For many of us, learning this is about feeling better and enjoying our lives more -- while also living more lightly on the Earth.
To shift into a life-sustaining way of being human on Earth, we know we need to cut down on how much we consume. And, as Francis Weller says, we also need to reduce "our sense of needing so much to live a rich and soulful life."
I feel the same way about our sense of needing so much to be healthy.
Francis Weller talks about the "primary satisfactions" of the psyche, like "comfort in times of grief and pain; abundant play; the sharing of food eaten slowly; dark, starlit nights; the pleasures of friendship and laughter... participation with nature; storytelling, dancing, and music; attentive and engaged elders; a system of inclusion based on equality and access to a varied and sensuous world."
When we have these, we don't turn so much to "secondary satisfactions" ... like, for example, shopping for new stuff, or seeking greater power or status.
So, let's ask: What are the "primary satisfactions" of a healthy body?
How can we take care of our bodies, without thinking immediately about adding in new stuff?
What would your base level of well-being be, before you spent any extra money or consumed anything packaged in plastic?