Yoga Gear Guru: Live on $2 a day = world poverty average

Hi Keith! Moving to San Diego opened my eyes to an issue that I didn’t give nearly enough thought to before – homelessness. There are so many people here struggling to get by who probably don’t see it as the paradise that I do. Knowing how stressed and imbalanced I get when I’m low on cash, it breaks my heart to think of the daily lives these truly impoverished people live. But acknowledging everything that these people do not have also gave me a new appreciation for what I have, and often take for granted: a clean bed, hot water, fresh food.

I would love to be able to share this enlightening new gratitude of what we have, instead of focusing on what we don’t have, with others, including yourself.

Any ideas?

-Bellayoga21

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2 responses to “Yoga Gear Guru: Live on $2 a day = world poverty average

  • krdonohue

    Bella Yoga 21,

    The most commonly used definition of global poverty is the absolute poverty line set by the World Bank. Poverty is set at an income of $2 a day or less, and extreme poverty is set at $1 a day or less.

    I will ‘live’ on approximately $2 a day, which will exclude transportation for work, rent, and any emergencies…I already have bought $1o worth of groceries for a week . This simulation mainly focused on food will give a small taste of what it feels like to live on the bare minimum.

    Thanks so much for your thoughts and I will give an update next week.

  • krdonohue

    BellaYoga21,

    Wow, your request changed my world for the good. I physically felt the craving for food without the ability to replenish the body.

    For the week, I lived on a dozen eggs, milk, peanut butter and jelly. Luckily, I survived on cupcakes for lunch due to back to back birthday parties, which is food I hardly eat but I had no choice.

    I feel for people you can’t afford food let alone healthy food. Survival revolves around eating, the most basic need and it’s so sad that many people literally starve. My complaining level about anything has decreased.

    I am going to implement a $30 cap for weekly groceries and see how I do. I will not waste anything going forward and I will diminish my romance with food…eat simple and healthy and find my joy inside (as you see, this whole post is in regards to food).

    Besides food, I really didn’t buy anything unnecessary for me besides gas which was for work. I can’t thank you enough for opening my eyes up and I hope to somehow help with the most basic need of world hunger in the upcoming months.

    Best,
    Keith

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