We are Discovery Channel junkies, but since we refuse to pay for cable, YouTube provided our entertainment for the night. I told him I wanted to watch something about the earth, something educational. Boy did I get what I asked for.
The movie is called HOME and I’m not going to say it was eye-opening, because I was already well aware of the astounding devastation humans have caused on earth, but it was solidifying—scary solidifying. I’ll be honest with you, half the time I just wanted to start crying and maybe I was even dying inside a little. If you were to look at my eyes peering over the pillow, pure sadness and disgust would have been clearly reflected.
Don’t worry, this article does get more upbeat.
At the end of the movie, all I had to do was look at my boyfriend and he knew exactly what I was thinking. (I was thinking “What the hell are we supposed to do?! This movie makes me feel like s**t.”)
He glanced down at me and casually said “Whatcha gonna do about it?”
Now some of you might think that question may make him seem like a careless butthole. But he is right—in a sense. It is overwhelming the issues we have caused society and our planet, to the point where some people just feel there is no turning back.
And maybe my thought process isn’t fully developed but it makes sense in my head. This is why I said it:
Yogis practice mindfulness: Mindfulness means mindfulness of not only yourself, but also of others and our environment. This carries over into minimal consumption. In my yoga teacher training we were often told to only take from the earth what we need. It is true that not all who “practice asana” are mindful of the resources they consume but those who practice yoga as their lifestyle know what I mean. Maybe it means to use less water or toilet paper, or maybe to have less kids or no kids. (If you didn’t know, our ridiculously high world population just isn’t sustainable, folks).
Yogis treat everyone with fairness, love, and equality: On this planet, we have created phenomenon like genocide, war, racism, etc. We have also deprived poor countries of their natural resource wealth and plunged them deeper into poverty.
Perhaps if everyone were operating off of “Yoga-Morale” they would realize the bad karma this would [obviously] produce. Well, karma is a b***h. We pay the price in hunger, sickness, and bloodshed. And yes, not everyone is experiencing these things, but everything has a ripple effect. Not only do we know what is happening or witness it on TV, but maybe it will piss off the wrong people and compromise your national security (Wait, hasn’t this happened already?).
Yogis work toward balance and purity: That is why a lot of us are vegetarians who eat organic, locally grown foods as much as we can (or as much as we can afford—this girl). We are aware of our carbon footprints, forest devastation to feed massive herds of inbred, antibiotic-filled cattle, and the guys in yellow plastic suits spraying chemicals on our produce. All of it is disgusting and terrible for our planet and it’s inhabitants. We not only want to keep our bodies pure, but also our fields and ultimately our earth.
Yogis recognize the divine and good in everyone: We all have it. We all have the potential to be warm, spiritual, giving human beings. Our mantras, devotion to Hindu deities, or simple, translated phrases such as “The divine in me recognizes the divine in you” represent the type of morale we wish to build—the positivity we wish to spread. Like I said, we are all a little lost and dumbfounded when it comes to helping society and our earth. A little positivity won’t do any harm.
Sure, some may call us hippies (I know my Dad does). And spreading the “Yoga-Morale” certainly won’t fix all of the many problems in society and the devastation we have caused our earth. But our way of life is at least food for thought. It is, after all, rooted in practice that is not only thousands of years old, but that was first focused on developing pure, disciplined, and loving minds (see the Yoga Sutras).
We are all connected folks. Nothing separates us from the poor bean farmer in Burkina Faso or the well-off mother of six in the super market. Let us bring attention to the devastation and suffering and practice some mindfulness.