Have you ever wondered how to live a sustainable life in this modern world? Living a sustainable lifestyle requires commitment. It takes a lifespan of learning, exploring, experimenting, and most of all, loving, to build a lifestyle that is both purposeful and meaningful.
This can only be accomplished with an awakening to how your every decision impacts the world around you. You can begin building a sustainable lifestyle for yourself today, following these three simple steps.
Downsize Your Life
Take an accounting of all the things in your life that you own, and the activities that you participate in, and most likely what you’ll discover is that there is a lot of unnecessary clutter in your personal space and time. You probably own clothing that you never wear, or have televisions that you never watch. Having identified everything that doesn’t add value to your life, you’ll be all set to kick start your journey to a sustainable life.
That idea is to keep only that which you either love, or have a use for. Everything else can go. Donate your unneeded goods to a local charity. As your clear the clutter in your living space, you’ll begin to become aware of what impact your surroundings have on your mind by preventing you from focusing your thoughts on the things that are most important to you. It’ll also become an outward sign of your commitment for changing the course of your life.
Explore Your Decision-Making Process
With your living space cleared of much of the clutter that you once lived with, you’ll be tempted to refill it with new stuff. That’s okay, and it’s expected in these times of great materialism. Counter the urge to spend by examining why it is that you want to buy something, and how it will impacts the world around you. Doing this is a crucial step in building a sustainable lifestyle, and it’ll also help you to further identify items that you could give away to further de-clutter your home.
Examining how your choices are driven provides you with the opportunity to begin to shift your thought processes toward making more loving choices. Go through your bills, and make a list of all the companies that you conduct business with for either goods or services. Using your list, examine each company’s website to determine how committed the company is to protecting the environment, and how sustainable their practices are. This will .provide a launching off point for making every day purchasing decisions that benefit the environment.
Allow Yourself To Expand
As you go through this process with the things that you own, you’ll begin to notice other ways in which your decisions also impact the world. When you recognize that this is happening to you, it is a time to celebrate. It indicates that your efforts to live a more sustainable lifestyle are taking root within your very soul, and you’re growing in awareness of the smallest ways that your decisions impact the world around you.
This is the ultimate goal for learning how to live a sustainable life. With expanded awareness, comes an abundance of love and joy, and living a sustainable lifestyle no longer feels like a burden, but becomes a source of happiness for you.