Holistic is defined as, “Relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts.” A more detailed definition is:”Relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts <holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body> <holistic ecology views humans and the environment as a single system>” (Definitions from here.)
I don’t view holistic living as engaging in non-typical practices like herbalism, yoga, and vegan diets. Holistic living is creating a life that fills us with joy by finding what works for us to help bring that joy. I focus on scientifically proven techniques and overarching lifestyles rather than anything specific or anecdotal.
Holistic living is focusing on all aspects of our health including spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental. It is having good relationships with God, ourself, our family and community. It is removing the chaos from our lives, and having vision and purpose, and know where we stand. It is going forward with that purpose, by planning, to remove junk, improve and maintain our lives. It is pushing forward with creativity, finding connection and sharing with other.
Gardens and homes jumpstart holistic living. The garden is one of the most powerful places to start a holistic lifestyle.
A garden is already holistic in nature. A garden isn’t just individual plants. The plants work together in a broader ecosystem that includes the caretaker, soil, insects, water, microbiology, and climate. Gardens provide their caretakers with their basic necessities: food, water, and clean air. They provide beauty, produce, and opportunity for enriching experiences.
By paying attention to the interactions between the gardener, plants, other living organisms and elements a garden can flourish in a more natural and beneficial way.
A home is a place not just a house with people in it. A home is an environment of growth and opportunity for ourselves and our family. By creating homes, we create places that bring us joy. The routine work of cleaning, cooking, maintenance, and improvements can provide growth experiences for the family.
We often tend to think of our careers and home life and personal life as separate entities that often compete with one another. Much of the world is striving to find “balance” between these competing forces.
But I believe that careers, home life, and personal life can instead work together as one singular whole. Family, career, and self-care are all needed and are not competing with each other, but should interlock together.
I went through a period of time of emotional distress. My life became lopsided as a mother of young children. I knew my role as a full-time mother was important, but I was unable to maintain the emotional health necessary to do that role. I began to focus on more than just my children and involving my children in more than just me. I started gardening, volunteering, exercising, decorating, creating friendships and writing. I started to be healthier emotionally, and my children were also able to gain more beneficial experiences.