Blessings to you mindfully breathing friends 🍃
As a collective and as an interconnected existence, we are at a critical point of transition. The Earth, Our Bodies, and all of Non-human Life are crying out for us to switch to healthier plant-based lifestyles and away from mass animal product production/consumption.
Our Lands and waters are being destroyed for non-human animal agriculture to the point that there will be NO fish in the ocean by 2048 (hugely problematic!!). The amount of land and resources required to support all animal products makes up at least the size of Africa. That is Land that could be saved from humans transitioning to plant-based living. That is Land that needs to be protected and revitalized if there is any hope of a sustainable future for our youth and all life on the planet!
All of the nutrients we need can come directly from plants without using animals as middle transporters. The abundance of plant diversity is astonishing and beyond humanity’s current understanding. But, our wise ancestors knew how to thrive from their relationships to plant wisdom and plant medicines. We have every opportunity to have this same relationship. Many Indigenous people thrived on Plant-based diets. Even the Spartans were almost entirely Plant-based! Gorillas are almost entirely plant-based creatures as well! They are super strong and powerful! Our bodies are also perfectly designed to eat plant-based diets and are healthier on them.
The amount of toxins, chemicals, plastics, hormones, and suffering in animal products is strongly linked to the vast majority of health issues of today, including cancer and heart diseases.
Not only this, the creatures involved in the making of these products suffer immensely every day, every moment, for humanity’s unnecessary pleasures. Please take the time to understand their perspectives and their pains.
For information on the environmental and health issues surrounding the Ocean, industrial fishing, and eating water-based creatures, watch Seaspiracy on Netflix.
For a comprehensive description of the health issues surrounding non-human agricultural products (e.g., chicken, cow, pork, eggs, milk, butter, etc.), watch What the Health on Netflix.
For an excellent film on fitness, health, and plant-based living from many of the world’s leading athletes (weight lifters, football players, bikers, runners, etc.) watch The Game Changers free on YouTube.
For a very clear picture of how non-human animals are treated in factory farms and “free range” farms, watch Dominion narrated by Natalie Portman and Joaquin Phoenix free on YouTube.
As we transition into healthier eating guidelines and plant-based diet, I would like to share that I have been living a fully plant-based lifestyle for almost ten years while I was vegetarian for two years prior to the beginning of my vegan journey.
The journey from contemporary animal product eating to plant-based is different for everyone. I want to reassure you that once you make that decision, it can be very life changing and life-enhancing. Healthy plant-based living is a process and practice. I think it takes patience and perseverance to refine, but it is so very worth it. Your body will appreciate it. The Earth will appreciate it. Future generations will appreciate it. Non-human animal Individuals will appreciate it. And more!
Prayerfully, your meditations and body/breath practices are developing beautifully.