Defending Earth is Self Defense

We will realize protecting Mother Earth is self defense.

Yoga, or the realization that the self exists as an inseparable part of the whole and our meaningful existence is found by serving the whole, is the first step to overcoming the obstacles in battling climate chaos and eradicating humanity’s egocentric thinking that Earth and all its creatures and resources exist solely for human use.

Destruction of the environment and our stable climate is a direct result of the mistaken thinking that humans are on top with the rights to use, abuse, manipulate, and destroy as they like.

Malcolm X said, “I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.” At what point will standing in the sidelines be more violent than resisting the destruction of the planet and its ability to provide for future generations?

Excerpt is from a highly recommended read titled Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth:

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Is Yoga at its Roots Anti-Civ?

I read a great essay by Terra Greenbrier, titled, “Against Civilization For Reconnection to Life!” This essay confronts our attachments to the norms and why we need to break free from the current status quo in order to realize our true nature, which is connection to nature and each other. Science has started to prove that social relationships are just as crucial to health and longevity as exercise. We don’t need to wait for science to catch up to realize the importance of our connection to all of life and to Earth. Here are the highlights from the essay:

“School, work, media, science, medicine, religious institutions, the nation-state and its military, political systems, economies, concepts like Progress, patriarchy, domestication, reason, morality, and politics are institutions that separate us from directly experiencing the diversity and inter-relatedness of the living world. Living within the circle of life, as an integral part of a whole organism, forms a basis for our relationships with other humans.”

How can we free ourselves from our dependence on civilization and all of its destructive distractions from our True Nature?

1: create or participate in catalyzing situations

2: inspire people to question human-centered, control-oriented culture

3: move towards decentralized, anarcho-communist, worker-controlled, ecologically harmonious, classless, international networks of syndicates/affiliations

4: figure out which seeds to scatter that will sprout from the compost of current society and then scatter those seeds. For example, teach people how to grow their own food, compost, mend clothing, fermentation as food preservation, etc.

5: confront the subtle, psychic logic of Civilization within ourselves and reclaim our Self from the false self that we were taught to create and project into the world

6: share, cooperate

7: earthen-building

8: DIY, permaculture, edible landscaping

Yoga teaches us that we are either living in yoga, a spiritual connection, or bhoga, enjoyment of the senses. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna warns that the more we indulge in the senses the further entangled we become with maya, or the material. This inevitably always ends in misery because all material enjoyments are temporary and it hurts when we get separated from our attachments. If we find fulfillment in yoga, or this spiritual connection to the Supreme, which is infinite and unchanging, we find eternal contentment. The Srimad Bhagavatam asks us to turn away from all of maya’s distractions such as movies, politics, even friendships that aren’t based on spiritual connection, so that we might find meditation, which is defined in the Srimad Bhagavatam as an unbroken stream of one thought on the Supreme.

To solve our problems we must turn towards the divine, and with realization that all living entities and the Earth are marginal energies of the divine, then each act of preserving, respecting, connecting with life, becomes a devotional act that liberates us from climate chaos, from the binds of society and civilization, and ultimately from the Maya and its inevitable miseries.

It’s pretty funny to see the most magnificent rainbow over a power plant.  

Is it a sign that one day nature will overcome even the most inconsiderate exploitations of the planet that supports our lives? 

“Lacking a voice, the animals’ and the Earth’s wellbeing must be preserved and protected by ethical beings who strive to care for Others, particularly those Others whose voices have not been heard” (Ontological Anarchism essay within Igniting a Revolution, page 88). <<<I highly recommend reading this book by the way.

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.

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/

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:

Bicycling into the Future

Dear Yogis Around the World,

I write as a concerned yogi that shares the planet with you.  It is up to us, you and me, and our friends, to choose environmentally sound modes of transportation and fuel.  We can reduce the miles driven in fossil-fueled cars in order to ensure that all of the organisms that we share Earth with can thrive in the coming decades and centuries.  We are at a tipping point that doesn’t require terribly in depth research to understand the consequences of for yourself and all living creatures.  At the tipping point, every decision is crucial.  Empower yourself with tools of activity that slow down climate chaos!  One solution out of many?  Ride a bike or walk instead of sitting in the car.  Not only does your fuel switch from petroleum to your yummy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, but you are also pumping your heart, moving your body in an era of sedentary lifestyles, thereby preventing chronic mental, physical and emotional illnesses!  Let’s bike our way into the futures of sloths, tigers, and toucans and humanity!

This relief print is made from recycled styrofoam used for food packaging and printed with acrylic inks that were taken out of the trash pile left by art students moving out of their apartment!

It is 5 by 8 inches and only $10 (plus shipping).  Email morganherum@gmail.com if you’d like to order one!