There is only so much toxic exposure that any of us can handle.
We're dealing constantly with particulates in the air, chemicals in the water, smoke and smog, chemical additives, harsh cleansing agents, offgassing, bacteria and viruses, and all the by-products of a post-industrial society.
Add to that any exposure to emotional toxins – people, situations, or places which drag us down or make us feel sick, tired, overwhelmed, or anxious.
I say STOP.
Take a moment to evaluate what's important in your life. Focus on your top five needs for physical and emotional health, and then figure out which toxic items you can consciously "let go of" to make space for more positive, energetic, healing, and inspirational influences.
I continuously make conscious choices to be more aware of who I spend time with, where I travel, what I eat and drink, which products I use, and where I focus my attention. These choices help me be more vigilant about the influences that constantly come into my sphere of attention – and into my mind, body, and heart — at any given time.
Why do anything unless we focus on the beauty, joy, health, value, and community-building that comes out of it?
Mindless behavior dulls our senses, whereas consistent evaluation and taking a stand that "I choose this" make us feel strong, empowered, and directed with our lives.
We're not here to be solely consumers. We're here to be producers and to share our knowledge and skills with others, to tread lightly on the planet, and to leave the place better than when we arrived. One way to do that is to cut out "icky", yucky, gross, and demoralizing influences and move towards positive inputs. In your business decisions, choose green and sustainable products. Harvest and consume food locally. Give back to your own community and focus on the causes you care about.
Let's do this, together.
Monica S. Flores, web developer at , believes in the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profits. She creates effective, engaging websites for women-owned companies, green businesses, and progressive organizations: her focus is on organic, holistic, fair trade, and sustainable work, and she's committed to Drupal development. Follow her on Twitter as @monicadear.
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