Sometimes Small Green Steps Create Bigger Change
What Does Going Green Mean To You?
What started you on your green journey? Have your reasons evolved over time?For me, my initial interest in going green was to reduce garbage. The idea of mounds of stuff accumulating in landfills (some of it never biodegrading) really bothered me.
Over time, as I learned more about sustainability and evolved personally, my reasons multiplied and deepened. For me, going green is about living in harmony with Earth, consuming from a balanced place and a wholesome, healthy and vibrant way of living.
On a global level, I care for about how people, animals, plants and ecosystems are effected by pollution and habitat destruction. I feel part of a new consciousness taking root where every action considers the whole, where we feel empowered to create an abundant world that mirrors our hearts, where businesses and governments are created from a place that honors and nourishes all life.
Creating New Habits
So, what creates change? Zooming back into to things on a more personal scale, I believe, that small steps can often be more powerful. Perhaps, what applies on a personal level can apply on a global level. Going green is no different from any other way you may change and evolve as a person. For example, many years ago, I wanted to eat way less sugar for health reasons, BUT I was very addicted to sweets. A few times I made dramatic short-term changes, like going on a candida cleanse. However, after such a dramatic change in behavior, my dominant habits that I had for many years, soon returned (albeit, slightly improved).
Over the years, however, my intake of sugar has naturally decreased without much force or will-power. Why is that? For one thing, I was working on myself to become more present, peaceful and clear in my life purpose. Shedding some emotional baggage in my life has made it easier for me to not emotionally eat and also to be more in tune with my inner rhythms and what truly nourishes me. Plus, I was sincerely interested in eating wholesomely. I believe any authentic dedication will eventually take root and blossom. Also, when I chose the path of least resistance, the changes more likely stuck. Over time, those changes added up to big results.
Going green is much the same thing. Celebrate what you already are doing now and see what new steps you are ready to take next. Remember, new habits form better in bite sizes. Right now, I want to go to the next level in weening myself off of plastic. After seeing this YouTube video and going to this website with plastic-free products, I felt both inspired and a bit overwhelmed. I thought to myself, “well, I can do more to eliminate plastic from my life, but what about about supplements that are for my cat’s health condition that come in plastic bottles? What about protein powders that come in plastic containers? I don’t want to give them up. Do I have to bake my own gluten-free bread? I don’t like baking. It takes too much time. ” And then, I saw the price of some plastic-free alternatives, and I was like “wow, I am going to have to earn more money to live plastic-free.”
Let me share a little secret with you: when we feel overwhelmed, we are not in a peaceful and present place and, therefore, not capable of making empowering decisions. So, just chill. Take some deep breaths with me and trust the process. Ahhhhh, good. So, how about this? Pick 3 new habits you can explore and incorporate over the next few weeks. Make it fun and enjoy trying something new.
Here are my 3 new habits to explore incorporating into my life:
- Find a store that sells organic, bulk spices and get a few reusable spice containers.
- Try soap nuts for doing laundry.
- Grow my own sprouts to put in salads.
- I am adding a fourth as a bonus. It’s not quite a habit I ready to form yet, but I am curious to explore different types of snack-foods that are either easy to make or come in sustainable packaging.
After you’re in a peaceful place, feel into the inspiration and where the flow is. As you explore new alternatives and develop new habits, you will become an inspiration for others. Those that walk the talk in an inspiring way, without preaching, positively impact others. And for those others habits that may seem like a struggle to incorporate, take a step back and trust that you will be ready when the time is ripe or you will find an alternate way that works better for you. This sort of attitude creates an open space for more powerful change and, ultimately, makes you a more empowered citizen of the Earth.