Live Loca Resolution, Day One

As I posted yesterday, my New Year Resolution is to only eat Georgia grown / produced food for a month (without wasting the food already in the refrigerator).

I wake up my hara – the navel from which the 72,000 Nadis flow, the seat of the soul, the digestive center of the body – every morning with lime and coconut water.  Because the last lime was used yesterday, and I have not found any Georgia grown ones, this morning was a Georgia Orange with Coconut Water.  (I have several coconuts in the frig, so will be using them until they run out.)

The taste is certainly different – sweeter, so not as tart; tasty, if different than what I usually enjoy.  Pleasurable on the tongue, so doable.

This resolution is all about being a locavore – those who are interested in sustainable living and eco-consciousness, so try to eat only locally grown and produced foods.

If I were to pinpoint a beginning for this idea it would have to be when I came up with the idea of a Six Mile Radius.  This is an imaginary circle whose center is where I live and/or where I am at, so that a line drawn outward from there, for six miles, is the radius of my immediate attention.  When I developed this idea – around the year 2000 – I set my focus on the flora and fauna of my Six Mile Radius, making an effort to be familiar with every tree, plant and animal that resided or roamed within that radius.

For example, I live in the Piedmont plateau region, located in the eastern United States, between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Appalachian Mountains.  This region extends from New Jersey in the north to central Alabama in the south; I live in northeast Georgia.

Living this way – aware of my surroundings, the seasonal changes, the weather, the wild edible or medicinal herbs, the migration of birds and beasts – wed me to an intimacy with Earth both profound and beautiful.

Then, around 2005 or about, I was explaining my thoughts and experiences on this to a friend when they observed, “Your talking about bioregionalism.”  So I researched this idea and discerned that ‘yes’, my Six Mile Radius was indeed a form of bioregionalism.

At this point, I’m sure more than a few of you reading this blog are wondering, “What does any of this have to do with Yoga or being a Raw Vegan?”  Well, through the filters of my life experience .. Everything!

Yoga and awareness of environment are intimate bedfellows, as are Live Vegans.  Residing in calmness is integral to Yoga and Live Veganism.  Positive affectation is a cornerstone of Yoga and Live Veganism.  A profound sense of Self is the pulse of Yoga and Live Veganism; as is the dance of pure consciousness.

How?  Well, let’s look at each individually.

-Yoga and awareness of environment are intimate bedfellows, as are Live Vegans.  Yoga asanas (poses) mimic environmental expression, so that what is external, of the world, is mirrored internally.  This explains how Yogi’s view the world – that nothing is separate from them, that at the most elegant level, we are all related.  Live Vegans express this as well by not eating meat, which is the expressive ecology of horrendous living conditions, suffering, illness, and lingering death.  True Yogi’s are vegetarians / Shakahara (shaka = vegetable; ahara = eating, taking food) for they respect living beings, so seek not to harm them (ahimsa / non-harming, non-injury).

-Residing in calmness is integral to Yoga and Live Veganism.  Yoga recognizes three body types: sattva, rajas and tamas.  The lowest of the three – tamas – is darkness, death and destruction, ignorance, irresponsibility and insensitivity.  Tamas is an agitated condition, a condition of stress and depression, of inactivity and lethargy, so far removed from calmness and light.  The Live Vegan lifestyle is far removed from darkness because the foods they eat and the water they drink are filled with purity and wellbeing.  Yogis do not eat tamasic foods, such as meat, fish, egg, fried or stale food.

-Positive affectation is a cornerstone of Yoga and Live Veganism. The Five Points of Yoga, as condensed by Swami Vishnudevananda, are:  Proper Exercise, Proper Breathing, Proper Relaxation, Proper Diet, and Positive Thinking & Meditation.  So the very idea of being positive in thought, word and deed is integral to Yoga.  Likewise Live Vegans whose lifestyle choice reflects their innermost ideas on vibrant health, joyful mind, and peaceful being.

-A profound sense of Self is the pulse of Yoga and Live Veganism; as is the dance of pure consciousness.  A true Yogi is one who has arrived at a profound sense of Self, of the Absolute Reality, or that which abides at the core of every soul.  Live Vegans may not necessarily recognized this consciously, but certainly feel compelled by ‘something’ at their ‘core’ that prompts them to live, eat and drink as they do.

Combined, these four statements – shared by both Yogis and Live Vegans – are aspects of a sustainable lifestyle, an eco-conscious awareness, a bioregional perspective, and a locavore outlook.

Breath Well, Smile Often!

Yogini Valarie Devi


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. cleanse diet
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 05:50:47

    There are some interesting points in this. Good article. Thanks!


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