I’ve been thinking a lot about this color lately, and where I’ve been seeing it in my own life. I’ve also been thinking about where its been missing in my own life. After a lot of thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are lots of ways GREEN is beneficial and necessary to live a balanced and healthy life. Here is my short list of what I mean. Please let me know your thoughts!
Why You Need More Green1. GREEN = NATURE. Plants, trees, animals, mountains, lakes, beaches, flowers, and more. We all could use a little more quality time with the very Earth that we live in. Chances are we don’t breathe in as much clean mountain air as our bodies would like; we don’t lie in the grass and look up at the tree-lined sky as often as we should; and we don’t take the opportunity to let nature relax our brain and our body so we can live a more balanced life. We need more exposure to nature. We need to look around and see more than a concrete jungle every day. We need a break from the instant gratification, social media, and electronic driven society. Make time to explore, hike, camp, bike, stargaze, and enjoy.
2. GREEN = LEAVES FOR EATING. Spinach, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, arugula, endive, the list goes on… Leafy greens are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. This means that per calorie, they are the most packed with vitamins and minerals. They are fullof cancer-fighting, anti-aging, energy-boosting properties; we just need to EAT them! We are all guilty, at one time or another, of going longer than we should without eating greens. We need to make leafy greens a staple in our diet. Add spinach to your morning smoothie, make a veggie stir fry for dinner, throw in escarole to your chicken soup, or have a salad.
3. GREEN = ECO-AWARENESS. Cars, energy, businesses, restaurants, etc are now “going green.” What does that even mean? To me, it means being more eco-aware. Understanding how our consumption, actions, inactions, purchases, indulgences, careers, commutes, and diets affect the planet that gives us a home. We all need to do our part to educate ourselves and be aware of the environment in which we live. The little things count: recycle, bring reusable bags to the grocery store, carpool, eat local and organic. If each of us does one thing, the world will be a healthier and more enjoyable place to live.
4. GREEN = WEALTH. Not just the monetary kind, though having financial sensibility is a requirement for success. In this case, I invite you to think about all sorts of wealth: wealth of knowledge, wealth of support, wealth of experience, wealth of family, wealth of friends and wealth of love. We all need to be more “rich” in these areas in order to live our best lives. We need to take risks and open ourselves up to possibility, and we will find wealth is waiting for us at every turn.
We all need more green in our lives to be more balanced, healthy and happy. We all need nature, healthy foods, respect for our Earth, and wealth of many “riches” in life.
What does GREEN mean to you?