On a personal level, simple, sustainable living is about valuing our authenticity, purpose and wellbeing, our relationships and community above our need to consume and exploit, to achieve and acquire. It’s about living in alignment with our deepest truth and wisdom.
‘Ultimately, deep ecological awareness is spiritual awareness’
In practice, because we live in a society that is driven by materialism, those who aspire to live a simple, sustainable lifestyle often feel as though they are swimming against the tide. This is when it is especially helpful to have some support and encouragement from someone who is outside of your life and can help you view situations objectively and positively.
Changing habits, changing attitudes.
How do you move from old, embedded, materialistic beliefs and habits to new sustainable, life enriching ones? There are lots of reasons why we individually adopt certain patterns of behaviour. They range from conditioning during childhood to current peer pressure. Coaching can help to raise your awareness of the beliefs and habits that no longer serve you, decide what intentions you would like to replace them with and accompany you as you make the transition between the two.
Overcoming Limiting Beliefs.
Some people do not realise when they first start coaching that they are free to choose which of their beliefs to keep and which to recycle! Limiting beliefs are like last week’s newspapers that are no longer useful and may clog up our lives. In the same way that newspapers can be recycled to produce higher value paper products or a log for the fire, limiting beliefs are unhelpful thoughts that can be recycled into more empowering insights and intentions. Coaching can help you understand how your beliefs are formed and how to cultivate healthy ways of thinking, doing and being which are authentic for you and will fuel you to success in your new way of life. A complicated or stressful life is a sign of dancing to someone else’s tune. Moving towards simplicity is about reclaiming, and standing in, your truth.
Relationships with family and friends
Perhaps you would like to live more simply and sustainably in order to have more time for your family and friends. Perhaps your current lifestyle has led to, or is threatening, a relationship breakdown. Whatever your circumstances, coaching can help you to build your understanding of your loved ones, develop compassionate communication and reconciliation skills and find greater fulfilment in all your personal relationships.
If you adjust your working patterns in order to live more simply and sustainably, how will you cope financially? Through coaching you can find some options for living within your means and also with meaning. You can shift your focus from “earning a living” to “ living your dream” either through changing the nature of your work or through changing your approach to your current employment.
If you are unsure whether coaching is for you and would like to chat through some of the options, please contact me to arrange a no-obligation, exploratory telephone conversation.