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

Passing the test

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Often when we pursue spiritual growth we pay attention on how we react, how we feel and how we progress.

After a while of continuing state of balance or comfort, our ego finds a way to trick us again into believing we are great at what we’re doing, things that bothered us before no longer do and we become more calm and selfless. But spiritual growth just like life is a path and not a destination, we never cease to learn and to face challenges. We don’t know it all.

Even in periods of comfort we must not stop our efforts to persevere in our spiritual path, we must practice it every day with every little thing we can, we have planted the seed of love in our heart and if it’s growing healthy we must keep watering it, keep allowing the sun to shine and enter, keep nurturing it, cleaning it and strengthen it.

Then the real tests begging to happen, when you are ready for them, you face situations that you didn’t see coming. You face the hurt that you have suffered before and it comes back strong. You are presented with a situation where you do not know what the right thing is to do. And what do you do? How do you react?

Do you go back to your usual ways and let ego take control?

You realize that a life without ego is an amazing human achievement worthy of saints. You understand you can’t eradicate your ego and you make peace with yourself knowing you are trying your best. And there you are in front a very important test.

A test that will move your feelings, thoughts, beliefs and the summary of your progress so far.

You face the truth of knowing that not everybody loves you, in fact some people despise you and have felt very negative things towards you, you are blamed for whatever choices you have made and you understand there is people that wish you harm instead of good.

The same people you have supported and loved, and cared for and appreciated, that presented to you as a friend and didn’t take long to reveal their true intentions.

What do you do? In the split second you have to choose your reaction, do you allow this negative tendencies to enter your heart?

Keep your heart strong and persevere, do not give in, a test is not supposed to be easy.

Accept what comes your way and be thankful for those who want to hurt you because the more they try, the less they can. The more they hurt themselves. You are protected. Trust in God, give your best effort and if you need help, just remember you are not alone.