Waste free living is slow living
I could easily jump into my to-do list at 6am, and sometimes I do. But slowing down, taking time to get ready for the day, and starting work a few hours after I wake up, is crucial not only for my mental health but also my sustainable lifestyle habits.
It takes time to make your own bread out of plastic-free ingredients from the bulk bin store, and it takes energy to spend three hours in the kitchen creating your own candles and beeswax wraps. The reality is, living sustainably takes a lot more time than our usual fast fashion and fast food practices. You cannot spend time doing these eco-friendly tasks, without adjusting all of your priorities.
Starting my day with space to myself, represents how I want the rest of the day to pan out. It shows myself, and the world around me, that I am willing to slow down and take the time my body and the planet needs, to be sustainable and healthy.
It may sound like some hippy-dippy mumbo jumbo, but sustainable living cannot be truly sustainable, without mindfulness. You cannot make your own food from scratch, and continue to live the busy life you currently do. You will fail if you don’t have a solid why, and if you don’t allow space to ‘wake up’ you will never progress from where you are now.
Whether it be a book on the bus, meditation in your bedroom, watering your garden, playing with your dog, stroking your cat, or going for a run, find your mindfulness practice and do it as often as possible.