Archive for May, 2019

New stories

May 31, 2019

image: Yumi Sakugawa

We are in need of new collective narratives. Because the old ones such as unlimited growth, continuous profit and inexhaustible resources have proven dysfunctional.

We need free space and dream time to let our creative spirit unfold, so that we can think new stories into being.

Some new ideas have already sprouted: degrowth, simple living, tiny houses, plant based eating, ecocentric world viewing, local vacations, permaculture, green rooftops, rewilding, collectivities.

I would like to see humans, animals, and trees have a dance party to free their spirit, play the drums and sing, wiggle their bodies and do handstands, just to shake things up a bit.

It can’t be that we continue to stay stuck in patterns that cause suffering to each other. We can do better than that. I am so tired of a culture centered around money, power and useless stuff.

And I truly long for an environment centered around a spark of kindness, love and care. The same unconditional love animal companions know so well to share with us.

Wendell Berry

May 28, 2019

From ego-centric to eco-centric

May 26, 2019

These days I started to think of yoga practice as a shift from the ego-centric to the eco-centric. This is inspired by a book by Paul Kingsnorth I am reading.

Instead of making life all about myself and humans as the one and only important species on planet earth that the rest of life has to serve, can the objective of yoga practice be a shift towards rediscovering myself within the vast and diverse web of life.

It seems obvious, if yoga is a word that could mean connection, union, or intimacy with “other” or simply the all. Creating this shift is actually my interest in the subject of yoga. It seems that sometimes we over-obsess with physical posture practice, while completely forgetting to place asana as a tool within a larger context.

Of course, the very experience of breathing the collectively shared air and possibly breaking a sweat (= releasing the collectively shared water into the atmosphere and thus re-sharing it), is part of the shifting process. But it needs to inform the life choices I make.

Respecting animals, plants, water, and soil as living beings who have rights of their own. Living simply. Celebrating the compost toilet.

An inspiring book

May 25, 2019

Watch the Paul Kingsnorth documentary here.