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Today, June 5th, 2018, is World Environment Day. Yes, everyday has it's own national or global purpose now. However, one like World Environment Day, should be celebrated everyday. I know, it sounds cliche. But, it is true. The environment brings forth life to all organisms creating plant and animal matter. We as humans, have destroyed much of the planet through our quest for profit. https://fighttofreedomandpreservationofthewild.com/2018/06/05/380/. #newblogpost #newblogger #environmentalblog #nomoreplastic #endplastic #worldenvironmentday #worldenvironmentday2018 #saveourplanet #recyclereusereduce #freedom_preservationofthewild
New brand ambassador for @sand_cloud !! You guys know I’m all about saving the planet in every respect! I just ordered this awesome and convienent towel backpack!! Florida living this is a necessity. I used to own one, but a friend borrowed it lol. Glad to be getting a new one!! Motto: #savethefishes #proceedsforocean #foragoodcause #saveouroceans #brandambassador #sandcloudambassador #beachready #floridalivin
Appreciating nature in the best way!! #beachbums #protectouroceans #dogambassadors #saveourplanet #weallenjoyit #freedom_preservationofthewild @tolkientheadventurer
Did you know May is called "Wetlands Month"?! I wish I knew earlier that it was #WetlandsMonth! My entire passion and reason for going to law school is to protect the Everglades. Once, one of the largest wetlands in the state of Florida and in the world!! While in law school I wrote my upper level writing requirement on the everglades and restoring it. [ 738 more words ] https://fighttofreedomandpreservationofthewild.com/2018/05/31/last-day-of-wetlands-month/. #wetlandsmonth #protectourwetlands #everglades #restoretheeverglades #freedom_preservationofthewild #newblogpost #newblogger #checkoutnewblog #wordpressblogger #environmentallaw #animallaw #floridaliving
These taste fahmazing!! Yes, fah...mazing! I never really loved hotdogs growing up, but I did eat a lot of those processed ones that were chicken that my mom would make for me. I pretty much went rogue Vegan when I was in middle school. It was a choice and it was great with the support I had from my friends that were like minded. [ 311 more words ] https://fighttofreedomandpreservationofthewild.com/2018/05/28/meatless-monday-chronicles-veggie-hotdogs/. #veggiehotdog #vegan #meatlessmonday #meatlessmondaychronicles #freedom_preservationofthewild #saveourplanet #youarewhatyoueat #healthylifestyle #newblogpost #newblogger #recipeup!! #yum
Homemade vegan peanut butter cups!! Three ingredients of deliciousness and good for you!! #vegan #veganrecipes #veganreesescups #darkchocolate #organicpeanutbutter #yummy #healthy #healthsnacks #proteinacked #nomnomnom #newblogpost #monday #meatlessmondaychronicles #upcoming #checkoutnewblogpost #freedom_preservationofthewild

Philosophical Moment: Just Stop and Listen

Have you ever just stopped to listen to the sounds all around you? To inhale and exhale the scent of the earth? Yes, the earth has a unique smell. In the morning, when the ground is full of dew, there is a certain scent. Then as the day wears on and the sun is beating down, there is a different more neutral scent. At dusk and nightfall, the earth yet again, smells different with the coolness of the air.

As the morning comes, the earth is stirring during feeding time for most creatures. Listening to birds as they sing to each other. Right now it is Spring in Florida. I am lucky enough to live in an area where we have “woods” in the back. In the rainy season there is a creek that forms and we get to see turtles, frogs in every stage of life, to predatory birds, babies that are bunnies, birds, small fish, and so much more. On my runs, with Tolkien of course, we spot eagles soaring above us. They are indeed majestic.

When I run, I use that time to reconnect with nature. I block out everything from the day, all the stress of the modern world. I just allow myself to literally become one with nature. I find myself just as inquisitive as my pup, as we go on trails. We both look for alligators (duh, it is Florida), in the canals, or different fish and even snakes! This is time to listen to the wind as it moves through the trees. I’ll get all “Pocahontas” for a minute…I do “Listen to the colors of the wind” and (“Listen with your heart” is tattooed on me). Something about the meaning behind that song has always resonated with me since I was a child. It is a beautiful story the earth has to speak to us, we just have to listen.

Even with the cars on the street driving by as we run, it is easy to tune them out and just focus on my breathing and what the earth has to offer. When I listen to the sounds of the wind, rustling of the leaves on the ground, the crunching of sticks and brush by animals hidden from sight, it brings a sense of awareness. We are not alone. Other sentient beings exist and live among us. It is very easy to forget that in our mundane lives. Just because you have a pet, it does not equate to connecting with your inner soul and the earth. Most of our animals are our family and are given a sense of privilege already, so they do not count.

Take at least one day a week to go outside and just, listen. Listen to the sounds of the earth. If you do not live somewhere where you can just go in your yard, then go to the park, beach, river, lake, forest, whatever natural area you can find. Take a notebook, and just sit and listen. Write down what you hear.  Write down how you feel. Is there a new sense of self? Sense of awareness? Awareness of yourself or of other things? Sense of peace and harmony? I would love for you all to come back and write on this post and share what you experienced. It is amazing what one day in nature can do for your sanity, hectic life, and just a self-love project.

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