Thursday, 5 December 2013

8 Sustainable Living Myths

When it comes to sustainable living some people have an unclear understanding or concern about it so we have put together this post to help you understand, shift any concerns, and bust any myths that prevent you from living such a rewarding life.

We have covered eight main myths about sustainable living and can show you how it actually enhances your overall wellbeing and the wellbeing of the environment.

Let’s clear the way for a sustainable life!

Myth 1) It’s Too Difficult 
This lifestyle is really not that hard to achieve but with anything new or change, come challenges. The good old saying is the first time is always the hardest, but after a while, it becomes second nature. You also have the option of asking someone for assistance when you need support and can turn to nature for guidance and physical goods in most cases. 

There is plenty in the world to support you if you seek it out.

Myth  2) It’s Too risky
Risk is involved in everyday life and ultimately it’s up to you to weigh up the pros and cons. When you choose a sustainable way of living there is minimal risk as there will always be positive rewards.

Myth  3) It’s Too New
You will find sustainable living has been around for a very long time and is practiced in many cultures. It just hasn’t been called sustainable living for very long.

Myth  4) It’s Time Consuming
This is both true and false depending on the way you look at it. If your actions produce positive results it’s not necessarily time consuming, it’s rewarding. There are also plenty of new, innovative and sustainable businesses starting to pop up everywhere that may be able to save you time if it is an issue.  

For example
If you are unable to cook yourself healthy meals everyday of the week, you can always choose prepared meals that are healthy and sustainably sourced. (if cost is a concern read on)

Myth  5) It’s Too Expensive
Again this is both true and false depending on the way you look at it.  Now we’ll let you know there are plenty of sustainable ways that save you money and there are some that require a long term investment.  Cheap is not always good and we will get straight to the point by asking you-

What is the price of your life?
Are you or your family not worth sustaining?
Do you not need earth to survive?

The answer lies in you but if you were to ask us the same question, we would answer-

- Priceless
- Of course you are
- Of course you do

The key question to ask yourself is “Will this sustain my life” then you can figure out if it’s worth investing in or not. 

Another thing to remember is - if you obtain unsustainable goods, others are making money at your expense. (Which may be money or health related expense) They also may be making money at the expense of people from third world countries, the land, and animals. Now that’s a pretty high price to pay!

Myth  6) It’s Too Big of a Problem to Make a Difference
Don’t dwell on the past, or the major issues in the environment, or what others are doing, just focus on acting now to create a sustainable future. Focus on the positive consequences of taking action. What will it create now and in the future?

This is not denial; it’s about focusing on and choosing what you CAN do as opposed to what you can’t do.

Your individual actions matter not only to create a sustainable life for yourself and the environment, but to promote the change you wish to see in the world.

Myth 7) Expensive Means High Quality

We have found that alot of people have problems living a sustainable life because they place their self worth on expensive material possessions and call it prosperity. This a limited belief and can be highly unsustainable.

 “I am only prosperous if I have”

  • The best car
  • A big house
  • The latest trends and labels
  • Expensive holidays
  • A celebrity lifestyle

When I was in my teen years my parents did not have a huge amount of money to spend on me so I always had what I needed but not what I wanted. My friends had a larger financial status than me and had all the latest trends and gadgets.  At that time in my life I placed my self worth on money and possessions and suffered. I went into a depression because I felt poor and not good enough because I didn’t have what others had.

It prevented me from enjoying those years and if I could go back I’d tell myself to snap out of it and say what I’m sharing here-

Material goods and labels are basically worth nothing no matter how much actual dollars you spend!

Self worth actually comes from the inside, from your beliefs, morals, and integrity (spiritual fulfillment).  Physical goods are there to use and develop a healthy self image on the inside, not the other way around.

Some expensive goods are very unsustainable, and sometimes you can find sustainable goods at a low price. 

Re think what prosperity and self worth means to you, does it relate to material goods or spiritual fulfillment? 

Material goods will come and go but spiritual fulfillment can last a life time!

Tips - To go outside the box ask yourself how you would build your self-worth without possessions.

Another way to overcome this problem is looking into the Buddhist philosophy of attachment. 

And you can always start to make sustainable labels the latest trend!

Myth  8) It’s a Cheap/Poor Way of Living 
Standards of living are important and we all deserve the best. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort when you choose healthy and sustainable ways of living. It’s not about working hard for minimal return, it’s about making informed choices that benefit and enhance your quality of life. 

Just being resourceful actually sustains your life and your bank account! (not to mention the environment that sustains you)

We hope we have shifted any concerns you had about sustainable living and if you have any questions or concerns we have not covered here, leave us a comment below and we will see if we can help you resolve it. 

Don't Forget 

If you want to learn more about sustainable living join our upcoming workshop and make 2014 your sustainable year!

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