Why Every Day Needs To Be Earth Day (And Why The 'Green' In mindbodygreen Is So Important)

In honor of Earth Week, we'd love to explain the two main reasons we're called mindbodygreen. To live a complete and fulfilling life, we need a three-pronged approach that focuses on mind, body, and green. Whether we like it or not, everything is connected: our minds, our bodies, and our environment.

The mind and body are not separate—they're one.

That's why we could read every book in the self-help section and follow someone else's rigid rules to lose weight but still be unhealthy. If we're out of touch with our body, then we're not truly healthy because we're disconnected from our self.

So let's say that we've nailed the mind/body part: We have a spiritual practice, we're expressing gratitude on a daily basis, we're meditating, we're doing yoga, we're eating more plants, and we're eating organic...does this mean we're healthy?

Well, maybe...or maybe not. There's another piece of the wellness puzzle: the green part. Two questions I encourage us all to ask ourselves:

1. What are we putting into our homes and our bodies?

Are we using chemicals and toxins, or are we using natural products? These chemicals and toxins can easily negate all that good work we're doing with our spiritual and physical development.

2. Do we have a connection to nature?

No matter what your religion (if any at all), you can make the argument that we all come from the same "source" and that we're all connected to one another. Our environment comes from this same place, or creator.

Doesn't that mean we should treat our environment with respect rather than pollute it with harmful toxins and chemicals? Ultimately, it's our planet that unifies and supports us all. So there you have it: mindbodygreen. Not three words, one word. mindbodygreen is all connected.

And now more than ever, Mother Nature is hurting. Places like Hanalei, Hawaii (pictured above); Houston; South Bend, Indiana (500-year flood!); and Puerto Rico have been devastated by natural disasters. It is critical for our survival that we recognize this connection and make the necessary changes to reverse climate change. Our basic needs like food, water, and shelter depend on it.

For Earth Week, we're teaming up with sustainable thought leaders to bring you a weeklong series that will empower you to change the world, one eco-friendly tweak at a time. Because there's only one #PlanetForAll. Follow along for tips and tricks that can make your life more sustainable, without throwing a major kink into your daily routine, and join us to get started on this journey today.

Want to make a difference? Read more about #PlanetForAll.

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