I survived the People’s Climate March here in DC this past weekend; I say survived because it was seriously hot and relentlessly sunny.
Of course, the march itself was about survival, a protest against the United States government’s refusal to recognize that unregulated Capitalism’s antagonistic relationship with nature is literally a threat to our survival.
Natural though it may seem for yogis to be environmentalists, there’s another thing to consider: abhinevesa, clinging to life, otherwise known as ‘fear of death’. In Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras, fear of death is listed as one of the obstacles to yoga. If our environmental activism is motivated by fear of death, one could argue that we’re embracing an obstacle to yoga rather than trying to overcome it. If we’re supposed to be detached yogis then maybe our attitude about climate change should be, ‘whatever.’ [Read more…]