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Flipping the Coin: Why Nature Doesn't Heal

By Conscious Adventurist Admin

Flipping the Coin: Why Nature Doesn't Heal

By: Alice Bellini

Take a fish and keep him in a tiny splash of water ever since he’s born. He will be on the verge of choking his whole life. He won’t even know swimming exists. A sense of frustration and anxiety will accompany him everyday. In a word, he won’t be a fish.

And even if he is “lucky enough” to live in a fish tank, he won’t be able to experience streams, corals and sands, nor all the other species of fishes and living beings that are meant to surround him. Storms and sunlight. Freedom of choice. He will never develop resilience, nor the capacity to believe in himself against fear and adversities. He won’t be able to eat properly. He will struggle against a complete disconnection. Almost certainly, he will never be able to be at peace with himself, because he’ll spend his life figuring out why he’s not happy in that splash of water, or in that fish tank. Why he’s not good enough and strong enough to feel and be calm and happy.

Then take that fish and put him into the ocean. All of a sudden, he feels, and he feels good. Connected, at peace, fulfilled. So he’ll believe the sea has a healing power, when it actually was all the rest of his life that was sickening.

Likewise, we believe nature has a healing power, when it actually is society as we know it––made of consumerism, judgments and corporate ladders––that have the power to take our humanity away, disconnect, drain and anesthetize us. Eventually, make us sick.

Distraction is one of the greatest tools of control, after all. Calling things the wrong way. Distorting our reality.

So when we experience nature, it’s not healing we feel, but rather what life is really meant to be. We go back to our roots, we discover the chance of being grateful and focused on the present moment; we become human again and we just feel plain good. In a word: authentic.

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We start to make more conscious choices, we embrace our vulnerability, our limits and our mortality, because we suddenly realize they allow us to feel love, express kindness, be curious and explore the world. They allow us to live in a dimension that is way more appropriate for us. Actually, they allow us to live.

We all equally experience that, because nature is in our guts.

So if we start calling things with their proper name and if we really find a power to nature, then that’s just the capacity of being unmistakably ourselves. Not trying to be something different just to be liked, approved or shared. We don’t demand invincibility, immortality or perfection. Everything is just as it is. Here and now. Breathing and being. No distractions, no instruments of control, hence freedom.

If we don’t know where to start, we can start from ourselves: aren’t we nature too, after all? We are not superior, nor owners. We are not something apart. We are fully and gratefully part of this planet. If you observe the outside, you will find many great correspondences and teachings about the inside, and the other way around: that’s what they mean when they say we are one with the universe, like everything else.

We too have a role, we too serve a purpose. The less human we are, running after unnatural and unrealistic fabrications, the more we’ll experience and breed shame. The reason why we constantly feel we are not something enough is that we are not in the right environment. You don’t expect a fish to feel adequate, happy and healthy outside of water, do you?

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The reason why we feel so disconnected and always craving something we’ll never obtain is because we are not tuning into the right frequencies. A lion will never be at peace if he tries to live the life of a computer, or that of a superhero. If he’s after immortality, if he poisons himself a bit everyday. Perfection is not the purpose.

Diversity teaches us that there are many different ways and points of view, we just have to find the one we resonate with the most. Embrace our nature and become humans.

Does this mean we all have to go back to living in caves and giving up on our creativeness, never invent anything and stop being animals with critical minds? Of course, not at all. It means to choose to use our tools properly. We, differently from all other animals, can be aware of ourselves and develop thoughts and actions consciously. We can name what we feel. We can choose, but most importantly we know that we can. So the way we use our brain, and our products and our means, that’s what makes the difference, that’s what allows us to be one change or the other. That’s what makes us men-men instead of machine-men, as Charlie Chaplin would call them.

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To cultivate our awareness is vital. Of course there are many ways to do it. Mindfulness is one. But if none of them convinces you and if you don’t know where to start, then start from being aware that you breathe and that that’s what makes you alive. That’s the first exchange you have with the rest of the world, that’s the first sign you are here and now. Inhale. Exhale. Feel the air. Acknowledge your presence and your present moment. You don’t need an hour, you don’t need any particular equipment, you don’t need anything else but yourself, like every other living being on this planet.

By breathing, you’ll just connect. And there the human journey begins, toward a more mindful and conscious way of exploring the world. It’s a first step, on probably what will be the greatest of expeditions.

Nature doesn’t have a healing power, she teaches and involves, that’s what she does. She demonstrates the obvious, if we are willing to see it.

Embrace and accept. Show up, collaborate, experience the present moment. Nature has the power of coherence, of being the change she wants to see, of recognizing the important things.

The moment we understand that, we’ll flip the coin. We’ll initiate a culture of gratitude and mindfulness, of sharing, belonging and living authentically. We’ll stop consuming and we’ll start using. We’ll cease fear and we’ll start coexistence. We’ll inspire instead of compete. We’ll stop perfecting and we’ll start embracing.

We’ll become humans.

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5 Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste

By Conscious Adventurist Admin

5 Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste

Photo by Kevin Krejci

Plastics are a problem. Due to their design, plastics cannot truly ever biodegrade. In fact, about 97 percent of all plastics ever made are still in existence today (the other three percent were incinerated). Although plastics make up some of the hardiest products, roughly 33 percent of plastic products are used only once, then thrown away. Of the 30 million tons of plastic thrown away every year by Americans, only eight percent get recycled. Plastic waste also makes up 90 percent of all ocean pollution and more than one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed each year because of plastic ingestion.

These are just a few of the facts about plastics. More than 90 percent of Americans were found to have plastic toxins in their urine, with kids and women having some of the highest concentrations of BPA in their bodies.

If plastics are bad for our bodies and for our environment, it seems obvious that we should begin removing them from our lives.

Here are a few tips to reduce plastic waste that can be accomplished on the busiest days:

1. Rethink plastic wrap - The problem with plastics is simply how convenient they are. What’s easier than making a sandwich, quickly sealing it in plastic wrap, then heading off to work? Bee's wrap sustainable food storage has created a reusable alternative to plastic wrap made from beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin.

Their sandwich wrap, in particular, is perfect for replacing that daily disposable piece of plastic saran wrap. It’s reusable and easy to wash. Their company places a heavy focus on sustainability initiatives meaning you’re doing more than keeping plastic from the landfill when you use their products.

2. Reusable produce bags - We all know by now that bringing your reusable grocery bags to the store is a must. But chances are, if you’re buying a lot of loose produce, you still need those thin plastic bags to hold your peppers or bunches of beets. Instead of reaching for the roll of plastic bags, try carrying a few muslin cloth produce bags.

ECOBAGS makes some fantastic, affordable cloth bags that are perfect for bulk food, produce or just carrying your lunch. These bags are easy to wash and easily pack into reusable shopping bags, so you’ll never need plastic at the grocery store again.

3. Carry a reusable bottle for cold and hot beverages - The average plastic water bottle takes 450 years to decompose, with some taking as long as 1,000 years. Buying disposable bottles doesn’t make any sense when we have so many reusable options. And although adoption of reusable bottles has grown in the last decade, when it comes to hot beverages like coffee and tea, disposable cups are still in high use.

To completely cut your disposable beverage holder habit, opt for a water bottle that can hold cold and hot beverages. The standard Hydro Flask hydration bottles are particularly well-suited for this purpose because their cap always seals and never leaks. They are perfectly designed to keep your drink super cold or super hot. If you’re already carrying one of these for water, it’s even easier to rinse it out and fill it up with coffee from your local coffee shop.

4. Use a wooden toothbrush - One billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away each year in the U.S., creating 50 million pounds of plastic waste. Instead of participating in this mass plastic disposal, try switching to a wooden or bamboo toothbrush.

Bamboo toothbrushes from Living Zero are a great alternative to the plastic already lurking in your bathroom.

5. Use non-plastic shower curtains and liners - Many people think that plastic shower curtains and liners are the only products that can keep water from spilling out of the shower. However, many companies have found that sturdy cloth curtains made from materials like hemp do just as good a job. Hemp is naturally mold resistant and these curtains can be easily washed.




Anja Semanco

Writer & Explorer

@ansemanco

 

Anja is a professional freelance writer living in Boulder, Colorado. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and appears in such places as Terrain.org and Zoomorphic magazine. She is passionate about the environment and getting women outdoors. 

Anja Semanco

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