A group of our sangha had a lengthy discussion about how we want to live as an expression of our Yoga practice, and what we want to contribute to the current world environment. We talked about our intention to disengage from the consumer-oriented messages of our culture by practicing Aparigraha, the Sanskrit term for the absence of greed. We also reflected on the benefit of practicing Santosha, Sanskrit for contentment.
We kept searching for some way to express our desire to make a positive contribution. One person suggested the practice of Karma Yoga best embodies this endeavor to live our beliefs and make a difference. Then we noted the emergence of Spring and the upcoming observance of Earth Day, and we decided to call our practice “planting seeds for a sustainable future.”
In summary, we commit ourselves, in the daily ways that we can, to live by the Yogic values that we have embraced:
–to honor the Spiritual Light within all peoples of all races and religions
–to honor the earth, our home, as a manifestation of the Spirit
–to resist the cultural messages to accumulate achievements and possessions as a source of happiness
–to practice contentment and gratitude for all that we have been given, and take joy in giving, sharing and serving others
May these efforts bring some benefit to others, bring more peace to our own hearts and in some small way, uplift the consciousness of our planet.