Whatever you can imagine as the sense of belonging that you attribute to your closest relationships on the human level, that is the way that it has to be for you and the Earth.
When you love something, when you are in love with something, that Beloved becomes very real to you. You want to see them, you want to know them, you want to be with them. That’s the nature of love. It creates the desire for intimate connection. The Earth has to become real to us as a Beloved, or we cannot feel the need for change. We have to understand the reality of the needs of the Earth as if she were our very own Beloved.