They collectively decided to focus their resources, time and energy on living with minimal impact on the earth and a large impact on the community. They had a garden and sold fresh tomatoes and other vegetables, their own chickens with income from selling the eggs. They hosted fund-raiser parties for activist student groups, and at their parties you could witness group yoga, crochet, painting and creating of all sorts. Weekly meetings, projects and community learning kept the group tight-knit and inspired. They only bought recycled eco-friendly paper products, and food sourced from local farms and stores with excellent employee satisfaction. They were proud of their minimal waste, compost, all-natural soaps and products, and an attitude of care for the earth.
This place inspired a being that was already inside me urging to come out, and showed me that there is a different way to live that is more connected with the cycles of life and nature. This new inspiration also gave a beautiful perspective to my yoga practice, something that also pushed me in the direction of connection with nature, connection with what is.
I was lucky enough during college as well, to come across Erica Kaufman and Lila Yoga. Throughout those years and years to come, Lila (Divine Play) become the bridge between my lifestyle, my individual state, and the universe as whole. When I learned about all the environmental problems our earth is facing during my studies, it was depressing for me and I felt that there is nothing I can do. I felt so small and that no matter how hard I tried, the difference I could make would be so negligible that it’s not really worth it.
Through the Lila Yoga practice, I understood that even though my body is small, my consciousness can pervade the entire Universe. My thoughts, words and actions create trajectories that ride infinitely through space and time. The more I fill that space and time with positivity, love, connection, abundance, gratitude, generosity, and care, the more the universe is full of these things. I saw clearly that my body is a mirror to the earth and to everything in the universe, and that I have a duty and a privilege to take sweet care of this body, the earth, and those around me. Through that worthy work, the whole universe is affected.
This laid the groundwork for my 5 years of travel and exploration of this beautiful earth, her people, and my spirit.
So then how did I start traveling? The story comes next time. Ciao ~~
Did you have an awakening that changed your perspective from what you had growing up? What inspires you to make change?