We stand with Standing Rock

"When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard." 
Lakota proverb

I read an amazing book last week called "Diana Herself: An Allegory of Awakening" by Martha Beck. If you are a fan of uplifting, conscious fiction, this one's definitely for you. It follows an average woman named Diana as she reconnects with herself with a big assist from Mother Nature.

Immediately after finishing it, I felt a very strong connection with the world around me. I felt the veil of separateness fall away as I remembered how everything is part of the All There Is. I am not separate from the trees, the sky, the squirrel, the man across the street - we are One.

(And for those of you thinking to yourselves, "Emily, that's a bit too 'woo woo' for me," I assure you, it's not - it's proven by quantum physics.)

Case in point: as I type these words, hundreds of brave Native Americans are trying to jolt the rest of us into that same remembering at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

If you haven't heard what's going on there (even if you have), please take a minute and watch this phenomenal video from MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.

screen-shot-2016-09-06-at-11-05-48-am

It is beyond rational argument that this planet is at a tipping point. Last week, the International Geological Congress recommended that a new epoch be declared, since human beings have so drastically impacted the Earth.

And earlier this year, a study confirmed the link between fracking and earthquakes. Unfortunately, this warning wasn't heeded in time to prevent a record-breaking earthquake in Oklahoma this week. Thankfully, state officials shut down 37 fracking wells in response to the quake.

I could go on and on with examples; these are just the most recent.

For too long, our society has treated our planet like an endless treasure trove, cutting down, plowing over, and extracting its resources without fully thinking about the consequences (or many times, not at all).

And for over 500 years, the Native Americans have been warning us to stop.

It's time we listened...and listened good.

Because when you are as closely connected to nature as many of them are, you have a very different viewpoint on the environment than if you spend all your time wearing shoes, living inside air-conditioned buildings, and driving a car to the office or mall.

You know that what we do to the Earth, we really are doing to ourselves. CLICK TO TWEET

screen-shot-2016-09-06-at-11-11-38-am

We at Shift Bars are dedicated to doing whatever we can to protecting our precious planet. We've recently signed up with 1% for the Planet so that a portion of our profits will go to environmentally-focused charities and organizations. But we cannot do it alone.

What's one way you can shift to an even higher level of eco-friendliness in your life? Please tell us over at our Facebook page. I, for one, am inspired by the Standing Rock protesters to up my game, big time.

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin ("We are all related"),
Emily