Earth Day Karma Seed Bombs

Karma yoga is the connection to oneness or God by renouncing the fruits of our actions.  

The Bhagavad Gita states “The yogis, abandoning attachment, act with body, mind, intelligence and even with the senses, only for the purpose of purification.  The steadily devoted soul attains peace because he offers the result of all activities to Me [Krishna]; whereas a person who is not in union with the Divine, who is greedy for the fruits of their their labor, becomes entangled” (5.11-12)

The health of the planet, the purity of the air and water we thrive on effects our own health; one’s health depends on the health of Earth.  We are not separate.

It’s a little bit frightening to realize this and consider where our planet is at…

Many swamis have said that the external world is a reflection of our internal world.  How is the state of our environment reflecting what’s happening within us?  

We come to our sadhana to improve ourselves first and then it ripples out to effect our environment.

So for yoga teacher training on Earth Day, we engaged in some karma yoga, as pictured above: seed bombs.  These are balls of clay and wildflower seeds to plant in neglected spaces.  

To make a seed bomb get some overworked clay from a local potter to recycle- it should be moist but not a slurry.  Get your seeds, ones that can grow independently, and a little compost to give them some nutrients.

It’s 3-5 parts clay to 1 part seeds, 1 part fine or sifted compost.  Of course I don’t measure, so I recommend grabbing 1 inch diameter ball or hunk of clay, flatten, and then sprinkle your compost and seeds in the middle.  Fold the clay around it, start to ball it and work it it becomes an even mixture and you might be able to add some more seeds in.  If you mix in too much, the clay will crumble, so just split it into two and add a little more clay to each.

Let them dry for at least a few hours and then find some neglected spaces to spread some beauty!  Think about if someone is mowing or weed wacking the space and avoid planting seeds there…

Finally offer your seeds up to that which is Supreme.

For more detailed instructions on seed bombs: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/diy-seed-bombs

Advertisements

One Life-Changing Practice

I want to share with you a Life-changing practice that I learned at Yoga Teacher Training that years later, I still practice everyday.

Mindful Eating – We grew up learning “don’t play with your food” and “don’t chew with your mouth open” and “don’t talk with food in your mouth.”  These childhood rules fall under etiquette, and so rule questioners like myself maybe stopped believing in what someone told me about how to eat.  It’s instinct isn’t it?

Well, things like trauma, anxiety, and being overly busy all change our instinctually healthy eating patterns.  So in my 200 Hour Teacher Training, we were taught how to eat.  I found my digestion improved and so did the enjoyment of my food.  Food went from fuel status, just eating to stay alive, to slowing down enough to taste and savor each bite of nourishment.

How to mindfully eat?

– Small bites

-Chew until there are no more chunks.

-Only swallow after every bit has been chewed thoroughly.

-Don’t talk with your mouth full or eat silently.

-Take two handfuls of food at a time.

-After finishing the food on your plate, and you’re considering taking a second helping, wait 5 minutes.

And since learning and incorporating these into my “diet,” my partner Murray and I have added a couple more.

-Take a minute or two before and after the meal to just relax.  This allows the body to transition to parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for digestion.  

-Eat with gratitude.  Each bite is precious and it is nourishment from the Earth for You.  What a gift.

And here are two tips from Michael Pollan, my favorite food author that wrote Omnivore’s Dilemna and The Botany of Desire, both of which I highly recommend reading.

-Eat enough, but not too much, and mostly plants.

-Eat as much junk food as you like, but cook it yourself.  There is something magical to cooking the food yourself, Pollan explains, and that is those that cook their own food tend to have a healthier weight.
If you want to learn this and more life changing practices, consider a yoga teacher training.

  Sign up here:   http://ibw.edu/programs/yoga/

Here’s a breakfast we had while traveling in Costa Rica, obviously not following the two handfuls rule, so we took a to-go box.