Environmental conservation a key to true happiness
How a focus on environmental conservation can slow your life down to a speed you can enjoy
Like so many people, it’s likely you feel caught up in the rat race – and the rats are winning. With 81 percent of Americans living in an urban area, there is no wonder where that feeling comes from. Far from our agrarian roots as a nation, we feel hurried, harassed and humiliated scampering between one artificial environment and the next. But there is hope to combat this malaise: environmental conservation.
And by environmental conservation, there is more than recycling and taking the bus – although those are good starts. What environmental conservation can really be about is slowing down your life, living more consciously, and making choices based on the impact to your environmental and psychic health that will help you live a more fulfilled life.
Here’s a few of the ideas others use daily in a quest to not only practice environmental conservation, but to slow down and preserve their mental well being:
1. Mass Transit or Carpooling – With a flood of commuters each pulling out into traffic each morning, catching a ride with someone else a few times a week may qualify as the easiest way to reconnect with others while keeping an eye to environmental conservation. The energy in gas is saved, while conversation is restored. And if you don’t feel like talking, packing a book or taking a nap is also an option when you’re not behind the wheel.
2. Shopping Farmers Markets or Locally Grown – With breakthrough literature like The 100-Mile Diet, shoppers are now aware of the impact they can have in environmental conservation with the simple choices on how they get their fresh foods. Packing a canvas bag with fresh fruits and vegetables by the season is not only a great environmental conservation, but a key to the most delicious meals. It is the reason the best chefs in the world, like Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters or Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, demand only the freshest ingredients grown locally. That same dedication to perfection has a flip side in a dedication to environmental conservation.
3. Environmental Volunteering – Whether it is rebuilding trails, planting trees, picking up trash or doing a community garden, any way you can reach out and connect with the community is a huge component of deep environmental conservation. At the heart of all environmental conservation is seeing beyond oneself. Through volunteering, most participants report higher self worth, contentedness and connection to the world around them. It is a profound mental change that takes place with the deepest types of environmental conservation.
4. Slow Food – Connected with the idea of locally grown, moving away from processed or prepared food and cooking your own meals is a spiritually nourishing form of environmental conservation. Not only are you gaining knowledge about cooking, but you know exactly where all the ingredients came from and they are prepared to your liking. Reveling in the sumptuous flavors of home-cooked meals is major benefit to this delicious form of environmental conservation. Also, The huge amount of wasted energy and materials – including plastics destined for landfills – are saved when you slow down enough to cook on your own.