I’m always amazed by the way the macrocosm and the microcosm mirror each other. Let me explain what I mean by this cryptic message by giving you an example… 😉
For instance, our bodies are made up of trillions upon trillions of cells that are so small that we can only see them under a microscope. Together they form this amazing miracle that is the human body. Now imagine zooming out from the planet and into space, further and further away from the Earth, further and further away from our solar system…until the beautiful spheric shape of the Milky Way comes in sight. A whole galaxy, made up of trillions upon trillions of stars and planets.
See what I mean? Many small pieces coming together to build one big, miraculous whole.
So many people these days are stressed out.
They’re overwhelmed by their emotions, their responsibilities, their choices and opportunities (or lack thereof). Feeling stressed out is uncomfortable. So we try to run away and hide from what’s really going on inside. We numb ourselves with comfort foods, alcohol, drugs, TV, shopping, or staying so busy that we don’t have a second to think about what’s really going on.
This behavior is understandable: We instinctively shy away from pain and discomfort. But the problem is that when we keep shutting down our feelings, we miss out on some vital information on what we need, crave and desire, on new ideas and inspiration, on how much we can handle and how we can make positive choices for the better.
So when life gets really, really busy and our insides feel really, really stressed we have to do the opposite of what we instinctively want to do: We need to get back into our bodies, instead of running away from them.
We need to learn to get grounded in our bodies, listen to the sensations and emotions we are having, interpret them, work through them and let them guide us to healthy, conscious choices. That’s when healing takes place – individually and with the people in our lives.
Now here’s where the whole spiel about the macrocosm and the microcosm comes in:
For the last 10.000 years, we as humans have moved away further and further from our home, our mother: Nature. We were seeking more comfort. More reliability. So we began to settle down and use agriculture to grow our own food and domesticate animals. No more hunting, gathering, and traveling with the seasons.
With agriculture came a whole host of new discoveries: Science, organized religion, large-scale politics, trade and money, technology…but with each new solution, it seems, came a new problem: New illnesses, overpopulation, less human interconnection and more digital living, exploitation of resources, global warming, animal extinction. And there’s some old problems that haven’t really budged: Hunger. World Wars. Poverty.
It seems that we thought we could outsmart Mother Nature through more and more advanced technology, more and more sophisticated cultures, more and more civilized living. But I believe that at the end of the day, we have to go the opposite direction: Not further into the digital and technological world, but back to the roots. Back to nature. Back to the natural cycles of the seasons, of night and day, of the waxing and waning moon.
Back to our bodies.
Our bodies are still very similar to the way they worked 10.000 years ago. Evolution moves slowly. They are hardly equipped for the abrupt environmental and lifestyle changes of the last couple thousand years. And our planet is suffering with us.Just as we are stressed out and challenged as individuals, so is Mother Earth.
We can heal as individuals by turning inwards and getting back to the wisdom that lies in our bodies and our emotions. We can heal the planet and the human species by returning to our source: Our beautiful planet Earth.
Now, I’m not saying that we all should abandon our homes, toss our cell phones and go back living in caves. Neither do I suggest that I have all the answers. But what I know for sure is that there’s something very powerful, very healing and very magical about returning to our center. Globally, that’s our planet. Individually, that’s our bodies.
There are very striking connections: For example, once we truly learn to listen to our bodies again, the cravings for artificial, highly processed foods that were grown in a lab start to fade away, and the need for real, organic, whole foods comes back. Once we detox from social media and TV binges, we reveal the need for real, loving human interaction. Once we leave the city and take a breath of fresh air in the mountains or at the sea, we realize how important it is to keep our planet clean and healthy…
And while these things are no fully formulated master plan to save the Earth, they point us in the right direction.
It all starts with a first step, right?
What is one thing you can do today to reconnect to and cherish your body?
What is one thing you can do today to reconnect to and cherish the planet?