This is not a check-list.
It is not about ways to recycle or buy greener energy.
There is enough advice out there for you to check out.
Lists are good for remembering things in a hurry and ensuring everything is done, completed, bought…
This is simpler and permanent.
It is what I have learned about living as lightly as possible on this beautiful Earth.
These small bits of advice are not in any particular order, but as I think of them and how they have made a difference to my life…
*** Re-claim and nurture knowledge.
Talk with older, wiser people.
Keep a notebook of knowledge.
I have tapes I recorded of my grandmother talking to me about her life and feelings on so many different and intriguing things.
I talked lots with my mother, pictured above at Bealtaine Cottage.
Mum learned from me too…we exchanged ideas a lot.
Staying at Bealtaine enabled Mum to develop her love for Earth too.
***Develop a close and binding relationship with Mother Earth, through a closer contact with Nature.
We are of the Earth and we will return to the Earth and are as much a part of the cycle of life as the seasons.
***Turn off the television, or even get rid of it, and nurture silence, peace, communicating, reading, listening…for all these will allow YOU to live instead of living life through a screen.
***Sow and plant food, flowers, trees…whatever your space allows and if space is limited, rent an allotment.
If allotments are in short supply or non-existent, pester your local council to provide them!
***Re-learn to love food!
Cooking, baking, tasting, canning, making wine and cordials, sharing…food is the one part of living everyone shares.
It is a great common denominator.
Food brings people together…it certainly used to!
Banish TV dinners!
Decorate your dining table, no matter how small, with a vase of seasonal greenery.
Use table mats and fine crockery for the beautiful food you make.
Light a candle on your table…celebrate the fruits of the Earth and reject the poisonous, tasteless garbage of the corporation!
Kindness towards others and oneself.
I love the concept of “Random Acts of Kindness.”
***Our grandparents used their acquired skills to make their living environments easier and more beautiful…sewing, carpentry, kitting, painting…whatever you are good at, keep at it and teach others!
I have recently learnt to make willow baskets and will be able to pass this skill on.
***De-clutter your life!
This is a mantra I say to myself.
Less really is more.