Provident Living

provident

adjective

1. having or showing foresight; providing carefully for the future.

2. characterized by or proceeding from foresight: provident care.

3. mindful in making provision.

4. economical; frugal; thrifty.

Provident Living in Zoism means living life in a manner that helps you be better prepared for the future. Small actions you take and decisions you make every day can have a large impact over the long term. Provident Living can help you live a more joyful life by minimizing stress and helping you stay in control of your destiny.

We live providently because our actions really define who we are and what we want to become. We are loving, intelligent, creative, generous, people who are helping to build a better world.

Some of the most important principles of provident living include:

  • Minimalism: Avoid the trap of over consumption that our modern society has set for you. Only own things that you truly need or that bring significant joy or utility to your life. Have a small footprint on the world.

  • Healthy Living: Eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, get adequate sleep, protect your self from mental and physical disease.

  • Emergency Preparedness: Store extra food, water and utility items that you and loved ones might need during a time of emergency.

  • Education: Through schooling and experience utilize the tree of knowledge that humanity has developed and when possible help to make the tree grow.

  • Good Work Ethic: Work hard and smart to provide for your own needs and to enable philanthropy and pilgrimage.

  • Financial Fitness: Spend wisely and save well.

Provident Wisdom

It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life….Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world— it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything,so learn to be glad and contented….Have happiness now.

— Paramahansa Yogananda

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