Trying to live in a sustainable and caring way is not always easy. Caring about people and the environment can feel like carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, with an awful lot of responsibility falling on you. Carefully considering the impact of your behavior, working hard to research and volunteer, and leading an alternative lifestyle takes energy and dedication. Luckily, when motivation is hard to find, meditation can help you live a sustainable life.
Here are five ways meditation can help you lead a more sustainable life.
1. Helping You Make Mindful Choices
The trend towards minimalism and making mindful choices is one way to live responsibly, working as a direct counter-balance to “mindless consumerism.” Mindfulness is about being more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings, and existing in the present moment. This helps hugely when you are living a sustainable life. Heightened awareness means you are much less likely to buy something on a whim or under the pressure of fleeting emotions, and more likely to truly consider your choices.
There is a misconception that in order to become mindful, you have to practice “mindfulness.” However, there is actually a whole world of meditative practices out there, and meditation in all its forms can help you achieve a mindful state. You might try Vedic meditation if you find it easier to focus on a mantra; yoga if you are a more active person; or spiritual meditation if you hold religious beliefs – you just have to find what is right for you.
2. Boosting Energy Levels
Sometimes, trying to live ethically can be exhausting. You have to think so much more than others and go to greater efforts than you would if you gave up on it all. Whether it is sourcing vegan ingredients, having to put up with people making fun of your lifestyle choices, researching ethical retailers, or making