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Fundamentals of Sustainable Living

Here at Savour, we encourage an idea. Our idea is that we believe that everyone should live life at the right speed. A speed that is sustainable in order to live a life that is sustainable. I think that some people finally realize that our lives matter, especially since Covid, and that this rat race we have all been running is a road to nowhere. A road where we have become disconnected from nature.

The Slow Movement is an approach to life where you live life, not at a snail’s pace, but not too fast. Because faster is not always better, it is about savoring the hours and minutes of your life rather than just counting them. In fact, there are places in Europe that are switching over to a four-day work week for workers to have more precious moments doing something they enjoy. I have always asked myself how we all got ourselves into this type of slavery where we go to a job every day of our lives to do something that is not our passion but a necessity. If only we could all find our passion and do what makes us happy on the inside. We cannot all just sit at home though watching movies and sitcoms until we find happiness. We must begin from where we came, and that is by reconnecting with the Earth, body, mind, and soul.

If you are interested in reading about some great ideas for life balance, a good book for you to read might be Fundamentals of Sustainable Living by Professor Lonnie A. Gamble. It is one of the Great Courses books that I found at our local library, and after reading it, I discovered that Marty and I have been blogging about The Slow Movement, and we did not even know it. We did not realize that our idea had a name. We just knew that enjoying our lives was important and that we were not doing enough of it, and we wanted to learn more about how to increase our quality of life. Quality over quantity in everything from work to food to parenting to our health. This book describes a shifting worldview where we become more efficient and make our lives healthier. Harmony with nature is the key, with the philosophy being that sustainability increases pleasure and, as the book describes, the sensuality of life.

This slow movement offers a positive alternative to the industrial life we have all been living and suggests that we all reconnect with the important things in our lives, our food, our planet, and our people. The book also describes how to make your lifestyle footprint regenerative, how to garden and cultivate sustainable landscapes, transportation alternatives, and more. For more information about The Slow Movement, read page 86, and you can follow us on our blog. And for more about what we are reading, you can follow us here.