Consciously Living–Dr. Shefali, Art of Stillness, Tidying, a Documentary, and Zero Waste Living

“There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

This post has been languishing in my drafts folder since early last summer so you may already be aware of some of these resources, but just in case, wanted to pass along:

What all of the below have in common is awareness. The Universe seems to be tapping me on the shoulder and saying, “consciousness is the basis for all healing.”

My friend, Justine, texted me about a book she thought I’d like: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo. I always appreciate a good book recommendation so made a note to order it. However, when I looked through my library basket that afternoon, I noticed that this very same book was already in there just waiting for me to read. Of course, it went straight to the top of the priority list with that little “sign” and I’m so glad. It’s a great book that goes to a much deeper level than just how to create a clutter-free life. It’s about tuning into the energy of our belongings and surroundings. It’s about tuning into our true desires before acquiring more things. I listened to the audio version which was great!

Personally, I like both Marie Forleo and Dr. Shefali so wanted to share this clip of their interview together. At the end, Dr. Shefali gets real about her own parenting which I found a relief, quite frankly. I’ve learned a lot from her books The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and Out of Control: Why Disciplining Your Child Doesn’t Work and What Will. Both are about getting inside your own head and emotions before dealing with the kids. Easier said than done, trust me. The meta point that I’ve taken from her books are that we mistakenly believe we are supposed to teach our children when in reality, it is they who are teaching us and providing the impetus for our own growth.

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere, by Pico Iyer is a tiny TED book that you can read in one sitting. This is especially good for those of us prone to wanderlust and/or if you suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out).

This one is really old news for anyone who knows me, but I’d also highly recommend the documentary, Cowspiracy, which is now streaming 24/7 on Netflix thanks to Leonardo di Caprio who personally made that happen. It feels like I had a significant “awakening”upon seeing this film. I learned so much more than I  anticipated and it has had a profoundly positive impact on me and my family. Even if you don’t change your eating habits after seeing the film, at least you will have increased your awareness and that consciousness will permeate other areas of your life which will be rewarding. Chasing Ice is another good documentary about our larger body, Earth.

Finally, I heard my favorite podcaster, Rich Roll, talk about a book by Bea Johnson, Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste and it piqued my curiosity. I compost, recycle, or donate so much that we usually only create one bag of trash a week and a lot of that is the result of our crazy dog destroying something or other, but still that’s more than Bea did in an entire year so I wanted to know how. I can’t say that I learned a huge amount of new information (this is a library rental vs. a purchase), but there were definitely some gems in there. For example, I didn’t know you aren’t allowed to recycle any ziplock bag. What has really surprised me, however, is how, and don’t scream when you see this word again, “aware”, I am now about trash. I thought I was pretty conscious before, but now, every scrap or tissue that I put in the trash is making me stop and think.

Being present, aware, and conscious is what each of these is all about so, of course, I wanted to share them with you! This is going to sound weird, but my happiness seems directly correlated with how conscious I am. I wonder if you’ve experienced the same? Let me know!