A Natural Life -
Cornerstone of Natural Health
A natural life isn’t an impossible dream!
Learn how to set yourself free,
one step at a time.
Give yourself time to adjust, and work your way there!
Archimedes, the great mathematician and mechanical engineer of the ancient world, quipped, “Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I’ll move the world.” Finding that firm place to stand is the first step toward a more natural life. But, to do that, confidently, we have to know there’s a way out. Then we can deal with the obstacles, one at a time.
What are those obstacles that block us? They can be money problems, like mortgages, car payments, food expenses, medical expenses, credit card debt, and on and on. Or there are time problems, health problems, and more. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and that fires emotional reactions, like “I don’t have time for
that!” – “I don’t care!” – “Let someone else do it!”
or even “I quit!”
While these can be satisfying in the moment, they don’t go anywhere. Instead, channel that frustration into searching for a key.
Analyze the obstacles. First try listing all the reasons why you can’t lead a natural life. Then take one at a time, and see if you can imagine a way to approach it. Remember the Indian saying, “How do you eat an elephant? In bites.”
WAYS TO START
You might begin by transferring those high-interest credit card balances to cards that offer lower interest for a long introductory period. Because the interest part of your payment is lower, you can pay off the principal more quickly. But don't just accept any offer out-of-hand -- do a little research about the company on the Internet first.
You don't want to get into a mess that makes
your situation worse, and it can happen.
Another idea is to find a better mortgage deal and restructure it in your favor. There are many ways to cut those bonds keeping you from the natural life – and there is much expert free help on the internet. Do whatever you have to do, as long as it’s legal, to get free of dead weight.
So plan, work, and restructure as often as it takes (and as long as it takes), and you’ll find solid ground growing under your feet. And each time you make an improvement, your confidence will grow.
Does it look like we’ve wandered far from the natural life? Not really, though – there’s a central precept of Chinese traditional medicine: “First remove the blockage, and then attempt the cure.” Edgar Cayce followed the same principle. So each time you can remove something that stands between you and non-toxic living, you take a step closer to it.
There are short-term and long-term solutions: The short-term ones pave the way for the more permanent ones -- like manipulating credit card debt and reducing expenses in order to save money to buy rural property.
On the “Living Green” page, we said that people could make a huge difference to the planet by building a more natural life right where they’re at, and they can. But this won’t work for everyone, especially if where you are is unstable, or you’re just spinning your wheels.
A major way to make permanent change is to move your residence to some area that offers advantages you don’t have now. If you currently live in town, or in the suburbs, you could move to the country, where you might be able to garden, heat with wood, keep chickens, and breathe fresher air.
Sometimes the right kind of place to build that more natural life is not that far from where you live now. But if it’s too expensive, or has other problems, like punitive zoning, you may need to think about a different state or region.
Right now, one of the best regions for this sort of thing is the rural South and mid-South. It’s cheaper and easier to live there, and the exchange rate for property is good: That dump that you own in the North often translates into a better home and small piece of land there. Property taxes are low, zoning is lenient, and the climate is warmer. For that reason, many older people past middle age move there after their kids are grown.
There is often a trade-off, though: frequently there are fewer jobs, and wages are lower. But Thoreau, who valued his freedom highly, said, “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” Keep in mind, it’s not how much money you make that sets you free, but what you have left, after expenses. Even if you merely break even, but you’re happy and living Green, you’ve arrived.
In Kentucky, where we are, there is a live-and-let-live philosophy. Many drive old rattletrap cars, and live in run-down trailers. People aren’t looking at your house, or your car, or how you live. If you can’t afford a conventional house and land, you might be just the person to buy an acre of woodsy land and put an old trailer on it, work at a part-time job, and cultivate the natural life in an easy-going style.
It does take an adjustment of mind to go from a situation where everything is superficially perfect, but you’re so stressed and exhausted that your eyeballs are ready to pop, to a place where you can afford to let more things slide. It reminds me of another of Thoreau’s sayings: “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”
So you’ve made a beginning, by thinking about short-term and long-term gains and changes. But how do you proceed? By making each improvement in such a way that it builds toward a greater whole, instead of tearing it down.
We’re all familiar with things that un-build: The price of gas goes out of control, and when every struggling person cries out “Why, for God’s sake?” the oracle replies, “Market forces!” (Never greed…) Well, it’s hard to kick market forces in the teeth – and maybe that’s the idea. The buck doesn’t stop anywhere!
So, if healthy living is our goal, we have to control the things we can. A wood stove is a good example of something that contributes solidly to the whole picture. It generously provides heat, hot water, and cooked food, not to mention the aesthetics of watching the fire.
Its other natural byproducts are wood ashes, bone meal, and lime, created when egg shells, bones, and wood are recycled. These ash-elements help raise superlative organic vegetables that come back to your body, providing healthy continuance, including the energy to chop the wood. Everything in the cycle is improved, and nothing is wasted or polluted in the process. This is the quintessential natural life.
Maybe you can see yourself being able to buy an acre or two of vacant land, but not a house. Or perhaps you just want
to build your own natural home.
How about a log cabin? That’s what we did --
Let’s talk about it!
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