From the Yoga Sutras 5 ways to be "green" inside and out

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The inner motivations to make our lifestyle greener can also come from above, from millenary spiritual traditions ... The sage Patanjali, in his Yoga Sutras, illustrates one of the most effective plans for an optimal life. Why not apply it, specifically, also to our relationship with the environment, to create real green awareness?



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The inner motivations to make our lifestyle greener can also come from "from above", from millenary spiritual traditions ... The sage Patanjali, in his Yoga Sutras, illustrates one of the most effective plans for an optimal life. Why not apply it, specifically, also to our relationship with the environment, to create a real "green awareness"?



The inspiration comes from an article that illustrates some ways to make our mind a little greener, so that we can profoundly change our life. The classical teaching of Yoga, even before posture (asanas), provides for disciplinary codes, first external (Yama), and then internal (Meat), in order to aspire to freedom and self-realization. Some of them they can be directly applied by those who want to be a little kinder to their planet, aware that it is the small behaviors that trigger the big ones:

AIMSHA: non-violence. It is an ethical practice of abstention, and it literally consists of do not harm any other living being. One consequence can be to follow one Vegetarian diet, but also try to limit pollution to preserve our habitat and that of animals or not buy what is produced without respecting the conditions of the workers ...

DAYA: compassion. Feeling connected to any form of life the planet shares with us. Identifying oneself with the planet itself. This could help reduce our continued exploitation and waste of resources. The divine is in everything and everything is the divine!

ASTEYA: not rubare. One of our biggest problems is the continuous failure to recognize ecological limits that we should ask ourselves. To appropriate ourselves more than we are entitled to is to steal. Not worrying about future generations is stealing. Not sharing is stealing.

SATYA: truthfulness, don't lie. Much information about the environment is not given to us correctly or is withheld. The help inform, always respecting non-violence, including verbal, can increase a green sensitivity on a global level.



SAMTOSHA: containment. One aspect of Western civilization is that of wanting more and more, craving, greed. A return to simpler and more natural lifestyles could be cultivated. To recycle, reuse, reinvent, but also moderation in food, limitation of consumption ... simplicity is green.



These indications are not admonitions or commandments, but their beauty lies precisely in the guide us to feel / feel a little more integrated with ourselves, with others and with our environment… What's more green?

Giordano Novielli

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