Ikigai Philosophy

If you Google “sustainability” or even “net zero sustainable living,” virtually 100% of the items that turn up relate to energy. Yet, in differentiating “sustainability” from ”survival,” I found an entire non-physical dimension that defines “sustainable living” even more.  In fact, the #1 reason people gave me for why they bought one of our Garden Atrium homes was aesthetics, not renewable power or any other physical aspect.

I’ve now come to believe that “sustainable living” has to include living in harmony with Earth – which we can measure as Net Zero with regard to heating, cooling, power, water, food, etc.… Keep reading

Sustainability & Quality-of-Life Experiemce

In developing a Net Zero sustainable community, I discovered that the physical side of sustainability is more easily achieved than the non-physical side … our quality-of-life experience. Here’s an article that focuses on two growing approaches that enhance quality-of-life experience … then a quote from a second article that merits some contemplation.

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The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable

 

The number of Americans who meditate

has tripled. 

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Future Visions

Here’s a change-of-pace blog that explores many likely changes that appear to be in store for us. We’re usually so preoccupied with our daily responsibilities that we don’t often sit back and ask where we’re heading … not in a year or two but in ten or twenty or fifty years.  I’m including this item as a sustainability blog purely to stretch our vision … and within which to prompt each of us to think about what we might do in response.… Keep reading

Screen Time & Cognition

Years ago, parents were concerned about how many hours their kids spent watching TV. Concerns were largely about lack of exercise, fitness, and obesity.  Now, many people have expressed concerns about the amount of time their kids spend playing computer games and using the variety of communications opportunities now available via one kind of screen or another.  Concerns have been about more than lack of fitness, however, but also about intellectual impact.  Now, here’s some actual research.

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Limiting children’s screen time linked to better cognition

 

Alex Therrien, Health reporter

BBC News

27 September 2018

 

Children aged eight to 11 who used screens for

fun for less than two hours a day performed

better in tests of mental ability, a study found.Keep reading

Wonder

Here’s an unusual, in-depth study about one of the more positive qualities we, as humans, share. As you’ll read, without wonder, where would we be?  And I believe you’ll also see it as a fundamental ingredient to our quality-of-life experience … and as an essential characteristic in “sustainable living.”

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How wonder works 

One emotion inspired our greatest

achievements in science, art and religion.

We can manipulate it – but why do we have it?Keep reading