History of Mother’s Day:
Celebrating mothers and motherhood started way back to Ancient Greece and Rome, but Mother's Day as we know it today dates only back to the 19th century.
Ann Reeves Jarvis helped start "Mother's Day Work Clubs" in West Virginia to teach local women how to care for their children properly.
Then, in 1868, Jarvis organized "Mother's Friendship Day," where mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, abolitionist, and suffragette wrote the "Mother's Day Proclamation." She asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace and later campaigned for a "Mother's Peace Day" to be celebrated every June 2nd.
In 1905, Ann Reeves Jarvis's daughter, Anna, conceived Mother's Day to honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children. Eventually, this grew in popularity until President Woodrow Wilson officially established the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
With all this historical reference to how mothers help promote peace and sacrifice to keep the family together, it’s no surprise that you often see Mother’s Day tied into Mother Earth and Mother Gaia today.
Why is this so important now?
The ideas of Gaia and Mother Earth are becoming more popular worldwide. Today it's more important than ever that we practice sustainability and do what we can to keep this planet healthy for our children.
One of the most essential classes scheduled for our To My Daughter mission in Bali is the environmental series. These classes teach the kids in our mission about sustainability and the importance of giving back to the planet.
We feel this sustainable teaching is in line with the inherent way of life for the Balinese people. They're very tuned in to the natural world around them, and Mother Gaia is an important deity to the Balinese society.
We feel classes like these environmental classes are crucial for Bali's future. Most people still ate their food from Banana leaves in Bali until only about 30-40 years ago. Then plastics were introduced.
They were used to just throwing their trash (banana leaves) into the rivers as part of their plastic-free life. However, since the introduction of plastic, people still throw their waste into the rivers.
Not because they don’t care about the planet, but simply because they don’t know any better. Their families have been throwing away their banana leaves this way for hundreds of years.
That’s why, especially in Bali, it’s so important to spread awareness of how plastic and other non-biodegradable trash have to be treated.
Teaching people in Bali that the river does not carry the trash away from the earth is very important. Once they're made aware of what plastics and other forms of synthetic waste do to our ocean environments, recycling will become more critical.
In this way, our young girls can also become the voice for Mother Gaia in Bali and help promote positive changes that will benefit everyone. To My Daughter is committed to helping these girls experience a better chance at life for themselves and helping them improve their communities.
We teach the kids how to recycle properly and show them how harmful plastic is to our oceans and wildlife. They can take this knowledge back to their families and help raise awareness of the problem and the solutions.
How you can help yourself and us this Mother’s Day:
This Mother's Day, we invite you to join us in helping make our planet strong and sustainable for our children in the spirit of Mother Gaia. Here are some small ways you can contribute.
- Recycle aluminum cans, paper, and plastics where possible.
- Use reusable cups and straws as often as you can.
- Open your windows to reduce indoor toxins when possible.
- Use natural cleaners like baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, and lemon juice.
- Walk or ride a bike to reduce your environmental footprint.
- Switch to recycled toilet paper and paper towels.
If you feel stressed out with all the demands in your life and the pressures our world is under, here are some ways you can connect with nature. We encourage making self-care a priority this Mother's Day. You've worked hard for your family. You deserve it.
Listen to a nature CD or stream nature sounds in a quiet place.
“In clinical studies, we have proven that 2 hours of nature sounds a day significantly reduces stress hormones up to 800% and activates 500-600 DNA segments known to be responsible for healing and repairing the body.”
~ Dr. Joe Dispenza
Enjoy time alone doing something you enjoy:
- Put a puzzle together.
- Do a crossword or find a word puzzle.
- Read that book you've been saving.
- Do a hobby: art, crochet, woodburning, jewelry making, etc.
- Take a long walk.
Healing Your Energy
Crystals like jade, amethyst, onyx, etc., are considered gifts from Mother Gaia by many, and some believe in their healing powers. Even if you don’t believe in their powers, they make a beautiful, natural gift for you.
On a nice, sunny day, sit by a body of water or a waterfall. Clear your mind and just unwind from the day. Like a shower, water flow produces what’s known as negative ions that help relax your body and mind. Waterfalls are excellent sources of negative ions.
Negative ions are abundant in certain environments, such as mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. These ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase serotonin levels to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.