Ecovillage Living, Money, and Quality of Life
By Toña Luisa Osher, Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage, Mexico
In a way it’s like preventative medicine. Being able to use all our talents, live a meaningful existence, and being relatively free of the stresses of mainstream culture may be as valuable in the long run as having expensive health insurance coverage. Are we capable of learning to value ourselves and a healthy, service-oriented way of life that may earn less actual money than in mainstream culture? So many people in mainstream culture have acquired money and power, but still feel empty, trying endlessly to offset the empty feeling with activities and purchases.
• Do you regularly enjoy and celebrate life’s journey?
• Do your neighbors represent healthy role models for your children?
• Are there mentors on hand, easily accessible to you and your family?
• Are you free of concerns regarding the safety of your family?
• Is there an infrastructure that allows you to complete daily tasks with fluidity and minimal transportation expenditure?
• Do you feel useful to your family, community and society?
• Do you have an opportunity to serve others as well as yourself?
• Are there preventive health measures that enable you to live confidently without fear?
• Can you count on your neighbors to be like a close family?
• Does the collective feedback of your group prove useful in your development?
• Do your jobs and endeavors permit creativity and spiritual growth?
• Does your life allow you to spend quality time with your children on a regular basis?
• Could you say that your lifestyle puts into practice the values you believe in today and for future generations?
• Are you and your family by and large healthy, happy, close, and creative?
• Are your talents appreciated frequently?
• Do you feel you are growing as an individual?
• Are you able to work on improving your ecological footprint?
Toña Luisa Osher is an artist who lives at Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage in Morelos, Mexico.