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  • Debbie 3:03 am on February 24, 2015 Permalink  

    Participating in a Healthy Environment 

    How do we become the agents of change in the world that we want to be? How do we make that difference? There are, after all, only so many hours in the day and so many of them are already accounted for; work, kids, housework, sleep and so on. The most simple answer to this question is to make work, where most of us spend the majority of our time be an expression of our passion and our broader vision.

    So how might that look?

    Well depending on where you are in your career and how much flexibility you have with your current life and work arrangements, there are a variety of ways you can make a shift towards greater fulfillment within your working life. The most dramatic shift would be to embark on a new career perhaps in environmental science or conservation. There are many people who spend their working day in a role within the environmental consulting sector and it is no doubt an exciting and fulfilling way to be engaged. There are many and varied roles within this growing sector so if you are looking for a tree change then this may be worth further investigation. You may even like to talk to an environmental consultant or two, working in a variety of fields to get more of an idea.


    On the other end of the scale are the small shifts, the most easy to achieve. One example of that may be changing to a reusable coffee cup. While it may seem trivial, if enough of us make such a small gesture as this, the end result in terms of resources diverted away from landfill is significant. Disposable coffee cups from office blocks and large  centres  is reported to be twenty percent of waste. If you think about how many coffees we have a day, if not you, then all of the people in your workplace collectively, imagine how much waste you could eliminate by simply converting your team mates to using a reusable mug!

    Then there’s somewhere in between. Did you know if you work in a large office building or shopping complex that you can make a difference to the environment and save your employers bottom line by doing so? Waste minimisation is a strategy employed by these larger buildings or even a single office within one of these buildings. What they do is called a waste audit (definitely a job you want to leave to the professionals) and then devise and implement a strategy to radically reduce how much ends up going to landfill; saving the environment significantly and also saving greatly on the cost of waste removal, so you can wear a halo for the environment and be in your employers good books; a win-win!

    No doubt there’s an endless array of things we can do to bring our whole conscious being to everything we do in life, and each thing we implement can build momentum for the next, inspiring others in the process. Whatever it is you decide to take on next, be sure to enjoy the process and you won’t look back.




  • Debbie 11:31 am on February 16, 2015 Permalink  


    What is Sowelu about? Sowelu is an ancient word that means wholeness, not merely completion – but rather the acquisition of a true conscious awareness of all aspects of oneself. Sowelu is about being more deeply connected to all that you are and expanding that consciousness out to extend beyond the confines of what you would in ‘normal consciousness’ think of as the limits of you. Is the body your limit? What about your personal relationships? Your possessions? Where do you stop and another begin? How useful is it to think like this anyway?

    environmental wholenessWe believe that in being connected to the interconnectedness of us all, the planet and all of its inhabitants, the ‘normal’, everyday worries and stresses fade and are replaced by an awareness that is beyond everyday but can give meaning and purpose to the everyday choices and activities we engage in. In a word that awareness is love. Not the misunderstanding of love we can have, characterised as limiting and possessive, love that is tainted and twisted by fear, but the true essence of love. The kind that appreciates what it sees and can’t help but flow out in warmth, in generosity and upliftment. The kind that gives and feels nothing but joy in the giving. The kind that can’t tell who is receiving more, the one receiving or the one giving. What is it like if we perceive the challenges we face in our modern way of life and in the world as a whole through this kind of awareness? What alters? That is the question we are asking, and what we have found personally in answer to that question, is that new realms of possibility open up from which we can live and contribute to the world around us. It is an unfolding and never ending adventure of consciousness to be thoroughly enjoyed, every last bit.

    environmental wood

    In summary, it is our awareness and our focus that gives us the world as we experience it, and only a shift in our awareness can transform the challenges we face, both personally and collectively.

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