Holism

12_1_AG_ECUADOR NEW YEARS EVE 29“When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” John Muir, Scottish conservationist

Holism or holistic living is about seeing, understanding, and considering the bigger picture. While the world’s Indigenous peoples, and many wisdom traditions, have practiced holism for millennia, lately, it has become common in industrialised society to only consider parts of a whole, and consequently, lose understanding and perspective of the essence of things.

A fragmented world view has consequences in many areas of living including;

– the standardisation of education

– our understanding of health, medicine and psychology

– science and the goals of the scientific community

– agriculture and the requirements of ecological environments

– economics that deal only in numbers and not in people

– and on an individual level – understanding ourselves as whole beings, i.e. we are not just heads on bodies! Rather, we are each unique individuals with a body, mind, and spirit ‘hitched to everything else in the Universe.’

Today, there are many inspiring stories from individuals, communities, governments, and businesses who are embracing a more holistic approach to life and living. Take a look at the UN Report of the High Level Meeting on Wellbeing and Happiness to see what is happening around the world.

 

Learn more from the world’s people

– Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms

– Blaze Kwaymullina: Concepts of Aboriginal holism, evidence, and logic

– Winona LaDuke: Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy and Food Systems