Section 5: Self-Care, City-Care

Taking care of ourselves, and taking care of our communities are also important homesteading skills. We have to keep ourselves strong to be able to do the work ahead of us, and we have to learn to work together to grow our communities into the strong, resilient force we need them to be. In some ways, this whole book is about creating community structures to support us all as the dominant systems of our culture continue to spiral out of control. Building true community and making relationships with neighbors around common needs even when we don’t have common backgrounds, ways of doing things, or agreement can be a huge challenge. Embedded in our understanding that our single biggest mistake lies in separating ourselves from nature is the idea that our single most important action at this time in human history is to turn around, forgive and reconcile the past, and learn to work together.

The chapter on Personal Ecology covers a wide range of strategies for self-care, including things we can do for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health while living in a city. Walking, writing, contacting nature, art-making, prayer and meditation are among the strategies we discuss.

The final chapter, The Art of Our Common Place. covers the all important topics of community building, non-violent communication, and the generative education of our youth.

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