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.
As I embark upon my 33rd revolution around our sacred Sun, I am overwhelmed by the many feelings that accompany me at the beginning of another journey. 33 years feels like a long time as I weigh it in my human mind -- then again, I feel, for the most part, in better physical health than I can ever recall feeling, and although I am blessed to have experienced some incredible things in my time on this planet, I certainly don't feel very wise or particularly accomplished. As I assess the reality of this miraculous existence, and that 33 years is, really, not very much time at all, it seems perfectly understandable that, to quote one of my favorite songs by Railroad Earth, "I still got a long way to go"...
That said, I have been meaning, for quite some time, to sit down and provide my loved ones with an update on what I've been up to over these past adventurous 12 months, and just where it is I am headed. I'm not sure I have answers, but I'll try....
While out on a medicine walk with my canine companion, Güstav and I crossed paths with this beautiful Coyote...
Her behavior struck me; though I have the utmost respect for one of the most adaptable species on our planet, and have always known Coyotes to be curious, inquisitive and fearless, this one seemed to be carrying a very important message with a sense of urgency and deliberation ...
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability