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Stretch out of your routine and get green

Good planets are hard to find. If we destroy ours, we’ll be left without a home. So what’s your environmental wellness rating?

Are you aware of the limits of the planet’s natural resources? Are you taking steps in your life to decrease your use of these resources? Do you conserve energy? Recycle? Reuse things whenever possible? Do you take conscious steps to conserve energy and water?

We used to think it was enough to just reduce, reuse, and recycle. Now we know that additional steps must be taken to ensure our home on this planet. I’d like to help you find new ways of doing things to stretch out of your routine and increase your environmental wellness.

The more information we have, the easier it is for us to know how to act responsibly in our daily lives. Without sufficient information, we may not even know certain issues exist, let alone know how to take action. We’re a big fan of documentaries in our home, and I’d like to suggest you take a look at some of the following films.

If you think you don’t have time to add documentaries into your life, stop and think about how many hours of television you watch a week. How many movies do you watch at home each week? If you replace just two hours of television or one of those movies each week, you can learn a great deal about environmental issues all around our planet: things that affect our lives as inhabitants of planet Earth.

After you watch each film, take some time to think about how you can change your lifestyle and current habits to improve the environment. If you watch the documentary with friends or family, discuss the issue amongst yourselves to brainstorm ideas.

Check out this list of environmentally conscious documentaries and books:

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Branch out with cultural excursions

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Back when I was in high school, we had to do one cultural excursion on our own each quarter. The idea was to get out and experience new things, and then we had to write up a report of our experience and what we learned. It was a great assignment, because for the first time I went to the theatre, museums, and plays on my own.

When was the last time you went on a cultural excursion? For some of us, it’s been a while since we were in school and we no longer have the obligation to try new things like these. Cultural excursions are a bit like getting agile and doing something for the first time. Trying new things and even things we haven’t done in a long time can stretch our mind and open it up to new ideas.

How about planning one cultural excursion a month? It doesn’t have to be costly; often museums and other events are free on certain days of the week. Consider one of these events or excursions, and be sure to choose something you wouldn’t normally go to:

  • Classical music concert
  • Concert of a type of music that you don’t usually listen to
  • Art museum or gallery
  • Historical or archaeological site or museum
  • Book reading by an author at a local bookstore
  • Theatre or musical production
  • Cook a meal from another culture that you haven’t tried before, or visit a restaurant with a new type of food from a different culture
  • Visit another country, especially one where you don’t speak the language

Can you think of other types of cultural excursions? Large cities can have pockets of different cultures within them, making them another great place to experience a different culture within your own.

What would be your top three choices, either from this list or from your own ideas? Will you book a cultural excursion into your schedule in the next month?

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Shake up your habits and get agile!

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I’ve been talking about doing new things and adding new elements to an exercise plan lately, and this afternoon I read about this great agility “homework assignment” in a book by John Whitmore. I immediately marked it to share here.

What is agility? It’s the ability to be flexible, to embrace change, to be innovative. It’s letting go of the old to free up your hands to receive the new.  Does that sound like something you’d like to have more of in your life?

How, then, do you think you might be able to work on increasing agility? What obstacles can you think of to developing agility? How about habits?

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When was the last time you did something for the first time?

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Stop right now and think about it. Can you remember? When was it? Did you enjoy that experience? Did you learn from it?

How do you feel when you do things for the first time? Do you enjoy it? Do you find it exciting? Is that something you’d like to do more of?

Would you like to have more “firsts” in your life? Would you be willing to pledge to do more “firsts” in life? How many “firsts” would you like to experience each year? Each month? Each week? Each day?

How would you feel if you were trying new things on a regular basis?

Think about how you can add more “first time” experiences to your life. Which of the following areas of your life provide you with opportunities for trying new things? Can you think of other areas you can add some “firsts” to?

  • Work/professional
  • Social
  • Spirituality/religion
  • Exercise/body
  • Intellectual/mental
  • Environmental
  • Financial

Still stuck?

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