All Spiritual Paths Include Environmentalism

Here are a couple quotes inspiring this post from Igniting a Revolution edited by Steven Best and Anthony J. Nocella, IIMany of us are going about our daily business while a mass-extinction is happening.  While we mind our own business, we choose to remain blind to the thousands of species that are dying for the sake of profit and technological “advancement.”  

Is it too painful too look at our mistakes in order to change our self-destructive choices?  Is it too embarrassing to realize how long we’ve been abusing our Mother Earth?

It’s not too late to mourn the losses and then choose differently.  We can choose to protect those without a voice.  

In kindergarten we learned what self-centered is and how hurtful it can be, we need to apply this beyond human to human interactions to all Beings who have a right to be respected and protected.

Going to the roots of all spiritual paths, environmentalism is natural.  Our spiritual success is measured by realizing and acting on the fact that we aren’t the center of the universe.  Let’s honor our Source and honor the sacred nature of each other and the millions of species whom we’ve silenced.

Brahmacharya: seeing and treating everything as sacred, a yogic principle that could save us from the grief of being responsible for millions of deaths, the ruin of millions of homes as ocean levels rise.  We are one with all of creation, and beneath the illusion of separation, the joy or pain another experiences resonates within our own hearts.

Now is the time to rejoice in the decisions you make that protect all Beings and to change the decisions that you can’t rejoice in.  Brahmacharya is profound spiritual practice that will give you myriad reasons to celebrate.

Where’s your Heart?

What good does our yoga, meditation, or prayers do if it’s not from the heart?  If it’s not for the wellbeing of all?  Each day reconnect to your intention: who are you serving?  What are you here to offer?

Begin each day with some stillness to connect to your Source.  I like to chant japa and meditate each morning before I do anything.  Start the day with your Self and your divine Source.  Yogi Bhajan says this switches us from operating from 20% empowered to 100% empowered.  Many people are disempowered, feeling victimized by circumstances that is their elementary destiny, the samkaras, or impressions, that we inherited from a past life.  But once we practice our sadhana, we’re at 100% empowered; we switched to applied destiny where our intention, divine will, and our mind and actions all align.  In other words we master our destiny.

When we are living in samskaras we are controlled by the impressions, which makes us vulnerable to fall prey to the ego.  Once we are living from sadhana, we live from the heart, with our Source in mind.  Then everything we do becomes a living offering.
If you want to read Yogi Bhajan’s lecture go to: https://www.3ho.org/events/summer-solstice-sadhana/yogi-bhajan-lecture-summer-solstice-1992

Why we should eat wild

Yesterday I picked all the dandelion blooms, just as I had done the day before.  Every May I make one gallon of dandelion wine, but yesterday I also was taught that you can fry the dandelions!  The taste kind of like a sweet vegetable and are packed with vitamin C, plus when you eat them, their hundreds of seeds aren’t maturing and growing more dandelions!  You all should try picking and frying or fermenting some! (Recipe listed below).

After I removed as much of the green parts from the dandelions as I could, my partner Murray and I walked down by the river to collect ramps, stinging nettle, and a big dryad’s saddle mushroom.

We evolved to forage: to have a wild variety of nutrients, we didn’t evolve to eat the same tortillas or bread, the same peanut butter and jam, etc.  Our movement t is the same, we didn’t evolve to be still most of the day and then choose one “exercise” and stick to that forever, but rather we evolved walking and climbing trees, squatting down to dig or pick things!  See my last blog post of the Liberated Body podcast with Katy Bowman.

Besides all of these personal health reasons,   we regain a deep and spiritual connection to our food, a realiszation of the miraculous and divine energy that this planet just gives to us, which in my own life has led me to ask, how can I use the divine’s energy to serve the divine?

We also could look at all of the environmental benefits such as reducing our carbon footprint by the reduction of fossil fuels to grow and ship that particular meal’s ingredients, or to pick them up at the store, the way that food is usually not grown harmoniously with nature, and so harvesting food in nature makes us a little more in line with the Tao or the Way, or in flow with the universe.  

Anyways happy foraging-and if you’re looking for that shelf mushroom, dryad’s saddle, it smells like watermelon rind and you just eat the edges.

Here’s the recipe link for fried dandelions: http://www.thedailyspud.com/2010/05/14/dandelions-just-eat-em/

Update on Eco Yoga

Eco Yoga’s proceeds from the last two weeks went to protecting the rainforests that are :

Nestled in the southern coast of Borneo lies the Rimba Raya Orangutan Reserve. One of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world, the High Conservation Value (HCV), lowland peat swamp forest is home to local communities and over 1,000 at-risk plant and animal species, including the Borneo orangutan, clouded leopard, and Asian sun bear. Everyday, paper and palm oil interests put Indonesian forests in jeopardy. If these forests are cut down, we run the risk of emitting one of the largest concentrations of natural carbon in the world.

Stand For Trees  helps protect these forests and all those who depend on them including local communities and local wildlife — keeping carbon stored in their trees and out of our atmosphere. In addition, your purchase helps improve access to clean water, efficient cook stoves, and health care for all those who live in the project area. (Quoted from the Stand For Trees website)

Show up to your practice at Eco Yoga and your practice benefits all of the beings that you share with the whole planet.

Prashad!

Prashad! A new practice I am working on making habit: prashad is offering the food to the Divine and later enjoyed and eaten. Offering the food changes our relationship with it from feeling entitled to feeling so lucky to be receiving, digesting, and integrating the miraculous energy of God. Kheer with saffron, termuric, and cardomom.

Yoga Is my Art Practice 


This is me pouring iron four years ago.  I am an artist.  I went to school for a bachelors of fine art, concentrating on jewelry, metalsmithing and printmaking. I am still an artist, only most people probably do not consider me one.

My mission statement I declared as an artist was to improve the world.  As I continued trying to bring awareness to my community by smithing objects and prints, I realized yoga to be the most effective medium.  The most successful artists choose the best suited medium for their message and yoga delivers the message that my heart needs to share, the message of connection one has to all entities. Our purpose here is not to serve ourselves a cushy house with the luxury to vacation once or twice a year at the price of biodiversity of rainforests or the sea creatures, but to share the divine love that we’ve been gifted with all beings.  My mission is to inspire thinking about others first before serving the self, to empower ourselves to take a step out of the center at this crucial time when our planet is at a tipping point leaning towards destruction.  

My art practice now looks like this:

New class- Eco Yoga

Eco Yoga is a heart-felt asana class dedicated to serving our miraculous home, the only planet with life, in this crucial tipping point of climate change. Rainforests are massive carbon sinks, yet continuously they are burnt down to grow palm oil or raise cattle, returning the carbon back into the atmosphere. By stepping onto your mat, you fulfill your dharma to prevent another rainforest from burning; proceeds from each ten-class package are donated to prevent one metric ton from polluting our atmosphere and furthering our commitment to climate chaos. Eco Yoga is about connecting within and to Oneness, and realizing that Earth’s wellbeing translates to the wellbeing of one’s self. Dedicating your yoga to something higher than you empowers you as a channel for that higher energy. Eco Yoga transforms consciousness and karma as we start to see and treat the universe as an expansion of ourselves. The asana is creatively sequenced to challenge, with pranayama and options to play with arm balances and inversions. (Level 2-3)

This class is offered each Sunday at 10AM – 11:15 at the Pink House Studio on the intersection of Booth and Wright in Riverwest, Milwaukee, beginning April 30!