Let’s Teach Our Children About Protecting the Planet

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Some people live on this Earth as if they have another planet set up somewhere in the universe that they plan to move to once this one gets too filled with litter. Some people live on this Earth carrying on their lives believing that plants and animals are theirs for the taking. And some people live on this Earth believing it is their mission in life to live in harmony with all living creatures and to leave the planet a little bit of a better place than it was when they got here.

As Green Monsters, we like to identify with this last grouping, living each day like it’s Earth Day and treating all creatures around us with due respect and care. More than ever this mindset is necessary to protect the planet from the many destructive practices humans have developed over the years. So what is the best way to see this happen for generations to come? Teach our children, of course!

You might joke that there needs to be an instruction manual for life, just think of this as adding in a section that includes simply ways to take care of the planet. The same as instructions on how to keep teeth shiny and muscles strong, we should make a point to show our children how to care for their surroundings. Good habits are fostered early, so what better way to raise a lil Green Monster than to start now!

1. Clean Up After Yourself

Not only is the concept applicable for toy rooms and bedrooms, but it works for the Earth too. See you thought teaching green to kids would be hard? You’re already doin’ it! Just extend this idea to cleaning up your environment. Teach children to be conscious about what they pour down the sink (no chemicals allowed), how to recycle properly, and the importance of composting.

2. Cradle to Cradle

Thinking about the future has become a norm for children as they grow up. When I was growing up, it seemed like every stage of life was completed with eyes on the “future:” get good grades so you can go to a good college and then one day get a great job, and on and on.

The idea behind cradle to cradle is not to far away from this mindset, it’s just translated into thinking about the future of the inanimate objects that surround us. When I’m done with this shirt, what will happen to it? Where will this plastic container go after I throw it out?

Cradle to cradle is all about learning to reduce your impact on the planet by recognizing how everything you buy or own contributes to your footprint. We don’t live in a disposable world, so your belongings should not be disposable either!

3. Be Compassionate Towards all Living Things

I learned from the wisdom of my Kundalini Yogi/Mother,”if you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.” While this doesn’t need to take a religious twist, it gets to the heart of being able torecognize the intrinsic worth of all things. Current culture teaches us to assign worth based on dollar value, but there are many, many things in this world that are more important than profit.

Teaching children to value everything from their favorite pet to the little spider crawling on the floor is a wonderful way to foster a perspective that can see a larger picture and appreciate how everything has worth and deserves ample respect and care. Children are highly emotional little people, so if you teach them to love all things, they will love away!

4. Dirt Don’t Hurt

Telling kids not to get dirty is so last century. Teaching children about planting and growing is not only fun, but it teaches them the essentials of environmental conservation. Quite simply, you give what you get when it comes to growing plants of any kind. As a kid, I loved summer gardens, tending to my little tomato plants, and the holy grail: picking raspberries in my backyard.

By showing children where food actually comes from instills a sense of appreciation for the Earth.  Once you dig in the dirt, plant a seed, and taste the incredible flavor of a home-grown tomato, you understand the power of dirt and how important it is to protect it.

5. Nature Does Not Belong to You

We already teach children the importance of sharing, but mostly only enforce this idea when it comes to sharing toys or other material things. If we taught children that they share the Earth with every living thing on it, then conservation becomes a no-brainer.

When brushing your teeth, remember to turn off the water because you share that with animals, plants, and other people! Just because you like that flower doesn’t mean you can own it. Learning to respect natural resources and appreciate their importance, not only to yourself but to every other creature, is a lesson that can be extended all through life. The Earth is ours to share, so we want to leave it in good shape for the next users.

By: Kate Good
Source: www.onegreenplanet.com

2014-06-25T12:16:19+00:00

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    I apologize for the very delayed response, we have been experiencing technical difficulties.  I first would like to commend you on your ability to prioritize in such an effective manner.  Your life sounds like one lived in great service to  and love of others.  However, it is also VERY important that you receive energy from others so that you do not become too imbalanced.  Balance in life is crucial in all things (spiritual, physical, cognitive, relational etc).

    Your loneliness is your heart's/spirit's way of asking for relational balance.  It will continue asking louder and cause difficulties in other areas of your life/being until you create this balance.  Your substance use (and thank you for your honesty) only temporarily masks the loneliness, but drugs can only make it worse.  You see, drugs block us from becoming skilled at creating healthy relationships because they numbs us by turning down the volume on our brain's natural pleasure-centers.

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    Hello, I would like to first thank you for sharing your story and your experience. It sounds like you are devoting time and attention to the many things, that will help foster a sustained health and healing for you in life. As you have recognized, it is very helpful for us to take intuition very seriously and to honor this innate ability to discern whether a situation will be harmful or beneficial to our growth and experience as humans. Very often the circumstances and challenges presented to us in life, as happened in yours, serve as great teachers in allowing us to witness our own great strength, compassion, and value. I am glad to hear that you have been able to take the very difficult situation you found yourself in and use your experience to create a better understanding of yourself in the process. While it is true that we tend to develop patterns of holding and habitual ways of holding tension within the body; this does not mean that there are not steps you can take to move through such a body, mind, and spirit experience. The fact that you are crying upon meditating on your root chakra is a sign that you have made yourself available to the grief that naturally accompanies traumatic situations such as the one you experienced. Keep in mind that when we deeply grieve, our bodies are able to express the energy that may have potentially been repressed during this experience. The energy of the root chakra is all about our ability to feel safe, strong, and supported. The violation of this energy can leave one feeling ungrounded and striving for our self-preservation. Try not to become fixated on the worries you are having about the experience arising as disease in your body, as worrying can lead to increased levels of chronic stress, which will potentially create an internal environment more vulnerable to disease - which is what you are trying to avoid. It might be nice for you to meditate on your right to be here, to exist on this planet, and to be valued. It may also be very nice for you to take some restorative yoga classes, which can be grounding and stimulating to the parasympathetic nervous system (assists in the healing process). Recognize that the body may be holding energy in a direct response to a real threat, but begin to create a safe, loving and supportive environment to allow yourself to begin to be able to let go of this holding as you feel safe. When working to heal the first chakra, it is helpful to get in touch with the direct experience of the sensations of the body and become aware of the physical experience of the body. This can be done with the assistance of an expert, to help you change the physical expression of your felt experience. We could also do something called "body dialogue" to put you more deeply in touch with what the physical expression you are experiencing has to teach you about how you are inhabiting the world you are in. There are also many forms of grounding exercises which can help to balance the first chakra. If you are interested in being lead through a series of guided meditations, please contact me at megan@ritualwellbeing.com. Namaste, Megan

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    That's an unfortunate situation. Have the mother read the information on Dherbs.com or schedule a consultation so she can speak with me live and direct. These are the only ways I know to help, Beloved. I'm also about to write an article on DEPRESSION, and the DANGERS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS. Hang in there and know that your cousin wrote her own life script (before she was born), so she is gaining an experience so as to learn a life lesson for her soul's purpose. It doesn't make sense on a lower level, but on a higher level, it all will add up and make sense. God's hand is over everything, even those things that appear bad.

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    Q: My grandmother's disease is getting progressively worse these days. Thus, I would like to know why you referred to the dementia as so-called? This has really peaked my curiosity, however, it is obvious that she is forgetting things and very confused about her day to day surroundings; ex: asks frequently to be taken to her home, although she's already there, can no longer drive, cook, or be left alone. She even thinks that her children are other people at times. To be quite frank, she is severely depressed, overweight, and has almost zero desire to do anything, but perhaps die as she often says. I think a great deal of this stems from the fact that she feels her independent life is gone. Yet, allof this is linked to the fact that she is forgetting how to do basic things. Sorry for the lack of brevity, but as you said, an attempt to ask or try, is better than not asking or trying at all.

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    Start giving her our Brain Booster Tea and Tropical Tea daily to improve oxygen flow to the brain.

     

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    Q: Will I have to purchase 3 CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) (one for each of my children) Ages (3) (5) (10). Thank you.

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    You could probably get away with buying 2 kits instead of 3 kits.

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    Q: My womb has been tilted all my life. I have no children as of yet. What causes the womb to be tilted? My cycle just ended and I'm experiencing some discomfort in my ovaries. I haven't had this pain in my ovaries in a while. I also want to have a child though I've been celibate for almost 2yrs.

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    Q: My soon to be three year old son will be having surgery next week on Tuesday to correct an umbilical hernia he's had since birth. I know he will need something for pain relief. Most doctor's recommend children's Tylenol...What do you suggest?? I will be giving him the "Children's Detox Kit" soon after to speed up healing and detoxification.

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    Poor little boy! That pain will be recorded in his cellular memory. For pain, make him a tea consisting of white willow bark, black willow bark, meadowsweet, and feverfew. Herbs probably won't do much justice to quell his pain though. After the surgery, he will need the Children's Detox so you have the right idea for your son after the surgery.

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    Q: I re-read your Money, Abundance Manual the other night and had a couple of points I needed clarification on. 1.The Feng Shui of the home. You gave a description of a room as it relates to different things (i.e. right center = children and creativity), What does that mean? Are you referring to pictures, memorabilia of children and creativity? 2. On one page you stated for aquariums and fountains to be placed in the front center of a room, and then on another page you said it should be placed in the left rear corner?

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    1. You gave a description of a room as it relates to different things (i.e. right center = children and creativity)But what does that mean?

    ANSWER:
    It only means the energy is conducive (supportive) to these things according to the feng shui custom. That's all!
    2. On one page you stated for aquariums and fountains to be placed in the front center of a room and then on another page you said it should be placed in the left rear corner?

    ANSWER:
    It varies according to the goal, Beloved. Sometimes it's more beneficial to have it in the front and other times in the back, depending on the goal.

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    Q: My son who is now 11 has a double bottom tooth meaning he still has his baby teeth along with some of his permanent teeth, this is evident in only my 2 sons. I want to extract the excess teeth. My dentist suggests braces and says nothing can be done as its genetics....neither myself or his father has that issue. Help! We are live food eaters and non diary consumers. 95% of our intake is healthy and my children have never been vaccinated. Thank you.

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    This is a dental issue, Beloved, and no herbs can help correct this matter unfortunately. My views on the dentist are expressed in the articles "BEWARE OF TOOTHPASTE AND DENTAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS" and "I DON'T WANT TO GO TO THE DENTIST BUT I HAVE TO!"

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    Q: What products of yours would you recommend for someone with Seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap) of the face? The dermatologist has given her some cream but it does not work.

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    Try our FULL BODY DETOX, HEALING SKIN OIL or OZ OIL (both are good), and Bentonite Clay.

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    Q: I need to know if you have an herb for children that can help them stay focus? I thought I saw an herb for that but cannot find it again.

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    We have an inhaler called "Focus" that is inhaled. Inhalers There are no herbs for children to help them focus. There are herbs for the brain however. With children it's usually they are bored and thus do not focus. Read our article on ADD (â€Attention Deficit Disorderâ€) under ARTICLES section on our site.

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    Q: I was on your website recently and I was trying to get a good children's supplement but the site said that there was none available could you please let me know if there is a supplement that has all the vitamins in it. THANK YOU!

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    I highly suggest KHEMETIAN GOLDfor your children. It's the BEST source of nutrition you could give a person (including children). Guaranteed! KG has every vitamin and mineral in it and it's liquid too!

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    Q: I still have my CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) in the liquid form that I purchase from your company awhile back. Can I still use it? And is there somewhere that I can get the directions to it again.

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    YES, YOU CAN STILL USE IT. FOR ANOTHER SHEET YOU'LL HAVE TO CALL THE OFFICE AND INQUIRE ABOUT HAVING US MAIL YOU ANOTHER ONE!

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    Q: Do you have a product for children with possible sinus conditions? My son who allegedly has sickle cell I believe has possible sinus issues. He does not eat a lot meat or dairy either. He eats healthy most days. Peace & love

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    1. Change the diet (go raw foods/vegan: no meat, dairy products, refined grains) 2. Give the child CHILDREN LUNG EXTRACT; RESPIRATORY INSPIRANT 3. Rub eucalyptus oil on child's chest!

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    Q: First off, I want to say that I am TRULY grateful for the work that you are doing. Words cannot convey my sincere gratitude. I will continue to tell my loved ones about the wonderful products, services, and information that you provide. I read your article on ADD/ADHD and was deeply saddened by the harm that is being done to our children. A very dear friend of mine has an 11 year old son that was diagnosed and is currently on medication for this so called condition. I have a 5 year old daughter who just started kindergarten. My daughter is HIGHLY sensitive and gets her feelings hurt very easily. She had two melt downs in class the first week of school. When she was 3 years old, a psychiatrist who was observing her behavior, told me that she thought she may be ADD/ADHD but I did not receive it. My question is how do we, as parents, who are still working in the matrix, educate our children. As a single mom, I do not currently possess the luxury to home-school my daughter and at the same time, I am not pleased with the public school (fool) system, or even private school that still follows the same guidelines and curriculum. Any suggestions?

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    You EDUCATE your children by living TRUTH, being the example of righteous living, personal responsibility, personal accountability, integrity, morals, ethics, etc. BE ABOUT IT! Children learn by watching and then emulating! LIVE IT! The examples from home are stronger than what's learned at school and your child admires you more than any other person. Thank you kindly for your words which are greatly appreciated, Beloved. Thank you so much!

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    Q: Hi, I'm a 36 year old African/American woman with 4 children whose been trying to lose weight off and on for the past 16 years. I lose the weight but then I gain it right back after I go off of my diet. I know that I need a good body/colon cleanse, but what I need to learn how to do is to eat the right food's to keep my body healthy. I've been conditioned to eat the foods that I do eat, I need to know how do I go about "de-programming" myself from the bad food's and program myself to want and crave the healthy one's? I'm open to any suggestion's you have, even using crystals and meditation. Thank you.

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    Time is limited here in "Ask the Herbalist" so I humbly request you consider a full length health consultation. However, I can tell you that you'd greatly benefit from a FULL BODY DETOX Cleanse.

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    Q: I have a 7 yr old niece who has lupus. Will the CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) help her?

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    The CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) will help but so much more will be needed, especially change to diet. Please read the articles: â€LUPUS†â€THE METAPHYSICS OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASESâ€