Revival, renewal, reinvigoration, reawakening, reappearance. These are all words that we might associate with the natural world. The earth shows us over and over again that it can heal itself. Nature detoxifies herself and the burden of being home so much life. Studies have shown that Mother Earth utilizes the ozone layer to clear pollutants, earthworms remove harmful toxins from soil, and mycelia (from the mushroom family) actually removed radioactive waste from the forests of Russia after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Mother Earth, when left to her own devices, has the instinct to heal and in fact, heals herself. She puts the earth worms, mushrooms, and very air around her to work and the system regenerates. You can see examples of this when you’re simply walking down the street in a city or town. Plants grow through sidewalk cracks, which takes some serious regenerative energy. There are many mushroom, earthworm, or plant anecdotes and you often just need to look around to see nature’s regenerative powers in action. Mother Earth’s profound potential to heal and rebuild herself ad nauseum teaches us that we can do the same.
How We Regenerate Ourselves
The simple act of communing with Mother Nature, of spending in-depth time in all that she offers and paying attention to her movements and rhythms is a huge step towards healing. Because we are of the earth, our bodies and minds follow Mother Nature’s regenerative lead. Our blood cells are continually renewing and at the cellular level, we actually renew every 7 years. This means that every 7 years, you have a whole other set of cells in your body. You’re brand new. We can look to nature and we can look to ourselves for regenerative cues. We can also learn to live within nature and syn up to her daily reinvigoration.
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