Written by Jo
As Yogis, we are constantly seeking opportunities to live more intentionally, and to create a more balanced, peaceful and joyful existence for all. As a community of explorers and adventurers, we are blessed to participate in incredible retreats and trainings to bask in the majesty of beautiful lands and the cultures, foods and other Worldly delights of those places while deepening our personal practices of wellness and mindfulness. We know that our health is intrinsically linked to the health of the planet and all beings; Environmental Stewardship is an essential practice that allows us to give back to these special places and communities that enrich our lives so much.
With April’s focus on Earthly holidays -- Earth Day, Arbor Day, Bike to Work Day, Adventures in Nourishment invites you to join in a celebration of Earth Day, Everyday -- an opportunity to honor the mending and growing of our relationship to our home Planet, and develop practices to carry beyond this month into all our days, for the benefit of all life.
Aligning with the wise teachings of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the guiding principles of the Yamas & Niyamas meant to support our journey toward transcendence and true and lasting Union with the very soul of existence, we can apply these teachings toward living our Yoga through our actions off the mat, and on the Earth.
I apologize for the absence lately; this has been quite the busy season for Adventures in Nourishment.
I am honored and excited to share this year's partnership with Sedona Yoga Festival, where Jo will be acting as Zero Waste Coordinator.
Rest assured, I've been doing a lot of writing, still -- here's a blog post I wrote for SYF; you can check it out to learn more about this wonderful event, and the meaning behind the Zero Waste movement...
"To be wise, we have to examine our intention to ensure that it is free from delusion. The ends do not justify the means. If our actions will bring harm to others, even in the service of some 'good', they are almost certainly deluded. If our actions do not come from a kind heart, from loving courage and compassion, they are deluded. If they are based on a distinction between "us" and "them", they stem from delusion. Only to the extent that we act from the wisdom of no separation, understanding how we are woven together, will our intention bring benefit." (Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart, 264)
When I first became a formal student of plant medicine over a decade ago, I immediately fell in love with the medicine of burning plant material -- smudging, as it was introduced to me. I was transported into one of my childhood memories of building and burning a fire made of hard and soft wood, pinecones and dried needles, and the feeling of comfort, protection and purification that accompanied the warmth and beauty of smoke and flame.
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability