Survivalists or preppers who actively prepare for an emergency, disaster, end of the world, or the coming of zombies seem to like our blog. We are sometimes asked about prepping, or what we think about it. In our world, it would seem that everyone should be prepared. However, we do not consider ourselves survivalists or preppers, and here we share our reasons why we are not prepping and what we think is a better way.
Prepping comes from a place of fear
Most preppers are great people, they are often resourceful, frugal, grow gardens, and develop and use great homesteading skills.
However, being prepared for any type of disaster involves being focused on the disaster. Some negative, fearful, unpredictable, and scary events that are about to happen in the future.
One may argue that the outcome of a person that prepares for negative events will be very positive, and so since the result is positive, preparing is an altogether positive thing. That is a very short-sighted few, and you will see why in a moment.
Build a better future
Instead of preparing for a disaster, which in itself is rooted in fear, we can start building a better future. The actions may all be the same, but the mindset is different. It starts with a shift in consciousness. It usually does not happen overnight. But when we realize who we as human beings are, that we create whatever we concentrate on, we can start creating a better world.
We started this journey many years ago, at first not even realizing it. In this post, I wanted to share some of our journey with you. We don’t know yet where it leads us. But we want to encourage you to join us on our mission to create abundance with no fear.
Grow a garden
It all started with a garden. In the year 2007, we moved to Alberta, Canada for a job opportunity. Even though we both grew up on a homestead, we did not plan on growing food or living sustainably. Making money and get ahead was our main goal.
In those first years in Canada, money was scarce, but we had lots of time on hand. Plus an opportunity to grow a garden on a farm to provide some food for our family. Jakob still remembers tearing up while harvesting potatoes. It opened up something in him that he did not know before, the abundance and provision of nature.
In creation everything is abundance, multiplies, grows, and nourishes.
Being often lonely and bored I started to get more serious about gardening in our cold climate. It was a steep learning curve. At that time we still did not own a speck of land, but we grew more and more each year.
Soon I noticed that homegrown food had a positive impact on my health. I had been heavily relying on supplements, they helped me a little, but homegrown food did more than I ever imagined. I had the energy to go through the day without needing a nap. We were hooked, could we grow even more?
No, we were not consciously growing a better world just yet, we were growing better food and better health.
Preserve the harvest
A garden once established produces more than one can eat. Our 1/8 of an acre property, plus a community garden plot produces so much that all through the year we eat homegrown food. We are not quite self-sufficient, many things we eat do not grow here, but what we can grow, we do. See how much a home garden can bring here.
This is not magic, and not endless work, it is what seeds are created for. Food is free and grows abundant for everyone who dares to plant and to harvest.
Over the years we have learned to store the bounty for winter. On our blog, we share many methods of food preservation, from cold storage to high-pressure canning. See all of it here.
Our food storage is full of homegrown and homemade food, not because we are storing it for disaster, but because we have been so blessed to the full. It is a lifestyle of exuberance, joy, and sufficiency. We are prepared without wanting to be prepared.
Eat plant food
With so much homegrown and home-preserved food one would think that plants were all we ever eat. That was not so.
We were convinced that we needed meat and dairy products. Except for backyard chickens we had to buy all of it. Since our standards for food had become very high, the price tag grew higher as well. Grass-fed, ecologically raised meat has its cost.
Noticing how much food had an impact on health I was very interested in a healthy diet. I read many books and tried many things. Every so often I would come across the whole-food plant-based diet and lifestyle. What I learned sounded almost too good to be true. For years, I would implement some aspects of it, pushing away the thought that maybe if we ate all plant-based we would feel even better.
One day I could not ignore it any longer, we just had to try it. I share more about it in thoughts about the whole-food plant-based diet.
We started eating plants purely for health reasons. Veganism never even crossed our minds. Growing up on a homestead we were introduced to butchering and using animals for food before we could even speak. I do not remember seeing any domestic animal as cute, or having any feelings toward them. They were hard work to get food unto the table, nothing else.
Once we stopped eating meat, we noticed a change inside of us. An appreciation and even love for all creatures that we share this planet earth with. It was often and still is overwhelming. Sometimes passing a herd of animals waiting to be eaten, I feel like apologizing for the human race. Having stuffed their bellies with animals, they can’t see the damage, can’t feel the pain.
We changed our diet and the diet changed our mindset.
Be at home
Being immigrants we were not allowed to leave the country for about 4 years, so we had to stay home. There were lots of new places to discover right where we lived, so it did not bother us too much. Plus with a growing garden, it was convenient to be close to home all summer long.
During the summer months all other activities slowed down, and we noticed that we had even more time to concentrate on gardening and learning. Looking back, most of our deepest learnings happened during the summer months.
In the summer days are bright and long. We are awake and alert. It is the most active time of the year. In nature, everything is growing and evolving, the fruit is ripening, seeds are forming.
To be home in the summer has become our practice. We know now that it is the best time to grow a garden and to grow personally. The best time of the year to be at home. To spend this high energy time at a beach or campfire is a total waste. In nature, the time to rest is in winter, not summer. We have since joined the natural cycle of nature.
In the year 2020 everyone is kind of forced to be at home. We hope that it encourages some to see the benefit of it. We noticed that many new gardens have been started, many for the same reason we once started, to provide food in uncertain times. May this small seed grow into abundance and awareness that the great things in life are right at home.
Being at home, and in the moment, helps us to be alert and conscious. We enjoy the garden, notice the insects, hear the birds, see the growth. Creation is everywhere. It is happening daily. Slowly we shift our mind from fear and destruction to creation of life.
Let there be good
This winter at the cozy fireplace we read a book series Anastasia, (The ringing Cedars). The books talk a lot about gardening, sustainable living, and even offers a global solution.
I’m not sure if the books are science fiction, historical or futuristic, but Anastasia reaches the soul of people and the natural desire for a world in peace, on once own land, growing food and raising healthy families. As of today officially 278 Kin’s-domains aka Ecovillages are created by readers who were moved to action. If you want to be inspired, this book series is for you.
The year 2020 has not been easy for many people. There is a lot of frustration and complaining going on. The dominant opinion is that we are just victims of our gone sideways world.
But, are we? Maybe we caused it and now can collectively turn this around?
What if all of us grew a garden, preserved food, ate plant food, and enjoyed and, took delight in being at home? Concentrating on the good, imagining a better world, praying for a good season, believing that it already IS.
“Let There Be Good” – Anastasia.
Why are we not prepping? We have no reason. Not disaster but abundance is our focus. In nature, everything grows and evolves, creates a better world with us.