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Why Do I Live Off Grid?

I am in deep gratitude to an Internet troll on Instagram, who told me that, because I use the Internet, I am a shame to the off grid movement. I explained that I had a phone for family emergencies and I use the Internet for work. But it soon became apparent that this guy viewed being off grid as fighting the system, including having no bank account and not accessing any services. His assumptions about the way I live made me question myself.

For me, it is not to do with stepping outside of the system, it’s about connecting to the biggest system of all – the universe and the earth. It’s not about disconnecting, it’s about connecting to the elements around me and appreciating all of the elements working in harmony with my life. 

I don’t want to live a life where I am constantly taking from the grid. I want to live life in appreciation of the sun giving me electricity, for the rain giving me water in my water tanks, for every single element, because all elements are energy. I soon came to the conclusion that the reason I live off grid is not to disconnect, it’s to connect to the biggest elements of all. 

 
A close friend of mine, Brigit Strawbridge-Howard, used to practice grid-free Sundays, which involved not using anything that was connected to the grid for the entire day. She would do without electricity, use candles for light and cook on the wood burner. This way, she also reclaimed her Sunday as a day of rest.

I invite you to start an off grid Sunday, or any other day of the week – or if that sounds too much (especially if you don’t have a wood burner!) maybe an off grid day a month, or even an off grid morning or evening. I’d love to hear about your off grid adventures in the comments below. Remember, sometimes you have to disconnect to reconnect.

 

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