With earth day right around the corner (April 22, people!) I thought I’d highlight of some of the things that are important to me when it comes to our earth (sustainability, awareness, conservation of lands, etc) but before I do I wanted to give you a quick rundown of what Earth Day is all about.
Earth day began in 1970 as one of the largest demonstrations in human history. More than 10,000 events engaged 20 million people across America as a call to action on behalf of our planet. Since then Earth Day has evolved into a worldwide, annual event celebrating humankind’s connection to the Earth and has carried its activist roots into the 21st century in an ongoing effort to raise awareness, provide education and create a space for action and change for the environmental challenges we face today.
As I was thinking about how to approach Earth Day this year I felt this frustration with how difficult it often feels to take big ideas such as earth preservation, sustainability and our responsibility in the mix and bring them into actionable terms. But when I asked myself the question of “why is this important to me, and how can I make it accessible/relatable” I was reminded of this framework called The Good life Buckets, which I came across it a while ago.
The GLB’s were created by this guy Jonathan Fields, and in short “offers a way to look at the life you’re living, quickly and easily access what’s working and what’s not, and instantly know where to focus your energy to make things better; the fuller our buckets, the better our lives.”
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So how do we fill our buckets, and how does that relate to Earth Day?
Filling your buckets is easy. You do the things that fulfill the needs each bucket presents. Jonathan outlines our three buckets as Vitality, Connection and Contribution. Each one requires you to take action to fill it, resulting in your happiness and fulfillment in this life. And leading up to Earth Day I'll create a post for each bucket.
So my earth day challenge is this: Fill your buckets with things that help drive the message of Earth Day; connection, sustainability, awareness.
Your Vitality Bucket
Jonothan describes your vitality bucket as being concerned about your optimal state of mind and body. It includes things like taking your energy, fitness, health and mental state into consideration. To fill your vitality bucket you partake in activities that contribute to your well being. He makes note of observing that Vitality isn’t just about our bodies, but about our minds as well! What keeps you feeling optimistic? Grateful and balanced? Those are the things that we want to focus on.
So, how does that relate to Earth Day? Well, one of the greatest things we can do for ourselves is to, as the Kiwi’s say, Get Amongst It. Get amongst it is a New Zealand colloquial that I was reminded of recently, which in short translates to “just do it, with all of you.” It’s only when we are ‘woke’ to ourselves that we have the ability to give outwardly in a healthy and helpful way. So, if we are to get involved and creating long-lasting change in our lives, the first step is to make sure we are happy and healthy. It's from there that you will be able to better contribute to the world around you!
Here are a few ways you can fill your vitality bucket, in the spirit of Earth Day.
Gratitude is an underrated tool in my humble opinion. Studies actually show that expressing gratitude has physical and psychosocial benefits. We have so much to be grateful for and so often we let it slip by. On days where gratitude seems to be in short supply I start with something small and stupid (I'm thankful for the sun, I'm thankful for my breath, I'm thankful for my car.. you’ll be surprised at how small beginnings grow into deep and meaningful professions of gratitude) and I am always surprised at how it shifts my perspective and attitude.
Take a second and slow down. Own your reality as it is, and embrace the growth that you know is necessary. Be quiet. Listen. Take your time. Disconnect from your reactivity and learn to operate from a place of balance.
Get outside! Go enjoy some nature. Move your body and put your energy to good use! Exercise boosts your energy levels and contributes to so many good and healthy processes in your body. What better way to fill your vitality bucket than with a little bit of Mother Nature herself?
Seems like a no-brainer, but sleep is vitally (ha) important to our well being. Your detox pathways start working, your body naturally reduces your stress and you produce growth hormones which help you repair and rejuvenate.
and, as always, stay wild xx