The Life Like Honey website is situated directly in the middle of a paradox, and invites visitors to participate. It’s a perennial paradox, scrutinized by scientists, pontificated about by philosophers, and lived by mystics for many centuries. This is it:
The paradox of THE ONE AND THE MANY.
Our tagline, “a formula for truly personal sustainability,” invokes this paradox because “personal sustainability” is pretty much a contradiction in terms (contradictio in terminis), or rather, an oxymoron.
Sustainability is never a personal question nor task. Everything we do–our very existence–is inextricably bound up with the entire creation. The easiest way to look at this is to consider how difficult it is to avoid negatively impacting the environment in the context of the modern West: it is impossible to live a sustainable life in the midst of an unsustainable society. For better or for worse, we’re all in this together!
The reason I embarked upon website creation is that I have found myself recommending the same–the very same–set of help-me-improve-my-life resources to friends, family and acquaintances for many years now. I’m the sort of person who, when I have a significant life challenge, I investigate to the ends of the earth trying to find a solution: partially because I like the exploration, and partially because I am passionate about efficiency. I get really, really excited when I find stuff that works! (The simpler and less expensive, the better. )
Financial Sustainability (personal)
When I found, for example, YNAB (You Need A Budget), I was positively giddy about the friendly user interface, extensive free webinars, and easy-to-understand PDF explanation of the four principles of budgeting, which they also emailed me over several consecutive days when I first submitted my email. Who knew that budgeting could be…fun?! And of course, it took me two years to really use the program to its fullest potential, but I’m a slow learner when it comes to financial management. I just kept at it, and was supported by more webinars and the friendly staff at YNAB when I got stuck.
Each of the six sides of Life Like Honey — financial, relationships, spirituality/personal growth, time management, health, and “Clean & Green”–has a similar story behind it. (Ok well, Clean & Green leads you to IntroductionToSustainability.com, which is also my creation!) The similarities are:
- highly effective
- wide-spread appeal
- accessible value for low or no budget
Four Recommendation Levels
Of course, I have found and made use of other products, services and teachings that didn’t quite make what I call “Level 1” recommendations. In fact, my main spiritual school, Clairvision, is on Level 2 of Spirituality & Personal Growth. This is because the appeal of this specific school is going to be limited to those who are interested in developing non-physical vision, and to a high level. Not everyone is interested in this, but I would venture to say that most people are interested in becoming more present–i.e., less distracted–in their lives; most people want to show up more fully, to really enjoy the presence of their children, to more deeply appreciate beauty, and to just be with nature. Thus, Eckhart Tolle is my Level 1 recommendation for Spirituality and Personal Growth.
Levels 1 and 2 are highly recommended. Level 3 resources are things I also like, but perhaps have less experience with. Level 4 items are things I’ve run across that look interesting, and you might love them.