Long-lasting Yoga Mats at a Great Price






What do all the mats in the picture above have in common with each other? Although the thicknesses, the manufacturers and the materials vary there is a common thread through them all.

If you buy a Bheka Long Life Yoga Mat, Solid Cotton Mat Rug, Striped Cotton Yoga Mat Rug, Kino Pro and Studio Mats, or even the Bheka CLOUD today you will most likely still be using it 10 years from now. All of these mats and cotton yoga mat rugs are high quality surfaces for yoga practice that won't dry out, crack or peel under normal conditions. Their life spans can be measured in decades rather than years. This makes them easy on the Earth since they rarely find their way to the landfill and at the time of this post our 20% off sale makes them easy on your pocketbook too!

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A Dream Worth Dreaming


"If we are willing to give up hope that insecurity and pain can be exterminated, then we can have the courage to relax with the groundlessness of our situation. This is the first step on the path."
Pema Chodron - When Things Fall Apart

Photo By Samat K Jain https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamasrepus/

I have been looking at this picture on and off for a few hours now and it has really grown on me. At first I was struck by how forbidding the landscape is. How really awful it would feel to be in this dry and unwelcoming environment. I think in some ways the spiritual path looks like that to me. Being totally truthful, practicing regular self care, feeling all my pain without looking for exits ... sounds sort of boring and uncomfortable. Like the photo in a way. The worst of all possible worlds. But as I have seen it again and again, the texture of the landscape, interesting rock formations and undulations, beautiful tough, little bushes and shrubs keep calling to me. The hiker now looks to me like they are beginning an exciting adventure, not heading into a barren wilderness. I'm guessing that if I could really get comfortable with the idea that I will always be visited by insecurity and pain from time to time, the beauty and richness of this very human situation comes out and replaces or at very least softens the fear and resistance. How amazing it would be to find oneself intrigued and absorbed by whatever comes up good or bad. To be always eager to experience the next unfolding moment. That my friend is a dream worth dreaming.

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When Things Fall Apart, Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron.

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Vegan Till It Hurts

Brown Mouse

     I am happy being vegan.  I have been vegan for decades and it keeps getting easier to do it and stay healthy.  There are a few places of stress however.  One is navigating the various sentiments of family and intimate partners but I will leave that for another blog post.  Another is what to do about animal pests. 
      My teacher once said we love all animals including Tigers but some of them we avoid.  I haven't had much trouble avoiding tigers or even bears or rattlesnakes which when I have met them in the woods seem happy to go their own way if I am willing to go mine.  Unfortunately, I can't just decide to avoid mice, or mosquitoes or bees or woodchucks.
      Self love requires that I don't just let mosquitoes bite me as much as they like.  I mostly shoo them away but I sometimes smash them, especially if they are already feeding on me.  Practicing discrimination means drawing lines.  For awhile I did go through a period where I killed nothing, but then I had boring bees that were destroying my house and eventually I broke and went after them with the clear intention of wiping them out.  Mice are a whole other story.
Brown Mouse 2

     Elsewhere in this blog I have detailed the mouse infestation I once had and how I dealt with it.  I literally relocated hundreds of mice, one by one, but I have learned something since then which has given me pause.  You see, mice are social animals that work in family units and can tell outsiders apart by scent.  One mouse alone is not likely to survive long.  Knowing this, live trapping the mice that show up in my pantry, seems at best pointless and at worst sort of craven.  Rather than killing them quickly in a snap trap, I have them in a little metal box, give them fruit slices to ensure their comfort and then take them to a far off location where they have no nest and no friends and are likely to be hawk or cat food in the next few days.  So now I ask, "Who am I doing this for?" 
      I am still live trapping mice, since I do not really want to kill them.  And I take them far away and wish them well when I release them.  I know their chances are not good but if I was them I would want that chance.  I hope they enjoy whatever extra time they have and the stress of the new environment does not make the extra days of life I have given them a bit of hell on earth.
Brown Mouse 3

     I would love to hear from other vegans about how they navigate this difficult terrain and anyone else who loves animals but does not want to feed them from their pantry.

Another Quote from Pema Chodron from When Things Fall Apart


If you are like me you are confronted with frustrating situations everyday. Too many tasks, too little time, making mistakes, being confronted by the mistakes of others. It is so easy to get angry and shit kick around in a foul mood. Going to war with your self and others. But what does it get you? More bad feelings of course. Try if you can to choose peace.

Give yourself and others compassion for the predicaments and pressures you face. When mistakes are made remember that we are human and mistakes will be made. Try to look to the good intentions and the many things that have gone right to just get you to the point of experiencing this mistake. In short, choose peace. The benefits are enormous and you and those around you deserve it.

Suggested Reading:
When Things Fall Apart, Heart Advice for Difficult Times
by Pema Chodron.
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Always Do Your Best (Yoga and The Four Agreements)

  


In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz says by always doing our best we can avoid negative self-talk. We can feel good about everything we do. Of course sometimes we will be tired, or sad or angry. We may make mistakes because we are human but if we know we are always doing our best in that moment we can silence the judge in our heads that is ready to criticize us for supposed transgressions. He says in order to be doing our best we have to be focusing on the task at hand and not the reward. In this way we can always be satisfied with our own part in things and find real happiness.




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