As a follower of a spiritual path which tends to emphasize reverence for nature, I find it very important to honor the Earth and the Universe whenever I can.
It helps that I am also keenly interested in Earth Sciences and Astronomy. I love documentaries about how the Earth was created, how it has evolved over its 4.5 billion years of existence, and how it continues to evolve. I have studied a lot about the journey this blue planet has been on from the time it formed as just a lump of rock at the constant mercy of the newly formed solar system, to the world we see it as today.
Things like volcanoes, mass extinctions, and plate tectonics are just some of the topics I enjoy and my interest in them is how I choose to honor the Earth. Being aware, and respecting the Earth for its power, the forces at work within it, for it’s ability to endure the challenges it has gone through up to this point, make it an important aspect of my reverence of it.
I don’t have a degree in Astronomy or Geology or anything like that, I’ve never gone on expeditions to dig up dinosaur bones, I am just an avid fan of the Earth. I have studied geological time because I feel like the history of the Earth is just as important as the history of humanity. After all, it’s the Earth that makes humanity possible at all, so I think it deserves more credit than we do.
I also think it’s important to understand that without the Earth, we’d be nowhere. Also, know that we need the Earth, but the Earth does not need us. It’s been here far longer than us, after all, and we are still dependent on it for our survival. So, maybe it’s a good idea to give it the respect it deserves?