1. The art of continued learning and increasing your awareness.
The more we learn about how the world really works, the easier and more authentic our awareness is when shared with the people around us.
2. Conscious spending and using your money to vote.
Whenever we spend money, we are casting a vote. We show our support and stand in agreement when we are willing and choose to spend our money. (Of course, we aren’t referring to your tax, South Africa!) We need to make sure that the places we support financially have similar values and goals to our own. Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra at the companies that who are doing things harmoniously - you will reap the benefits in the long run, as you would with any other investment.
3. Find the value in your short-term pain or discomfort because you can see the reward in the long-term.
Our culture has been conditioned to see ‘convenience’ as the most optimal state of living. We are constantly told make it easy, make it quick, instant everything! - This way of thinking and living is harmful to the environment and for our own lives, with rising levels of anxiety and blurred ideas of success, we have the opportunity to go against what is expected and CHOOSE to think consciously and live in such a way that is beneficial to both the environment and the human experience.
4. One step at a time. Sustainability over fads.
When we become aware of the extent of the 'plastic crisis', or any other crisis for that matter, it is so easy to be completely overwhelmed by it. We often wonder, "what difference will I possibly make?" when faced with such a global problem. Because of this, we believe in taking one step at a time. Simply using your stainless steel straw, or refusing to get plastic lids on your take away coffee makes a BIG difference when added up over a greater span of time, as well as it encouraging those around you to do the same.
Living a sustainable lifestyle as a collective is where we will see the greatest change happen.
5. Be kind & don't judge yourself or those around you.
The most powerful way you will make a difference and influence those around you, is to be kind and stay in your lane. As most people will know, 'veganism' has gained a reputation that is often joked about, eg. "How do you know if someone is a vegan? ... They'll tell you." - This isn't the goal of conscious living. Many factors come in to play when we discuss environmentalism, it is influenced by culture, economic position, and personal opinion. This is why staying in your lane, worrying only about yourself will go a long way. If you want to make a bigger impact, contemplate how you might improve your own lifestyle and further cultivate your own conscious living journey rather than shaming others.
When people feel judged, they get defensive. When people feel inspired, they get collaborative. We aren't always going to get it right, be kind to yourself when you forget your reusable straw or shopping bags. Be kind to the people around you, encourage them to live conscious lives, by all means, share your awareness with others to help inspire and grow the movement, but kindness will be the most successful long-term strategy in achieving a sustainable future for all.