The Restorative Life – Start with the Essentials

If you joined our April Restorative Challenge launch last week, you know that we started looked restorative living from some different points of view, including what type of change we’re experiencing or need to experience, and some goal setting by the types of life transformation we’re doing. 

We also discussed slowing down to restore ourselves and listening to our hearts.

This week we’re going to explore the essentials of human life, and how we can use those basic human needs to help us create a personal restorative life strategy.

In some ways this is obvious information. But essentials are sometimes the very thing we can overlook as we seek to improve our daily lives.

When we feel forced to mold our lifestyles to societal or family models, we can end up creating very destructive ways of life. 

Most of you reading this blog post probably are doing well when it comes to creating a restorative lifestyle.  However, you might have an area in life where you are ignoring the most obvious needs that you have as a human being.

The Essentials of Creating a Restorative Life

There are many ways to create a restorative lifestyle. This April we’re focusing on how you can go about that in different ways as I describe in this week’s video.

This week, we’re going to look at the essentials of human existence as a starting point. You may have your own ideas about these needs, and I’d love to hear them if you would like to share them.

Here is my definition of the most basic human needs: 

  1. Food
  2. Water
  3. Shelter
  4. Rest
  5. Supportive Relationships 

These essentials have not changed since ancient times. 

Most people needed their tribe and some way of staying safe, eating, sleep and drinking water.In the modern world, we also need access to transportation and energy.

Throughout the week, we’ll be exploring this simple concept of making sure that part of our a restorative lifestyle is making sure that our basic needs are met in a way that is healthy for us and the world around us, which includes being less wasteful.

I used to help busineses become more sustainable, and things can get a lot more complicated when we try to make an organization or community less destructive. But even in those situations, these basic essential needs plus energy and transportation are the big pieces that we need to optimize to mitigate against climate change, clean up the oceans, and so many other issues.

In this week and part of next week, we’ll be looking at these essentials from a personal perspective with the goal of beginning to create a one page restorative life strategy for this year. We’ll also be including some of what we learned last week, and also some things we’ll review about collaboration next week.

If you would like to be led through this transformative with me in person, I’ll be leading a 90 minute session for how to pull together everything I’m sharing this month. That workshop will occur on Sunday April 24th and will be recorded in case you can’t attend. On that day, we will be creating a one page restorative life strategy together, so that you can follow any calling you have to be a restorative person, and so that you can receive the benefits of a restorative life including stronger relationships, better health and well-being and attainment of financial goals . If this of interest to you, you can learn more and sign up here.

Another option is to read all the emails in the next few weeks and direct yourself through this process. From what I’ve heard from a few of you, this restorative challenge has been “refreshing” and inspiring. I’m hoping it’s helpful to you!

Another option is to read all the emails in the next few weeks and direct yourself through this process. From what I’ve heard from a few of you, this restorative challenge has been “refreshing” and inspiring. I’m hoping it’s helpful to you!

My starting question(s) for this second week of our April challenge is:

What essential human need might you be ignoring at this time? Is there a small step you could take this week to eat healthier, drink more water, detoxify your home, get more rest or strenthen your most supportive relationships?

If you would like to get all the April 2022 Restorative Living materials and emails, please sign up for the Mindful Earthkeeper newsletter!

Published by Karen Powers Wan

Writer, Restorative Lifestyle Coach, Sustainability Project Manager, and Meditation Instructor.

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