I was walking around Whole Foods this morning after a wonderful class with Christie Baumgartner (my fav) and realized it was Earth Day. I don’t know how one traditionally celebrates a day like today, but I decided I was going to celebrate by eating all natural foods from the earth itself. Seems appropriate. As I was walking home with my bag full of goodies, I started getting more and more excited to get there so I could look at everything I bought. I felt like I was carrying a collection of fine treasures. It was the same sort of feeling you get when you have a great day at the mall and find a whole bunch of sales at your favourite store. When you can’t wait to get home so you can try everything on again and put together your new perfect outfit. Except this time I was bringing home a bag of vibrantly coloured vegetables and nutrient-packed fruits. I couldn’t wait to display them on my shelves and fill up the fridge so that every time I opened the door I would be greeted by beautiful plants. Better yet, I couldn’t wait to eat them!
As North Americans, we are consumers. We buy stuff everyday. This is hard on our environment, our bank accounts, and our selves (psychologically). After coming home today with a brown paper bag full of rich nourishing food I got to thinking…What if people started to feel more rewarded and fulfilled on their way home from the grocery store? What if shopping for food had the same effect on people as shopping for material goods? Would we still feel the need to spend the afternoon in the mall? Would we start to think about the earth more when we are cooking and eating our meals? Would we find happiness in fruits and vegetables? Who knows. In the meantime, here are a few photos I took this afternoon from my grocery bag full of abundance:
A very good friend came to stay with Rhea and I this weekend. As we were out for lunch and sharing stories over three cups of tea, she reminded us to eat with our eyes before our stomachs. I pass this advise along to all of you. Take in the beauty of your food and appreciate all the nutrients it’s about to give you as you eat it. Thank you Katie! Happy Earth Day everyone.
(First photo via The Love Rebellion.)