Self-sufficiency can be a tricky idea. In our society we value independence and individualism. But those concepts can separate us, take us apart. The hippie, pioneer idea of Self-sufficiency tends to take us in that direction. We can imagine taking off for the wilderness, building our own cabin and living a secluded life, living off the land. That’s one kind of self-sufficiency. Sometimes that can feel isolating and alone.
There’s another way to look at sustained Self-sufficiency. It is completely possible to be sufficient in our Selves. We can remain totally connected to life – people, animals, plants, the earth – and allow that to be part of what grounds us in our own sufficiency. It requires us to have our own foundation, an openness and an inner connection to our Selves in order to really connect to the world outside. While we can attain sufficiency solely on an internal basis, there is a vastly richer experience waiting for us when our experience is all-inclusive, rather than isolated, individual and independent. It seems to start will a stillness within us and expand to include everything.
We touch that vaster understanding when we garden, when we craft, when we include beloved friends and family. It’s because there is a connection to the ‘other’ part of our Selves. We are that garden, that cottage, that quilt, that family, on a foundational level. It all feels broadly supportive. We feel a greater connection, creativity and joy in that wider, more inclusive vision of our Self-sufficiency.
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