, shift your focus to honoring the food you eat throughout the day.  It is a way to show respect, engage in reciprocity, and acknowledge that life is only possible through a cycle of give-and-take.

By bringing awareness to our food, not just hurriedly or mechanically consuming it, we change the quality of what we are eating.  We awaken the sacred spirit of nourishment.

This Spirit Bowl ceremony can be done before your most important meal of the day. It’s not complicated or elaborate and yet, by deliberately engaging in a ritual that symbolizes reciprocity with Mother Earth, you cultivate an increased appreciation for the life force of which you are an integral part.

If you need pointers for your first Spirit Bowl ritual, follow these steps offered by our indigenous friends at The Pachamama Alliance:

How to Create Your Spirit Bowl Ceremony

The steps below are just one way the Spirit Bowl Ceremony can be done. We encourage you to adapt the ceremony in any way that feels right or holds significance for you.

  • First, make a special sacred space in your kitchen or dining room, where you will create your Spirit Bowl. You can mark this area by using a special cloth, lighting a candle, placing some flowers, or using elements from the natural world.
  • After the food has been prepared, gather everyone who will be sharing the meal around this altar. You may wish to say a few words about why you are performing the ceremony, and then ask everyone to take a moment of silence to focus on its purpose.
  • Place a very small amount (like a teaspoon or so) of each dish in a small ceramic or wooden bowl. Here, if you wish, each person sharing the meal can take a turn placing something in the bowl.
  • The bowl filled, say a short prayer, recite a poem, or simply speak from your heart, thanking Mother Earth for her gift of life in whatever words come to you. If you wish, you can invite others to share a few words at this time, as well.
  • One person can then bring the bowl outside, in the spirit of concluding the ritual, and place it in a spot where birds and insects will return your offering to Pachamama over the next several days. Alternatively, you may prefer to bury the offering.
  • If you don’t have access to an outside space, you might offer flowers, spices, or something else that won’t spoil, keeping the offering in a special spot in your home.

Customize Your Ceremony

While many people may choose to partake in a Spirit Bowl Ceremony in a group setting, what is important is that you select a practice that will speak to your heart and generate the most connection with you and Mother Earth.  Some other suggestions are writing a letter to Mother Nature and reading it outside in a special spot or collecting leaves, flowers or berries that have fallen and holding them as you meditate. You can even commemorate your ceremony by planting a tree, herb or flower to illustrate your dedication to always give back to the planet.

If you have a special way you honor the Earth, we would love for you to share it with us. If you try the Spirit Bowl ceremony, how did it go? Please share your experience or thoughts below or on Facebook!

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Wake Up to a Green Mourning

According to Hindu mythology, Krishna was once asked what was the most miraculous thing in all creation.  He replied, “That a man should wake each morning and believe deep in his heart that he will live forever, even though he knows that he is doomed.”

As we progress on our spiritual path, we will eventually find that death actually connects us to life.  Though the subject of death is often swept under the rug in our culture, it is a sacred part of life which, unfortunately, many people avoid planning for.

Choosing a green burial now relieves your loved ones of the distress that comes in having to make difficult, and often costly, decisions after your passing.  Involve your friends and family now, so difficult decisions do not need to be made in a time of grief.

During such traumatic times, the last thing on your mind may be how funeral products were made, where its materials were sourced, if any environmentally damaging materials went into it, or what kind of labor conditions its manufacturers faced. Especially given that you may have little time to make a decision, amidst difficult circumstances.

A typical, no-frills funeral and burial in the United States costs from $6,000 to $10,000, uses formaldehyde in embalming, non-degradable steel caskets and concrete vaults placed shoulder to shoulder in established cemeteries.

Burial in a green or natural cemetery, on the other hand, can cost half as much. Simple and natural, green burial, or natural burial, ensures the burial site remains as natural as possible in all respects.  Bodies are placed inside a degradable casket (usually made of wood or cardboard), shroud, or a favorite blanket- no embalming fluid, no concrete vaults.  Embalming, caskets and vaults are not required by law in any state. Bodies can be kept cool until burial rather than being embalmed and cemeteries require vaults only to prevent soil settling and facilitate grass mowing.  The simplicity of a green burial is in tune with nature and need not be expensive.

In keeping with your personal values, a natural burial site for you, family, even pets, promotes growth of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, in turn bringing birds and other wildlife to the area.  Water is not wasted, nor are pesticides and herbicides used in attempts to control nature.  Instead, a green cemetery allows nature take its course. Planting native trees, shrubs and flowers in your loved one’s honor promotes habitat restoration.  To encourage land preservation, a green cemetery grants a conservation easement for the burial site.

Green cemetery graves are placed randomly throughout a woodland or meadow, and marked only in natural ways, with the planting of a tree or shrub, or the placement of a flat indigenous stone, which may or may not be engraved. Burial locations are mapped with a GIS (geographic information system), so future generations can locate an ancestor’s final resting place.

Please visit the Green Burial Council for more information.

The following video details home funeral planning, another green burial option: 

If you were intrigued by this article, you will also appreciate:  ”Take me to Your Earthship: Mother Nature’s Favorite Neighborhood“.  

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She’s Alive. She Breathes. She Feels. She’s Worth Dying for.

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and this video just might be the most emotionally connective works of art we’ve come across in our search for the best content to celebrate this awesome planet we inhabit.

This piece manages to capture the infinite beauty and strength of Mother Earth while presenting us with the powerful reminder of just how sensitive and delicate she is.

It also celebrates some of the heroes who have given their own lives to protect her.   And we also are celebrating those people on Earth Day – If you know an eco-warrior, an activist or volunteer who dedicates their time to solving our Earth’s crisis, send them a love bomb. It just might be the toughest job in the world!

She is not yet gone – she is still alive.  Enjoy:

Do you know an activist, volunteer or eco-warrior that you want to thank?  Let’s set up a circle of gratitude for them here!

If you liked this article, you will enjoy: Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot.  And “The Profound Interconnection of Life – An Astronaut’s Perspective.” 

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