Every time I toss away a piece of plastic, I have a pang of guilt. This haunting voice comes into my head saying, “That cup will outlast the next 5 generations of your family on this Earth.” Yikes! I know, that sounds dramatic but it’s totally true! Check this out:
It’s time to start being conscious about our consumption of plastics.
The first limb of yoga, Yama, is split into 5 aspects. The first step on the Yama pathway is Ahimsa, or compassion. Over however many hundreds of years, we have strayed from treating our Earth with compassion. We are eager to jump into higher consciousness, technological advancements, and the pursuit of knowledge, but at the cost of forgetting that which allows us to sustain life. It’s our decision now, to pay back in compassion AND continue to pursue our future as advanced beings.
We can live in a world where single-use plastic don’t exist and artificial intelligence, space travel, or self-driving cars, do exist. Reducing plastic does not mean we are devolving, it means we are evolving. It means we recognize unsustainable practices and foster the will in ourselves and one another to make the change. It means we can finally take step one towards higher consciousness, towards Samadhi.
I would never leave you hanging without at least a few easy tips for reducing single-use plastics, so here you go:
- When you order a drink, decline the straw. Make it a part of your order by saying something like, “ice water with a lemon and no straw.”
- Bring your own mug/cup if it’s to go when ordering said drink.
- Remember your reusable produce and grocery bags. We all have them but we forget them. Literally put them on your grocery list, in the car, in your purse, wherever you can find them like bobby pins and hairbands.
- Bring containers for things like cheese and meat. Some grocery stores don’t allow this but it’s always worth asking. Often times they can cut the cheese (tehe) right in front of you and plop it into your container. Same goes for bread and meat. Bonus: you get fresher stuff–yum!
- Schedule plastic free grocery trips. After investing in reusable produce bags, plan a plastic free grocery trip just to try it out. If you like it, start integrating that into your schedule. Work up to one month plastic-free grocery. Overtime, those purposeful trips add up.
Most importantly, rely on positive feedback. It feels GREAT to be autonomous over our consumerism. When you’ve been successful or not (waiter gave you the straw anyway), pat yourself on the back each time you are conscious of your plastic consumption. I promise you won’t miss plastic. Track your feelgood living and spread the word!
Namaste! Ahimsa was brought into my life thanks to Bodhi Yoga.
Kiera Lucich is a neural integration specialist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s the owner of Smart Move Wellness, a brain-based wellness company dedicated to educating and training people to heal chronic and trauma-associated pain. For more information visit smartmovewellness.com.