Sustainable Life- My personal journey

Ever since I can remember I have felt that I had a mission to accomplish in this life, although I didn’t know what it was.

I’ve walked many roads, seen and done my fair share of things in life, the good, the bad and the ugly and at some point I had to stop to reach deep within… really really deep within to understand that I have always known what the “mission” is, I just forgot to get in touch with it when I was born and it took me a long time to access it again.

The mission is to LOVE, and I know this sounds very cliché but it’s one thing to know and understand that and a whole other thing to actually know in which particular way you  feel called to live that as a reality.

I am not a mathematic thinking type of person so I have trouble with sticking to the rules, although I like rules and value them, I am a wanderer, I can’t stay in the same place for too long, I can follow the rules just as long as they don’t suffocate me.

To LOVE although it might seem as a natural and simple thing to do, is actually a spiritual practice, you don’t get to love spontaneously if you don’t know what love is first, from your own self and this is alone is a quest that takes years to unravel, only to discover that your own self is non-existent and there lies your true freedom, peace and access to love.

After that acknowledgement then comes the practice, and this part is even more difficult,  some people are born with the conviction to devote themselves entirely to the service of others, thus becoming ordained in a religion or meditating until achieving illumination.

I am not one of them, although I am fascinated by the spiritual world, I can’t deal with all the rules of a religion, I forget them and it juts doesn’t seem natural for me to “do” so many things in order to “climb a step towards your spiritual goal” so to speak.

But I am also not happy with the status quo of humanity where it’s ok to not feel, to just accumulate “power”, money, popularity, body experiences, where it is taught to hate and fear all others just because they think or look different, I stand against that and I will never accept it nor choose it for my life.

So what’s left for all of us who are not comfortable devoting our talents to worldly pleasures and violent misconceptions but who are also not fitting into devoting our talents to strict spiritual practice and vowing for a belief?

Then comes the point where I finally get it, I am a human being in this vast universe with the privilege of living on a planet that has so much beauty, richness and goodness that no writer could have ever imagined, and not only do I live here, I am alive with it, she is here too, with all her knowledge, intuition, strength, power, vulnerability and never-ending LOVE.

All I need to know is here, and I already know it, I just need to listen and remember.

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Rieselfelder Münster, Germany. Photo Credit: Cristina Guerrero

If we would just listen… the Earth is the most amazing living being, from the tiniest micro-organism to the biggest animal, mountain or tree alive, we can’t even begin to resemble it, everything lives in harmony, everything has a purpose and a benefit, everyone fulfills their part in the circle of life (yes the Lion King knows about this stuff).

So for me personally, the way that I can be of any contribution to others is to LOVE all living beings, not just humans, not institutions, not countries, not any of these ideas, but to love our living, breathing, real planet and even though I might not be the type of explorer that can venture to live in a cave either, I feel that I can be a voice for the planet, a voice that needs to be heard in our present more than ever.

So I won’t get off the grid because that won’t serve my purpose, I will use this life, this here and now to balance it back, to come back to the Earth, to be that voice and find those other voices that also want to protect and serve the planet and all its living beings.

If anyone reading this resonates with this premise, contact me, you are not alone, changing the world is a daunting task, it is discouraging, it seems impossible, it’s hard, but that’s not the point, why lose our focus trying to fight the negative when we could use our energy and talents to create something positive? -Vince in bono malum-

Create the life you want in harmony with the planet, as a part of it all, flowing with it, not going against it, guarding and voicing what all other living beings deserve: LOVE.

A lot of people feel they need to turn to a very restrictive kind of lifestyle to do something for the planet and that is also dis-encouraging for the free spirits, for the creative that don’t like to be labeled, but I am also here to say, we are all unique and individual, for some people having a restrictive diet for example is the only way to serve the planet, but I personally have tried it and the only response I got from my body was…”not gonna happen” but that doesn’t mean that I don’t do what I can to support the ethics behind food, it doesn’t mean I am not conscious and grateful every time that I eat or that I support the exploitation of the environment caused by industrial food production (also it’s the opposite of healthy) so wouldn’t want to eat it anyways. So I am learning to eat from the Earth, seasonal, local, low-impact, just healthy in the full sense of the word.

A sustainable lifestyle is exactly that: SUSTAINABLE, it means that the actions you take today ensure there are means for this to continue in the future, and if you think about it it’s like a basic rule of politeness, leave the place better than how you found it, do what you do with respect for others.

In this case the others are the future generations, make sure you leave the same or more richness than what you are taking, and it only seems logical since most human beings have children, why wouldn’t you want them to enjoy the gift of life?

In other words, it’s a balance, you take and you give, you choose the best option for you as a part of the living planet and for your future you in every aspect of your life, spiritually, mentally, physically…etc.

And it is a process…there is a lot of frustration and fear of change out there, but allow yourself to take it slowly, REMEMBER: You don’t need to be perfect! Anything you have learned throughout your life has taken time, so take your time to do this, one action at a time, all you need is a positive heart.

Will you join me on this journey?

If you will, subscribe to this blog and let’s do it together!

With love,

Cristina G. S.

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Rieselfelder, Münster, Germany. Photo Credit: Falk von Freigeist

What’s left of another year

Christmas time, it’s foggy and misty outside and I feel that it is my duty as a writer to be inspired by the season and write something meaningful while I sip from a cup of hot chocolate in front of me.

However what I want to say is nothing new or christmasy. I just want to take a couple of minutes to share how grateful I am for this precious journey of life, everyday is truly a gift and an opportunity to create a positive impact.

In spite of all the things that are backwards in this world, in spite of this huge need for human beings to kill everything and everyone around them just to feel “superior”, I find the space to be thankful because I know that each day the chance for change is reborn.

I am thankful for the people that choose peace over violence everyday, for the people that look inside themselves to find true happiness instead of hoping to reach it someday, for the people that have opened their eyes and don’t settle for the current model of society a few are selling, I am thankful for all of those who listen to their hearts, spread their wings and fly.

The end of the year brings the countdown and remembrance of accomplishments and the new goals for the year to come, would it be possible to include one action to benefit all other living beings in this long list full of self-satisfying delusions?

Wouldn’t it be great to count down how many lives we served and how we helped to eradicate violence, hate, hunger, war, corruption, abuse, environmental devastation?

This human life is so precious that we have the opportunity to create our own reality and help those who are not in the circumstances to do so.

What if instead of supporting the destroyers of Earth buying all of this things and ideas that we don’t need we used that energy and that money in a practical way to actually change the world?

Walk more, drive less, meditate and treat others with kindness, acknowledge how important and kind others are, treat the world with respect and realize it’s possible to share.

Stop identifying yourself with one religion and one country, understand that we are all human, we are all important and we all want the same thing: love.

All living beings deserve the same freedom and respect as you think you deserve, it’s time to stop the violence towards our planet… we have the power to change the world what number of year are we waiting for to begin?

-K

Community living, an alternative for a new society

Vlierhof Community
Vlierhof Community

Supporting a community is a concrete way to change the world, one action at a time.

Community means together, individuals with shared goals that join their actions and define their way of living.

This premise is very basic however when taken into practice it actually generates positive impact at many levels. 

The first community we are brought into as we are born is our family, the family defines the way of living and traditionally this means teaching youngsters what the adults have learned, which is a lot of self-grasping, in other words to see one self as the center of the universe, to care about the self first, and then care about their family and at last maybe to care about some of their acquaintances.

Human beings have adopted this idea that what’s important is to take into consideration only the satisfaction of their own individual needs without leaving space to reflect upon the damage or benefit each action they make in daily life brings to the environment, other people and the rest of the living beings in the planet. 

This is the way humans are educated into society, with a high sense of individuality, competition and needs that must be fulfilled but little or no regard for the benefit of others.

So why is a community different? 

A community starts with a decision,  a conscious process to gather up with individuals that want to get certain results in their lives and that are aware that nothing is really meaningful if it’s built alone and for no one else’s benefit.

For the past month I had the opportunity to spend time with a community of people in North Germany where sustainability and environmental conscience constitute one of the pilars of this way of living.

The most tangible benefits you can immediately experience when living in a community are:

1. The environmental aspect- one person can generate an enormous impact on the environment, from the energy consumption to the waste generation, living in a community sharing spaces, using alternative energy sources and processing waste reduces the impact of not one but many persons at the same time, while it also creates an education around the environment and a conscience in each person.

2. The social aspect- one of the most immediate and tangible benefits the community gives is that people have the opportunity to actually share, they share their time, their feelings, their goals, their ideas, their self with other people in a welcoming space, the intercultural exchange and intergenerational exchange is enriching for every member of the community whether they are there for a shorter or longer period of time.

3. The personal aspect- The constant interaction with others is a way to know yourself better, the community provides many constant opportunities to know and recognize the self in another may it be by a good friendship or a more complicated interaction, each person is a mirror for another and the self is presented with many chances to learn new things: acceptance, love, lack of judgement, respect, kindness.

Environmentally responsible communities are growing around the world and are actually changing the model of society with a different mindset, they are rescuing spaces, restoring  fertility to the ground, growing their own food in a real healthy way (not the commercial unhealthy idea of healthy), providing for their own in a space where people have the freedom to be themselves and where the personal dimension of the self inside and outside has an equal role as the mental, physical and spiritual dimensions.

Isn’t this our idea of a desirable society? 

Bringing in one’s skills and talents into a place where they will be valued and appreciated is a good way to start creating a caring and responsible world.

New people are always welcome to join and experience it whether on a short or long term basis. 

For some people the idea of changing the traditional model of life is too radical, but communities also allow part-time involvement, so it doesn’t mean that everyone should quit their daily jobs, rather it is a chance to give something to the world, something that was missing and only you can provide.

For more on volunteering at an eco community in Germany contact by message.

Thank you for reading

K