Today, most of us live by a "drive through and toss out" mentality. We want to have it now and pay later. We got lured in by the shiny idea of being too busy for our lives and started believing that disposable products would make everything better. This romanticism of convenience has contributed drastically to the dirty mess of a planet we are in today.
The generation before us knew better. My parents were straight-edged hippies who built their own passive solar home, grew their own food, and took us on weekend litter cleanup adventures. They looked for ways to save time, money, and energy, which gave our family more time, money, and energy to direct toward the experiences that fulfilled us.
They taught us to live in a way that was better for our family and the environment. Back then, this kind of crunchy, green lifestyle wasn't trendy. They didn’t Instagram or blog about it. They just did it because they knew it was a good idea on all fronts.
Living simply was a way to boost our well-being. So, too, was living in harmony with our community and our surroundings. Mindbodygreen's You.We.All. mantra reminded me of what I've always known but can be distracted from, that wellness is about nurturing the self as much as it is it is also about nurturing our neighbors and our precious planet. So how do we lose sight of that, and how can we get on track?