Monday, December 7, 2009

Yogic Action - Reducing your personal ecological footprint.

The Bible: "As you sow, so you reap"

Newton's law of motion: "To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction..."

The Universal Law of Nature or Dhamma: "One cannot perform an action which harms others without first generating a defilement in the mind - anger, fear, hatred, etc.; whenever one generates a defilement in the mind, one becomes miserable and experiences suffering. Similarly one cannot perform an action which helps others without first generating love, compassion and goodwill; as soon as one starts developing such pure mental qualities, one starts to enjoy feelings of peace and harmony.

When you help others, you simultaneously help yourself; when you harm others, you simultaneously harm yourself."

The Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali -
Chapter 4 Sutra 7: "The Karma of a Yogi is neither white nor black; of others it is three fold."

[BLACK: Actions are performed with the intention of hurting others.
BLACK AND WHITE: Actions come out of ego and selfishness, some may hurt while other actions may benefit other people.
WHITE: Action performed with good intentions.
ACTIONS OF A YOGI: These do not fall into any of the above 3 categories. Nature acts out of a yogi, so they are not really the yogi's actions and therefore do not create any binding or reaction for him/ her]

This idea that we need to act consciously and with care is repeated in all spiritual disciplines. I used to consider each natural disaster to be natures revenge! I don't think nature is vengeful though, only humans are! I realised that I need to make small changes in the way I use/eat/consume my way through life.

Wikipedia: "The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems. It compares human demand with the planet Earth's ecological capacity to regenerate. It represents the amount of biologically productive land and sea area needed to regenerate the resources a human population consumes and to absorb and render harmless the corresponding waste."

These are questions I have been asking myself lately. What is my personal ecological footprint on planet Earth? How can I minimise it?

Many products found in our kitchens, bathroom, garage or garden shed are potentially hazardous substances. Because of their chemical nature they can poison, corrode, explode or burst into flame when handled improperly. When discarded, they are household hazardous wastes.

Found a site on Non toxic household cleaning solutions.

I have purchased some vinegar and baking soda and shall try out these recipes:

Tile cleaner: 1/4 cup vinegar + 1 Gallon of warm water
Air freshener: Simmer cinnamon sticks. clove and orange peel (sounds yummy)
Absorbing odours: 2-4 tbsp baking soda or vinegar in small bowls. Place in fridge or around the house.


1 comment:

  1. Just asked my maid to use the vinegar to clean the house and she thinks staying at home is driving me mad! hee hee


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