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What if Our Sun Salutes Could Generate Solar Power? And Other Earth Day Meditations

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Another day, another day on Earth. Look at you, you pretty little blue dot, you!

It’s Earth day, and for many of us who you still inhabit this planet, whereas you haven’t yet reached the samadhi state of levitation and you’re not Ziggy Stardust, it can also be known as Home Appreciation Day. Don’t worry, you don’t need to send a card! It’s only one day a year that brings awareness to what we as earthlings should be doing every single of the 365ish days that this lovely planet revolves around the sun.

Whether you’re practicing sun salutes or moon salutes (maybe a good idea, eclipse coming this week like whoa) or whatever you choose we hope you’ll take some time out to do a few earth salutes, ahimsa, ahersa, etc.

Check out our fun little Earth Day Yoga Meditations Pie Chart we created for you on a recycled piece of paper.

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(pie inspiration from Ann Friedman.)

Or you can follow tradition and watch this youtube video of Carl Sagan’s speech and be humbled by this universe’s majesty. Happy Home Appreciation Day! Respect.

Carl Sagan “Pale Blue Dot”

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

 

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  • The brilliance of the term “Home Appreciation Day” is that it instills a greater sense of responsibility. Or maybe the sensation I am feeling is guilt. In either case, if it encourages more people to take action, it is for the better.

    Thanks again!

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