The Inner Work Of Sustainability by Rita Desnoyers-Garcia
Over the past few years, I’ve been expanding what I thought “sustainability” means in
my life. I’ve been going inward more and more and when something “unsustainable”
comes up, I’ve been looking at it from a different perspective. Sometimes in the
beginning there’s been a “oh no! I thought I was done with that!” response. But shortly
afterward, I see it for what it is. An opportunity to let go of what no longer serves me. It
is no longer sustainable. It no longer sustains or supports me.
This inner work included letting go of needing to get answers from the outside, the
need to be perfect, the need to be liked by everyone, the need for approval and so on.
These are no longer sustainable for me. Then, I noticed that as I let go of the inner
unsustainable ways of being, I started to have more interest and energy for outward, more
conventional sustainability practices.
I’ve been focused on food sustainability, using less plastic, using what I have versus
buying something new and so on. My inner sustainability was intertwined with my
desire to bring sustainable practices into the physical world. It really is all connected.
Sustainability is not just an outside job. It is sustained through inner work.
Here’s a nifty exercise to increase and support your inner and outer sustainability.
You just need You, a chair, and perhaps something to write with and onto. Read through
the entire exercise first before playing with this.
Sit in a comfortable chair, close your eyes, and take three breaths in through the nose and
out through the mouth, slowly and deeply. Allow your body to relax with each breath.
As you come back to your normal breathing continue to allow yourself to relax each part
of your body. If you notice a part of your body that is tense, see if you can relax it with
the next breath. Just take a few minutes to sit with your breathing. If you have other
thoughts that come in, that’s OK. Recognize them and let them go and come back to
your breath. Stay in this space for as long as you like.
After sitting in this place for about 5 minutes, you can continue by asking yourself these
1) What feels sustainable in my life right now? In other words, what brings life,
support, joy, pleasure, freedom, relaxation? Enjoy it. Support more of it. Relish
2) What feels unsustainable in my life right now? In other words, what brings
lack, fear, restriction, sadness? Can I let this go? Can I see it from another
perspective? Is this working for me anymore?
When it feels like you have some information to play with here, give thanks for this
wisdom and slowly open your eyes. Make notes of the answers that came to you about
what sustains and doesn’t sustain you or what can or can’t continue on anymore. Make
no judgments of the answers as much as you can. See what unfolds over the next few
hours and days.
Rita Desnoyers-Garcia is an Energy Healer, Spiritual Life Coach, Author, Musician,
and Channel. Her website is www.BecomingAwake.com.