With the incessant talk of green living, it’s shocking that so many relationships are a whiter shade of lime. There is a simple path from sustainable living to sustainable loving. So how green is your love?
Consider the impact your relationship can have on the world. Most people think relationships are all about our own personal happiness. Relationships, both personal and professional, are powerful entities that shape our culture. We may save the planet, but why would we want to be alive if we are disconnected from our partners, families and friends? The qualities that we associate with eco-living are responsibility, consciousness, interconnection, global influence with local focus, community, innovation and honor. Eco-loving has the same potential if we choose to inhabit relationships, work, finance, and health for the benefit of all.
Let these green lifestyle choices influence your relationships:
Light: Energy efficient light bulbs and energy efficient relationships are clear about their purpose. They are full of tremendous value, courageous and innovative, willing to be different, last a very long time, use only what they need, are innately fulfilled and illuminate dark places. At first they seem odd looking and uncommon and you may be hesitant to try them because they’re a bit costly- after all you have to give up what you thought was the only way to turn things on! However, after a while you realize the massive return on investment and a greater part of you and others is activated, alive and awake.
Energy: Human beings have simple sources of energy, so why do we habitually seek stimulation and nourishment in the wrong places? Get to know your batteries and feed them what they want. Through creative outlets, emotional expression, intellectual stimulation, physical movement, connection with others and spiritual awareness, you have multiple ways to replenish yourself so that you’re available as a full human being for your most authentic life to emerge. You already have everything you need, so there is no reason to buy new batteries. Plug into your source and recharge.
Nutrition: The elements of a nutritious diet are the same as in a nutritious relationship. Choosing food that is fresh, natural and full of restorative vitamins will only enhance your health and honor the earth. What may look like convenience or a health trend typically comes with a lot of pretty packaging but fizzles fast. Just as one ingredient foods have stood the test of time (apples, bananas, spinach, almonds, olive oil, etc.) and continue to prove their precious value, relationships are also sustained by the basic, everlasting qualities of kindness, gratitude, nourishment through simple gestures, power in words and intentions. The bottom line: face towards the sun for growth and infinite potential.