Why Self-Care = Earth-Care
by Thor Holm, GSN Board Vice President
We are inseparable from this planet we inhabit and so if we are looking to take care of ourselves, we must consider first how we have cared for the earth. The fact that obesity and inflammation are rampant is a sign that we have ignored what affects we have had on the earth and in turn those affects have altered our food chain. From the air we breathe to the water we drink, we cannot escape our connection.
When we compare the human body to our planet there are many similarities. We are comprised of 10 times more microbial cells than human cells, so we are a world unto ourselves. We have systems that function much like the earth. Our circulatory system is a parallel to rivers, oceans, and lakes. Our digestive system works like the earth’s nutrient cycles allowing each to cycle energy into a usable form and just like the earth; toxins in our water and food chain can clog things up. Our respiratory system functions much in the same manner as the forests and flora of the earth cycling O2 and CO2.
Self-care choices require us to be informed because so much information directed at people seeking to live healthier lives is either an outright lie or an exaggeration of claims. If it seems to good to be true it probably is. That is another correlation between Earth-Care and Self-Care. Greed is the greatest threat to our planet and our people. You combat greed with generosity of time, resources, and love.
To heal ourselves and the planet it begins with the intention to do that. Our decisions regarding the food we eat, the kind of car we drive, the way we exercise, the way we use water and a thousand other daily choices enable us to choose to live in harmony and to treat ourselves and the planet well.
C.S. Lewis said, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
Meet the Author
Thor Holm, GSN Board Vice President
Thor Holm is the General Manager at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone, CA and is currently the Vice President of the GSNPlanet Board of Directors.
Thor has spent the past 30 years in Spa Management at resorts like Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, The Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort, Omni Amelia Island Plantation and Hammock Beach Resort. Thor attended the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and majored in Adult Fitness and minored in Business. He was a certified personal trainer and aerobics instructor while also managing the Workout Fitness Center in Cape Coral, FL.
Thor has been named to several boards serving as an advisory board member for the Heritage Institutes in Ft Myers and Jacksonville, Advisory Board Member for Florida Gulf Coast University’s Resort Hospitality School, Advisory Board member for the McArthur Family YMCA in Fernandina Beach Florida. Thor also served on the Board of Directors of International Spa Association for six years serving as Secretary Treasurer for two of those years. He was an Executive Committee member and held a board seat with the North Florida Hotel Lodging Association and was co- chair of the scholarship committee. Thor was also appointed to the Flagler County Tourist Development Council serving in that role for two years.
Coming from a family of 11, Thor Holm now has two children of his own Antonio and Kari and loves to hike in the redwoods, walk the beach, play golf, workout and in general commune with nature.