Archives for the month of: June, 2010

What an interesting week this has been. Typically life in Toronto (from my perspective anyhow) is typically busy – running from school, to work, to the yoga studio – but generally uneventful. However, as per my last post, on the 23rd of June, we experienced a low-grade earthquake. It did no damage, but just enough power to make itself known.

Following this, yesterday, during a G20 ‘peaceful protest’, things got a bit out of hand. Police cars set on fire, stores vandalized etc. The word has spread through the news, so I don’t wish to reiterate because that is not my point of focus here.

Perhaps this is completely unrelated, but as a relatively avid cyclist, I began to complain analyze the state of Toronto’s roads. I found that whichever route I took, I could not avoid the construction and/or streets full of potholes and half-assed attempts of patchwork repairs. I began to wonder if this state of crumbling roads, and temporary repairs could in fact represent our city. We’re standing on an unstable infrastructure and trying to use the ‘band-aid’ approach as a quick-fix, instead of taking the time to re-evaluate and solve some major problems. Unfortunately, I think this is what we’re doing in the case of the worlds state of affairs…Welcome G20.

Why is it that people think that protesting will solve anything? It astonishes me that our world is full of war, violence and fear, and yet people choose to protest. Even a ‘”peaceful protest” (I still think this is an oxymoron) still has its roots in anger and therefore fear. Even before the protest began on Friday June 25th, there was an air of fear throughout the city, as stores were boarded up, police were out in full force, and army choppers flew overhead. Fear only creates more fear…Where’s the love people?

Protest is not the way to solve problems, especially when they so frequently result in violence and destruction. This morning I felt inclined to share my own thoughts…

They will never find peace through anger and violence. Each individual must change their consciousness before global change can occur. Pray for peace, help shift global consciousness!! Start with thy self…

And thankfully, a humble man and monk who I admire, the Dalai Lama, had a few quotes to back me up…

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 Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another. –Dalai Lama

 If the love within your mind is lost and you see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education or material comfort you have, only suffering and confusion will ensue. -Dalai Lama

I was happy to find there was some truly peaceful protesting happening in Toronto. Lead by one of my favourite Yoga instructors in the city, JP Tamblyn, lead an out-door yoga class just beyond the protest grounds. Please take a moment to read the articles below.

The Globe and Mail – Yoga Happening

Yoga Happening – Interview with JP

It truly gives me a glimmer of hope to see this happening in our city amidst the chaos. Through positive intent and truly non-violent actions, we can create change. Even if it begins one person at a time…

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi…”Be the change you want to see in the world”

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As most of North America is aware, there was a low-grade earthquake that made its presence known in Eastern and Central Canada and some areas in the US. I don’t wish to get into the facts and statistics because I don’t think that is whats important at this point.

The fact is its strange and uncommon for earthquakes to hit close to home. Toronto is not known for earthquakes, nor is it known for any extreme weather patterns, except for the odd thunder or snow storm.

As I was sitting at work on the 10th floor and the building began to sway, I was reminded of the power of Mother Nature. I give her a proper name here because I think she deserves to be acknowledged.  

We pave over her, reap her resources and pollute her air and waterways, and what do we give back? We are like spoiled children who receive nothing but love, but all we can do is ‘flip her the bird’ while dumping some more oil into the oceans. 

I question how many people make any greater connection beyond the fact that the ground shook.

We are constantly receiving more signals — earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides etc. — that we have been misbehaving and disrespecting our Mother for too long. She is making her presence known, showing us what she is capable of, and standing up for herself once more. Her limited resources can’t support us much longer if we don’t decide to take some more drastic changes.

I have to mention here, that my heart does go to all the places in the world that have experienced extreme devastation. As my heart was pounding in my chest as the floor shimmied beneath me yesterday, I had a few brief seconds going through all the “What Ifs”. If the quake endured or worsened, was the building structurally sound enough to withstand severe quakes? I couldn’t imagine what the residents of Haiti were experiencing as their communities and loved ones went down with the quake. I’m just trying to make a point that we must have some respect.

This Saturday, June 26th is an important day astrological. A friend of mine pointed out to me that on this day, so shortly after the energy shift of the Summer Solstice, the planets will align, forming a ‘Grand Cross’ . This is not a common occurence, and it can have a strong effect on individuals and events, as it is like two polar opposite forces coming together, creating possible turmoil and confusion. This is a day of transition. Some sources say this day will set and solidify our intentions as we transition into 2012. Whether you believe this or not, please take some time on Saturday to pay some respects to our planet.

Take a nature walk, do a yoga class and dedicate it to the peace and well-being of the planet, or sit near a body of water and send love and positive intentions, so it can be carried through its depths…

Please remember, we do not own the planet, it is not ours to destroy. We are merely visitors here…