Monday, November 16, 2009

Green & Gold: Sustainability & Consciousness

I'm a slacker.

Last week when my wife was away on business and not using the car, I drove it to school for three days. That makes five days I've driven the car to work for the first twelve weeks of school.


I suppose it's not all that bad, though: 8.3% of the time I've driven the car; the other 92.7% I've ridden my bike. As I went to turn down the highbeams of the headlights last night and asked myself, "Now, how do I do this?" I noticed that I must have developed some sustainable lifestyle habits if I've gotten unfamiliar with the workings of my car. I have found that over time riding the bike--even in rain and snow--becomes a habit. After all, I can ride the bike for five minutes or stand outside in the cold and scrape my windshield for five minutes!

A good daily routine is important.

Keeping an evolutionary daily routine that includes the Transcendental Meditation Technique is the other half of the "green and gold" programs at the school where I teach: Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment. "Gold" is emblematic of consciousness. Every morning I ride my bike to do group Transcendental Meditation with other people in my community. It is a wonderful way to start the day. "Well begun is half done."

Maybe I'm not such a slacker, after all.

Copyright 2009 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved


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