Environmental issues, Health, Safe the planet, self-development, Uncategorized, Yoga

TRUST – easy to say, hard to live by

My personal Mantra is “The universe has my back” and I always considered myself a trusting person – but is that really so?
Now the time has come to see how well I can surrender to what is.

I don’t need to tell you about Corona and its effects, as they are omnipresent as soon as one uses social media. What I can tell you tho is how I handle the fears, the isolation, the financial worries. Because hell yes, I have all of the struggles you have as well.

Let’s be honest – this situation sucks. For everyone. Some are severely affected by illness and some are facing the end of their economic existence and with that dreams are flushed away.
Some are depressed and suffer even more, as they have a flat by themselves and can’t escape the isolation, some are stuck with a violent partner in a tiny flat, some have to decide over who gets help and who doesn’t.
To some extend I have many of those endeavors as well and that’s where I can see how much I have grown and developed.

In hindsight I’ve always had a wrong perception of the term “development”. I thought that, as soon as I have outgrown a pattern, I would no longer feel the challenge, but the truth (for me) is that the way I handle challenges has changed, not the existence of challenge.
Through many years of self-observation I can now see fruitful patterns slowly replacing harmful ones. I can see how my thinking shifted from self destruction to self acceptance and that is what makes all the pain and fear more bearable.
I can now see that the more I avoid all those negative emotions, the more they limit me in letting go of them. As soon as I allow myself to feel those feelings, to accept my weakness in that moment, the easier and faster those feelings shift into a state of ease and trust. It’s called surrender – a big word – but in the end, life is made FOR us and not AGAINST us.

This strange and crazy thing called life often throws situations at us, which we can’t escape and this pandemic is one collective challenge. Besides all the bad effects it has on the economic system and the health sector, as well as for all the high-risk-groups and infected people, it also shows me a lot of beauty. I feel so much closer to strangers, I feel this unity and connection with my human fellas and I know they feel it too. I can see that people are getting creative, fulfilling ideas they have had for ages and that’s what this human experience should be about – creating, fulfilling, feeling, enjoying, loving. I can feel the earth recovering from all the stress human kind has put on it and I can see how all the hectic of everyday life is replaced by doing whatever with awareness, focus (and joy).

As many others I have shifted my business to an online version – you can now yoga with me from all around the world – just look up the schedule on my IG account ulli_lives and hop on your mat.
I also realized that I am now able to spend time by myself and even enjoy it for the most part – this is something yoga has taught me (and no it didn’t happen over night).
In these times especially I am super thankful for my practice, for being able to bring stuff from my mat to my routine and even share it with others.
This crisis also shows me how little is necessary.
We don’t need all the shopping goods, we don’t need to see 5000 people a week, we don’t need dining out and so many more things. All we need is some close contact, some high quality connections, spending time in nature, eating healthy and a lot of self compassion.

If you cannot see those good sides of the crisis right now, that is ok. I can’t always see them either. Whatever you feel right now (or basically ever) is absolutely valid. No feeling is unworthy – there is space for all of it!

I see you.

Environmental issues, food, Health, Information, Safe the planet

Facts about meat consumption

  • livestock farming is one of the leading causes of deforestation as well as water pollution – 14.5% of all global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by it.
  • if every person on this planet went vegan we could stop crossing the 2 degree mark of climate change, which will probably be reached in 12 years if everything stays the same.
  • methane is over 80 times more potent at warming the planet than CO2 – so livestock farming is playing a big role in climate change.
  • ham, bacon and salami are proven to higher the risk of getting cancer significantly.
  • most soy is not consumed by vegans/vegetarians, but by meat eaters, as they (indirectly) take it in with their meat, as soy is the major food for cattle, hens and pork.
  • the average EU citizen consumes about 60 kg of soy yearly (via meat consumption), which leads to deforestation around the world, as soy for animals is mainly imported.
  • for the production of one single beef patty, you could shower for 90 minutes.
  • 100g of beef results in about 100kg of greenhouse gas
    100g of organic tofu results in about 3.5 kg of greenhouse gas
  • Veggies that pack more protein than meat:
    – Black beans (1 cup equals 50g pork or 80g chicken)
    -Almonds (1/4 cup equals 1 cup of full fat milk)
    -Buckwheat (1 cooked cup equals one cooked egg)
    -Organic Tempeh (18g equals 100g chicken)

 

 

bees, Environmental issues

Bee prepared

Imagine a life with veggies and fruits as luxury goods, because you can’t grow them in your garden anymore. You have to eat corn and rice everyday. The dystopia of living a movie-like life (Interstellar) could become our reality. Maybe even sooner than later.
But what could cause the situation that I’m describing here? Maybe an atomic war or aliens putting a hex on our plants? I’m talking about none of that, I talk about the dying of the bees.

Maybe that causes a little laughter, or you have never actually thought About these little machines at all, then you should now! And yes, I call them machines! They are responsible for 80% of plant pollination all over the world. That means, they are the most productive workers in the entire farm-working-chain (not in Sechuan/China anymore, because they are already gone there). Bees are responsible for 200 BILLION € profit per year in the farming sector. If bees, including all kinds of wildbees and bumblebees as well, are gone, so is 1/3 of the Worlds comestibles.
Agriculture would suffer a lot from what farmers and government are responsible for in the first place. It’s like a dog biting its own tail. It’s a dead end.

Number one cause for the mass mortality of our little busy friends is the use of PESTIZIDES. Especially GLYPHOSAT makes bees suffer a lot, it takes away their sense of orientation and when they can’t find the way back to their beehive, they will just die from exhaustion at some point.
Little sidefact: The permission of the use of GLYPHOSAT in agriculture got prolonged by the EU in Spring 2018, even as there are studies that confirm that this particular pestizite is responsible for cancer in human beings.
Especially the wild- and bumblebees suffer from building development, forest clearance and Asphalt coating. Their natural habitat gets smaller and smaller and makes them starve to dead.
Besides those two main facts, there is the impact of monocultures which affects their life a lot and the struggle with the varroa mite, which is a natural enemy of the honey bee, but this is something the apiarist knows how to handle (of course there are natural and chemical ways to treat that mite. both are effective, so why choosing the chemicals? Because it’s cheaper? Well, congrats!)

If society thinks of pollination, we think of honey bees, but they are actually not the most productive workers of their species. Especially bumblebees are diligent and dedicated workers. They work at any weather, they can stand the cold better than their thinner family members, and they are not as picky as honey bees. Bumblebees go for nectar and pollen and honey bees are only happy with pollen. Bumblebees also have a better sense of orientation and especially in Europe there are more and more breeders that deliver bumblebees to greenhouses all over the world. Of Course there are black sheep in the industry that just kill the bumble bees, when they start to get lazy and are ready for reproduction. Bred bumble bees are also susceptible for different diseases and it’s critical if they get out of the greenhouse and mix with the wild bumblebees, but I think that we are on a good way to #safethebees and therefore ourselves.

So what can you, as a simple Person, do to help the species survive?
Plant flowers with nectar and pollen, which have different blooming seasons, so that there is enough nectar and pollen all over the year and buy them a little winter house (you get that in most building supply stores) and let those houses face to the south, so that they have it cosy and warm inside.

Most important though is, that you watch out where you buy your food and if GLYPHOSAT is used as a treatment and refuse to buy it, if the answer is yes!

#safethebees
#safetheplanet
#glyphosatboycott

Environmental issues

I’m going down on my knees, baby!

…that could come in a sexual context, but I’m afraid I have to disappoint you. There is something going down on the knees though, it’s our planet, that has been suffering for decades and slowly, but surely it goes down and it looks like we will go down with it.

Today is EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY!

But what exactly does that mean? Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what the earth can regenerate in that year. So within half a year, the population needs, what the earth can provide within a year.

This is a devastating story and I will not leave you feeling empty, without any solutions. 😉
There actually is something we, the population, can do to #safetheplanet.

The Global Footprint Network has devided the steps to move the EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY into 4 approaches:

  • Cities -> smart transport systems could make your day-to-day life easier and help the planet to survive at the same time!

 

  • Food -> by reducing food waste (and every person is responsible for that) and increasing the efficieny in production the EOD can be postponed!

 

  • Energy -> completely cutting fossil fuels before 2050 is definitely possible. Not only is it good for our planet, but it would also reduce costs in everyones life. The technologies needed already exist, so the shift just needs to happen!

 

  • Population -> by reducing the birthrate (in 3rd world countries) we can not only safe the earth, but this also means that the biocapacity (living Standards/wealth) per family increases. We can especially work on it by educating girls all over the world. #educationiskey

If you want to know more about the topic or your ecological footprint in general, go have a look at https://www.overshootday.org/

This should bother all of us!

#safetheplanet

 

 

Environmental issues

Mayday: we have a situation here

We are all individuals, that want to express themselves and follow their soul, whatever that means. For me it means, I have to travel (a lot), get to know new cultures and explore all around the globe. That also means I am responsible for a lot of CO2 emissions, which is the absolute opposite of eco-friendly and therefore a down-side of my life that I want to do something about. But what to do about? Stop travelling? Stop exploring? Stop following my heart?

For your Imagination, a quick example. If i fly from Vienna to Singapore, I make 19.454 km, which means I generate about 5.200 kg of CO2 per flight. I would need to grow 25 trees to make-up for it ! Check out https://www.atmosfair.de/de/ to get to know your carbon footprint.

So what is it, that I can do to make up for all my travels? Planting all those trees? maybe not the smartest solution 😉

I started slowly, just one step at a time. I stopped using plastic bottles and went for glassbottles. I became really picky with everything that was wrapped in plastic, and always went for the plastic-free alternative, which felt so good instantly. As it became a routine to strictly ban as much plastic as possible, I expanded my horizon and quit buying meat from big Supermarket chains. Now I only buy from the local farmers market, or from a trustworthy butcher. This had a perfect side effect, as the meat was more expensive, I ate less and less and now I’m totally fine with vegetarian alternatives as well.

I figured out, that there are so many more options if you are serious about making a difference in this world. The first step is always the hardest to make, so give yourself time, read into it, think about it and then go for it. I bet, you won’t regret it. 🙂

#safetheplanet