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The Alternative Lifestyle
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The Alternative Lifestyle

There are many people who are searching for a different way of life because they are feeling the pressures of modern day living or are at odds with the direction the country is heading. I would like to show you three of these alternative lifestyles. Lifestyle choices affect health and peace of mind.

Mindfulness Meditation

The first lifestyle is Meditation one version on meditation is Mindfulness Meditation. There are many different ways to meditate, as many as there are different eastern religions. Mindfulness meditation is one of these.

Mindfulness meditation is practiced while having awareness of what is taking place around the meditator. It is a Buddhist practice that has spread around the world. People who do mindfulness meditation feel at peace with themselves. It has been discovered that the brains of people that practice this style of meditation are healthier and calmer.

Environmental Change

A change of environment can be considered an alternative lifestyle in some cases. I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Many people are seeking a home here. It certainly can be considered an alternative lifestyle. They are building super insulated homes that are energy efficient and sited to gather the sun in the winter. They grow their own vegetables because they think their families will be healthier. There are two co-ops for food that deliver here. Both of them sell only organic food.

The island is well wooded and almost everyone heats with wood. It takes a lot of work to heat with wood starting with taking the tree down and cutting it up with a chain saw in order to fit the pieces into the stove, splitting the wood, stacking it and letting the wood dry for a year or so. Then it must be carried into the house mostly during the winter months.

Nutrition

The third thing on my list of alternative lifestyles is nutrition. There are many health articles on nutrition. In the United States what I am about to show you could be considered an alternative lifestyle. Many people are concerned about nutrition. Cattle are a environmental disaster. Beef production, accounts for about a fifth of total greenhouse-gas emissions. Therefore the demand for this type of food contributes to climate change with consequences for the entire world. This is the result of population growth and the over consumption of beef.

The immediate concern is that much of the food that grocery stores sell is heavily salted and laced with chemicals to make it last longer during shipping and in the store.

Beef and chickens are fed a diet altered with chemicals such as growth hormones Families are buying their food in organic stores or in the organic section of the grocery store. Clean healthy food is in demand.

In conclusion people are looking for ways to stay calm, live in a peaceful environment and consume food that are raised naturally without chemicals.


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