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

Go with the flow

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Sometimes we just have to be wise enough to go with the flow. 

We have to put our trust in life and let the current carry us.

That doesn’t mean we should take our focus off where we’re going.

-Brahma Kumaris

 

The Color of Flowers

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Leave worries aside and you will be surprised by the beauty of the sky and the color of flowers, of the freshness of the breeze and the generosity of the sun.

You will feel you are part of creation, and life will start to make sense.

The greatest wealth is to appreciate what we have and what we are.

-Brahma Kumaris

 

Taking control of your life at any age

“Mens sana in corpore sano”- Thales 

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Healthy mind in a healthy body, such a simple statement that has a very deep philosophical background.

Being healthy is something we normally aspire to, those of us who are blessed enough to have a “normal” health and don’t battle with any mayor diseases or body functions and even body parts…we still find the time to damage our bodies, slowly and passively through our habits.

It is really amazing how when you slow down for a bit and take the time to reflect upon it, you realize of the strong connection a healthy mind has with a healthy body.

In my opinion many of our toxic habits like sedentarism, poor dietary choices, stress, rage, over eating, not eating…etc, they all have to do with our inner state, with our mind and our soul.

We often wish for a healthier lifestyle, a healthier body…BUT here comes the unhealthy mind making up excuses and justifications for the lack of better habits. Some of the top excuses our mind can come up with, I don’t have time to cook, I have to eat outside and whatever comes in my way. I don’t have time to exercise, I can’t afford a gym or a trainer or a machine. I don’t like the taste of _______. I am happy with myself I accept how I am and the way I look. I am too old to start exercising.

What really happens is that we are so used to “domestication”- indoctrination in so many levels that we easily forget to realize our own potential. Everybody is capable of making a transition into whatever they want, at any stage of their lives, but the thing is that it’s not easy to break with old habits.

In example, a year ago my mother was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, her family has a history of diabetes so we are all prone to develop it.

Before she was diagnosed she lived a regular 59 year old woman’s life (work-go home-work) Her blood sugar levels were dangerously high although her household is not the kind of home where we worship junk food. I mean we ate vegetables, wasn’t that being healthy?

In order to prevent an irreversible disease like that, she had to go through some major changes in her lifestyle (not just her eating choices), she had to start exercising, something she had never done before, and she had to start eating several portioned meals a day (she used to procrastinate eating a lot, she would go for hours doing something, cleaning or working before having a bite for breakfast), she had to start measuring her temper, and following proper food choices for her condition (so long sugary fatty  frozen apple tarts), she also enrolled in a program to learn about what Diabetes really is, and the whole family has undergone a learning process about it.

By sheer will power, I am proud to say that every mont when my mother goes to her check up she has low sugar levels in her blood in a normal range, she has lost weight and she looks amazing!

Her workout: Every day she wakes up at normal human hours and she goes out for a bike ride approx, 1.5 km, then she gets to a park where she runs around the whole thing twice 1 km, after that she sits on a bench and does strength arm exercises no weights and streching. The she rides her bike back home 1.5 km and she does jumprope for 2 minutes.

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Way to go mom! From not exercising ever to beating all the neighbors on their bikes! yay!

If she has to go to work earlier she adapts her routine, she plugs in her iPod and dances away for 30 min non-stop.

After exercising some water and a nice fresh meal that includes all the food groups, that means protein, carbs, vegetables, fruit and fat.

For me my mother is an example of taking care of your health, and taking control of your life. Doing so has no age limit, no money restriction, no season or condition.

It all starts in the mind and the body follows, a healthy mind with healthier thoughts and emotions gives way to a body that will adapt to anything wether it’s a routine for fun or a formal sport.

It is a fun process too because our bodies already like being healthy and actually that is their natural tendency, it is us who choose to become ill. Listen to your body, even if you have no “diseases” 40 years from now,  it might be too late.