According to Wikipedia, “Greening” is the process of transforming artifacts such as a space, a lifestyle or a brand image into a more environmentally friendly version. The “Green” movement really caught fire over the past decade and has now become a mainstream concept.
I have often wondered if you can lead an externally focused “green” life while your personal life is anything but clean and pollution free.
Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment. Making a truly eco-friendly product keeps both environmental and human safety in mind. At a bare minimum, the product is non-toxic. What if we were to focus on creating the highest version of our eco-friendly self? Not in the traditional, externally focused ways but a deeply personal “green” version of our mental/emotional/physical/spiritual self. This version goes into the world with kindness and compassion, responsible for the energy we bring into each space so as to not create a toxic environment where drama thrives. It keeps the environment as well as the safety of other humans in mind.
Now that we have become conscious of transforming our spaces, lifestyles and brands into more environmentally friendly versions, I believe the next big movement will be learning how to “green” our internal environment- our intra/interpersonal relationships. This focus requires us to distinguish patterns of relating that are toxic from those that free us from drama. The greening process will challenge our emotional intelligence and require us to ask ourselves two important questions:
- What am I thinking right now?
- What am I feeling right now?
Becoming curious about the thoughts/feelings running through our bodies is a great start. It’s the awareness that might prevent us from participating in the gossip, dodging responsibility or looking to hurl our personal projections on the most convenient celebrity.
What if we were to begin a “greening” movement from the inside out?