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.

Magic of Tapas

I wanted to say the magic happens when we practice our sadhana.

The truth is magic is happening all the time,  but we can’t see it unless we maintain the tapas, the fire of motivation and discipline of daily sadhana.  The hustle of our lives blurs our vision of reality; we walk around and interact with skewed perception of what’s objectively happening.

I found this sundog when I pulled my mat outside for my sadhana of asana and japa.  I never would have noticed it had I not laid down on my mat to begin my practice.

The magic is waiting for us to connect to it, the problem is that most of us don’t have the tapas to keep returning again and again, which is what it takes to see it.  Don’t expect to find it the first time you choose to show up, or even the 50th time.  It will reveal itself when you’re ready, in other words when you’ve been purified through your regular sadhana.

The Bhagavad Gita states, “Thus practicing constant control of the body, mind and activities, the mystic transcendentalist, his mind regulated, attains to the kingdom of God by cessation of material existence… 

He(She) who is regulated in his(/her)habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system.” (6.15-6.18)

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

Katy Bowman’s Move Your DNA 

Here’s the description for a podcast that you HAVE to listen to if you’re interested in health or movement: “Katy Bowman is a biomechanist and the founder of Nutritious Movement. She is the author of several books including Move Your DNA, Whole Body Barefoot, and her most recent collection of essays, Movement Matters. In today’s conversation we’re talking about the ecology of movement. How does your movement affect not just your health but also humans everywhere, even ones you’ve never met, and how does it affect the health of the planet as a whole? We discuss the real impact of our sedentarism and our drive for convenience, and how movement can be a very profound and impactful form of activism.”  Here’s the link: https://www.liberatedbody.com/podcast/katy-bowman-lbp-064

Liberated Body is an awesome podcast: I highly recommend subscribing!  

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

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.