Author: Roland Magyar

Reforesting temperate Europe

Reforesting temperate Europe

Temp – temper – tempering – tempera – temperature… These are some words and phrases I relate my climate category’s name with, in a somewhat free association… can’t help it, I just love word games like that across the languages I bear and the span […]

How to live sustainably

How to live sustainably

It seems to be a question asked by more and more of us, ordinary people and experts of the topic alike: how to live sustainably in an ever-changing world? The happenings of modern everyday life bring it up and have us regurgitate it with ever […]

Nine (plus one) benefits of living sustainably

Nine (plus one) benefits of living sustainably

In our personal lives as a family of three (comprising of two stay-at-home entrepreneurs and a life-learner child), we have found the following benefits to be outstanding in the quest of embracing a sustainable life.


The most convincing – and even viscerally felt to be true – reason for living sustainably is the profoundness one gains by choosing this enlightened, high consciousness existence. Not by sophisticated calculus, but byintuitively slipping into it, like feet in a comfy pair of slippers, or a mole in its hole.

Once embraced and achieved, living sustainably miraculously takes out all the thinking, while providing true meaning to whomever chooses it.

And the profound meaning lies in the unconditional assimilation, the wonderful self-dissolution into, a selfless merging with the universal flow and pulse of love.


The immediate rewards of channeling the flow of an animate universe, are the combined blessings of peace, calm and quietude, which mutually reinforce each other, but also cannot truly exist without one-another.

This triad, once it has taken hold of the comfortable abode in one’s soul, snowballs into an ever broadening, sweeping positive impact on life. Who would have ever thought that one can be smitten with any kind of avalanche? Well, this is just such an overwhelm, not unlike the view of the monarchs detaching themselves from forest branches by the millions and fluttering around inside one’s belly before their departure – a promise of return.


Living sustainably lends one the natural sense of stability – a certainty of rootedness. An assurance against drifts and also the temptation of becoming randomly drifted.

This, in turn, serves well the forthcoming generations, who will get to enjoy a deeper and stronger connection to their way of life and the vernacular, with every couple of decades. If they too, choose to partake in and advance this consciousness, that is. But, isn’t it easier to associate oneself with such a lifestyle if she or he is born into sustainable values?

Intimate knowing of one’s environment

Conscious and willing attachment to a place or a piece of land, which locale chose one too, by the way (and by no coincidence), reciprocating the same unconditioned love. This mutual commitment between land and inhabitant cannot help but be(come) an intimate knowing of each other.

It is a sharing of the innermost environments of the two parties who are actively engaged in a curious and continuous, reciprocal finding out.

Whether this happens just once in a life or a few times, committing to sustainable living can certainly not foster the formation of such strong relationships to a multitude of places, for intimacy takes time to develop and takes nourishing to bond – as we well know from our inter-human relationships.

Satisfaction over a responsible living

This brings us to the aspect of responsibility that this deep-rooted, intimate relationship with our life scene entails. We are talking about a bond that is, however, not a bondage: not a servitude and not a domination.

On the contrary, this tie to the set of values of living sustainably frees one from any further search, from doubts, therefore it is hugely liberating. And the freedom we gain in the committing process, fills one’s heart with complete satisfaction.

The lucky her or him assumes this once and for good: it is a path of no return.

Home-based life

Living sustainably invites one to draw back life’s externalities, so to speak, closer to home and encourages their transforming into internal assets of a life- and work-style that claims the home(stead) the fons et origo of inspiration.

Spaciousness for thriving

Sustainable life means more than just living.

It is about thriving in all manners. It embraces spiritual wealth as much as the material one. Part of the material manifestation of wealth that sustainability not only flourishes in, but depends on, is the adequate spaciousness.

This translates to both indoor and outdoor space, the spirited void, if you will, where it can expand, be lush and diverse. Only this way can it pick up its exuberance that is the hallmark of sustainability.

Free-flowing life without strict schedules

When choosing to live sustainably, one thereby acknowledges the rhythm of nature and the larger universe as one’s own life rhythm. That it is nurturing and invigorating to synchronize oneself with and weakening to go against, falling out of pace.

Once one learns how to rise with the sun and live by the moon, there will be no need for a stricter schedule than that, and this circadian rhythm itself, both celestial and corporeal (organic) in nature, will feel so massively empowering. Relaxing and invigorating at once. Optimally productive, beyond which efficiency loses meaning.

Embeddedness into a social fabric

Living sustainably draws one’s attention to the value of the social fabric she or he has chosen, however voluntarily or involuntarily, nevertheless which came with the land that had approved of one’s approach.

The universally applicable entropy and the general tendency towards an increasing one over time, almost guarantees that nobody would be able to and shouldn’t even try to go it alone. Sustainability presupposes multidimensional collaboration and that includes people as well.

Embrace and expand on the potentials of the surrounding social fabric. Remember: self-reliance is a real, plausible aim and holds more virtue than self-sufficiency, the latter being but a utopia.

Abundance without measure

Sustainability has the intrinsic value of abundance, therefore living sustainably is tapping into the same unquantifiable abundance, meaning that one will never have to worry about numbers adding up, never again. What a relief!

What amazing benefits of living sustainably have you discovered? Please share them in the comments below!

Why bother about trees

Why bother about trees

Why bother filling our lungs with fresh air…. Why bother to quench our thirst with clean water… Why seek cool shade in the scorching heat of the sun… Why look for diversity when plain is so comfortably familiar… Why inspire ourselves and our youth by […]

Choose the countryside for a sustainable life

Choose the countryside for a sustainable life

I went back to town, running some errands, when in the lobby of a department store I reposed a bit and pondered at the regular shoppers pushing their brimming carts through the doorway… Fifteen years ago, my wife and I were just like them, in […]

Urgency of living like you should: sustainably

Urgency of living like you should: sustainably

Let me tell you some things about what urgency conjures up in my mind…

In some languages the word “urgency” is one and the same with the English “emergency”. If we added the word room, you would instantly get what I’m pointing at. Emergency room is where one doesn’t wish to be, yet the place where it is best to go in certain instances, that threaten our sheer existence of health or life. In Hungarian, the term “sürgősség” takes care of both senses, just like in Romanian “urgență” brings hopeful relief to all realms of cardinal trouble.

Let us, for a moment, merge urgency with emergency in the English cognition and imagine that the space surrounding this text and you reading it, is an urgency room where we need to treat a lifestyle that seeps precious life juices from thousand wounds. A sensitive and very fragile case. It calls for an exceptional holistic surgeon.

Something else comes to my contemplative mind: patient, patience-impatience dichotomy… It is a common scenario where the healer/seer/visionary is surrounded by frustratingly patient patients and the surgeon herself becomes impatient to help. Neither are desirable, however: neither ignorance or self-inflicted blindness on one side, nor impatient, hectic fire extinguishing on the other.

We want calm. The Earth aches for calm. Calm action. Calmation.

No doubt, it takes clear (clairvoyant) recognition of our mistakes, facing our mirror image with all its shadows, and sound delegation of a new order of priorities to each dutiful task. Dutiful conjures beautiful. Intuition is to lead. But intuition can use re-ignition, boost, encouragement to glow again at its full potential. And that is when the trusted guide comes to help.

Why, the best mentors come from the ordinary us, who have awoken to the urgency of realigning themselves with universal, benevolent flows, have begun tuning themselves to high frequency co-resonance with the body of the natural world, have tested this lifestyle and can guide from personal experience. The three of us at ForestCreekMeadows, Roland, Csermely and Cheryl are these kind of people. Real and congenial.

But a horse can only be lead to the water, not be forced to drink.

See, the key is to be a thirsty horse. To realize that you are desiccated by your current life-sucking path so full of harm, so void of blissful charm. All impulse, hardly any flow. Flow is precious. When have you been in one last?

What do you say, if Forest, Creek and Meadow invited you into such a flow?

Let us flow together.

The world thirsts togetherness more than ever. Low frequency fighting of the egos will gradually yield to this high-frequency ensemble. A state of mind and matter(s) in humanity’s history that supersedes any prior state, except, perhaps the long moment preceding our definitive separation from the apes.

Funny enough, seems as though in order to live sustainably, we urgently have to assume, once again, our animal intuition, hold on to it, never let go of, for any cost, and reverse the present mind-to-heart with the heart-to-mind flow. Only then can we claim brilliance for our minds, which will not be the greatest achievement to aspire for anyway.

Sustainable life is recognized by a guilt-free (re-)integration in nature’s patterns, bringing and being wholesomeness at once. A perpetual dynamic state of sustainedness. You can touch it, sustainedness begs you to touch and interact with it. It is so real, so corporeal! Sustainability morphed into sustainedness, as a result of a long chain of conscious intuitive decisions. It is no theory of the future, but the poetic future incarnation of theory.

This is what we propose to you at ForestCreekMeadows with love. Take advantage. And take advantage now.