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

We 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 science tells us unless experienced, we think about it, however, soon forgotten. We live in the matrix of which we do not take time for deeper reflection. Ask People why environmental involvement, the answers issues global warming, the rise of the sea level, toxic waste and air pollution. The problems are technical, 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 significant change is impossible unless the foundation is rooted in spirituality because Ego grasping for material wealth is a powerful addiction.



Eco from fad to a brand new way of living

Fashion and sustainability are the opposite, fashion defines as fast, passing and related to a particular style, mostly last for a few months or a year. However, occasionally, the trend is influenced by more underlying changes in society. Those fads become longer-lasting, and most probably a result influenced by several drivers. The punk culture was, for instance, a result of high unemployment, unfair political decisions and the vast generation gap in the UK, of which 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 society and our life.

Environmental awareness

The growing concern for the environment started in the early ‘1970s. The outcome of past actions is manifested in higher awareness, acceptance and measurable results. We are a result of 40 years of work. Standing at crossroads, ready for the next step towards a sustainable society. Why caring for the environment? The answer is rooted more profound, not technically. Global warming solved depend on spirituality, it is not possible without. A change starts from within, a society cannot leave the problems to somebody else; ‘Often blame the politicians, the landlord, the car industry, European community, and so on. It might be right. However, a need for self-inspection required. The odds of a change is tiny if thinking such. We are responsible for our own future, what can I do to be a part of the change? Your contribution might feel worthless, nevertheless; everything starts with small steps, and it is 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 comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind” Early Buddhist teachings

The small actions performed; recycle paper, stop driving to the supermarket, walk to school to create a variety of favourable effects. Everything action produces a result. For example, positive actions create conditions for a positive outcome; negative performance leads to less desirable consequences; Actions is Karma. The law of Karma is not the same as cause and effect. The accumulation of all actions performed, none acts totally positive or negative. Therefore, the results are called The Karmic fruits (is not a predicted result). Nevertheless, our Karma product in the past makes conditions for life now lived. 

We are limited in space, but it is ours and make choices to act in a certain way or not. Our future is in the hands, what chose creates tomorrow. Besides, Karma is all living beings accumulated actions, the world now is the past actions. Therefore, small things performed accumulate Karma, which has a tremendous impact on the future. Small steps is a better sustainable future lies beyond the ability to grasp small steps leads to a long distance. The effect is significant.

What is Karma?

The interesting question what is Karma? The crucial issue of the ability to develop compassion. “Increasingly numbers of environmentalist, science, and philosopher agree with the Buddhist view; everything is interconnected and impermanent”. Therefore, central in the teachings is the 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 grasp 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 intending to create 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.

We 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 science 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, the 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 in spirituality because ego grasping for material wealth is a powerful addiction.


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