A recent comment on my blog prompted me to think about how I’m living my life here and my desire to always be a positive expression of love, peace and joy for myself and others. It’s been difficult for me to try to blend my former blog (www.forharmony.wordpress.com) and this one. Sometimes, I will write about connections and sustainable living but I haven’t been able to find a way to mix the crazy/funny stories of my life here on the Rich Coast with my daily conscious living choices.
So the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about this a lot. And first, I decided to make a list with two columns. One to acknowledge what I was doing right in my efforts to live consciously here and the other to recognize what could be improved upon.
|Positive Expressions||Needs Improvement|
|No car||I have shipped a lot of products from the States here|
|I don’t use the air conditioning in my home. Fans and fresh air only||Food choices – a lot of what I eat is not grown locally|
|Preparing and sharing healthy, vegetarian meals with friends||Since the move, started eating eggs and cheese again|
|Supporting locals: restaurants and artisans||Finding other ways to give back to the local community|
|Using my hemp napkins for water glasses (since the cold water melts all over the place)||People should buy stock in paper towels as I’ve gone through more rolls in 6 months than I did in a few years of living in California|
|Saved a garrobo from drowning in the pool||A lot of ants have died on my watch (hence the extreme paper towel usage)|
|Only doing large loads of laundry so as to not waste electricity and water||Having to wash clothes more often, even when they haven’t been worn because everything gets a funky smell here from the humidity|
|Buying local, organic, shade grown coffee||Not being able to find much organic produce|
|Sharing the beauty of Costa Rica/Nicaragua with others through photos and writing||Not being able to really spend time on my personal projects, writing and sorting through the hundreds of photos I take each month|
|Paying an above average wage to my housekeeper||Getting back on the yoga mat|
Food showed up a lot in the Improvement list so I’m making that my first change. I’ve pulled out a book I brought with me, “A Vegan Taste of Central America“ and have started to write down and purchase the ingredients for the recipes I want to make.
I’ll keep you updated on the progress I make and other stories of intentional living in the coming months. For now, my question to you is, what improvements can you make (or have you already made) to your own life to live more intentionally?