Abstract: What is the nature of sustainability? Cultivating sustainability within as a path to bringing forth a sustainable world. Questions to ask ourselves. Tips on how to create a new context of sustainable living from our inside out.
"The world is as we see it." -ancient Hindu scripture Yoga Vasistha
As we strive for a sustainable world we realize that we are also bringing forth a new context of sustainable living and being. Sustainability includes the capacity to endure and harmoniously support the biological systems that allow us to remain diverse and productive over time. It embraces the potential for the long term maintenance of whole being wellness, which in turn depends on the maintenance of the natural world and natural resources. Today sustainability is seen as a broad discipline that looks to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health, while driving innovation and not compromising our way of life. The questions are how can we be part of the resolution? How can we create a sustainable world with so much chaos and destruction?
The good news is that wherever there is a problem there is also a solution. With everything we hear about supporting the sustainability of our planet, we rarely hear how we can support by cultivating our own sustainability. True sustainability in our world begins within each of us. We can start by observing and exploring what it means to allow ourselves to thrive with a sustainability that comes from our inside out.
An interesting example of what it means to have sustainability within can be seen in some of the organizations that are out to “save the world”. In observing their inner workings we often find stress, exhaustion and other conditions that create an environment of personal lack of sustainability. There may also can be blaming, shaming and resistance against the things that are thought to be at the root of the unsustainable processes. The questions become are we draining power or building it? Are we remembering that what we resist, persists? Are we using blaming and shaming as an unproductive way to ignite change?
We can ask ourselves these structural questions…
Embracing sustainability as a natural aspect of our being includes:
About the author: Crystal is a certified expansion guide with the Total Integration Institute, author, multidimensional coach and facilitator for the live event called Freedom at the Core. She is the instructor and coach for her online course called Freedom From the Inside Out. She draws from her own experience and the experience of the thousands of people she has worked with over the past 35 years. Crystal is known for the fun and empowering way she supports people in bringing forth the experiences they want in their lives.