Sustainability – in Roland’s words: You know love, right? You must be familiar with this emotion, because you are here now, soaking these words in, out of attachment and concern, so out of deep care. It may seem as a banal statement that there is […]
Author: Cheryl Magyar
Nature is incredibly abundant. Momentarily she is full of snow crystals, soon to be followed by rushing water molecules, then exploding with blades of grass, leaves, petals, pollen; sparkling with infinite stars in the sky. No numbers can express her opulence, yet images can grasp […]
We are consumers, we are creators, and we are doers.
We, humans, are here to survive on Earth, and to thrive is but a dream for many of us. There is always something more that we want or need, but the real truth is that we are taught to “want” more than we need.
And problems arise when too much stuff floods our homes, leaks into our garages, and out into storage spaces. For years and years people will cling onto the thought that they must keep everything. “I paid for it, I earned it…” is a phrase that commonly appears when dealing with possessions.
The former you wanted those things. The new you doesn’t need them.
Maybe you are only just finding out that the minimalist-essentialist journey is for you.
Perhaps you learned about overconsumption the hard way – dealing with the excess belongings from the death of a loved one. Maybe you’ve always been one to live with less, but feel obligated to keep up with the fast pace of society.
And sometimes you may feel stuck exactly where you are, with everything that you own, and aren’t quite sure what sustainable steps to take so that you can help create a brighter future for life on our planet. You can imagine a world with much less, to no, pollution, much less, to no, dubious plastic and happier, healthier people all around the globe, yet there is no one to hold you accountable for your decisions, actions, and no one to ask questions from when you are confused with the many “eco” choices out there…
Plausably, you might have already shifted paradigm, to that of living at one with nature, but have no connection yet to the tangible, palpable realms of carrying such a lifestyle out with all its intricacies, what’s more: in the shortest time possible, because you well realize that time, time is of essence at this turning point in human and Earth’s history. In other words, you so gladly would grab onto wise, experienced, practical advice for the future intuitive you…
That’s where a sustainable life designer comes in:
A sustainable life designer is someone who helps you organize your home, your emotions, thoughts, your belongings, even your work/life schedule – she or he helps you discover a certain kind of efficiency that is in alignment with how many hours you wish to work each week, along with how many hours you choose for relaxation, self-healing and family, all these essential matters in a fulfilling life.
A sustainable life designer examines your current living conditions and compares them to a life lived not only closer to, but in and with nature. The sustainable life mentor looks at efficiency and organization, just as much as it discusses the materials required for living – clothes, bookshelves, furniture, bedding, cosmetics, transportation, office supplies… She will discuss the consequences of overconsumption and plastic pollution, as well as suggest ways that you can change/modify your habits to make positive progress in the co-creation of a sustainable future. He will introduce you to nature’s mentality, so you can quickly pick it up and apply it too.
In the pursuit of less, you may have already found yourself identifying with the minimalist movement. This is a great place to start if you want to embrace and absorb eco-principles into your life. And this is something that we should all want! A degrowth of sorts, if you will, to fit again into nature’s boundaries, so that once and for all, your lifestyle will also fit into one planet Earth by any kind of ecological footprint calculator – with a good margin.
What is wonderful for the future of the Earth is also good for you, what harms you is also bad for the Earth.
It is true that the Earth will be here long after we are gone, however, keep in mind, that is has long been here before us. We are but guests here and have no right to pollute it to pieces for our own wealth and greed. We have no good reason to ignorantly destroy what we do not understand. Nature has a way with winning, cooperation with her is the key to living, and loving, a sustainable life.
It is easy to fall for what we are taught in school as we are growing up. We put trust and faith into our parents’ words and conversations with other presupposed role-models, we want to obey and listen, but at a young age we do not realize that our caretakers and teachers are also influenced by corporations, big business and politics. They likely belong to the main stream that carries the most debris and hubris with it.
And right or wrong, our choices in life are often informed by the news, television and more recently, the internet.
The much we talk about the importance of taking a digital detox, once or twice a week when possible, the internet has been, and currently is, instrumental in fostering a global ecological consciousness movement. We have real-time access to raising backyard chickens, knitting patterns and thunderstorms heading our way – we can connect with like-minded people the world over with a single click.
Through a series of weekly Skype conversations with a sustainable life designer you will become acutely aware of the way you live, and how you (and your family) impact the land around you. With gentle guidance you can, and you will (if you haven’t yet), shift your ecological paradigm, learning how to respect the Earth, and your minimalist self at the same time.
Find the deep listeners, ones who are profoundly connected to nature, and learn all that you can from them – the success and survival of future generations is your story to write too.
Walk down the path to sustainability with us, we are glad to show you the way!
Are you living a bountiful and sustainable life? Are you preparing for a brighter, sustainable future? Have you already embraced the journey of living with less – and are ready to see where it takes you into the future, with gentle guidance on your side? […]
We quickly learn to say “no” as children, for some of us it is our first spoken word. It is short, simple and sweet – until we realize the power of what “no” can really mean. And what a high-powered word no can be! It […]
When you embrace minimalism (the art of falling in love with less), you discover a simple way of life that focuses on needs over wants, intuition over materialistic reasoning and experiences over stuff.
Most of us acknowledge that there could be a better way of life, but without support we often feel stranded in our own homes, surrounded by boxes and cabinets full of things that fill our space – items that hardly, if ever, have practical and meaningful uses. When our lives become filled with physical clutter, whether bought, gifted or inherited, we naturally become attracted to those newly gathered items too. They may ignite our vanity, make us feel happier or simply come with a sentimental attachment from the gift bearer, but there is no good reason to take (and keep) everything that comes your way.
At eighteen years old and owning more than twenty pairs of shoes in my closet, I probably couldn’t have been easily convinced about the joys of simple living. I had what I had, and even if I never wore those many shoes and clothes, they felt good to have. Western, modern society had instilled deeply in my mind that changing fashions (and having many pieces of clothing) was a natural part of life. Better follow the trends or run the risk of being laughed at, otherwise you’ll be left in the past.
In my late thirties and into my forties, it turns out that being “left in the past” is a wonderful thing!
We are living in a dynamic moment in time where technology collides with ethics, information and environmental issues. There are unanswerable questions as to how many people can inhabit the Earth, but maybe we are still asking the wrong questions in the search of a sustainable future.
We should rather be asking:
- How can we inhabit our planet well?
- Can we live in such a way that future generations have access to undisturbed patches of nature, wilderness, healthy soils and flourishing ecosystems?
- Can we create networks of communities that work alongside each other, rather than against?
- Can we embrace the thought of small farms spreading over the landscape, so that the thought of buying local makes more sense?
Think for a moment that there are many people in the world who are much happier with less than what you have. They have already learned the complex process of falling in love with less.
At the same time, simple living is not a numbers game, in fact there is no competition at all, only cooperation and creative individualism. Don’t count your possessions as your worth, don’t use your bank account as a measure either. Instead, shift the focus onto all things that you can be grateful for – and will find many joys that make a simple life worth living.
Falling in love with less is a process.
It can take months, likely it will take years, but with small steps and occasional leaps, the ability to live simply will come as naturally as getting out of bed in the morning. The want for more decreases with time, the urge to fit in will wane with a new set of values, consumption will be redirected to needs that can be fulfilled locally, self-reliance (not self-sufficiency) becomes something your heart desires. This transformation will happen gradually while certain defining moments will reawaken the senses.
A life of simple living and minimalism may not be love-at-first-sight, most relationships don’t actually start that way either. Become acquainted and make friends with the thought of living with less by reading some inspiring thoughts from modern minimalists such as Leo Babauta, Courtney Carver, and Joshua Becker.
Read about essentialism.
Rediscover great writers and philosophers like Henry David Thoreau and Thich Nhat Hanh.
Whichever way you start is up to you, the steps as little or large as you would like to take. Take a mental inventory of your home and know that you may already have more than you need, getting rid of the unnecessary will free your mind for greater, more meaningful things in life.
We recommend that you challenge yourself to live with the Earth in mind, taking what you need while living as lightly as you can, so that we can preserve resources for the future.
Our world is in need of radical changes and change makers.
Are you one of them?