Strive to live with minimum impact every day:
Every day is another twenty-four hours to celebrate living here on Earth.
Every morning is an opportunity to change.
Every moment we have, allows us to make a conscious choice about the future.
Every one of us is involved in the fate of future generations – far and near.
So, while buying locally, foraging for food and reducing plastic, are all important aspects of living minimally with sustainability in mind, we must remember to do these things each and EVERY single day, not once a year, or when they happen to cross our paths.
Becoming a minimalist is more than a trend, it is a lifestyle change that shifts your paradigm to a world where less is more and where “stuff” is objects that you use, rather than things you dust and look at.
There is no way back once you realize that being an unconsumer is a good thing, when you realize that people make you happier than time spent organizing collections and soul-draining shopping trips to the mall.
Most of us have too much stuff in our homes and we are lucky if we know intimately every object that we own. If we stopped the factories for an entire day, we would scarcely notice, for the stores would still be full…
To top it off, we are immersing ourselves (and drowning!) in technology, but we can only tread that polluted digital water for a limited amount of time, so until we adapt to utilizing our survival instincts, and we will, we will struggle with positive, rewarding relationships and finding our passions in life.
I once thought that I had it all. Two cars, a place to live, books to read, beer to drink. What I really had was a low paying job and plenty of debt to go with it, but with a credit card I could still eat well, sometimes even at a restaurant and I always had just enough or more than I needed. Even with a university degree, I was busy working to survive.
10 years now without the use of credit, and I have learned what it means to go without certain things. And going without is a great thing! Instead, my feet have taken me to more places than ever before (even using them to commute 1400 km back and forth to work over the course of a year), I always have/find a place to live, I still read borrowed books and now that my diet has changed to a gluten-free one – and beer no longer matters – I have never been healthier in my entire life.
Sometimes when you think life is hard, all you have to do is gently shift your paradigm. My past decade wasn’t about poverty, it was about subtle abundance and faith that there is enough of everything to go around, living life to the fullest with less impact on the Earth.
Perhaps, Mahatma Gandhi still says it best, “Live simply so that others may simply live.”
But I would extend the “others” to “all creatures”. It is not our given right as humans to pollute the environment, to dump trash in the creeks, the rivers and the oceans, to treat the forests and wildlife however we see fit for our plans. We are not ultimate rulers of nature, not referees, we are merely players in the game, but contrary to what we have been taught, we can learn to play nicely.
Take a stand and start consuming less, beginning today!
Walk barefoot and gather the beneficial grounding energies of the Earth.
Give up plastic bags and use long-lasting, natural fiber ones instead.
Eliminate plastic from your wardrobe and invest your time in learning handcrafting skills to begin making your own sustainable clothing.
Grow/raise some of your own food, learn to forage and discover perennials that are good for eating.
Become consciously aware of just how much you consume, for knowing your wants is the only way to change your habits for the better.
Consume less, live more and make every day Earth Day!