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Connecting with Nature

Air – The Breath of Life

 

It’s all around us, we can’t live without it and we often take it for granted.  Air can represent the power of the mind and communication. While meditating, imagine it taking away the negative and bringing you positive, healing energy from the earth.

 

Human activities are changing the air we breathe and not for the better. Many of the things we do produces air pollution. The main contributor for air contaminants is the burning of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels such as vehicle emissions, industrial emissions, coal and gas-fired power plants and wood burning for heating or waste disposal. The majority of air pollution comes from large industry and industrial combustion systems. Vehicle emissions also play a larger part in air pollution, especially in large urban areas. The generation of electricity from fossil fuels produces carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and mercury. Wood burning produces particulate matter into the air and can release toxic substances if it has been treated with chemicals.

 

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You can protect yourself from air pollution and help the earth by:

  • Limiting your activity outdoors when the air quality is low. Most places have air quality advisories;

  • Reduce the amount of wood you burn and don’t burn garbage or treated wood;

  • Take the bus, carpool, ride your bike or walk instead of driving where you can;

  • Switch your gas powered tools for electric ones as they can emit a lot of pollution in just one hour.

  • Conserve energy by turning off appliances and lights when you’re not using them;

  • Recycle as much as you can to reduce product emissions, and

  • Buy energy efficient appliances.

Air is one of the elements and sacred. We rely on it for our survival. The next time the wind blows visualize it bringing to you what you desire.

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”
~Rachel Naomi Remen

 

References

  1. http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/air-quality/the-air-we-breathe/

  2. http://www.epa.gov/air/caa/peg/reduce.html

  3. http://www.davidsuzuki.org/publications/downloads/1998/healthFULL_eng.pdf