In many indigenous cultures, the idea of ‘good living’ is at the core of how people live in relation to the earth and all its inhabitants. In the Ecuadorean Amazon, ‘good living’ or Sumak Kawsay is an ancient teaching that invites us to live in harmony with our communities, ourselves, and most importantly, our living, breathing environment. That means that every decision we make about how to live our lives take into account every other living being, including generations to come.
In industrialized societies like our own, veganism is a vital part of good living. Not only does it reduce carbon emissions and deforestation but it also allows us to foster better relationships with other Earth inhabitants. The practice of hunting practiced by many Indigenous societies created a relationship with animals. With farmed meat we have lost contact with animals that we consume and can no longer thank them for the gift of life they offer for our nourishment.
Eliminating toxic foods and products from our environment is also essential to living well and allowing our senses to flourish while making sure we care for our bodies in a way that is in sync with its natural functions to work with ourselves rather than against ourselves.
Taking more time for play invites people to work less in alienating jobs and reduce consumption in order to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself and those around us. Exploring and interacting with nature in the process of play also provides countless benefits to your emotional and physical well-being.