What do female voices from around the globe think is the meaning of the Divine Goddess/Feminine? To find out, I recommend this wonderful book, Goddess: when she rules (Golden Dragonfly Press). Profits from the sale of the book will go to charities which promote education for women. I wrote the essay below as a contribution to the Goddess book. The editor, Catherine Schweig, also hosts a great blog site for those interested in spiritual poetry: Women’s Spiritual Poetry. Click on the image to read the article which was published in Mystic Living Today e-zine. It’s a bit longer than my usual posts, so you’ll need a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Enjoy! Much love, Anita.🙏
April 22nd is Earth Day 2018 and the campaign being highlighted this year is ending plastic pollution. There’s an excellent pdf to read through if you want much more information on how the plastic we produce and throw away is seriously damaging our world, our marine life and ourselves. Here’s the link to the downloadable pdf: Earth-Day-plastic-pollution-pdf.
What can we as individuals do to make a difference?
- If you don’t do already, RECYCLE all your household waste, using the recycling bins provided by your local Council waste department. If you don’t recycle, all your waste goes into landfill and can take hundreds of years to break down – and some of it never does. Leave a nicer present to your children and grandchildren by helping to reduce the mountains of landfill rubbish.
- Much of our plastic packaging comes from food shopping. When you are next at the supermarket, try these suggestions:
- pick the fresh produce which is not wrapped in plastic.
- favour glass and canned packaging over plastic.
- Ask supermarket staff for paper bags to place unwrapped fruit and vegetables in. If we keep pestering supermarkets, they eventually change their ways to retain our custom.
- Take your own reusable non-plastic shopper bags to pack your food at the checkout.
- Ask the supermarket manager when they will be introducing “plastic free aisles” such as those in Ekoplaza Dutch supermarket stores. Plastic-free means using alternatives to plastic packaging – compostable biomaterials made from plants and trees.
- Ask when they will eliminate plastic packaging in their own-brand products, as one UK frozen-food supermarket chain (Iceland) has already pledged to do by 2023.
- Use bio-bags (100% compostable and biodegradable; made from corn starch) for home bin liners and doggy poop bags. I buy mine online but some local Councils have a supply of bio dog poop bags which you can uplift for free.
- If, like me, you don’t like the metallic taste of water straight from the tap, you could consider buying a filter tap for your kitchen sink rather than buying bottled water. I’ve only just started researching these filter taps and they seem very expensive!!! So, the search continues.
- Stop buying antibacterial cleaners, complete with plastic packaging. A study carried out by the BBC television programme Trust Me, I’m a Doctor showed that bacteria grow back within 20 minutes of using antibac products, and that soap and water were much more effective at keeping bacteria at bay for longer. There’s a good article in The Telegraph about this. I’ve also started using bicarbonate of soda mixed with a little water to make a paste. I wipe this all over the surface to be cleaned (it’s great for restoring a stained sink to sparkling white!), leave a few minutes, then wipe off. It’s really effective. If you add vinegar, it reacts with the bicarbonate of soda and fizzes as you clean. Who knew cleaning could be such fun.
I hope you’ve found some of these suggestions useful and food for thought. If you’d like to share any of yours with others, please do leave your comments. Anita.
February 17th 2018 is Random Acts of Kindness Day! For something a little different, my offering to you today is 3 ways to show kindness to the animal kingdom. Many people believe that before we incarnated as humans, we spent many other incarnations as lower forms of life, including mineral and animal, so let’s remember to be kind to our animal friends today and every day. Here are some easy ways to make a difference:
Commit to buying only free range eggs.
They are much tastier and the conditions in which the chickens are housed are much healthier and kinder than being cooped up in tiny cages in a warehouse-sized shed with thousands of other chickens, never seeing the light of day and with no room to stretch their feathers. Not a good existence. Free range chickens on the other hand are allowed to roam free outdoors during the day and feed on a varied diet. The welfare of our animals is becoming more important to us as consumers. Yes, free range eggs are more expensive but this is an ethical choice you can make to cherish and empathise with all life on Earth.
Take children to see animals in their natural environment.
Please don’t take children to zoos. Wouldn’t it be kinder to show children/grandchildren that animals are not meant for our entertainment. They should be allowed to roam free in their natural environment where ever possible (although I do understand that some species are endangered and a few of the larger zoos carry out vital conservation work). Instead, take children to the park to see the ducks in the pond, or go seal watching on a remote beach while on holiday. Take part in a nature survey online, counting the birds that appear in your garden, and so on.
Buy bars of soap
You know Grannie wasn’t all wrong. Good ‘old-fashioned’ bars of soap are now experiencing an upsurge in popularity. The newer versions are free from parabens (chemical preservatives which have hormone-disrupting properties) and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate – a foaming agent, also xeno-estrogenic). Make sure the soap you buy doesn’t contain these unnecessary chemicals. If you can’t find these in supermarkets, you can buy them online. Try beautynaturals.com or hollandandbarratt.com for starters.
Also, watch out for packaging. In an effort to cut down on unnecessary plastic packaging, I ordered some eco bars of soap from Faith in Nature instead of my usual liquid hand soap in plastic containers, only to find that the soap arrived wrapped in plastic. Aagh! Try a bamboo soap dish instead of a plastic one.
I hope these suggestions have been thought-provoking. Have a wonderful day! Anita.☺