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8 forms of capital agroforestry apples beans bees beneficial berries biodigester blackberries blackthorn book review brain budget build building campesino capital Celtic festivals change changes chemical-free chickens circular clay pot climate change climate solutions climbing cob comfrey community compost compost teas connection consciousness conservation cooking coppice coppicing cordial cosmology crafts crisis cultural emergence culture cycles design diary diversity DIY do it yourself earth care Earth's energy economics ecopoetry ecosystem edges education efficiency elements energy ethics fair shares Fairtrade farming feedback feminine ferns figs firewood flowers food food forest forage foraging forest garden forest gardening fruit fruit trees future future care gardening garlic gift economy gin global poverty grapes greenhouse grow grow your own growing guilds habitat harvest harvests hazel hazelnut health healthy soil hedging herbs holistic planned grazing home homestead Hugelkultur humanure IBC tanks Indigenous inexpensive influence jam land landscape life livelihood livestock logs low cost market garden market gardening marmalade mass heater medicinal microbes mimic mindset mitigation money moringa Mother Earth multifunctional mushrooms native plants natural natural building natural fertiliser natural skincare natural swimming pool nature nitrogen no dig no-dig nutrition nuts observe off-grid orchard orchards organic outdoor shower oven oyster pallets pasture-fed patterns people people care perennials permaculture permaculture design permaculture magazine award permaculutre pests pips pizza oven plant profile plants pollinators polyculture polycultures preserving principles propagating pruning psycho-spiritual awareness psychospiritual transformation rainwater raspberries recipe recipes reduce reed beds regenerative agriculture relative location relative matter renewable renewable energy resources reuse revolution rootstock rootstocks roundhouse roundwood runner beans Scotland seasons Sepp Holzer september septic tanks sewage treatment shrubs skincare sloes slugs small solutions small-scale smallholding social justice soil health solar solutions spiritual spring stacking functions straw straw bale sustainable systems temperate terraces thistles timber timber framing toolkit tools trees upcycle urban vegan vermicomposting walnuts waste watering weeds wellbeing wetland wild food wildlife wings winter salads wood stove woodburner woodland woodland management woodlands worms year-round food yield zoning

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8 forms of capital agroforestry apples beans bees beneficial berries biodigester blackberries blackthorn book review brain budget build building campesino capital Celtic festivals change changes chemical-free chickens circular clay pot climate change climate solutions climbing cob comfrey community compost compost teas connection consciousness conservation cooking coppice coppicing cordial cosmology crafts crisis cultural emergence culture cycles design diary diversity DIY do it yourself earth care Earth's energy economics ecopoetry ecosystem edges education efficiency elements energy ethics fair shares Fairtrade farming feedback feminine ferns figs firewood flowers food food forest forage foraging forest garden forest gardening fruit fruit trees future future care gardening garlic gift economy gin global poverty grapes greenhouse grow grow your own growing guilds habitat harvest harvests hazel hazelnut health healthy soil hedging herbs holistic planned grazing home homestead Hugelkultur humanure IBC tanks Indigenous inexpensive influence jam land landscape life livelihood livestock logs low cost market garden market gardening marmalade mass heater medicinal microbes mimic mindset mitigation money moringa Mother Earth multifunctional mushrooms native plants natural natural building natural fertiliser natural skincare natural swimming pool nature nitrogen no dig no-dig nutrition nuts observe off-grid orchard orchards organic outdoor shower oven oyster pallets pasture-fed patterns people people care perennials permaculture permaculture design permaculture magazine award permaculutre pests pips pizza oven plant profile plants pollinators polyculture polycultures preserving principles propagating pruning psycho-spiritual awareness psychospiritual transformation rainwater raspberries recipe recipes reduce reed beds regenerative agriculture relative location relative matter renewable renewable energy resources reuse revolution rootstock rootstocks roundhouse roundwood runner beans Scotland seasons Sepp Holzer september septic tanks sewage treatment shrubs skincare sloes slugs small solutions small-scale smallholding social justice soil health solar solutions spiritual spring stacking functions straw straw bale sustainable systems temperate terraces thistles timber timber framing toolkit tools trees upcycle urban vegan vermicomposting walnuts waste watering weeds wellbeing wetland wild food wildlife wings winter salads wood stove woodburner woodland woodland management woodlands worms year-round food yield zoning

Designing Your Life with Permaculture: 4. Apply Self Regulation & Accept Feedback

How self regulation and feedback can improve you, your family and your immediate community's quality of life. Be the change you want to be in the world!

Making time to self regulate and accept feedback with what is or isn’t working is key in the natural world. It is how Mother Nature regulates for imbalances that can occur with changes in climate. Whenever one species starts to dominate an ecosystem it’s prey often surges to create an equilibrium. Permaculture is all about a consistent and constant evolution to keep your design relevant to your changing circumstances. 

We can apply this lesson to our own circumstances in a number of ways.

Self awareness – We are all influenced by our surroundings. That is how nature works. It’s important to understand if your beliefs, hobbies, views, values, are created by you or the people around you. When we become more self aware we can understand more about why we see the world in a certain way and decide if it is honest. It is perfectly normal to be influenced by others but it is important to have the strength to be an individual and think for ourselves too.

Self reliance – Contrary to society’s beliefs, the natural world does not need a gardener to keep itself healthy and abundant. It can maintain itself indefinitely through design. While we don’t all need to become Ray Mears and run off into the woods and attempt to survive, we can learn a lot from this message. Rather than using money to obtain items and services we can learn to do some ourselves. Grow our own food, fix things when they go wrong, make furniture, pottery or art. We don’t need to do it all, but we should start to be a little more reliant on ourselves. Not only will this will help be more sustainable, but also will provide us satisfaction and therefore happiness from the process. 

Community – Can we create more self regulation within our communities? If we spend our money locally and with businesses we agree with and support this will help them grow. By choosing to shop locally this keeps the money in our community which has a higher chance of coming back around and being spent with us. If we look at money as a nutrient, it is much easier to see that how we spend it can directly affect us too. If we spend our money  on products that are made unethically it feeds that business and it will grow bigger and stronger and play a bigger more negative role in our ecosystem.

Feedback – Create time to look at all areas of our lives to see what works and what does not. It could be a side project, our income, exercise, friendships, relationships, learning, whatever it is, be open to accept feedback on how it is performing. This doesn’t mean you necessarily need to drop something altogether if it isn’t working. Rather, it can allow us to step back and and find solutions to redesign. We do this so often in the our Permaculture gardens but rarely make time to look at our own lives in this way.

Further Resources

Watch

Cultural Emergence / A Toolkit for Transformation / Designing Regenerative Cultures

Books

People and Permaculture
by Looby Macnamara

Permaculture Design Companion
by Jasmine Dale

Articles

Designing Your Life with Permaculture: 3. Obtain a Yield

Design Your Life With Permaculture: 5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services

About the Author

Josh Davis is an outdoor educator and facilitator exploring ways we can learn from the natural world. He offers one on one coaching and consulting to help design your life from permaculture.