Compassion is the most important factor for a sustainable lifestyle

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Everything-is-connected, compassion is the glue that holds it together. Illustrations Kenneth buddha Jeans

Everything is connected, compassion is the glue that holds it together

Its impossible to develop a sustainable lifestyle unless actions are based upon compassion 

W e live in a challenging time; we cannot survive the next century continue as we have.  The years ahead require a fundamental change towards a sustainable lifestyle;  it will maybe take 20-30 years  before an outcome is  seen. It’s hard to believe what scientist tells us unless experienced, we think about it,  however, soon forgotten. We live in the matrix whereof we do not take time for deeper reflection.  When people get asked about the main reason for environmental involvement, the answers mostly are issues such as global warming, rise of the sea level, toxic waste, air pollution, etc.  These issues are technical and only symptoms of the real problem. Seldom people give an answer  on a deeper level such as global unfairness, compassion, equal sharing  and so on. A big change is impossible  unless the foundation is rooted spirituality  because ego grasping for material wealth is a powerful addiction.

From fad to lifestyle

Fashion and sustainability  is the opposite, fashion defines as fast, passing and related to a certain style, mostly last for a few months or a year. However, occasionally the trend is influenced by more underlying changes in a society. Those fads become longer lasting,  and most probably a result influenced by several drivers. Punk culture was, for instance, a result of high unemployment, unfair political decisions and the huge generation gap in UK, whereof a lost young generation struggles against the establishment. Punk created a new way where DIY and performance did not need to be perfect or professionals, still now have influence. More seldom does a combination of politics, brand  part to the society and our life. The growing interest and concern for the environment started in the early 1970’s and the outcome of their actions is manifested  in a greater awareness, acceptance and measurable results of actions done today more than 40 years later. We are at a crossroad, if we shall be able to make the important step towards a sustainable society the answers why caring about the environment must be rooted deeper than just technically, global warming can only be solved on a spiritual level, without it will not be possible  achieving  a sustainable lifestyle. A change starts from within, and  we cannot  always leave the problems  to somebody else to deal with; it’s not me – the politicians,  the landlord, the car industry,  European  community to blame, not me. You might be right.  However, the odds for a change will be very small by thinking this way. We are responsible for our own future, what can I do to be a part in the change? Your contribution might feel worthless, nevertheless; everything starts with small steps and its only by baby steps the impossible become possible.  Gandhi long walk started with a single step and ended by concurring Britain, an empire.

What we are today come from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind

The small actions performed; recycle paper, stop driving to the supermarket, walk to school create a variety of  favourable effects.  Everything we do produce its own result  a positive action will have a positive result; negative performance will lead to negative consequences; this is called Karma. The law of Karma, which, is actually the law of independence  can be stated this way:  positive actions leads to positive results and a negative action will have negative results. The interaction of all the actions we take is complex, no one acts in a totally positive or negative way therefore, the fruits (not a predicted result). Nevertheless, our karma is a product over the past and what we see now shapes us and set limits of what we are today. We are limited but the space is ours, and we have the choice to act in a certain way or not. Our future is in our hands and what we do now will create it. Besides a personal, karma is also a collective accumulated karma and the world we live it is the product of this. Therefore, many small things performed will accumulate karma, which can have a tremendous impact in the future. Small steps for a better sustainable future lie beyond the ability to grasp  that small actions make as much impact as the big.  However, it’s not easy because we are clinched to the idea of our ego, which not always wants us to be generous, grateful or less attached to things. More and interesting What is karma? Illustrations below; Kenneth at buddha Jeans

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance. Buddha. Illustrations Kenneth buddha Jeans


The most important issue to care for the environment is the ability to develop compassion.“Increasingly numbers of environmentalist, science and philosopher agrees with the Buddhist view; everything is interconnected and impermanent. Therefore, central in the teachings is individual development of compassion, love and respect for all life, avoid killing of living beings include trees” The more practice a deeper understanding of these issues over time will reduce ego and grasping for materialism. It will be easier to give without receiving, to help without being asked and act without any advantage in mind. Suddenly, actions happen with the intention of creating a better future, and a new deeper foundation for a sustainable lifestyle evolves. The state of mind will not be affected by fads or a passing  trend.

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Kenneth

Kenneth

FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR at BUDDHA JEANS COMPANY
Sustainable fashion designer dedicated the twenty-first century green living, design for change through eco philosophy, spirituality and sustainability. We live in a time of transition, what we are today come from our thoughts of yesterday. The bridge to a better sustainable future could only make possible from our thoughts and action. Our life is the creation of our mind.
Kenneth

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Visionary creative director, founder of buddha jeans, spokesperson #sustainable #fashion, philosophy & spirituality for the 21st century sustainable community.
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