The New Year marks a time of fresh beginnings and reflection. This next decade holds many unknowns for the future and our actions right now are of utmost importance as they determine the fate of future generations. We are on the cusp of enlightenment with un-thought of possibilities on the horizon. The world we know today will be much different than the world our children will know. And it is up to us, mothers everywhere (aunts, sisters, grandmothers) to tap into our instinctual wisdom and save the day!
Time is running out. Mother Earth is calling. Can you hear her prayers? I hear her cries rippling in the cracking glaciers, rising waters to wash away her wounds, purging the poison we have inflicted upon her. I wonder why so few of us, mothers ourselves, are deaf to her plea. Is it because we have been trained to ignore our own feminine wisdom? We birth our babies in hospitals while numbing ourselves, and them, to the experience of birth itself. We separate ourselves from our children and then seem confused by the detached, self absorbed consuming culture that manifests as a result.
Those of us with lots of “stuff” (aka American) are leading contributors to the changing climate. We enjoy the benefits of modern conveniences to an excess – feeding our kids fast food because we have no time – rationalizing and justifying our behaviors to avoid feeling guilty. We know deep down that genetically modified foods, synthetic additives and artificial flavorings aren’t healthy. We feel it in our bones and see the toxic residue on the body of Mother Earth. If only we would listen to those inner voices. If only we could hear her pleas. Instead, we numb ourselves with caffeine, sugar, and medications.
Greed and apathy have led to global devastation in a mere 100 years. In our ignore–ance we search for bliss at any cost regardless of the enormity of the problem at large. What momentum has the women’s rights movement gained during this past century if the result has been a society that is consumed with consuming, distracted by calculated marketing tactics and manipulated by distorted realities? Have we simply chosen to minimize the power of the Feminine for the “idea” of something other than what it actually is?
The emerging “green” movement is lacking a feminine voice. Many of the solutions being presented are reminiscent of the hidden agendas of days past. Nuclear energy, “clean” coal and carbon offsets are being positioned as actual alternatives next to wind, solar, hydro, landfill gas and bio-fuels. Billions of dollars are being invested in nuclear and clean coal to develop these markets to further ensure the false economy. We are caught in a vicious cycle where corporations are dependent on consumers to keep buying so they come up with new ways to convince us to buy. Green or not, we as consumers need to use less! We can switch to renewable energy, buy sustainable products and shop locally but that is no longer enough. We have to do all of these things and more.
We have to actually change the rate at which we consume. We have to use less stuff. We have to begin to think about where all of the stuff we consume comes from and the impact it has on the planet and the people all along the way. We have to discover new ways of living on the planet that are less dependent on Corporate America, our government and the products we think we need. Harder yet, we have to teach our children to use less stuff and change the ways they live their lives. If we don’t gain control over simple things like our diets and our spending habits, then we are equally to blame for the mess we are headed for.
Let’s start exploring how we are contributing to this existence we are creating for our children and future generations right now. The patriarchal prototypes of the past are outdated and obsolete. We need new ways of looking at the world so that we can salvage what is left. Let’s take the little bit of time we have and prepare our children for the re-building of our fragile planet. Let’s teach them the skills and knowledge they will need to survive. Those of us raising children during this critical time have a responsibility and an obligation to teach them new ways of living. We can teach our children how to adapt, to be flexible and to be strong in body, mind and spirit. We must teach them to conserve, share and prepare. We can develop a willingness to begin living our lives differently.
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