It seems to be becoming more and more clear that the way we live in the West is super unhealthy – for ourselves and the Earth that we call home. Many people have been feeling this way for a long, long time; some people (like me) are just discovering it; and some are yet to see it. Climate change is trying its hardest yet to make us wake up and realise that the damage our lifestyles are doing is not okay.
It’s a nice neat process with nice neat logic behind it: companies make money by selling us products and so they encourage us to want their products.
At a theoretical level, it’s not a negative process. It creates a flow of money from consumers to companies, which means companies can employ and pay their staff, who then become consumers, and on and on it goes. Governments take their cut of the flow, which enable them to provide important services – like the NHS in the UK.
On a practical level, however… there are many flaws in the process. Not least, we’re being pushed into a culture of crazy levels of consumerism, meaning we’re using up crazy levels of resources – resources that are very much finite. Yet, we’re taking and taking as if it’s our inherent right.
So, why have we been ignoring it?
It’s been said a million times but here it is again: We are creatures of habit.
Through habits, and a constant shove from our capitalist economies, we’ve gradually worked ourselves into living lives that involve many mindless activities and beliefs and a whole load of mindless consumption, and much of it is damaging. We’ve come to feel that it’s fine and it’s normal to have that cup of coffee in a take out cup. It’s fine and normal to kill animals to fill our plates. It’s fine and normal to live our lives in constant tension. The list could go on and on, full of habits we’ve come to see as ‘just the way it is’ without questioning why and what harm we are doing.
I’d go as far as to say that we feel entitled to the luxuries that come with capitalism and consumerism, without giving a thought to the true cost we’ll pay.For me, the questioning began slowly and, I’ll be honest, I ignored it for a long while. Having seen the light but burying my head meant that the gap between who I truly was and who I was ‘being’ became bigger and bigger and eventually it become too big and it brought about a lot of stress.
So I decided it was time to get conscious. To ask why I do things certain ways and to change it if I wasn’t satisfied with the answer.
This has set me off an a wild ride of unlearning beliefs and behaviours I never realised were so problematic for my health and the health of our beautiful earth, and learning alternative habits and ways of living.
For me, this blog is a way of documenting and sharing what I find out along the way, and learning more and more. I can feel the movement of a large part of society towards a more conscious way of living and I really want to do all that I
can to help encourage people to look up and see the light and to help make it an easier transition to a more sustainable way of living.
From transitioning to a vegan diet, to changing all of my cosmetic products over to vegan options, and from cutting down my material consumption, to looking for more environmentally friendly ways of living in this Western world, I would love you to join me on this journey.
So here’s to a better, more abundant, more Conscious Earth, and to educating each other and sharing the light.
On that note, what habits do you feel we need to become more aware of in order to create a better world?