On my way to the Keystone XL/Tar Sands Protest in DC

My very first post of the new website..... I've made an important decision to head down to Washington DC today to protest the building of the "Keystone XL" Pipeline.  It will be my first act of civil disobedience. I may get arrested. I'm excited and nervous.

I'm going for the millions of animals, fish, and birds that have been displaced and killed by the Canadian Tar Sands project. I'm going for the millions of animals, fish, and birds that have and will go extinct because of our reliance and use of burnable fuels. I'm going for the thousands of indigenous people that have been displaced in Canada from their native lands. I'm going for the thousands of Americans who's homes, lands, and health will be affected by the pipeline.

The semi-good news is that the permit is on Obama's desk....all he has to do is approve or deny it.... no congress intervention or hostage taking!!

Some people have been asking me what they can do to help......

THREE SUPER-EASY things......

1. LEARN what the Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline and the implications to millions of acres of wilderness, and millions of animals. Here are a couple of youtube videos to get you started..... [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2WhUldiXZo&feature=youtu.be] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmnoaMFZ5lY] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZybFW9d4zQg&feature=player_embedded]

2. SIGN this petition http://www.tarsandsaction.org/obama-petition/

3. CALL the whitehouse it only takes three minutes, and a VERY nice volunteer notes your comments for the president...... so easy.

202-456-1111

okay, actually there's a fourth......

4. SPREAD the word! talk to people, pass the message along, talk to people, share the petition......

Podcast #20 - Yoga and Activism

What does Yoga have to do with activism? (And isn't that a naughty word?) The Bhagavad Gita reminds us that we must act in the world, and that non-action is a form of action. Julia Butterfly Hill, upon reflecting on whether she should climb into a redwood tree (an action which saved a large chuck of forest in northern California), remembers having the realization that not taking action was the same as complicity with the logging corporations. When we are called to action, we must act.

Activism doesn't have to mean picketing, protesting, or even sitting in a tree. Each of us has their own causes and further their own talents, experiences, and skills. So for each of us, active engagement with the world can look very different. We use the tools and experiences available.

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Podcast #19 - Fire Ceremony

We offer up all of our limitations, including our mental afflictions, our unwillingness to learn, and our notions of ourselves that are holding us back. Offer it into the fire, swaha!

Asana moves through the 4 birds which alchemical symbols for elements; crow=earth, phoenix/eagle=fire, crane/swan=water, and peacock=air.

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