A LOVE LETTER
When I think of sustainability I imagine that everything has a purpose but not in a strict utilitarian sense. I think of it as a flow of energy and objects that work in harmony, and help each other to thrive and survive. I feel that most of humanity has lost the ability to look past their immediate needs, and see the connections from one idea, thought, or habit to the next. Yes people are becoming more aware, slowly, but it takes reprograming, and adjusting to a new way of thinking.
In this issue I have found writers and educators that share this view, and are doing what they can to spread the words, thoughts and knowledge in their own way.
The ability to self observe is paramount in this conversation, it makes us slow down and hold space in our heart and mind to reconnect with our choices: A sign of self-respect. Without this process of observation and reflection we are not using our inherent human abilities that sets us apart from the animal kingdom. This part of our brain is a gift and yet how often does it get used? Most do it with a measure of success. You may go to buy food at the market, but damn! You forgot the cotton carry bag that will save using a toxic plastic one. You go to shop for a dress, look at the label and you want to know where it was made, who made it, but don’t always ask all of these questions, that would otherwise spark a conversation with the sales girl who may want to know herself. But some do reflect on their choices and think deeply on them, and the more we do reflect on them, the more we reprogram.
The ability to think deeply and consciously is lost on many levels. Yet we do it when we’re in love, we think about the other person, what would make them happy? How can we make this relationship fun? You want to know about their history, family, friends, so why can’t we do the same for everything else in life? Because we need love and passion as a catalyst: for what we buy, and what we bring home for our family, friends and pets. So then the ultimate answer is we need to be in a constant state of love to become our better selves!! And why not, these pheromones are the elixir of life; the more they are activated the more we stay young, vital and essential.
How to tap into that love energy on a daily basis is the universal question that can be answered in many ways, but the one I know that is guaranteed to work is to start caring with open eyes and an open heart. How you open your heart becomes your own personal journey, a project that can sometimes be the hardest thing you will ever do. The benefit of this journey and living consciously, with an open heart is circular, for what we do and think about, when driven by love for all things, is making us healthier, wiser, and can be the piece of the puzzle that might just save the planet.
FROM THE EDITOR- Mara Schiavetti