Do you remember that exact moment from your childhood – sploshing in through the back door, sopping wet and dripping all over the floor after enjoying a series of muddy puddles, with an enormous smile on your face? Do you recall that criticizing expression on […]
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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 […]
Busy is as busy does – and these days, life is busy all over the place, which leaves us with very few hours in the day to fully embrace nature.
From the moment our dreams are abruptly ended by the sound of the alarm, as we rush through breakfast to get to school or work on time, only to rush back home, tired and ready for an inviting bed with oversize covers. An oversimplified everyday story, yet for most of us, the daily grind is a never ending reality.
Likely you’ve heard it before, but I am here to tell it to you again – it doesn’t have to be that way! You get to choose the life you want, and you need to take inspired actions to get it.
An overabundance of responsibilities can overwhelm even the most seasoned adults, and when you add children into the mix? Well, this situation allows for all sorts of emotions to arise from the chaos. Chaos is caused when too many different types of energies are colliding together. This can result in meltdowns, breakdowns, and ultimately, frowns. None of that sounds friendly or inspiring, right? So, how can we get to that life-saving space of being unbusy enough to spend quality, sufficient time in nature?
When you hear your intuition shouting “Slow down!!”, take heed and listen with an open heart. It is calling out to you in protection of your own health and the wellbeing of the environment. It is essential to become unbusy to see the exciting opportunities that you are passing by at breakneck speed.
Embrace nature as a family in order to slow down, to become unbusy.
Once you have made the decision to voluntarily let go of “required” responsibilities, you’ll find that you have much more free time in your day. Rather than fall for the conveniences of entertaining technology to bide your time, you must do exactly the opposite.
In order to embrace nature, you must carve out time for precisely that, and there are three ways to accomplish this. Choose just one, or dive into them all, depending of course, on how unbusy you are, and how unbusy you wish to become.
Set your intention.
If you want to make time to embrace nature, you have to find time to embrace nature. Often times, this means saying no to other distracting opportunities, and an uncluttered/uncomplicated life is all about the no. But not just any kind of no, more like “I/We have other priorities at the moment”. Not to be selfish in any way, this is something that we should all be doing, and the more we do it together, as a family, the more we show respect for all siblings and parents involved. One happy little tribe is what we are after here, and how can one (individual or group) be more enthusiastic than in nature? Open up to the possibilities that going to the park will be an exciting family event, going on a bike ride, or even planting trees can be too. Start the day with a brisk walk or a run around the yard, even before turning on a screen.
Invest your time in a family digital detox.
Screens, by their very nature, are also a distraction to life. They absorb us with their luring glow and captivate our minds for minutes upon hours, though they rarely touch our hearts. They cannot give back like a human can, so the more we can give them up, do it! Carving out time in your day for a digital detox fosters engaged communication within the family. Replace the likes and hearts with hugs in real time. Forget the messages, and speak in longer sentences with deeper meaning attached to each conversation.
Can you, could you, would you?
- Go for an entire day without your smartphone…
- Allow for all meals to be enjoyed screen-free…
- Shut off all technology for the night with the wi-fi unplugged…
When everyone does this at the same time, there is no jealousy, only more time for each other, like it or not. Use this time to get to know each other – explore, hike, play board games, read books and cook together. The important thing is that you support one another – and by all means, get outside and embrace nature!
Stumble upon eco-minimalism.
As one becomes unbusy, they naturally step into the world of eco-minimalism. And as the desire to shop gradually fades, in favor of more time spent creatively at home, it is the home that becomes the center of stability and sustainability. Paring down your belongings can, and should, be done as a family. Bringing new items in, comes with the same disclaimer. Above all, choose nature for your newfound sense of sustainable minimalism and bring it indoors! Foraged wreaths are beautiful any time of year, the materials can even be collected on your digital detox day for all to enjoy.
Bringing the consciousness of green, natural things inside your home, your nest, fosters a sense of belonging to our greater world. Turn off your devices and let that sink in, while you all sit, together, in quiet contemplation.
How will you find the time to become unbusy enough to enjoy nature as a family? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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 […]
My wife came up to me this morning – following some contemplative self-care minutes yesterday evening – and introduced a very welcome “a-ha!” realization of hers – which effectively means: ours.
In this still young new year (it’s the beginning of April and we had some snow flurries today), we have planned out a series of digital detox workshops for the summer with set dates and the number of participants capped between 10 and 25 people, depending on the workshop.
We created promotional images, put together this list called Essentials needed for workshops, with all the stuff on it surely costing a “pretty penny” as Csermely would say. Things we would inevitably have acquired in much inferior quality than the standard we wish to carry on with into our future home, to be built some day right around here. So, these wouldn’t have been keepsakes and therefore it is best to not even collect them in the first place, from an eco-minimalists perspective anyway.
In other words, despite our vigilance, we followed a way of thinking that had been, in turn, passed down to us, ingrained in our minds epigenetically. And there we fell in its trap again…
This series of workshops (now reconsidered, retailored to respect our personality needs and overall more faithfully mirror our environmental ethics and life principles), when advertised and completed “successfully”, it would have effectively exhausted us in a physical, mental, emotional sense alike and would have strained our budget too, at times when we are focused on the intention of buying the homestead.
It would have stressed us – by our (in)voluntary invitation – and could have possibly skewed how we perceive ourselves and the way others respect or form doubts about us as a family committed to sustainability.
Now, in one short sitting, Cheryl awoke to this potential slip and quickly came to rescue with an awesome alternative suggestion. After a couple of minutes of listening only, I knew that, yes, this new route is the way to go about promoting the kind of sustainable living we swear by.
Overall, Cheryl and I (so, this does not pertain to Csermely) are more introverts than extroverts. All we have experienced in ecological living across more than a decade now, happened in the thought-fertile intimacy of our family’s circle, in the protective atmosphere of a since-then-sold homestead or a so-called home more recently. Anyhow, we had eventually started sharing our findings, feelings in real time but from the comfort of remote, online communication.
All of a sudden opening up to a smaller crowd, would have represented a great deal of pressure on our part as hosts, undoubtedly to the expense of the workshops as a whole.
We share now this thought and emotional process with you to see that we are real people like you, no demi-gods who follow some infallible divine script in life. Oh, no! We have fallen a lot and picked ourselves up again, the same many times. But the point remains, as we often state it ourselves: things and ways we dream of do not exist yet, it’s up to us (and you, of course) to bring those about, to incarnate them – now, rather than later.
That being said, we take off not only the “workshops” phrase from our thinking and the related page here on ForestCreekMeadows, replacing it with the much better suiting, personable and clear “Digital Detox With Us”, but we are furthermore cutting out the Eco Tours page, incorporating the hikes among the digital detox activities as on-demand foraging walks.
All these changes are purely to streamline our personalized efforts and to better serve all that come to visit and learn from us.
Personalized, I say, because from now on our “Digital Detox With Us” service is going to be available for 1 to 4 adults and their accompanying children (if there are). We take a maximum of 4 adults only when they are a single party traveling together. Generally speaking, we would like to share our intuitive wisdom with a couple, an individual or a family with one or two children.
This way we can assure that your curiosity gets satisfied, if not fully satiated, in the form of an immersion crash course in sustainable living, at the same time entirely screen-free.
We wish to emphasize that our take on sustainable living, the one we whole-heartedly believe in, is the one taking place far from a city or even suburbia, and at an edge location, benignly permeating the wild and allowing the wild to do the same to us. Because feral is very considerate, you know. It is our turn to learn how to live being considerate of an animate Earth.
In the instance of bigger issues emerging unexpectedly from your subconscious into your awareness, that we could not fully address in Breb, during our perhaps slightly overwhelming crash-course, we are still available for you remotely. We extend our expert mentorship as sustainable life designers via the means of virtual assistance spread out over a minimum of three months. From the comfort, or discomfort, of your current home and life circumstances we can gently expediate you into the future you wish and deserve to live in: where remorse in an ecological morality sense no longer exists and you live a fulfilling life absorbed by the present.
This is a smaller saga, if you will, in which one continuously adapts and readapts to the urges or drives of an ever-evolving consciousness; and we are looking at rising, because it is a one-way ascending path. It’s a path where each new step is justified by the cohesion of all previous steps, which, of course, is much greater than their sum.
We have walked this talk of intuitive existence for a decade and a half now and are so eager to be the catalysts for your wayfinding in this ascent. The three of us can propel you ahead by taking the why out of the forefront and placing the focus on the how – given that you are absolutely dedicated to this climb which never ends. Where the joy is not a hypothetic final destination, but the reality of the journey itself.
When do you wish to join us? Check out our availability, prices, conditions and we hope to see you soon!