|Real Living in an Illusory World|
|Wednesday, 14 September 2011 00:00 | Written by Guest Contributor | Blog Entry|
Most of us have been taught to live a lie. This great lie is not so much a product of the malice or ill intent of our parents and mentors as it is a pervasive belief system, passed down to us and accepted as truth. Many of us are just beginning to understand the depth of how this faulty system of beliefs has affected us as people.
I began writing this blog entry as a straightforward guide to persuade folks to adopt a safe and sane program of healthy eating based on real food and organic selections. But as I considered what to say, I kept arriving at the real issue (the 300-pound bear in the room): we have lost that which was natural to us. Natural living is so much more than trying to shop in the organic food aisle of our local mega-mart (although this is not a bad start). No, living naturally means to recover that which is elemental to us as humans; to live in harmony with the world around us.
This is more than living lightly and trying not to do harm to our world; it is becoming an organic part of all that is real and nurturing around us—becoming one with the good around us.
Most of us these days live a life of enforced busyness. We wake up, then work too many hours to get too much money to spend in too many places. We eat for energy, not unlike our gas-guzzling cars. Even if we work to stay fit by exercise and attempts at a controlled diet, such things are contrived and outside of real consciousness. We are not at peace with our world—we are consuming it bit by bit. Consumption to fill artificial appetites becomes our focus and our once-pure energies are spent on that which is not life affirming. We live a lie and often don’t even know it.
Just a century ago, most humans understood the wisdom of eating that which the earth provided in their own local areas. There was no tenuous 1200-mile-long food chain with refrigerated trucks polluting the atmosphere and burning fossil fuels to bring us ripe mangos in January. People lived and ate from the earth; they understood that the earth was their sustenance and would do nothing to harm their mother. Now, with our economy on the brink of collapse, we have the opportunity to recover many of these life-affirming practices.
We can take an apparently bad situation and turn it into a way to recover the holistic truth of natural living. We can, if we choose, become natural humans living in harmony with our earth in a shared consciousness. Living naturally would then become the default instead of the lie that now prevails. Let us all focus our energies toward this noble goal.
Written by Amey Shunck , February 25, 2009Report abuse