A simple and accurate suggestion, I thought – ‘Live less out of habit and more out of intent’.
As much as you love to socialise and spend time with other people, it is beneficial to have regular ‘you’ time, they say. The time away from everyone; away from the hustle and bustle of city life. ‘You’ time signifies a slow-down, a retreat from the outer world and into yourself, a switch in your daily routine. An opportunity to re-connect with your intentions, to recognise unproductive habits and consider relevant actions needed to break them and create new ones. To diverge from the norm and examine, if only for a moment, whether what you use, consume, think, do, is an intention, or a habit. Whether it is a consciously developed habit, or a seed planted in your garden of truth when you wasn't looking. Whether those habits fulfill your personal journey and what impact they have on other species and the planet you live on. Do you do it because it makes you feel good, it’s easy, tastes good, whether it is uninformed or because it is right? Or do you do it because of all of those things and more? And if so, does it serve your personal path? Does it serve anyone else? Do you care? Why?
We live in an age of dual definition. Access and excess. The age of consumption, information, opportunity, endless opinions in different shapes and devices, convenience, products and things; The age of more and faster. It has been approximately 250 years since the beginning of the first industrial revolution and thanks to doctors, scientists and other experts who carefully compile academic data and statistics over time, more and more of us are becoming aware of the effect these changes have on us, other species and the environment we live in. Some experience these impacts more directly than others. (refer to https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/)
With this awareness and technological advancements, we are able to make lifestyle changes to improve prospects for future generations, and we can do this one small change at a time.