Living consciously and mindfully are trending thoughts these days. I loved learning from Keri Glassman and her third “pillar” of living a Nutritious Life. Living Consciously can take on several meanings. Here’s Keri’s:
The environment that surrounds us can impact our health, both our mental and physical health. There are some aspects of our environment that we can’t always control – like the traffic or the construction down the street. But there are plenty of factors that are within our reach and can make a big difference in our lifestyle and mood. For example, make a clutter-free zone in your office or home or turn off the TV when you aren’t really watching.
I used to be so guilty of being the over-entitled, over-consuming, wasteful American. I’m not sure what convinced me to change my ways – maybe age, this book, or trips to Europe – but I’ve changed. Here are some ways that I live consciously:
- I bring my shopping bags to the market.
- I bought several glass bottles to refill with water for the day.
- I don’t flush the toilet after I pee (unless I have company coming over!)
- I unplug as many electronics in my house as possible.
- I reuse the produce bags that I get at the grocery as doggie bags. I recycle magazines.
- I visit local farmer’s markets whenever possible to buy things that are produced/grown close to my home.
- I research companies and support the ones that are making an effort to do business consciously.