Quick rundown.. for people that don’t know me, I don’t often get visibly excited about things..but man I am really enjoying this Yoga Teacher Training and I think it shows!
Sure I have almost no social life now, I’m a bit overwhelmed, I feel a bit disconnected from my closest friends and fam, my hamstrings are still holding a bit of a grudge against me, I have no clue when I’ll actually be able to do my laundry ..but right now I am totally fine with that. It also helps knowing that everyone is quite supportive of my decision….thanks all!
Ok..so outside of yogaland…
What images do you conjure up in your head when you hear these terms?
green, hemp, eco friendly, organic, environmentally friendly, sustainable
The sixties..free love and peace? maybe.
Or perhaps much more likely?
Do you envision a guy with one or more of the following: a bit of a beard, some birkenstocks, a tie dye shirt, a gilligan island bucket hat, a marijuana leaf patch somewhere on a backpack, maybe playing hackey sac in the local park?
I used to and I know for a fact that other people still do (I just asked a few).
Talk about stereotypes right?
Of course there is also the kind of green celebrity type. You know, the anti-fur, only raw food diet, but I think that is a very small percentage and not the majority of what most of us would identify as typically green.
Note: I am not necessarily including or focusing on the organic food lifestyle/diet here even though that is a major part of “Green”.
Is your idea of a green activist someone that is chained to a tree out in B.C.? Or in a boat risking their lives to save the whales.. well yes, in fact for me, I think it still is.. and God or Gaia bless them..but my perspective on that is changing and including a bigger picture.
These wonderful movements, organizations and people alluded to above have raised the bar and set the example in terms of what our responsibilities should be towards people, society and the earth (although there have been the very few cases of radicalism, and use of violence that I myself, do not approve of).
Thanks to them the stage has been set for something new that is brewing, blossoming and this something is but isn’t GREEN.
So where am I going with this?.. I’m not sure.. but I think I’ve broken through an old mold, or mentality that has been holding me back from something…from some sort of growth and creativity.
It’s one thing for me to know and “understand” the obvious ie. green/sustainable is better for the planet versus to really feel it, have it elevate your consciousness to embrace a new way of thinking and use it to create a different “you”
In the most recent years I’ve felt that I’ve been constantly jumping in between two different worlds that didn’t really like each other.
One world of the “green/earthy/grassroots/vegetarian
and the other of
that being the case it seemed like I was always being viewed with an air of suspicion, distrust. I was a spy for the “other” side.
So what happens when these two worlds collide and work together for a change?
I’m not sure.. but I now know….
It is possible to be spiritual and still make money. Designer organic cotton jeans can be the most stylish around. There is such a thing as ethical investing. That hemp shirt can be trendy. Tie Dye can be passé. That soya skirt can be cutting edge and perhaps a little too revealing. Hugging and saving a tree can be part of a Corporate Team Building exercise. Corporations do offer volunteer grants to employees. Bartering and Energy exchange does work.
For me…that dream home is indeed one with style…bamboo flooring, kitchen cupboards made from Kirei Boards, recycled tire tiles, non toxic wallpaper, hemp zafus and zabutons around the floor level diningroom table made from reclaimed/recycled wood.. etc…
Now, I am by no means a perfect mr. green and super eco-man. I’ve got a long way to go and a lot to learn.
But you know what? The more effort I go through in finding and trying just ONE environmentally friendly product (even if it is a bit more expensive) the better I feel. The more I connect with this feeling the more I want to create, the more I want to contribute, the more confident I feel about my business, about myself.
The great thing is that in most cases I find the environmentally friendly option just as functional, just as comfortable.
Note: one major exception, I have yet to come across an all natural deodorant that worked or that I liked. :( (Suggestions?)
Just as stylish?..well maybe not just yet..but that’s the point. I still want to be fashionable.
The new Green culture doesn’t fit the common stereotype and doesn’t need to have the word “Green” in it. Green is just becoming the norm.
I love all my hemp shirts, I love my organic natural bodywash and my organic food delivery service. I feel better eating off of plates that were just washed with my all natural dish soap. I love yoga. My sensitive skin loves my all natural shaving gel. It makes me feel good.
I like my expensive dress shirts, my lululemon yoga pants, my toe covering super comfy sneakers, my short cropped hair, my stylish but yes leather shoes for the office (haven’t found an alternative that I like). I love that mid range priced bottle of red wine. It makes me feel good.
I want the best from both worlds and I want the best for the world.
SO what is this? Again, I don’t know…but it seems like a new culture of creativity and responsible consumption/distribution is being born. We are no longer in the information age.
So whatever this thing is called be it “Conscious Capitalism?”, “GUPPYism?”, or whatever…. I want to be a part of its hopefully healthy evolution..
I think that two websites in particular are creating great forums and venues where this type of conscious community can come together and work towards a New Green Order are…
check them out.