Holistic Living: More Than Just You

Holistic problem solving is applying the philosophy that you need to look at the big picture in order to solve problems. If you have a health problem, you should examine your lifestyle and all of the interconnected parts of your being. However, this mindset can be helpful for more than just solving your own personal problems.

Applying a holistic mindset to the way you interact with the world around you can help to make a difference. The world we pass on to our children will be different from the one we inherited from our parents, and the choices we as a society make determine if they will be better off than we are or not. While it can feel like one individual might not make a difference, the consequences of our actions can be much more far reaching than we might initially imagine. Whether we inspire others to take steps to change their lives, or we simply do what we can, we can be part of a greater movement of conscientiousness and intention in our actions.

As participants in the global economy, we benefit from the system which is currently in place. People who have never killed an animal other than insects in their lives can eat meat, and people who have never farmed can live off of a seemingly endless supply of cheap grain. Furthermore, we have access to cheap clothing, electronics, entertainment, and more. However, this can also make it difficult to make informed decisions about which types of business you want to support. Not only can it be hard to determine if something was made using sustainable and ethical practices, but every company wants to pretend that their product is sustainable and ethical.

Applying the principles of holistic therapy, if you want to improve your own life, one of the things you can do is work to improve the health of the entire global ecosystem of which you are just one small part. One person cannot do everything, but you might find some value in picking one small thing which is important to you, and taking steps to work towards the world you envision. Whether that is sourcing your food differently or starting initiatives to change the way we dispose of our garbage, if just one in a hundred people would begin to think a little more about the consequences of their actions, the world would be a better place.