Fall is in the air, cooler, shorter days, foraging animals and birds, and much needed rain.
For many of us, this summer has been a mixed bag. Speaking for myself, it has been a challenge to stay positive under the heavy weight of worry, confusion, loss, and feelings of helplessness. For months now, smoke has been very real, but it is also a metaphor for the threats to our beloved planet. Smoke represents the haze of destructive self-serving politicians aligned with giant corporations, their own egos and need for power. It can blind us to the truth, as can the hurricanes of greed and destruction.
For the purpose of this essay, I will speak only for the concern for the natural world, with full realization that also under threat is our capacity for unconditional kindness, tolerance and acceptance of our fellow human beings.
Our country and our world are falling ill to climate change. The American Medical Association reports that our response to global warming is “eco anxiety” that can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which if prolonged, can affect digestion, lead to memory loss and suppress the immune system. “ Many people understandably feel that reading or watching the news can be unhealthy. But burying our heads in the sand is not the answer; denial and silence can be dangerous to all that we hold dear.
So what are we supposed to do? We are baffled by this question! I believe in BALANCE. Each of us must monitor our own emotional responses, finding our own balance between being fully informed, and awareness of when we’re stretching our emotional limits .