The Mother All Around Us

By Charity

"To this day I hold the lessons and teachings from my mother deep in my soul. And in that is the wisdom of her life experiences and others from before. Mother earth is also a humble and inspiring teacher. Perhaps that is why humans were the last to show up here."

Mothers are remarkable. They carry the essence and ability to nurture life in a variety of forms. When I think of the wonders that my mother performed to raise the children in her life, whether they were from her body or not, I’m reminded of three simple yet profound ways which our mothers show up. Mothers nurture us, teach us and love us.

Even this earth embodies motherhood. This great and good ground, upon which life and sustenance emerges, nurtures us. This could not have been more acknowledged than during this global pandemic, when our normal activities were limited. The elements present for us all to partake in were found in nature.

Fresh air, sunlight, rain, songs of the birds, scenic landscapes, deciduous trees, hiking trails and parks, and bodies of water. To access these during such a tumultuous time was critical in our need to comfort our souls and find refreshment again. The simplicity of going for a walk or sitting on a grassy park provides nurture beyond what our humble eyes can see. Without being fully aware, our physiology responds to the nurture that mother earth brings.

To this day I hold the lessons and teachings from my mother deep in my soul. And in that is the wisdom of her life experiences and others from before. Mother earth is also a humble and inspiring teacher. Perhaps that is why humans were the last to show up here. Ancient and modern wisdom and insight found in the patterns, seasons, cycles, colors and rhythms all around us.

We learn where our place is in this world when we acknowledge our teacher. Our societal structures, practices, and inventions in many ways were modeled after examples found in nature. And now there is an entire discipline - biomimicry - committed to this practice of being inspired by the lessons of nature. And there is still so much more for us to learn, especially about how to steward and care for mother earth as she has done for us. We humans are a futile and know so little. To sit within this mystery is healthy and good. 

And love. We experience abundance, generosity and belonging when we receive unconditional love. If food is God's love made edible, as the saying goes, then the fruit of this earth, given freely, is an expression of this unconditional love which is offered to us for energy.

Despite the ways in which we've been disconnected to earth, she still gives, every season, rain or shine. The resiliency of her love demonstrated by replenishing time and again even without our acknowledgement or return of affection. That is the wonder of love.

Honor the mothers all around us.