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Honor the Earth

Merrily Preston
By Merrily Preston
Posted on Feb 17,2009
Filed Under Personal Development , Opinions,


Dear Merrily,

After engaging in a meditation called the Magi process where I hold the intention to be free of beliefs that stand in the way of healing for this nation/world, I am left with this question:  How do I live in a manner that honors the following commandment – “Honor your Father and Mother”.   Father and Mother to me ultimately mean The Creative Force and The Earth, respectively. 
How can I have all the conveniences of life and live according to this commandment?  I feel that the way we currently live is not in alignment with it.  Global warming, pollution, and our current economic situation are testaments to this fact - symptoms that we must heed in order to heal.  It feels like a run-away train in the land of instant gratification.

Dear Honor,

It is a struggle to align our lifestyles to honor mother earth. 

Those of us who are not environmental scientists and don’t know which side of a controversy to land on can become overwhelmed and retreat into the untruth that there is nothing we can do.  After all, we can neither return to pre-Industrial Revolution days nor live like the Bushmen of the Kalahari.

Read Liza Mundy’s instructive and human article, “Can One Small Household Help Save the Planet . . .?”, The Washington Post Magazine, Feb.15, 2009.  Liza details her determination to “reduce her family’s carbon footprint” with data on the power of small changes and her practical struggles to implement them.

In our household we began with the CPL bulbs and double-pained windows.  Our newest experiment is a timer that turns off the water heater for 11 hours every day. 

Begin with an intention to do something.  Experiment with new ideas, keeping the ones that work, and discarding those that don’t. 

Continue with the Magi process (instructions at  There is ample proof that meditation practices are beneficial to our planet.  Stay present with your intention to be free of beliefs that stand in the way of healing for this nation/world.

The truth is that everything we do matters.  Microcosm and macrocosm reflect each other.

Merrily Preston is an Intentional Life Facilitator, who lives in Woodbridge. Her column is exclusive to Local Kicks. Email questions to, or use online form at

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