We’re currently in an age where phrases such as “conscious living” are chucked around, and I fully admit I too am someone who adopts such words. And whilst I can live in my little bubble where everyone understands what I’m talking about, I like to check in and remind myself I have only been living this way for a couple of years. We’re all in this together, and it doesn’t matter where you’re at on your journey, we have to learn from each other. So I wanted to talk about the term I’ve adopted, and that is – Conscious Living.
What does it mean?
The Oxford dictionary’s refers to the word conscious as “aware of and responding to one’s surroundings”. For me, this sums it up in a perfect nutshell. I believe as humans, living in a busy world can be very unconscious of our surroundings, other people, where things come from etc! And really that is where the problem stems from.
How can you live that way?
Conscious Living can be taken in so many ways, from simply being aware of your surroundings to living a waste free, vegan, no new clothes etc life! I think I fit somewhere in the middle, I don’t consume animal products (to a level there’s only so much we can control). I have reduce the amount of single-use plastic I use, and have given myself a complete ban on plastic bottles, coffee cups etc. I am trying to buy second hand clothing, plus I’ve recently bought a road bike and using that instead of my car most days. But, this has been a progression over time. I think that’s VERY important for everyone to remember. There’s not many people who can say they’ve been living this way from day dot, we all have to start from somewhere.
Why should I live this way?
I strong believe having your why for doing anything, will make the difference between wanting something and taking action. For me, I live this way because I have been awoken to the impact we are having. There are huge consequences to the way we’re living, and I want to try my best to live a different life. By taking just one step today, might just change yours and the planets life tomorrow. Politicians are starting to listen, changes are happening and that’s because people dared to speak out and make some noise!
How can you start to make a change today?
The first step is to stop buying single-use plastic water bottles, bags and coffee cups. There’s is no need, you have so many options to choose from. My top water bottle recommendations would be Chillies and Water To Go, and if you use FURNER15 you’ll get a 15% discount on your bottle. I use eCoffee for my coffee cup, which is made from Bamboo so it doesn’t retain that horrid plastic taste. For bags, start using what you’ve already got. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a cupboard bursting with them! Just take it each day, once you’re more aware it becomes hard to not make changes.
I really hope this has helped you to create more awareness around this topic, and how to make small changes. No one is perfect, we can all make more changes but just starting is the best thing you can do. Remember to tag me @oliviafurner to keep me updated with what you’re doing.