I was recently on the phone with one of the original leaders of Organic Valley. He pointed out that we are both steeped well—like a couple of fine teas—in organic culture and history.
We have both based our life on organic agriculture and food as a starting place of health and healing. We eat organic food because it’s healthier for us and better for the planet. We yearn to support organic farmers with our dollars and our time.
That belief system permeates outward to everything we do. From our home to our business, to the way we teach others, living an organic lifestyle is not a diet fad—it’s a mindset that becomes a way of life.
Organic living begins at home.
Home is where the heart is, and your property is the perfect place to start the organic living process.
Keeping our homes clean and safe is more important now than ever, but some cleaning products can harm us or the environment. We can make healthier choices that won’t expose our family and pets to unpleasant chemical residues. Green cleaning products clean our homes naturally.
You can make your own green cleaners with ingredients already languishing in your cupboard. You can save money with green cleaners that work just as well as their commercial counterparts. Simple ingredients like baking soda, castile soap, vinegar, lemon juice and essential oils can all be used for cleaning.
Green America has a great resource with ten simple products you can use to clean just about anything in your house.
Rethink your energy source and your reign in your emissions.
I used to think of electricity as a dirty source of energy created by coal-burning plants. It’s no longer the case. Can you imagine a world where everyone had solar panels on their roofs, and everyone creates the electricity they use?
More local utility companies are offering electricity derived from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric.
Our gas-guzzling vehicles are a huge source of greenhouse emissions. Consider upgrading to an electric vehicle, which may cost more upfront but save you money on gas. You can find out more from the Department of Energy.
Walking, bicycling or taking public transportation are also ways to reduce our carbon footprints and keep us active and healthy.
Live lightly and reduce your waste.
I live in a state of mind that believes there is plenty in the world, and we just need to redistribute and rethink how we use our resources.
I buy as many things as I can in bulk. If something is wrapped in plastic, I walk right by. If I do use a plastic bag, I rinse it and hang it out to dry to reuse again and again.
When it comes to my attire, I actually love to shop at consignment shops. I have scored some amazing designer clothes at a fraction of their original price—many barely worn. When I’m tired of wearing something, I take them to the same store and upcycle them. Upcycling can inject a new lease of life into old items while even selling them is better than throwing them away.
Americans comprise 4% of the world’s population, but we consume about 24% of its resources. It’s time for us to analyze our eternal lust for consumption.
We must examine what drives us to buy faster cars, brighter jewelry and more clothes. Searching for more is not always better, and I believe we can lead much richer lives with less material things.
Be at peace with yourself and your place in life.
Living an organic lifestyle for me is about achieving balance and inner calm. Now that I find myself in the midst of a pandemic and an economic downturn, it’s difficult to keep steady on that resolve.
I try to grow more of my own food, support my local farmers and buy less extraneous things.
Some of you may already be feeling the economic pressure of debt piling up for you or your family members. There are resources to help. Visit DTSS Complete Freedom to learn how this can be a thing of the past.
Focusing on loving yourself and being grateful for the people in our lives can bring a deep satisfying peace of mind during these troubling times.
Teach your people well.
I have had the amazing gift of having many mentors at different times of my life. My grandmother taught me to cook and pickle. One business leader showed me how to hire people who were better than me. A woman told me I would be great at organic policy.
I learned to live an amazing magical organic life because people showed me the way.
Whether it’s teaching kids about the benefits of organic farming or helping the older generations change their ways is up to you.
Mentoring others is a gift that can continue to make an impact into the future. Once you begin living an organic lifestyle, you can’t help but share your knowledge.
That’s why I mentor several people today and will continue to do so until the entire planet achieves an organic state of mind.
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