New book gives spiritual view on how to “Love Earth Now”

Do you find yourself wondering what you can do about the scary-sounding environmental challenges of our time? Do you wish you could do something to make a difference, but doubt you have the time, energy, money, or power?

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“Love Earth Now: The Power of Doing One Thing Every Day” is a new book whose author, Cheryl Leutjen, puts forth her suggestions on how to combine environmentalism and use spirituality to attain a state of eco-mindfulness and sustainable living.

She calls it a “wise book of planetary self-help” and it’s a deeply thoughtful and often comedic exploration of her own efforts to make an eco-contribution. Through personal observation, Leutjen’s ode to our planet ends each chapter with a planet-positive “Love Earth Invitation,” a simple and immediate exercise that prompts you to explore your own feelings and calls you to action.

She hopes these eco-mindfulness moments provide the opportunity to reflect and discover what you can do right now to contribute to a sustainable future for us all.

I ordered it, thinking it was a practical guide for daily life: how to make your own detergent, how to recycle rainwater, suggestions on how to create less trash. I didn’t realize it was a spiritual journey to changing your thinking about Mother Earth from a more mindful perspective.

Leutjen does speak about practical matters like good reasons to start a compost pile, citing a disturbing piece of research that drives home the point to readers: Los Angeles collects on average more than six tons per day of refuse, recyclables, and yard waste. She makes you think about that number, multiplied by all the cities across the world.

What she mostly does, though, is reframe life from a very spiritual perspective, making the reader appreciate simple things like the usefulness of pigeons, the beauty of compassion, and even the sacredness of the usually-unappreciated ant.

In chapter two, she shares an anecdote about how she found a hurt pigeon, which ended up being too sick to survive. Still, her brief encounter gave her pause to marvel at the mysterious homing instinct of the bird, which in turn helped her think about how she “finds home” in her soul.

Leutjen gives the reader thoughtful questions at the end of each chapter, to reinforce the lesson of changing perspective. For instance, she writes, “If you are currently part of a loving community that is helping you weather a storm, consider speaking a word of gratitude.”

I have to admit, not every chapter resonates with me (I can’t get on board with thanking ants for their role in the ecosystem when they’re marching through my house – though yes, yes, I know they’re important), but I appreciate her overall thrust to make people stop and think about Earth and how we’re taking care of it- and what we can do better.

I also believe we’re all one, all connected – so taking care of the planet is really just like taking care of ourselves.

“Love Earth Now: The Power of Doing One Thing Every Day”

List Price: $18.95

ISBN-13: 978-1633536258

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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