Dance to an Earth-Beat
Welcome to Biocadence, a blog about the triumphs, hiccups, and day-in-the-life learnings of the sustainable living transitionist! My mission is to entertain, interest, educate, and provide a comfortable forum for sharing sustainable living tips, ideas and inventions. Biocadence is a sustainable living brainstorming platform, intended for environment-lovers in any stage of transition.
In August of 2009, I began to measure my impact on the environment. I started by analyzing my consumption levels. I was shaken by what I found! Although I was embarrassed by the numbers themselves, the realization that I’d consumed so much without taking commensurate joy from the consumption was a shameful kick in the gut. I implemented immediate changes and was fueled by a gratification that vowed to remain with me.
Simplifying my life stripped my anxiety, increased my focus and allowed me to leave a career that I had no passion for. I was delighted when my mornings greeted me with something novel and scrumptious: space and abundance. I had married a new lifestyle and was savoring the honeymoon. Sparks of bliss and spontaneous squeals sprinkled my days. Relief welcomed me to bed each night.
I began to study the global consequences of over-consumption, and was overwhelmed by what I found! Many sources suggest that the ethical way to share our planet with all current and future inhabitants is to become a strict vegan, walk or ride a bicycle for transportation, live on a few thousand dollars a year, and never again visit Bali- my special place! As I processed information, I found a pattern:
- Phase 1: Pulse deceleration and a wave of hopelessness, as I fretted about whether such a lifestyle transition was within my reach (accompanied by a keen desire to plunge my hands into bottomless bowls of greasy chips and guacamole).
- Phase 2: Pulse acceleration and wildly mobile activity, as I considered the enormous portion of the global population that lives on far less than I was daydreaming about cutting down to.
It occurred to me that this transition would be physical, emotional and spiritual, in addition to financial and practical. Intent on avoiding a heart attack, I adjusted my framework. As I applied patience, consistency and understanding to my process, I celebrated the thought that my transition would be a creative outlet and a bridge to my connection with all of life’s creatures. I came to understand that over-consumption is, in many ways, similar to any other addiction.
From infancy, we’ve processed the notion that we’d feel whole if only we had a bigger burger, an ever-expanding designer wardrobe, a shinier diamond, a wrinkle-less face, a yacht, a jet, a spaceship… Ay Caramba!… I cringe as the conditioned puppet inside me responds: “That jet charter would be bad ass; I definitely need a pair of high heels with a red sole; Ah man, my husband would look hot in a sport car!”
Allow me to catch my breath… Inhale, exhale… calm.
Although I congratulate and admire those who jump off the consumption train cold turkey, I know that slow progress is my path to sustainable behavioral change. I believe that the transition can be joyful, guilt-free, creative, collaborative, and filled with quality-of-life deliciousness! I believe that we are privileged to have the choice between cold turkey and baby-steps rehabilitation strategies. This is a gift our children may not have.
I’d like to celebrate by practicing activity and hope, immediately, in my own transition. We are not facing an all-or-nothing cause quite yet. When we present it as such, many give up before they try. My hypothesis is that quality-of-life increases as we become more in sync with our unique bio-cadence. I will find my earth-beat and dance to its rhythm. I will dance hard! I’d love for you to join me!
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