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How Will We Restore the Earth on Earth Day?

Today is Earth Day! Since it’s inception in 1990 as an international event, we’ve spent today celebrating the one and only earth we have. But what is the state of our one and only? Mashable shared 7 eye opening facts about the state of the earth. At our current rate, we’re seeing plastic take over our oceans, water and food supplies coming to a shortage and air quality and forests diminishing. What will we do about it? Continue reading

7 Quotes to Inspire Your Connection to Mother Earth

Earth Day only happens once a year but we think it’s important to remember our connection to our environment and planet every day. Whether it’s a simple thing like drinking your morning cup of coffee outside to take a moment and appreciate the green grass and nice weather or if you’ve taken the extra steps to start composting your household waist. There are so many things we can do, big and small, to show appreciation for Mother Earth and take steps to take better care of her. A lot of the things we promote on Intent  – meditation, connection, being present – are all related to the understanding that we are all bonded with the world around us. We are connected to each other and the living things on this planet, and when we appreciate that fact we begin to lead happier and lighter lives. So for our weekly quote post we gathered some inspirational sayings to inspire a strengthened bond between you and our earth.

 

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7 Animals Doing Yoga Outdoors to Celebrate Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Today people around the world are observing the sacredness of nature, as well as human beings’ responsibility to amend the damage we’ve done to the environment. Through festivals, clean-up projects, community work, and more, cities around the globe celebrate what this day means to them, given their unique relationship to the earth. Getting outside and being in nature can be a great way to connect to the land and take stock of the work ahead to promote a sustainable planet.

These 7 animals already have the right idea: Get centered, be in nature, and celebrate Earth Day with some classic yoga poses.

Padmasana – Lotus pose

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Vasisthasana – Side plank pose

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Bhujangasana – Cobra pose

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Utkatasana – Chair pose

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Ananda Balasana – Happy baby pose

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Balasana – Child’s pose

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 Savasana – Corpse pose

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How do you celebrate Earth Day?

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Giving Back to the Earth

Yesterday marked 22nd anniversary of Earth Day, a movement that began in 1970. For some, Earth Day is a celebration of our planet and for other’s; Earth Day is a call for activism. Earth Day represents a call to action, the need to be pro-active, and know how our actions impact the planet.

I truly believe the message of the Native American Proverb, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Our efforts to better the planet need to be done daily, not just on one single day out of the entire year. What are some ways that we, as the population of beings that live on this planet, can give back on a daily basis to the planet we call home?

3 Ways to Give Back to the Planet:

1. Be More Green

The term “green” is used a great deal by people talking about environmental issues and sustainability, but all of us can easily incorporate measures to be more green in our every day lives. This can be done by not using plastic bags at the grocery store, recycling on a regular basis or using a hybrid car. The core idea is to be environmentally conscious of our actions and the repercussions our actions have on the planet.

2. Take A Time Out

Do you shut the light off when you leave the room? Do you leave your computer running 24/7? Are you using air conditioning when a cool breeze can be enjoyed by opening a window? Taking a time out from technology and using electricity when it is not needed not only benefits the planet, but it is equally beneficial to our bodies. We all need a time out upon occasion. The easiest way to do this is to declare one or two days a month “off the grid”. Step away from technology and shut off your devices that have you in tune with the entire digital world. Take these 48 hours in a month and go outside, visit a park, go hiking or read a book. Your mind and body, along with the planet will be rejuvenated from this brief respite.

3. Volunteer

There are many organizations that devote time and energy to making the planet more “healthy.” All of these organizations are in a constant need of steady funds and man-hours. Conduct some light research and see what organizations could use your assistance in your local area.

We all love fresh fruit, vegetables and other local foods that can only be found at local markets. While the prices may be a few cents more, supporting local agriculture, food and goods is one of the easiest ways we can support Earth Day.

In essence, every day is Earth Day. If we all do our parts, we can continually contribute to communal consciousness of our planet. If we all do one small thing, those small things will add up. The result is a gift, a healthy earth that can be given to our children and to the future.

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What is the difference between hoarding and collecting?

“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

This well-known adage certainly sums up my recent experiences in finding new homes for my old things. Things that others might call junk, I still see as treasures.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a collector. And, I’m not in the minority, as it seems that collecting is a natural pastime for us human beings. According to Randy O. Frost, professor of psychology at Smith College and author of Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, ”A passion for collecting is a healthy outlet and an activity that keeps people connected to the world around them. But it can become a deadly enterprise when it crosses the line into hoarding.”

The numbers are a bit staggering, as according to research reported in a piece in TIME Magazine by Kayla Wembley, “There are between 6 and 15 million hoarders living in the U.S., and some 75 cities now have task forces dedicated specifically toward working with hoarders in their community.”

So what are the differences between being a collector vs. being a hoarder? Some people jokingly have referred to my kind of collecting as hoarding, but there are in fact very distinct differences. Both hoarding and collecting involve assigning special value to your possessions, often value that goes beyond the physical characteristics of the object. To remain a healthy collector, however, your collection must not impede or interfere with your ability to function, or the use of the active living areas of your home, according to TLC.

In Passionate Possession:  The Formation of Private Collections, University of California anthropologist Marjorie Akin explores why we collect, and reveals that people crave a connection to past memories.  Remember those old baseball card collections or marbles you cherished as a kid?

Akin says that another reason people collect is to satisfy personal tastes, show individualism through weird or unusual collections, and to fulfill the need to complete something.  The desire to amass wealth and sell items for profit is another reason for collecting.

The thing I’ve personally discovered about collecting is that a collection is technically never complete.

Take for example my collection of more than 400 elephants, which I talked about in my piece on saving the Toronto Zoo elephants. To me, this has become an incredible aesthetic collection, which I started back in the mid-1970s. Definitely no hoarding here, yet this collection appears to have no end in sight. Others are equally amazed by its beauty and keep wanting to contribute to it by bringing me more. Elephants have arrived from all over the world, in all shapes and sizes, made out of every material imaginable. All well placed and displayed, they add character to my home. I’ve never tripped over even one.

To be honest, I have collections of all kinds. I like to keep things that have sentimental value to me. Kind of like a human pack rat accumulating memories. Most recently, I put all my 1960s, ’70s and ’80s fashion magazines up for sale and had one very serious collector show up, only to be disappointed that the magazines were somewhat water damaged and therefore not collectible by his standards. He was kind, but strongly suggested I throw them out. Immediately. Collector that I am, I couldn’t bear to recycle them after all these years! Believing that they were valuable to someone, I reworded the ad and voilà, I found a writer/photographer who was delighted to buy these slightly soiled magazines to further her research and feed her lifelong passion, which she was turning into a book on style. I was thrilled they were going to someone who would admire and use them.

Before that, my antique bedroom set sold to a lovely Mennonite couple who are woodworkers and saw the workmanship in the sturdy old, almost impeccable set. The 1970s vintage leather couch and chair went to a great couple who were creating a spare room decorated retro style and were excited to see the solid construction and truly loved its well-worn charm. Maybe it really is true that everything old is new again.

My years of designing jewelry using recycled antique watch parts left me with thousands — I do mean thousands — of individual parts that I wanted to go to someone who would appreciate them and actually put them to use. Enter a man studying the lost art of watch repair who got some of the collection, with the rest going to an enthusiastic art teacher who was struck by the incredible beauty of the pieces. She had already bought the thousands of buttons I’d amassed, also during my designing days, to create Native button art with her high school students. Her delight and excitement reminded me of how I always felt when I found new additions to any of my collections.

We do live in a disposable world, but I have always loved the idea of reusing, and recycling as much as possible, reducing my need to always be buying something new. With Earth Day this April 22, the idea of reducing, reusing and recycling becomes top of mind again. As we all are becoming more aware of the need to green our lifestyles, it’s now less about talk and more about putting these principles into action. Another way old things find new uses again.

My basement is filled with lots more stuff, I admit it. My friend told me that old-fashioned typewriters are making a comeback and that a store in New York that has been selling and servicing them for 52 years is experiencing a boom. It’s the younger generation who are rediscovering the typewriter though, with “type-ins” becoming a new kind of social event. Hmm, come to think of it, I believe I still have my old Smith Corona portable typewriter from the 1970s in its original box and I’m wondering if maybe it’s worth something to someone, too. The list probably will never end here. Some things I know I may never give up, like my collection of playbills that goes back to the original Broadway production of Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand.

The bottom line is it’s possible to find someone who wants the something that you have. I’m always delighted to find new homes for these items and I’ve met some incredible people in the process. It’s great hearing what my collections are going to be used for in the future. My treasures, are now their treasures, making it just a little bit easier to let go at my end. Could I be making room for something new, some unknown collections of my future? Once a collector always a collector, I guess.

It’s always fascinating to hear about other people’s collections. What do you or someone you know collect?

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EARTH DAY 2011: Share Your #earthday Intent For A Chance To Win A Cool Eco-Friendly Prize!

Dear Intent Community,

Don’t forget to show your love for Earth Day on Friday, April 22 by sharing your #earthday intent on Intent.com! 

Out of all the posted intents tagged #earthday all throughout Friday, April 22 on Earth Day 2012, we will be selecting one random winner who will win a Manduka eKo Product Packag, which will include the following items: 

eKo Lite Yoga Mat

Lyrics practice tote

Lyrics hand towel

(For more information on Manduka eKo yoga mats made of biodegradable material and other Manduka yoga accessories, visit www.manduka.com

Looking forward to reading all your awesome #earthday intents.Just imagine the global change we can initiate if all of us share at least one #earthday intent focusing our attention and compassion on the one and only planet we all share.

Namaste,

The Intent Team

P.S. Earth Day 2011 is also the perfect opportunity to become a Yoga Energy Ambassador (YEA) and spread inspiration and yoga activism on a global level! Check out yoga teacher Shiva Rea’s inspirational call to action here to learn more.

 

Celebrating Mother Earth: Visiting Parks, A Natural Way to Unplug

(Photos by Jeff Silva)

Have you hugged your mother lately? No, I’m not talking about the woman who gave birth to you; I’m referring to our shared mother -– Mother Earth. April 22 is Earth Day and we’re asking you to join us in celebrating this great big globe that we live on. We’re all just dots on this big green and blue sphere, so it’s easy to think, "How can little ol’ me make a difference?" YOU CAN make a difference –- a BIG one! Today we challenge you to do something, one thing, anything that will better our world. One of my friends, Sara Bayles, picks up trash for 20 minutes a day along the Santa Monica shoreline and blogs about it. Can you imagine if one billion people picked up one piece of trash today? What if we did this everyday? Also, check out this Earth Day site to find out how this day originated.

Go Inspire Go’s board member, Marcia Estarija Silva, is doing her part by sharing her experience of unplugging … naturally. If you enjoy the gifts of nature, think about how you can care for the environment and preserve its beauty so our future generations can share in the joy.

 

Being out in nature wasn’t a big part of my upbringing. My parents, who were born and raised in a rural town in the Philippines, probably didn’t think it was necessary and I never thought I was missing out.

Then I became an adult. My outdoor activities were still rather minimal. In fact, it seemed I had gone to the other side of the spectrum. I was merging with my computer and phone. Indeed, I started feeling (and continue to feel) too connected, checking email, status updates, and tweets multiple times in an hour. I didn’t have the willpower to turn the devices off and put them away.

So it was a huge shift when I started dating my now-husband who had a penchant for visiting national and state parks. Hiking and camping suddenly became normal activities in my life. And with those things came no cell phone reception and Internet access.

I heard nothing now.

Initially, it was really hard to accept. I would check my phone throughout a park visit or camping trip and think that those bars would miraculously appear amongst the redwoods and sequoias, canyons and cliffs, rivers and lakes. Nope. Nothing. Nada.

I learned to leave the phone alone, buried away in the tent or in the car, and focus on the beauty around me. Out of sight; out of mind. It was peaceful, relaxing, even liberating.

 

I recently went with my husband and a couple of friends to Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, Calif. We all snow-shoed for the first time and we were probably the oldest group of people actually playing in the snowplay area.

There was free wi-fi access in the lodge and, yes, we all jumped at a chance to check the Internet. But when we realized the wi-fi was not so good, we didn’t fall apart. It wasn’t the end of the world. Those unread webpages and emails would still be there later.

I was somewhat amused by the first ever

National Day of Unplugging

this past March. Maybe five years ago, a call to turn off computers and phones for 24 hours would have seemed impossible. But, honestly, I shouldn’t have been so snooty about it. Sometimes a specific ask is all we need to finally do something to change our behavior.

Visiting parks is one way to disconnect from electronics and gadgets and reconnect with the simple things that we sometimes take for granted, like a 2,700 year-old Giant Sequoia or the relationships that keep us rooted in life.

If all you do is celebrate Earth Day by sharing the wondrous experience of nature with a friend who is perhaps not so use to the idea, like I was, you’ve already made a BIG difference. I hope you are inspired to visit and support your parks, whether it’s the first or umpteenth time. For more information, visit the

National Parks Foundation

or Google your state’s parks website.

PQ – Living Among The Many

“I have understood the population explosion intellectually for a long time.  I came to understand it emotionally one stinking hot night in Delhi….The temperature was well over 100 degrees and the air was a haze of dust and smoke…The streets were alive with people.  People eating, people washing, people sleeping, people visiting , arguing and screaming….People begging. People defecating and urinating….”

Paul Ehrlich 

Often when I travel through huge metropolitan airports, I am struck by the sheer number of fellow humans on their way somewhere, all  of them seeking and striving,  dealing with their own huge web of relationships and emotions,  wanting, needing and consuming like me.   It is a wonder I think to myself,  that this little blue planet could contain so many demands, so much complexity.    

Yet I have never travelled to the most populated countries in the world.  I have never witnessed a true reflection of the billions of people trying to make a life on the planet.   This year, the collective human population on earth will hit 7 Billion.   This is up from 2 Billion in 1930.   World demographers expect that this number will swell to 9 Billion in some 30 years.  How many lives can the earth support is the question and fear that demographers and politicians of the most populous countries have been asking.  

One in seven people on the planet currently live in slums that are made of cardboard or worse.   Billions of people go hungry every day and the problem of clean drinking water has already begun to overtake the fears of  depleting energy resources. The number of people currently living in extreme poverty is 1.4 billion. This is bad, but not as bad as things were in 1981, when there were 1.9 billion people. That was about 4 in every 10 people in the world, whereas now fewer than 1 in 4 are extremely poor.

There might be no more meaningful way to recognize the earth day celebration this year but to join in the work  described by Peter Singer in his recent book  The Life You can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty.”   A serious and thoughtful philosopher and bioethics professor, he was quoted saying:  “If you have bought a bottled beverage in the last week, then you can afford to help end human suffering.”   He has been named as one of the most influential people in the world and awarded the title of humanist laureate. 

Since 2009, when he launched his website millions of people have pledged to contribute a percentage of their income to help reduce extreme poverty on the planet.   Read about the idea and why to pledge here.    Recognizing that we are all one of billions and taking responsibility to care for the planet by caring for the people who inhabit it,  is a profoundly positive and loving way to live.    Use Earth day as the anniversary date of your pledge.  

Become A YEA (Yoga Energy Ambassador) On Earth Day 2011

 

 

“We must use time creatively. Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative, peaceful extremists (in service to the people). 

– Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
From the Gulf BP Oil spill to the recent accidents at the Fukushima Nuclear Plants in Japan, Americans are slowly waking to the global dangers of toxic energy. Our energy future has no borders. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat are interconnected as every community is "downwind" of the next. Oil will run out of production between 2025 and 2040. Only 3% of the earth’s water is fresh water and of that only 1% is drinkable for 20% of the world’s population that has access to clean water. Waste incineration accounts for over 30% of the CO2 emissions and fewer than 3% of the plastic manufactured is made of recyclable plastics or gets recycled. And we waste more energy than we create – 54% according to GOOD magazine’s recent issue dedicated to clean energy. 
 
The good news is that it would only take .02% of the current solar energy from the sun alone to supply power to the entire world. China has in the works to be 40% powered by solar energy by 2020 not for the green benefits but because solar is cost effective. We are abundant in natural renewable energy BUT WE CHOOSE and are dependent on toxic, non-renewable energy sources both as a lifestyle and often as an inner state.
 
Yoga has always been intimately connected to the prana of nature from the open air yoga centers (shalas) to the knowledge of synching the body with the elements. This year on Shivratri, a group of 300 plus Sadhus, Sadhvis began a 40 day pilgrimage to New Delhi demanding to speak with congress about the dying Yamuna River. On Shivratri in Rishikesh, I saw many people walking to the NilaKanth Temple as part of all-night fasting to awaken realization. During these holi-days connected to the moon and the sun, many people fast or feast, alone or with family, “unplugged” from modern energy use with only candlelight as a way to be more connected. Through that natural act of either not using energy or using energy in a special way (a walking pilgrimage), the body is attuned to a deeper rhythm AND the side benefit – you actually save energy. Quite a bit of energy.
 
If every American unplugged everything (but their refrigerator) for one day, it is enough energy to power their laptop for a year. Put that together with water saving and zero waste and we get to see the positive impact of a day-long retreat. This kind of energy Sabbath has been part of spiritual cultures from Judaism to the rainforest.
In our lifetime, there will be a transition from toxic fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Every person’carbon foot-print when added together can have a huge positive or negative impact. Each one of us is responsible for contributing to this shift, as our personal energy use is a part of the whole. 
 
Yoga is about connecting the pathways between inner and outer, microcosm and macrocosm. Now is the time to take responsibility for our inner and outer world so that we can wake-up from the inertia that is preventing positive change and realize the natural gifts of prana that are inherent in the elements of the sun, water, earth, and air that are being depleted and poisoned. 
 
I invite you to join Yoga Energy Activism in partnership with Global Green and sponsoring organizations like LA Yoga Pages to come together twice a month (around new moon/full moons) and on seasonal ritual cycles for renewal on all energy levels.  On these days for personal retreat or gathering with friends and family, we hope to inspire thousands of people to activate the power of our inner and outer energy renewal towards a sustainable future for all. If you have to use energy on these days, we encourage you do carbon offsetting on Global Green’s website: www.globalgreen.com.  
 
Please help us spread the word to your local yoga communities and help people sign people up for the Energy Regeneration Challenge on www.yogaenergyactivism.com.  Resources are there for you to inspire your local studio and help be part of 1,008/10,008 people for Earth Day, April 22 through September 22 as well as eco-living tools. Spring is the time for waking up and aligning with the positive energy renewal of life. Unplug, Root in. Rise up.

 

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Very touching and thought provoking video.
very sensible Message with the Buddha’s Perspective.
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