I found this thought-provoking article posted to a sustainable communities forum under the title Something to Think About: A Death-Blow to My Sustainable Living Ideal. Having my own sustainable living ideals, it grabbed my attention; I wondered what a death-blow might represent.
It turns out that in this case the death-blow is a loss of two-thirds the author’s income. As Amanda Rooker contemplates the discrepancy between her good intentions and the reality she’s faced with, a powerful transformation unfolds – her belief of being too poor and too busy to live sustainably is replaced by the realization that it was, in actuality, her “product-based, practice-based ideal of sustainable living that was not sustainable.” This leads her to some intriguing revelations about what sustainability truly implies. In the end, Amanda comes to see sustainability as a spiritual practice and process in parallel to the natural world –
“Even if the body is deficient in many areas, it will only take in what will address the primary deficiency. Pouring supplements into your body (or in this case adding sustainable practices) to address visible symptoms, is a waste of time, money and energy. Only when the core deficiency is met will the body be capable of absorbing what it needs to address the next core need.”
I recently received an e-mail update on the World Change Conference being sponsored by Common Circle Education in Berkeley, California. As someone interested in the intentional communities movement and intentional, sustainable lifestyles, I have followed Common Circle for years. I deeply appreciate that they share the skills that ultimately build healthy communities. And I love this formula that they offer on their site: