It is a sign of spiritual awakening to see special days such as World Vegan Day being celebrated. Focusing on this aspect of life shows how awareness is growing about life style choices to help us physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Medical researchers are pointing to the benefits of both a vegetarian diet and a vegan diet. Such diets lower the risk of many diseases. The body-mind connection shows that what we put into our body also affects our mind. Vegetarian and vegan diets contribute to a more peaceful state of mind. From an ecological standpoint, a vegetarian and vegan diet provides benefits to the planet.
Many also find such plant-based diets are beneficial for spiritual growth. Those who meditate and connect with the Light within them see that same Light also shining in all other human beings and all living things. Thus, they choose to treat other forms of creation as younger brothers and sisters in one family of God. Such people often choose a plant-based diet as consistent with their spiritual values.
It is heart-warming to see the popularity of the vegetarian and vegan diets. More mainstream grocery stores and restaurants now feature food items for those who are vegan and vegetarian. We have come a long way since the last century where it was hard to find plant-based foods when travelling or eating out. Now, vegan and vegetarian options are on the rise, making it easy to live on these diets.
This World Vegan Day provides an opportunity to research, explore, and try the vegan diet to experience for one’s self the benefits it can bring to the body, mind, and soul.
Perfecting meditation takes practice. Spiritual experiences can illuminate us in a twinkling of an eye, but we need to create the right conditions for those moments to crystalize. What preparations can we make for those moments to brighten our lives?
As people shop in stores or online for holiday gifts, there is a gift that can be given free but has a lasting effect. One of the most valuable gifts we can give that does not cost anything to buy is loving kindness. Loving kindness is one of the most powerful forces in the world.
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude. It is time to show thanks for all the blessings and gifts we received. How best can we show gratitude for what God showers on our lives?