Friday, 27 March 2015

Conscious Living - A Love List..

'The most radical thing any of us can do at this time is to be fully present to what is happening in the world' - Joanna Macy

List #006..
A collection of blog posts, articles, short films & links to inspire and invigorate a more conscious way of life. 

As I journey into a new season, I'm reflecting back on some of the plans I made at the start of the year to further simply and create more harmony in our home.  These two articles from Becoming Minimalist both really struck a cord with me and give some wonderful strategies for challenging consumerism and being present.

And speaking of strategies, here's a really lovely guide towards living a simpler lifestyle.  I really love reading other peoples steps and ideas on this topic.  I feel like everyone adds a great, unique perspective.

And for a really great can do, start today kind of list, you must check out Bec's fabulous 22 ways to live a little lighter.

Do you consider youself to live a counterculture life? In hindsight, I realise now, that I grew up in a counterculture family, but it's only now I'm really coming to understand how it's helped to shape my life philosophy today. I really loved this article on living counterculture lives and the steps you can take to further embrace the quality and uniqueness in your everyday.

One of my most favourite recent blog posts comes from the wonderful Tricia, of Little Eco Footprints.  I'm so inspired by her quest to find balance between the online and offline worlds and this post is a wonderful reminder to take time out and revel in the everyday. 

Recently I've found myself using the Internet in a much more meaningful way.  As I continue my journey, finding that balance off and online, I've noticed I'm filtering content in a totally new way.  These days I only use Facebook for inspiring pages and websites and only check it occasionally.  My Pinterest is no longer bombarded with brands and must haves, but filled with insightful information about gardening and homesteading (and beautiful handmade homes).  All of a sudden, social media is a useful resource rather than an overwhelming distraction and it's so refreshing.  I'll be writing more about this in future weeks with some tips on how to change the way you use social media, but for now I bring this up because I found a few great articles on food self sufficiency and homemade flour on Mother Earth News, which I stumbled across from Facebook. I also love the Milkwood Facebook page for great links and articles. 

Something that inspires me greatly is seeing people embrace permaculture in urban settings.  This garden, ktichen and super dooper cute little stall is the most gorgeous example of doing what you can with what you have, where you are.  Amazing stuff!

Speaking of permaculture, one of my most favourite online finds recently has been the beautiful and empowering website, Overgrow the System.  They have so much to explore, read and get inspired by! A few pieces that really invigorated me were, this short film, The Great Turning, narrated by the amazing Joanna Macy, this great article about living off the grid and this beautiful and poignant piece on permaculture mothering.

And for more gardening inspiration, you just have to check out the amazing guided tour of the Veg Out Community Garden in St. Kilda, by the gorgeous ladies at Ecolosophy.

With daylight savings coming to an end soon, the sun has been rising so late in the mornings, it's been a little tricky to get up and going.  So along with an extra strong mug of tea, I've come back to some of these sweet morning moments (written by the gorgeous Kristen Hedges).  And while life doesn't always allow for a great deal of quite morning time, I've found just a few minutes can make a such a difference.

And a Love list wouldn't be complete without a little bit of tiny house love, so here's one of my current favourites. Oh and this one too!

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What have you been reading, watching and enjoying and been inspired by lately?

And what are you up to this weekend? We're building our first worm farm, baking hot heart buns and enjoying the beautiful Autumn weather.
Have a magical weekend!

Much Love & Light
xxx

7 comments:

  1. Great post =]

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  2. I've only just found your blog, but I'm loving it! X

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  3. Thank you for the link my dear! This post has been so popular, I'm definitely going to have to do more like it seeing it's been so helpful (yay!),

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    1. Awww thanks dear Bec! I just adored your post, so many great practical ideas. Can't wait to read more! x

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  4. I have to ask Sophie - did you collect and arrange all those leaves in the photo? I LOVE it!

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