“Solving for Pattern” is an elegant concept from an essay written by Wendell Berry in 1981. When solving for pattern, we create not more problems but rather more solutions, solving multiple problems in one stroke. Berry writes: “A bad solution acts within the larger pattern the way a disease or addiction acts within the body. A good solution acts within the larger pattern the way a healthy organ acts within the body.”
This is exactly opposite of how most things in our modern culture operate. How we farm, our medical system, our dependence on fossil fuels…we live in a world where we are sold on solutions that fix one problem, only to create many more. Soon, people are on 15 meds instead of just one, and more and more toxic substances are needed to handle the problem.
At Natural Living Solutions, we like to find fun, simple and effective solutions that solve for pattern. Here are a few examples:
- High antioxidant Healthy Chocolate that can help people lose weight, and reduce the chronic inflammation that contributes to over 200 chronic conditions. This chocolate is also helping people pay the mortgage, create their ideal lifestyle, protect the rainforests of Brazil, and help small family cacao farms. How can it get any better than that?
- Biosand water filters (BSFs) provide an affordable long term solution for clean water to millions of people around the world, preventing water borne diseases, making it so children can go to school, adults can go to work, communities can develop, and we can reduce deforestation, just to name a few of the many benefits. It’s a simple evolution of the traditional sand filter that can be made at low cost with local materials just about anywhere in the world.
- Energetic healing techniques are effective at helping the body heal from many afflictions, often difficult to treat with traditional allopathic medicine. The body’s energy is brought back into balance, often with just placement of hands on the body, and/or mental focus, allowing for healing without the use of toxic pharmaceuticals and their side effects.
If you would like to explore how some of these simple solutions that “solve for pattern” could benefit you and your family, please call 253-203-6626 or email us! We’d love to help you find the answers that work for you.