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DharmaorDramaLife’s a drama ey? Back in the ‘olden’ days, before the era of social media and smart phones there were far less ways to torture ourselves; and I don’t mean in the physical sense. Now, with the help of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter our communications online are free to be misinterpreted by any number of people, a form of ‘open source mis-communication’ if you will.

Within our amazingly advanced digital existence we’ve created a breeding ground for paranoia and mental torment. We read into emails, ponder over the meaning in a text message and through our Facebook eyes we scrutinize the lives of others. Our existence, it seems, is a full scale and often dazzling theater production.

In an attempt to gain perspective and calm my inner self, I’m reading a book called The Rebel Buddha. Funnily enough I can’t seem to concentrate on it for more than five minutes before my phone vibrates or email dings, however I did get through the first chapter. Luckily for me and my drama-addled brain this chapter just happened to hold the golden answer, or should I say question.

Is it Drama, or is it Dharma? Dharma being the Buddhist term for ‘the state of Nature as it is’ –  real life, black and white and no fluffing around. Drama on the other hand, well, being just that: emotions, fabrications and theatrical story lines that could rival any good soap opera.

Our lives are governed by a kaleidoscope of emotions, but when I ask myself this magic question it’s as though I see situations for what they really are. Put into practice, this little piece of ‘rebel buddhism’ cuts out the mental torture, strips back the facade and clears our mind to reveal the world in crystal clarity.

Rebel Bhudda: A Guide To A Revolution Of Mind, by Dzogchen Ponlopis is available through Amazon.com for the bargain price of $10. Get free.

There’s a rebel within you. It’s the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It’s your rebel Buddha—the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It’s the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.”

It is undeniable that this ‘no plastic’ challenge is, well, a bloody heck of a challenge!
It has changed the way I live my life and truly opened up my eyes. I feel like Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense…only its not dead people I’m seeing…its plastic!
From takeaway food to coffee on the go, single use plastics have a really sneaky way of wheedling their way into our hands. It is a MIND BOGGLING battle which has me perpetually on my toes!

My little sister told me recently that she has been taking her own bags to the supermarket (like a trooper) and trying her hardest to go plastic free. She mentioned that even though her bag wasn’t plastic, everything in it was. She also mentioned that at times she felt hopeless in the face of this monstrous mission.
I have to admit that I too share in this hopelessness. BUT it is at this point that we should remind ourselves that what we are doing is AMAZING and part of something much bigger.

We are aware of this plastic pandemic which is the first step in combating the issue.
We are taking steps to break free and change our habits, whether it be using our own bags or refusing over packaged products. And most importantly we are inspiring each other to make the change.

I have noticed that this movement creates other positive chain reactions. For example, If I want chicken for dinner, I know that I can’t buy it from a supermarket. It will have been packaged to within an inch of its life so I have to look for a solution.  Say hello to my local butcher. I know that if I take my own lunchbox he will happily serve it to me minus any plastic. So there you have it, a triple win. The local butcher gains support and can continue to thrive, my meat comes from a healthy source free from hormones and my waste is ZERO. My point being; this is one person making one small step which created a whole lot of positive vibing!

Nice to meat you…

I believe in the power of an individuals actions, and as a wise man once said ‘99 is not 100’. Be that one person, even if it means looking like a lunatic! Remember that one less piece of plastic going to landfill is EXCELLENT news.
(And don’t feel too terrible if the fish and chip man sneaks in some plastic cutlery when your back is turned!)

Thank you for trying. You are my heroes x