Being in the moment and trying to better myself, family, and the world is the daily goal. With every step, decision, and action my family and I make, I want it to be a choice that benefits humanity and earth.
“If you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
This post on conscious living incorporates many different facets of the term conscious living: spiritual, daily tangible goods, actions, and practices. I know we can’t do everything to save the earth but doing small things daily and teaching our children through our actions is important to Marcus and I. We realized we had too much trash, even if some was recyclable (depending upon your state). So it was decided that for the next few years we would move closer to zero trash.
We have a compost pile for all of our left over veggies. Our diet is predominately vegetarian with goat cheese and eggs for dairy. I have been trying to make everything from scratch, tortillas, pasta, pitta bread, bread, soup (which we use our canner and mason jars to save), and snacks for the children. This helps eliminate by buying in bulk using mason jars when going to our local co-op instead of using plastic or any packaging. When we first started we had the co-op weigh our jars then wrote the weight down on the jars so the true weight could be evaluated at the register.
We up-cycled our beer bottles for our olive oil and soy sauce. Next week we want to cut out our canned beans by buying beans in bulk, some of the extra time will be by soaking them overnight.
When grocery shopping nothing goes in plastic bags, all veggies and fruit go in our green bags and the eggs we purchase we recycle. The carton and egg shells are then composted along with veggies.
We try to limit our water use and the use of our lights. We make all of our cleaning supplies/ dish soap and then store them in mason jars.
On a spiritual and natural healing aspect of conscious living, we have started moving towards a healthy conscious practices as a daily routine. I have been reading a book on Ayurvedic healing and Thich Nhat Hahn and have brought in some daily practices we use every morning.
First when we wake up (7:30-8 am) we lay with gratitude for each other, our kids, and life. We provide our bodies nourishment with sramble of eggs, curry, veggies, and garlic. While eating we try to be in the moment with gratitude. After breakfast Marcus and I practice yoga with Aspen while Yoshi watches us. Next we make sure to do our 12 pranayamas (breathing exercises based on your dosha) for the day.
I would love to hear for others who also strive to make minimal impact on the earth even in the smallest ways! It is not easy and it takes time but at the end of the day I know we are actively working on consciously living in a positive light! I have faith in humanity, do you?
Have a wonderful day filled with joy and laughter!