A Peace Warrior Checklist.
During this time of soulful distancing, my partner and I have been motivated to recommit to the planet. we have been inspired to reexamine our daily consumption, reduce our environmental impact, and practice Green Yoga.
We believe that what is being asked of us now (all of us–as yogis, Soul Artists and global citizens) is to realign our human nature with the rest of the natural world. This is a mandatory alliance for the health and survival of all who live on our planet. We must attune to Nature—harmonize our desires with her needs—because we are born and sustained through her creative cycles. If we destroy her, we destroy ourselves.
One of the catalysts for this re-commitment to eco-conscious action is the book, Green Yoga, by Georg Feuerstein. Georg Feuerstein has been contributing comprehensive research and insight as a yoga scholar since 1971. His written work constituted the bulk of my early yoga studies. Written in 2007, Green Yoga was one of the last works he produced before he died. It's like a final word on the potential for human consciousness–as if awakened eco-awareness is the inevitable conclusion to a life committed to the teaching and praxis of yoga.
Green Yoga calls for an embodied approach to environmentalism, one that includes daily practices of sustainable efforts that reflect ecological awareness. Feuerstein provides a comprehensive outline of practical things you can do to make a positive transformation in our world. Incorporating these daily actions into the ongoing cycles of nature, they become rituals of non-dual awareness. When you honor the sacredness in nature, you nurture the creative life force within you—the sacred and sustaining fire dancing at the center of your heart.
“Soon, more than nine billion people will share our planet. Increasing demands for food, water, energy, and infrastructure are pushing nature to its limits.
The impacts of climate change are touching down everywhere we look”
– Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy
Green Yoga includes facing the truth of climate change without delusion: making empowered choices that contribute to planetary health. It begins when you make a list of all the things you use daily and clarify what you truly need. When possible, buy second-hand products from local sources. Specifically look for products without packaging. Use only recycled paper and water bottles. Say NO to every plastic bag that is offered to you. Carry reusable bags to hold your goods. Choose ecologically non-toxic and efficient options for your home. When it comes to environmental activism, there is a best option for nearly everything, from light bulbs and cleaning products to floor tiles and paint. Make your environment a constant reminder of the sacredness in nature. Honor mother earth by living your entire life as a ritual of non-dual awareness.
“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”
― Carl Sagan
About the Author
R. R. Shakti, PhD is a Contemplative Mythologist and Yoga Psychologist who holds a doctoral degree for her work in Mythology and Depth Psychology. Shakti is an international yoga teacher, ritual facilitator, speaker, and writer who presents a Tantrik approach to personal empowerment and social action. Through contemplative story-telling and mind/body practices, she offers a vision of deep peace and radical freedom.
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