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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