Over the past two years while living in Pine Mountain Lake, I have developed an understanding of the holistic philosophy that is much deeper than appreciating the beauty of Nature. In the beginning of this period, we met the Oler’s who encouraged a natural approach to health. At the same time, Jeremy was reading voraciously on the topic. Both encouraged us to change out eating habits. Now we eat more protein and fat – as our ancestors did. We look more carefully at the sources of our food and buy as much as we can from local farms who farm responsibly. We take supplements made from real food. We incorporate natural probiotics into our diet. We strive to eliminate sugar and other toxins from out diet.
Over this time, we’ve become healthier people. We also came to understand the trickle down effects of departing from the traditional lifestyle (the lifestyle we evolved from) and how this impacts our health and the health of the environment. Non-traditional behaviors include current industrial farming practices and industries that pollute our air, water and soil just to name a few. Fueled by feeling great, we both strive to learn more and do more to have a positive impact on the environment, since doing so will eventually benefit our health–thus forming a positive feedback loop.
- recycle our green waste
- grow our own food (when possible)
- buy locally grown food (eggs, cheese, milk, fruits, vegetables, beef, chicken, pork)
- care for the woods on our property
- give to charities
- support our health through holistic means [this feels self-referential]
- communicate our knowledge and ideas through this blog
- meditate daily
We value businesses that are responsible to the environment. We value leaders that see the connection of today’s actions on future generations. I now understand that it is NOT ONE thing but instead it is EVERYTHING that matters. One change to the system, our planet, has cascading effects that can impact each of us.
I have gained a greater appreciation of the whole of holism. I now see how my choices in what I do and how I spend my time can give me a greater of connection to the whole and have a positive impact on our future.