Ahimsa does not only mean that someone is a vegetarian, it’s a much broader concept. It means that one behaves toward every living being with respect and attention, may it be a nagging neighbor, a scary spider in the corner or Mother Nature herself. Ahimsa makes the heart calm and full of love, so life becomes happier. And the best feeling is, when we can pass this world view to others, even in a box labeled caraWonga, as our modular carpets have been created with concepts of ahimsa in mind. So let’s look at five arguments for nonviolence and caraWonga.
1. environmental protection
Environmental protection is more effective and economical than doctoring already existing environmental issues. The pollution of earth, air and water are at a devastating scale.
Smog alerts, illegal garbage dumps, aquatic life suffocating in oil and plastic waste all signify that we cannot just sit back and relax, we have waited too much already. If all 7.6 billion people on Earth were more environmentally conscious, there could be big changes.
Because of this urgent problem, we have decided to create our carpets from 80% recycled materials, lessening the harmful effect of our product on the environment.
Our ecological footprint has outgrown it’s size for about 40 years now. For our current lifestyle, we would need an Earth 30% bigger than what we have. Natural resources are going short, we are pilfering our planet. We cannot shut our eyes on this problem, as future generations will be born here as well. This is why we must move toward sustainability, by means of lessening consumption and the use of energy.
We also try to decrease the ecological footprint of caraWonga. We create our products with a manual tool and during production we do not use water, chemicals or fossil energy.
Beyond global questions, ahimsa is a spiritual process going on inside us. It envelopes our whole being and changes our thoughts. This is how we change and this is how in turn others change around us. Those who greet others with a smile, radiate kindness from within. Being nonviolent does not only mean we do not hurt others, but that we notice them and welcome them heartily.
Our little team would not like to be faceless, we always accept questions and requests with joy.
4. human sensitivity
Vegetarianism, charity, environmental protection or simply greeting others with love, this is sensitivity, the founding stone of ahimsa. If we only look at our needs and let ourselves be driven by our senses and desires, true happiness will never be ours. A sensible person can find joy and satisfaction in the moment which others run after all the time. As the story says, the blue bird of happiness resides in the heart.*
Retextil Foundation employs people with changed working capacities or disabilities, they recycle textile waste. We have chosen them as implementers of caraWonga. Unfortunately they deal with serious self-esteem problems, as they are cast out from society. With the help of creating value and unique objects, we give back their faith in themselves and that it is good to live in this world through art therapy.
People say if you do not love yourself, you cannot love others. What is needed to notice our own positive qualities and seeing ourselves realistically, to embrace the person who we are? Looking inward, being in the moment, the feeling, the situation.
The process of creating is either a personal or communal experience through which we can focus on ourselves. During the process of assembling a caraWonga carpet we can slow down and exclude the outside world, so we can hear our inner voice better.
Following the concepts of ahimsa is a real revolution, a kind of modern hippiness, clairvoyance. It helps us to become more human in this faceless, polluted and greedy world. What could be more important than that?
* Reference to Maurice Maeterlinck’s The Blue Bird.