Let me ask you this: Have you considered WHY you really want a homestead? Or why you farm?
Is it because you want to improve your health? Connect with the land? Experience personal freedom? Sure, it’s likely all of the above, but at the core of any reason is that you want to feel good.
So, I’m going to introduce to the idea of the Holistic Homestead, and how this will be the single most important piece of homestead or farm knowledge you can learn.
Do you see what’s here? Surrounding the homestead are ALL of the aspects of a holistic life – it’s the centerpiece for all the parts of a happy, healthy and abundant life.
It’s the home, the source of the food, the place for family and relationship. It’s the foundation for a sustainable or conscious business, the source of connection with nature and meaning, it’s where you laugh and play.
Your homestead is the cornerstone of the life you’ve always dreamed of living.
You see, there is a growing trend – one where people defining new ways to live their most ideal life. They are defining the new meaning for success and happiness. A definition that comes from growing your own food, being self-reliant and living more simply.
Gone are the days where the dream life was to work a secure 9-5 job until retirement, have a white picket fence and 2.75” tall lawn.
No, there is a great shift happening.
Folks everywhere are realizing that the promise modern society touts as “the good life” just isn’t actually producing happiness in our lives. They are standing up to say, “I know there’s a better, more fulfilling way to live and I’m going to make it happen.”
And if you’re reading this, I feel confident you’re among those change-makers. You’re wise to the unhealthy nature of our food system, the toxins in everyday products, the ecological destruction consumerism causes.
For each person, there’s often a catalyst, something that opens their eyes to a deep unhappiness or unfulfilled life.
Maybe it’s the desire to stop feeling sluggish every day, so they start to get their health and diet in order. Though explore this, they discover a farm-to-table, organic and minimal processed food diet, that sent them down a path of better living.
Or perhaps it was the grueling feeling found in trudging through their 9-5 every. single. day. One day they wake up to realize the problem isn’t anything in particular – it’s everything! The job, the people, the place, the food, the consumerism!
It’s from here that this person feels alive and awakened to make a great shift in their life. Often, this change in lifestyles just might be the gateway to their homestead.
What I am describing is a global shift, a global awakening to a better way of living.
It’s a revolution of the freedom lifestyle.
It’s a resurrection of land-based life. It’s a redirection towards happiness, compassion and caring for other humans and of course this totally awesome mother of ours, earth.
Do you feel this too? Maybe you are just starting to see and feel what I am talking about. Or maybe you are already totally immersed in this way of thinking or being.
Either way, you are in the right place.
But how does all this relate to your homestead or farm?
So let’s explore what the heck that means. First, let us start with defining holistic.
By definition, holistic means to look at the whole of a system or concept. It recognizes all of the parts of something are intimately interconnected, which together make something whole.
That last word there is the key – the WHOLE.
So think about your life, does it feel whole? Does it feel like all the parts of your life are functioning at their highest? Do you have health, happiness, abundance (of any type), passion, time etc?
I think that is the key to a good life – every day trying to do something a little better than the day before. Even just one thing.
If you’re the average person, you might not define your life as holistic. There are probably aspects that don’t feel in alignment with one another.
BUT the key here is recognizing where you’d like more balance or happiness in your life and working toward finding that whole picture of the life you desire.
Queue, the homestead.
The Holistic Homestead
The homestead is key to sustainability, self-reliance and the livelihood of future generations.
If a home or homestead (even an urban homestead) can generate its own power, produce a good portion of its own food, and reduce or remove the need to rely on the grid or other societal systems it can have a major impact on future generations.
Every step you can take to become more in alignment with your mind & body, having an abundant life, and tending to relationships – the more holistic and likely fulfilled your life will feel.
The homestead is the fulcrum for all of the health oriented activities such as gardening, raising animals, wild foraging and herbalism to name a few.
No matter where you are on your journey, every homestead starts with a mindset change. Whether you’re just learning about what homesteading is or if you’re already out there on the land living it, the holistic homestead is all about being an open-minded student again. It’s about having the curiosity of a child.
It’s about asking “what if?”
The new paradigm homesteader needs this explorative, curious, open, student-like mind.
Change, newness, and variety are some of the things that keep life inspiring! Bringing this energy of open-mindedness to the homestead is where we can start creating some very epic things.
Homesteading life is beyond all the articles that tell you how to can the best vegetables or raise your chickens. It’s choosing to live a more simple, holistic lifestyle and that begins today, with even the simplest actions like asking yourself, “what food do I want to eat today?”
It’s about recognizing the whole – the homestead, mind, body and you are all integrated. But how do you begin? Where do you start?
You take your first step by choosing to start your holistic homestead and improve your life today. You allow yourself to become apart of that revolution of people that are taking back their life through daily actions like choosing where your food and medicine come from.
Your homestead is not as far away as you think, trust me on this, because I have seen people start homesteads and revolutionize their lives in short amounts of time.
The Big Takeaway
If you get any one thing out of this – understand that the things we desire, health, happiness, and abundance are all centered around the want to feel good.
In order to feel good, we need to be open-minded and capable of shifting our mindset to more positive, helpful and uplifting beliefs.
Your upgraded mindset will then allow you to tap into inspired action – and these actions are the ones that will bring things like your dream homestead or better health into your life.
The holistic homestead is like a container that holds the possibility for our best self, our happiest self, our richest self if we so choose it.
So, how do we create a totally badass life?
Start your homestead is how. Be open-minded is how. Take inspired action to do the great things you want to do in life, like learn herbalism, or natural building!
Look at the infographic at the top of this article – are there aspects of your life that you want to bring into balance?
Can you identify which parts of your holistic homestead you’d like to tend to more deeply?
Let me know in the comments below!