We appear to be racing to eradicate green from the only planet we have, forgetting
that green is the color of balance, health and harmony.”
BY VIKAS MALKANI
As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm,” states the Upanishads, the ancient Hindu philosophical texts, illuminating that whatever is around us is a reflection of what is inside us. About 2,600 years ago, the father of yoga, sage Patanjali, explained in his seminal work, The Yoga Sutras, that most of our problems arise out of the wayward senses and incessant tribulations of the mind.
What the Upanishads and the Yoga Sutras state are ancient truths that will help us heal our planet—because if we look around, we see a picture of planetary imbalance and disharmony that includes severe environmental threats such as global warming, shrinking ice caps, unending deforestation and rising ocean levels.
Can we heal? Can we ‘go green’?
In its truest sense, ‘going green’ means we live every moment knowing we are all part of one living, breathing organism called the Uni-verse (the one-song), an ecosystem where everything is connected and interdependent.
Going green is about aligning ourselves with the ecosystem, and this begins with our thinking. How we think is the start to the mind-set we develop, the beliefs we inculcate, and the action we take. If the mind is not trained, it will focus on what we don’t have, and convince us that what we have is never enough.
Going green means we accept that everything we do affects everything else; it means we think of long term results rather than short term gratification. It means we accept the planetary disharmony we have created and take responsibility for the healing we wish to bring about.
Meditation and yoga are two key paths that help develop a healthy mind and body. They create an individual who is at peace within, and thus at peace with the world. Such an individual is not destructive to the balance of the universe, but rather aids in its realignment.
Realignment begins with a realization that the planet has a silent, unspoken system that maintains perfect harmony and balance.
Let us be wise and understand that helping the earth heal is in our favour.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
Just begin with one positive change in your lifestyle today. It can be as simple as using recycled bags or refusing to purchase over- packaged products. You could use public transport instead of driving to work. You could switch off all appliances when not using them. You could recycle paper. You could take a shower instead of a long bath. Choose one thing and stick to it.
Let’s all do our bit, no matter how small. We can change the world, but not before we change ourselves. We heal our planet one person at a time, a single action at a time. And this new world begins in our thoughts before it becomes real in the external world.
The color green is associated with the heart chakra, which symbolizes balance, growth and love, and is responsible for keeping you alive. Keep your heart involved when you meditate, and gradual healing of the world will follow. After all, we need the earth, the earth doesn’t need us.
Vikas Malkani is Asia’s #1 Wisdom Coach, leading teachers of meditation, a best-selling author and the founder of SoulCentre, a premier centre for Meditation, Mindfulness and Stress Management in Singapore. www.soulcentre.org
Photos: Sally Forrest