I have started a journey to live a more sustainable life, to have more positive encounters, to live with more intention and with less consumerism. Now, immediately what comes to mind as I type that is a hippie commune. You know from the late 60’s and early 70’s with their free spirit free love mantra.
No, that’s not it, that’s not what I’m talking about or is it?? I think I understand what hippie’s were trying to do: harmony with nature, communal living, artistic expression and recreational drugs use. Okay, okay I’m sure that is NOT what I want. I believe at the core of what was going on with that movement was being happy and accepting of each other. They had an idea that government was corrupt and the industrial age was pushing consumerism. I think consumerism is what I’d like to move away from. Yes that’s it! I’m beginning to believe that less really is more.
Holy moly, do advertisers and marketing agencies do a great job of pushing new crap down our throats!! To good I think, I’m not a loser if I don’t have the newest version of that rotisserie cooker. I won’t be archaic if my phone isn’t replaced every 6 months. And the show “What Not To Wear” makes me feel like I need a new wardrobe NOW! That’s how manipulation works. We get conned every single day by the media.
Moving away from what is perceived to be normal is both exciting and scary because I’m leaving behind my comfort zone to create a new one. I think mindful or sustainable living is still a bit nouveau so a part of me feels like I’m going against the grain. I also think that sustainable living and mindful living may be two different things that I’m trying to combine together, I could call it sustainful living (maybe it will catch on) and where do I even start with all this?!?
Mindful living is where you are fully in the present. Completely submerged in the here and now with limited distractions to pull you away from it. Boy in today’s world that seems like a tough thing to pull off right? It’s not an easy task but can be learned or should I say re-learned? We weren’t always caught up in smart phones or social media. It’ll take some adjustment and I’ll probably forget from time to time but it will be worth the effort. Eventually it will be easy and I won’t forget to enjoy this minute at this time.
Sustainable living is using natural resources without depleting the source or causing severe ecological damage. Oh crap, failing at this. We have no intention of “going off the grid” (there’s no way my husband could handle that, he’s kind of a techy and as the director of sales for an IT company he needs to be on the grid). Our goal is to move out of this home (hate being in a subdivision and hate having a Home Owners Association) in the next 3 years, to purchase some land, build a home with as many recycled or reclaimed materials as possible. To be as energy-efficient as possible and to grow as much as our own food as possible. Until we are able to make our goal a reality, we’ve started to reuse what we can and recycle as much as possible. We want to be able to provide for ourselves while leaving the world in better condition for future generations.
Positive encounters mean that I’m no longer allowing circumstances or people to interfere with my well-being. I won’t listen to gossip or be pulled into a drama fest. If every time I see someone all they do is complain then I’m going to have to limit my contact with them. I’ll still love ’em but it will be a long distance kind of love! I want to be around people who see the joy in each day. People who are inspirations in kindness and compassion. Confront the trouble, deal with it and move on to happy. Each. And. Every. Day.
Intentional living would be all the above combined for me. My values and beliefs without distractions whether others are accepting or not. If I can be a positive influence or an inspiration to someone as others have been to me then we’re heading in the right direction. Eventually there will be a tipping point and all of this could become the normal again. Maybe the first step is becoming aware and sharing with others, so go ahead, share this with your friends. I’d love to hear what you and others think of the topic.
*photos were taken from Pinterst