The lives we live are often so full of activity that looking at the wondrous world of soil just beneath our feet is often the last thing on our minds.
If we pause for only a moment and begin to look at what this incredibly important and diverse layer of our planet is doing we quickly become drawn into a world of mystery and intrigue that would make even the best screenwriters in Hollywood sit on the edge of their seats in anticipation.
Humus, the layer of organic material just under our feet in a healthy landscape, is the most diverse biological mass known to science.
It is specifically because of this level of diversity that it plays a role as the cradle of everything we hold dear and true in the natural world.
The complexity of the forest alone is unable to exist as we know it when this layer is either missing or damaged through the ignorance and abuse of modern agriculture, forestry and gardening practices.
French agronomist engineer Claude Bourguignon has reported extensively on the importance of this vital layer of the Earth.
He covers the effects of the loss of this layer throughout the European continent in the 20th century and how the degeneration of humus, microbiology and vermiculture is responsible for many of our modern day health problems.
He presents the question, 'Where is the world heading,' if we continue this trend toward soil destruction.
Part 1 of 2 (14:28)
Part 2 of 2 (1:23)
With so much of our health relying on the healthy and truly diverse soil-scapes, we are at a critical turning point in our attitude toward this foundational biomass.
It can be clearly seen in the video above that we are able to totally destroy ourselves through the simple act of destroying our global soils.
However, we are also able to completely change the face of our understanding our place on this planet by caring for our soils with the same level of devotion we would care for our nearest and dearest people in our lives.
Although the term 'care' can be interpreted in many ways, the use of the term here is referencing a total devotion to encouraging and increasing the absolute and highest health of the soiled biomass just under our feet.
It only takes a subtle shift in our attention to who and what we are as a small, yet critical, part in the curation and care of the world we live in.
We are stewards of this grandiose planetary Ark we call Earth.
Funny isn't it?
We have named this planet, Earth.
What is earth?
Well, simply put, Earth is earth: a biomass that includes the subtle, vital and extraordinary skin we call soil.
Without healthy soil, the other layers of earth are no longer able to produce organic life.
Without organic life, we are all at a loss.
After all, we are organisms just like any other.
We need to be careful to embrace our role here as stewards of this Great Planet.
Are you ready for the shift?
Put your hands on some soil and begin the journey of perpetual peacefulness inherent in loving your planet again.
Here's to your highest health and your best self.