How to Go Green Between Your Ears
By Dr. Toni Galardi
Much of the news about the ecology of our planet focuses on grim statistics
and the crisis state in which we have found ourselves. In my new book, The LifeQuake Phenomenon: Your Definitive Roadmap Through Seismic Change
talk about how this crisis is really just a symptom of an awakening process
taking place for us humans.
The planet itself will go on no matter how we treat it over the years. It
has survived many environmental crises throughout its history, but it often
brings on major climactic changes when we as a species are in need of
The latest buzz topic of
global warming is pulling our society together no
matter what our political affiliation, ethnic or racial background, or even
religious belief system. Through this crisis we are moving from our
sectarian, tribal mentality to an identity as part of a planetary family.
If you are anything like me,
AL Gore's An Inconvenient
and you have taken on some
environmentally-friendly practices like recycling, using
environmentally-friendly light bulbs, and maybe even have or
aspire to own a hybrid car
even though media-saturated words like green
carbon footprint, and sustainability are not part of your
In fact, you might even feel somewhat uneducated when it comes to "green
As someone who feels a bit ignorant on the subject of living
green, I have pondered what I, the average person who doesn't really like to
make changes that involve discomfort, can do to positively contribute to the
environmental LifeQuake TM
taking place on the planet.
There are probably plenty of people in this and past issues of Awareness
Magazine who can give you much better guidance on how to reduce your
. I will offer you a way to live more "greenly" that has nothing
do with your outer ecological habits. Instead of picking up trash or
carrying a reusable lunch box, I suggest we clear out the clutter and trash
in our minds and thoughts.
What might happen if you decided to start recycling your daily thoughts?
What I mean is that as an idea comes up you think of a new way to use that
thought. For example: You gained ten pounds last year and keep criticizing
yourself because you haven't stuck to a diet or exercised. Instead of the
endless recording that goes around and around, what if you found a new way
to think about that weight gain?
You aren't getting anywhere with the self judgment so what if you decided to
tell your body that it was acceptable to have this extra weight because you
actually need it right now, and when you don't need it anymore, it will fall
off. Every time you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, you will
affirm that this weight is helping you feel more powerful and when you don't
need it to feel powerful, it will easily disappear.
This method can be applied to any unproductive habit or addiction. If
thoughts create reality, all of those negative judgments about what you
should be doing in your career or any other part of your life are just
contributing to the universal pollution. We all desire clean air but how
many of us think about a clean air space in between our ears? What if all it
took for us to "save our planet" was to stop seeing ourselves as being
inadequate? There might be so much more room in our brains for creative
If we stopped polluting ourselves with toxic thinking maybe the collective
consciousness of that kind of massive planetary LifeQuake
shift our ecological practices so all the information we are being bombarded
with in terms of green practices could be integrated into our lives without
a lot of resistance.
I don't know anything about carbon footprints but I do know we can change
our psychological blueprint from the one we inherited simply by paying
attention to our thoughts and refining them so there is
Since this is a year of change, perhaps our pre-frontal lobe is a good place
to clean house so that we can hold a consistent vision of the planetary future
place where every human being is thriving. Imagine that . . .
Dr. Toni Galardi is a Jungian-based psychotherapist and career coach. Her
new book, "The LifeQuake PhenomenonTM," was recently released. For private
coaching, she can be reached at
(310) 712-2600 or visit: www.Life
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