A common topic of today’s society is “healthy living”. People, businesses and media, are among a few of those constantly reminding us that we need to find healthier lifestyles. Most often, the conversation about healthy living is within the context of eating healthy, and thus, people often forget that healthy living is a full encompassing operation.
There is a huge misconception about what it means to “eat healthy” and beneath that, there is an even larger misconception that “eating healthy” equates healthy living.
Centered smack dab in the middle of this misconceived lifestyle of “healthy living”, is the unparalleled surge in “organic living.” In many circles, the arguably best mode to finding a healthy lifestyle, is vis-a-vis, going “organic.”
In lieu, of being a new industry, with astronomical growth and popularity, and little space for comprehensive education, the idea of “organic” has expanded to really include, anything. In such, the ignorance and room for misconception are ten fold when it comes to understanding what “organic” and “organic living” really means.
Healthy Eating vs. Healthy Living
In this first edition of Mythbusters, I will try diligently, to keep this short and concise. First and foremost, the essence of healthy living is similar to a pie chart, in that there are different slices that comprise one large pie.
To keep things simple, I’ll just list the six primary tools of the healthy living pie, though, there are levels upon levels that create the entire pie. Stay tuned for a follow-up articles, detailing each healthy living tool more explicitly.
- Healthy Mental
- Goals & Ambitions
- Healthy Verbal
- Communication Skills
- Thought & Word Synchronization
- Healthy Internal Body
- Internal Organs
- Heart/ Emotions
- Healthy External Body
- Physical Health
- Physical Fitness
- Physical Presentation
- Healthy Behavior
- Daily Actions
- Past Actions
- New Behavior Patterns
- Healthy Environment
- School/ Work
- Community/ Society
It is essential to keep these six primary healthy living tools in consistent balance. If any one of them is out of whack, it will inherently throw off the balance of some, or even all of the rest of the tools. Moreover, if you are only honing and sharpening one of the healthy living tools, and neglecting any or all of the rest, you are not living a healthy life.
Keep in mind, healthy living is not easy, and for all intents and purposes, is not meant to be easy. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, in such a vile and unhealthy world, one must work harder on being healthy, than anything else they do. One must incorporate all other priorities and life necessities into the improvement and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.
Using “Organic” Products vs. Living An “Organic” Lifestyle
The reality about this new “organic” revolution is another story, deserving of its own separate post, but, for the purpose of this article, I will succinctly describe the difference between using “organic” products and living an “organic” lifestyle. The key really is in the conceptualization of what it means to live organically, hinged more particularly on, how we understand what it means to actually “live.”
As a society and a people, we rush to measure our lives, and thus, what it means to live, through the immensely small scope of material goods. How much money do we have? How many degrees or awards? How many houses, cars, vacations or closets full of clothes, can we vouch for “accomplishing”? Add, subtract, divide and multiply all of that together, and within minutes, an equation is solved for how successful you are.
Using “organic” products, as a definition of “organic” living, inherently follows the same recipe. If you have products or tangible material (i.e. following “organic” diets, shopping at “organic” stores and using special “organic” products) that verify your authenticity as an “organic” person, then you’re certified. You’ve put in all the work needed to be declared an official member of the “organic” lifestyle community.
“Organic” living, in its most raw form, is not something you need to Google to figure out. It has nothing to do with special companies that use “non- toxic” chemicals or farms that raise cows in factories vs. on grass. “Organic” Living starts as a mentality, a thought process, that produces actions, behaviors, physical and internal processes that center on authenticity.
In essence, anyone can claim to live “organically” because you buy organic, shop organic and drive organic. That’s easy. However, if you still don’t have the propensity to use organic thoughts, produce organic actions and fortify organic goals and ambitions, you are not living an “organic” lifestyle.