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  • Nicole

    March 31, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    ​Emotional Permaculture: principles, revisited

    How can permaculture principles help us to care for and nurture our inner landscape?

    • Start small. Give yourself a break. Take a bath, spend time alone. You can’t save the world all by yourself, so don’t beat yourself up if all you can do is a little bit each day. Self-care is important, and you matter.​
    • Find a niche. If everything feels like an uphill struggle, you might be on the wrong hill. The key to turning competition into cooperation is to find and fill the niche that is right for you.
    • Prohibit waste. Be diligent about what you bring into both inner and outer landscapes. Remember that unused surplus is waste, so don’t hoard emotions or opportunities any more than you would hoard food you can’t possibly consume. Keep things moving and the abundance will flow.​​
    • Slow and steady wins. Permaculture, on every scale, is a daily practice. Take your time, stay the path, and obtain a yield when you can.
    • Catch and store energy. Make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet and get adequate shuteye, so that your inner landscape stays replenished and balanced, and you are strong enough and healthy enough to carry on implementing your design.​​
    • Seek and value feedback. Overwhelmed? Confused? Frustrated? Seek help! Solicit the opinions and advice of others impacted by your design. And listen.
    • The problem is the solution. Usually. Sometimes a problem is just a problem, and you have to be careful not to bypass the real struggles of others with this principle. But often, if you peel back a few layers of the problem at hand, the solution will be revealed. It’s worth a try!
    • ​​The designer limits the yield. Your attitude, your choices, your body, your boundaries and more will limit your yield. By the same token, limiting your own growth and consumption is an important responsibility, so take a careful account of your boundaries and make informed choices accordingly.​
    • Mistakes are tools for learning. Fall down, get back up. Keep trying and you’ll learn way more than if you give up.
    • Meet needs with multiple resources. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket! If your whole inner landscape depends on the approval of your parents, your partner or your boss, you’re not going to be very resilient. It’s normal and healthy to care what others think. But spread your dependencies around and build a core of self-worth to fall back on and nobody will ever be able to pull the rug out from under you.​​
    • Focus on relationships, not components. Permaculture is all about relationships. Boundaries and relationships. So whenever you have an issue, remember this. Permaculture IS relationships. Fix the relationships and you fix the system.

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