Definition of a Greenster


So what does it really take to be a “Greenster?” Over the last few years it seems like so much has changed. It’s kind of like a little “Green” revolution has taken over our culture in a new and fantastic way, more than ever before. But all this green talk has me thinking, what does it really mean to care about the environment, and practice the art of mindful living? Where does one end and the other begin?

For me, growing up in the 80’s meant that whenever we saw the crying indian commercial we knew we were in trouble. Things weren’t looking good, but, then again, we didn’t (or at least I know I didn’t) know exactly how we were supposed to be able to affect change with this information. Then came “An Inconvenient Truth” and more and more people started talking about Global Warming, pollution and other global challenges. Again, I was a little dumbstruck as to what I was to personally do about this information (save for generally conserving energy, turning off lights, carpooling & that’s about it).

Now, more than ever before, we have the opportunity to really translate this “Green” stuff into action. We can recycle, upcycle, reuse and repurpose. We can take responsibility for our individual carbon footprint, homestead, homeschool, and the list is just beginning…

A “Greenster” by definition is someone who is empowered by their growing knowledge and inspired to evolve into a better being. Whether it’s through green living practices, eco-friendly products, holistic therapies, plant friendly diets, or reaching a higher level of individual dharma, we are a whole new culture. We seek to understand, we adapt, we stretch, we take new shape and spread hope to others looking for answers. We are the truth seekers, the new soldiers of our generation. Wearing a badge of mindfulness and a heart heavy with cause, we seek not fame or fortune unless it’s counted in richness of thought & purity of intention.

We may not be perfect, but we acknowledge that we strive towards our best, one foot in front of the other. Trying and failing. Together. We are separated only by our resilience after defeat, to do more next time. Unified in transcendance, we know change is coming. It is the only constant. We are the change we wish to see in the world.

I am proud to be a Greenster…what part of the “Greenster life” makes you proud?

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