The Lack Mindset

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An article that explores the insight that mindfulness and a good dose of self acceptance could be the answer to our climate crisis.

Our planet, a wonderful planet called Earth. Filled with lifeforms of all species, constant evolution and love. The human race in particular has benefitted most of life given by Earth. Grown out to be the biggest species occupying Earth, using all its resources it has to offer. Unfortunately also taking resources that were not offered on the surface, but taken from far below. Which has in many ways, disrupted the balance of this precious ecosystem. 

 

‘A little too much of everything’ is the humans biggest challenge today. Too much production, too much waste, too many people and not enough space or resources. As of July the 29th, 2019, which is named ‘Earth-overshoot day’ the planet we occupy officially can not keep up with our ‘needs’. It is in our human nature to adapt to our surroundings. However we are making our surroundings adapt to us. The consumer state of mind, that leads us to consume everything in our paths, and to dispose of it when finished. Which is the exact way we are treating this planet. E.g. Nasa is exploring life on Mars as you read this article. Meaning the planet we call home that has given us our very existence is left behind, consumed. 

 

The human race has been very successful in overcoming obstacles we have been faced with during our history. Today we are faced with obstacles and fears so big we have difficulty comprehending. Climate change leading to natural disasters, pollution of our planet and the extinction of other species, leading to the extinction of our own. 

 

The changes we need to make seem pretty straightforward; fish out all the plastic from our oceans, cool down the planet to stop the ice caps from melting, stop creating waste and polluting with carbon dioxide and eliminate meat, fish and inorganic products from our diet.  All sounds quite clear. However, why are we finding it so hard if this is what it takes to save our beloved planet? It is not only our behaviour we need to adjust, but our deeper rooted mindset. And this…. is the tough one. As our need to consume comes from a place of needing to fill a void. As until we have consumed that new thing or new experience we live in the realm of ‘without’, less complete, less happy. Question being, do we really need to buy things to be a more complete version of ourselves? And what does that say about how we feel and think about ourselves? Are we subconsciously telling ourselves that we are not good enough unless...?

 

Continuously working to become something, we currently are not or to gain ownership over something we don't yet own. We are living in a mindset of ‘lack’, with the purpose of feeding our ego. Ego, a persona we have created with our minds. A creation that never feels complete. And our mind, a tool that has taken the lead within our existence that unfortunately stands in our way of accepting and connecting to what we are, as we are, present in the moment that we live in. As long as we live to serve our ego, we are living in a projection of how we think we should be and how we think we should feel. Rather than connecting to what simply is, and accepting that for what it is. Living in the lack of acceptance and connection to ourselves has led to our constant need for more. And this constant need has put an unparalleled demand on our fellow earthlings and our planet.

 

All the things possessed and consumed in the world will not make us any better nor happier than we already are. Human beings are not empty, we have no void to fill. We are complete as we are and our ability to connect is within us as long as we allow ourselves to simply ‘be’. We will not need anything more than to take care of ourselves, our fellow earthlings and our planet and will be filled with nothing less than gratitude for all that we already have.

 

Sources:

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/29/us/earth-overshoot-day-trnd/index.html

https://mars.nasa.gov

 


Submitted: November 07, 2020

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