I’m a yogi and a vegan and I work at Green Festivals, where I study and talk about sustainability, social responsibility and reducing one’s carbon footprint all day. Still I am so far from perfect.
My journey to conscious living is a journey where I am continuously learning about the consequences that each of my decisions hold- for my body, for the animals and for the planet.
There are so many ways to go about striving to live that perfect life: drive a Prius (or don’t), eat a vegan diet, eat organic, don’t use/buy plastic, only shop fair trade, plant a backyard farm…
The facts are tough to swallow:
- Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. source
- The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. source
- 37% of adults report they are not physically active. Only 3 in 10 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity. source
- Things like this video “Farm to Table” happen to real animals every single day because most Americans choose to eat conventional animal products.
- We go through about two kitchen trash bags every week. I can’t help but think of where that trash goes…
Especially lately I’ve been digging into all the world’s problems are and what role my decisions play in it all. When I read about the world’s water crisis all day, I can’t help but analyze all the lost drops of water we waste in our house every day and all the other decisions we fall short on.
All this knowledge can weigh heavy on a person. I’ve begun to obsess.
At the end of the day I accept that not being perfect is part of being human, but that I can live consciously in every moment. I can educate myself and take responsibility for my actions in every moment.
How do you live a conscious life?