Have you ever stopped and thought, “Who am I and why am I here?”
Every once and awhile I contemplate questions like that. Why are WE here, I mean what do human beings bring to this place we call the Universe?
I asked this question recently and remembered an answer I once gave myself many years ago. The question back then was:
“What is the meaning of Life?”
I answered, “To Live.”
What do questions like this have to do with The Backyard Bioshelter Blog?
Well, for me, the bioshelter is currently a part of how I am Living a Whole Life.
Let me step back and share a few ideas before explaining what I mean by that…
As I see it, human beings have some essential universal needs: hydration and food, protection from the elements, and closeness with other human beings.
Some might argue that in a modern capitalist society, people also need: some form of housing, a social network, transportation to get places, and a way to make a living to pay for the things that fill our modern lives.
We can also add some other important needs, and represent them this way:
I like the image of a flower with it’s petals representing our everyday needs. Each of these pedals change over time throughout our lives. Sometimes we are closed up, struggling through a dark night, other times we are open to the sun and rejoicing.
Over the last 10 years I have slowly realized that getting “stuck”, in whether my needs are met or not, isn’t “the way life is”. In fact there have been points in my life where I can put intelligent thought and effective effort towards creating a happy, fulfilling, vibrant, abundant, and loving life. As I have met the people, and learned the skills necessary for me to meet my goals, I have come to understand what I’ve really been doing…
… designing my life.
There are many self help resources, and labels people use for this process. More and more I have come to enjoy a particular design methodology/theory/practice/ethics called permaculture. I have flavored my experience with permaculture in this blog post by calling it Whole Life Design.
In the next post on Whole Life Design I write about the flower petal details, and elaborate how they manifest in my life, including where the bioshelter and blog fit into the flower.