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Kathy Hanewinkel

Use cloth napkins and reusable cloths and rags. At work we have our own cups, ather than disposables. Sugar from a sugar bowl, rather than individual packets, or better yet, skip the sweetener. Shop at used and gently-worn stores or yard sales. The planet and your pocketbook will thank you.

Julia Wigent

Interesting comments. Please remember no president writes tax law, nor has the power to write tax law, only congress does. The president only vetoes or accepts what congress writes. A president may present congress with ideas he'd like considered (and has a better chance of getting something written if the majority of the house or senate are of the same party the president is) , so either candidate cannot really make tax promises, or most of the promises they make!, because neither of them can write a tax bill. In fact, a president cannot write any bill. If you are worried about taxes, be cautious about who you elect as your representative (100% of the house is up for reelection; 1/3 of the senate), they are the writers of the tax law and of all laws. Talk to them, write them, demand your voice be heard by them. Presidents have other kinds of power. Recall the constitution & houses of government we have. Historically, socialism & communism have not worked, because there will always be some who has more than others, we are not equally gifted, physically balanced. We will always have someone who wants to be in charge, an imbalance, as it were, of power and might. The changes in the stock market have more to do with how we each chose to live, and not who is president. The only person you can change is yourself, peace begins with me. It is great to see excitment about our election, yet where was this excitement in the past? Why did we have to get to this point (we've been told for YEARS individuals have negative savings in the US, and individuals have to save, not Wall St) to get excited about an election? I was in Jr High at the first Earth Day, why didn't you, dear reader, take a stand back then, or whenever you learned about ecology? Ecology issues have been known for how long? Economy issues have been known for how long? Yoga isn't just about getting a mediation high, enlightenment isn't just an inner place. Each one of us has to take it off the mat and live it. My best yoga is done when I act & I've had enough lows in life where my physical practice was poor, yet my daily life was rich in lessons to learn, blessings to give, prayers to say, food to prepare & eat, work to do ethically, awareness of the effects of my actions. Since 9/11, we have not been attacked again on our soil, be aware of the power of that. Namaste

Cecilia M

I am a salesperson in luxury retail and of course an economic meltdown means less people out there shopping making my job so much more challenging!
Over time I have incorporated yoga philosophy and exercises into my daily duties and have found it neutralizes the stressful aspects of a sales job making myself immune to situations that are beyond my control.
If anyone is interested I can elaborate on the relationship between yoga and sales.

Carol Ann Bauer

Simplify, simplify, simplify!

If I can fix it, no sense worrying, just fix it. If I can't fix it, no sense worrying. Let it go. (Dalai Lama's idea, not mine, but I embrace it!)

And hold still. Just wait. I am retirement age, was preparing to do so within a year or two, and so I could very easily panic. What should I do with the meager IRA that's left after this crash? Cash? Or hold. So I wait, and hold. Because that, after all is what the path of yoga is all about. Be present to this moment, this experience, without judgment.

Count my blessings. Daily! Nurture my friendships. Nurture my relationship with myself. Nurture my relationship with God.

Just hold.

Julia Wigent

I continue to bless those less fortunate, those who panic. I continually ask Kali to bless our home, life, egos. I bless what we do have, am grateful I can pay our bills. I bless our greed that got us into this, & accept personal responsiblity I did not open my mouth more often to those who spent too much & made money their God, those who felt entitled to live beyond their means. I continue to educate myself, stay open to right answers for us. BTW: my husband is a PhD chemist, minor in nuclear physics. He tells me nuclear energy will fix several things: building new plants will put MANY people to work (& spent waste is now smaller & manageable), will release our dependence on oil, stimulate worldwide economies, strengthen us against those who wish us harm along with releasing our political grip with MidEast nations. We have a vegetable garden in a suburb & gladly share our bounty. We continue to nourish the soil, use less or no pesticides. I bless our home with sachet powders to keep it psychiclly clean, open to Christ & Kali energy. I chant more often, it seems I always need to calm the brain chatter! I give away what I know (I'm a CPA) to those willing to listen (if we haven't convinced some to save, now isn't the time to rub in their faces "I told you so" messages). I support those groups in alliance with my beliefs. I talk more openly about my political beliefs, spirituality, economy, taxes, greed, ego's out of balance. I go deeper inside, working on keeping beleifs strong, & cleaning out that no longer fit. Namaste

Avalon Solange

I just purchased an old mercedes to run on vegi oil and it has been such a great experience during these times. I am now able to lighten my expenses due to the fact that I dont buy gas. I am simplifying as much as possible. Eating only at home, preparing meals. Thinking about giving up my cell phone, almost seems like a blessing in disguise!! This time could be looked at very differently if we can learn to release what we can and appreciate what is most important, the people around us, making concious decisions each day for a fullfilling life, and working together to help each other out find the solutions that feel authentic and possible!!


I am practicing the principle of giving gratitude for what I have and recognizing that I am richly blessed. I am also enjoying Jason Crandall's podcast classes--thank-you for making these available Jason and YJ. My weekly treat is a yoga class at my local studio.


Barbara Gibson, what does your post have to do with what changes you've made during an economic meltdown. Face it. No matter who wins we'll all be paying more taxes with the mess we're in.

Being single, I used to eat out a lot but now I go grocery shopping at a less expensive store. I'm getting my hair cut at the Hair Cuttery instead of an expensive salon and I'm spacing the cuts out. I've also pulled my ancient sewing machine out to repair worn clothes instead of buying new ones.


We do need to consider our political choices carefully, but I don't think we need to feel terrified and helpless. Instead of listening to my views or Barbara's views or the television ads or news forecasters, I suggest we all go directly to the candidate websites, read their proposals. Go to a few nonpartisan fact checking websites like, read their interpretations of the proposals. Then make a choice and reserve the rest of your energy for helping to improve yourself and your local community.

Michael McIntyre

for me this is a time to continue the path of simplicity. the less material and energy we consume the less we take from the earth. before purchasing an eco friendly yoga mat or outfit, because it is eco friendly is our current mat or outfit able to last us a little longer. i look to the ways of the Native Americans who lived in harmony and balance with nature and only took what was needed. peace and namaste

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