There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterward, when you’ve worked on your own corner. Aldous Huxley
I have been having a number of discussions of late about the concept of sustainability. I must admit that the term seemed rather non-tangible for me until last year, when a friend of mine presented his idea of what he refers to as the Green Path-an exhibit of individuals who have made a conscious decision to make their life more sustainable. I subsequently decided to join the journey, and have created my own definition of sustainability as it pertains to my own life. To my mind, living sustainably means living with compassion and respect;-compassion for all that is-for ourselves, our fellow beings, and our environment. It is that understanding of the inextricable relationship that we all have to one another as human beings. It is the understanding of the connection that we have to our environment. It is the understanding that each and every thought and action we carry out has far-reaching effects on our own lives, that of others and our environment in this present moment and in the future.
I also created a list of things to do which will make my life more “sustainable”. In terms of the environment, making my on little environment greener, I have
-eradicated plastic-bag consumption completely and carry around cloth bags all the time when I go shopping.
-will no longer consider getting my drivers license (don’t ask ok!!!!) and shall take more public transportation or ride my bike more.
-become much more aware of my water consumption-and drastically reduced water wastage. My awful habit of letting the water run while brushing my teeth, or while doing the dishes for example, is now history!
-have changed my electric company to an environmentally friendly one.
These are just a few examples, however, in going through the actual process of observing my daily habits through the lens of this new awareness, I was shocked to noticed how much waste I created-how much I took for granted.
Now, regarding food, I was already a rather “conscious eater”, in terms of eating only organic foods and local produce when I can. However, as I mentioned a few posts back, I had been experimenting with a plant-based diet-vegansim. I believe more and more that part of being a conscious eater involves being aware of the consequences of what we eat, for example, the context within which the food was produced, and where it comes from.
While several friends of mine held the idea for absolutely absurd, I was able to convince them to follow me for a month last year in eating only plant-based foods. My goal was not to convince them to become vegans, however I wanted to give them an opportunity to reflect upon their daily habits, as the process did for me. We all agreed that the process was like like putting up a mirror to ourselves and forced us to step outside of our comfort zones. It offered us a new level of awareness. Through this new awareness, we have become more conscious, and in doing so, we have gained more control, and are in a better and more informed position to take better charge of our lives, and ultimately make better choices.
I promised my friends to post the recipes that I made for them during their vegan month. I am finally getting around to it.
The following is my standard recipe for almond milk, which I can hardly ever do without. The term “milk” often written as mylk to differentiate it from its daily counterpart, it is often confusing, as several people still think that almond milk is a diary product. Almond milk is nothing more the pulp of almonds mixed with water. It is highly nutritional, very versatile, and delicious. You can use it as a direct milk-alternative. It’s fantastic in the mornings to use with cereals, oatmeal, and shakes.