Aloha Beloved Ones~
In my blog for July, I shared the first of my 10 Compelling Reasons to Choose a Plant-based Diet.
If you haven’t already read that one, I highly recommend that you go back & read that one first because my blog for August builds on that foundation.
If you have already read the foundation, then let’s dive into compelling reason number # 2.
Here is an excerpt from my most recent book, Feel Good Now~ How To Feel Your Best & have Your Best to Give
Compelling Reason #2
2) Eliminate World Hunger and Starvation
It takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat. All that plant food can be used much more efficiently if it is fed directly to people.
One acre of farmland can feed 20 times as many people who are eating a GLAD vegan diet than those eating a SAD diet.
If the United States would reduce its consumption of the SAD diet by just 10%, every one of the 60 million people per year, who would otherwise die of starvation worldwide, could be fed.
Is any meat, dairy product or egg worth not eliminating starvation worldwide? Help end world hunger by choosing a GLAD vegan diet!
The Yoga of Ahimsa
According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the very first principle of ethical perfection upon which the entire science & art of Yoga is based is Ahimsa.
Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word that means non-violence. It means to do our best to not cause harm in our thoughts, words & actions.
Every day we have the opportunity to practice Ahimsa (non-violence) with our dietary choices. Every dollar that we spend on food is a vote for either cruelty or lovingkindness, devastation or sustainability.
When we choose the Glad Diet, which consists of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains & legumes we are choosing Ahimsa (non-violence). When we choose the Sad Diet, which consists of meat, fowl, fish, dairy & eggs we are choosing Himsa (violence).
What are you voting for?
We are all compassionate by nature. It is just that most people have have been socially indoctrinated from the time of birth by their parents, teachers, clergy, all forms of media & our culture at large, to somehow disregard the horrific suffering that our dietary choices cause to the animals, the environment & to human health. So let’s take the blinders off & wake up from this cultural trance!
Many people who practice Yoga & those who consciously embrace a Spiritual path, recite some type of prayer to the effect of, ” May all beings be free from suffering & filled with Peace, Joy, Love & Light.”
So, here is the first of my 10 Compelling Reasons to Choose a Plant-based Diet from my new book, Feel Good Now~ How to Feel Your Best & Have Your Best to Give, to inspire more compassionate dietary choices that are in alignment with the values that we hold dear!
Supercharge Your Wellbeing with The Lovingkindness Diet and Lifestyle
What we eat has a huge impact on how we feel! If you really want to feel your best and have your best to give, I highly recommend supercharging your wellbeing with The Lovingkindness Diet and Lifestyle. Why? Because what goes around comes around!
If you choose food that is kind to the animals, the environment and to your own health, kindness is what will return to you on all levels!
“Kindness is the highest form of Wisdom”
10 Compelling Reasons to Choose The Lovingkindness Diet and Lifestyle
Problems existing on Earth today include drought, deforestation, climate destabilization, pollution, depletion of farmlands, ocean devastation, energy shortages, world hunger, disease, animal suffering, domestic and global violence, and so much more.
Few people are aware that what we eat is directly related to the crises that we face on Earth today
The SAD–meaning the Standard American Diet, which consists of meat, fowl, fish, dairy and eggs–is one of the major causes of all of these problems. It is also one of the major causes of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and a multitude of other health issues.
By choosing the GLAD vegan diet–which consists of fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds–all of these problems can be reversed! GLAD, in this context, stands for the Global Loving Ahimsa Diet.
Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word that means non-violence. It is high time to connect the dots and make some new choices for the benefit of one and all! So here are 10 compelling reasons to choose a compassionate plant-based diet!
- Animal Welfare
- Eliminate World Hunger and Starvation
- Reverse Water Shortage
- Reverse Deforestation
- Reverse Global Warming
- Reverse Pollution
- Increase Energy
- Improve Nutrition and Health
- Eliminate Modern Day Slavery
- It Is the Right Thing to Do!
Although most people are more familiar with their pets– such as cats, dogs, parakeets, etc.–than they are with cows, pigs, chickens and sheep, animals used for food are as intelligent and able to feel pain as the animals with whom we share our homes.
Pigs can learn to play video games and chickens are so smart that their intelligence has been compared by scientists to that of monkeys.
- More than 60 billion land animals and over a trillion marine animals are killed every year for meat, seafood, dairy and eggs!
- The vast majority of these animals are kept in factory farms, which are like concentration camps for animals and cause horrific suffering to the animals.
- These factory farms are disease-ridden to the extent that animals are fed, injected and sprayed with antibiotics, insecticides and other toxic substances just to keep them alive
- Animals are injected with hormones to make them grow fatter and faster
- Dairy cows are injected with hormones to make them produce more milk
- Since the meat, dairy and egg industries are based on supply and demand, by purchasing and eating these products you are being an agent of this horrific cruelty
- You are also ingesting these toxic substances, plus the biochemistry of misery and terror that is aroused by the mistreatment and slaughter of these living beings. Is any meat, dairy product or egg worth causing this unnecessary suffering to these precious animals? Let’s remember to treat others as we would like to be treated. What goes around comes around!
- Every vegan saves more than 100 animals each year. Choosing vegan foods over meat, eggs and dairy products is an effective way to prevent suffering and eliminate animal abuse. With every bite you take you are either voting for cruelty or lovingkindness toward the animals, the environment and your own health. So choose wisely!
Aloha Beloved Ones~
Given the current state of the world that we live in‚ there is a lot of room for fear‚ anxiety & depression. It is no surprise that one in 6 Americans take some kind of psychiatric drugs including antidepressants‚ anxiety drugs, sedatives‚ sleeping pills & antipsychotic medication.
Here is an excerpt from my new book‚ Feel Good Now ~ How to Feel your Best & Have your Best to Give to shed Light on this topic. I hope that it brings you peace & comfort‚ to have & to share!
Love & Blessings~~Angel
The Cosmic Surgeon
There are two approaches that are needed to feel good now on a consistent basis.
One is to implement the practices that help us to rest in the peace that is our very own True Nature and is the substratum of our existence.
The second approach is to remove the disturbances that interfere with the experience of that peace.
One thing that can hold me back from feeling good now, if I am not very careful, is being upset by all the cruelty in this world.
It is incomprehensible to me how people can be so cruel to other people, to the animals, and to our precious Mother Earth.
This has been a major source of disturbance to me.
Here is a very recent example of a situation that I allowed to deeply disturb my Peace.
I am a partner in conscience, with Amnesty International, which is an organization that works very hard to abolish torture and to replace darkness with Light.
It came across my computer screen that a young man in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes in public, for blogging.
This young man did not commit rape, or murder, he simply had a blog that encouraged free thinking and free speech. In my code of ethics, blogging is not a crime, but flogging is.
I signed the petition to have this sentence lifted. I made a monetary contribution to the cause. I posted it on my Facebook page asking my friends to sign the petition, as well.
I called the Embassy recommended by Amnesty International to make my voice heard, literally.
I prayed with all of my heart, might and Soul to God for the enlightenment in consciousness to lift this sentence from this young man.
After all that, even though Amnesty International was able to obtain a lot of signatures to put an end to this cruel torture, it came across my email, that the first 50 lashes of this cruel sentence were carried out, and that it was scheduled to continue every Friday until the 1,000 lashes were complete.
When I read that, I felt sooooo sick. I went to the Waterfall and just started sobbing in such deep sorrow.
I sobbed a Waterfall of tears for that and for all of the ignorance, cruelty and suffering, in this world, that that torture represented.
If you are anything like I am, I imagine that the cruelty in this world disturbs your peace, too.
So, how do we return to our peace, and stay rooted in it, when we live in such an insane and cruel world?
What can we do to abolish this cruelty and replace it with lovingkindness?
Seeking the answers to these vitally important questions has been a deep source of inquiry for me.
I started asking my Beloved Gurudev these questions, from many different angles, from the age of 16 until he left his physical Body Temple in 2002.
I will now share with you what I have found out from years of inquiry, with the hopes that this understanding will help to bring you peace.
Here are the Teachings that Swami Satchidananda gave me to shed Light on these crucial questions.
Gurudev often transmitted his Teachings by telling us stories. These stories have served as guiding Lights for me since I was 16 years old. I still refer to them now to regain my peace, and often share these stories to bring comfort to my friends and students.
First, he told us the story about when there was a car accident and a doctor was called to the scene. Upon seeing the bloody injuries, the doctor fainted.
Then, another doctor had to be called to the scene to administer to both those injured in the car accident and to the first doctor.
So, Gurudev said, “If you want to be effective in whatever your service may be, you must be sympathetic and compassionate, but still keep your balance and peace.”
When I allow myself to get upset by the cruelty in this world, I am just adding to the suffering here, rather than alleviating it.
By keeping my peace, I have my full faculties available to contribute to the solution, rather than adding to the problem.
When I remember this, I do my best to keep my peace no matter what, because I recognize that that is the most beneficial choice.
The second story that Gurudev told us was about the Cosmic Surgeon.
He said, “Imagine that you came from a remote place and you had never heard of surgery. Then, you walk into a hospital and you see a man cutting off the leg of a small child.
If you had never heard of surgery, this would, of course, appear to be very cruel to you. But, if you understood surgery, you would understand that the surgeon was amputating the leg of the child in order to save his life.
So, even though it appeared to be cruel, if you understood surgery, you would know that there was benevolence behind the surgeon’s action.”
Similarly, Gurudev said, “God is the Cosmic Surgeon. He is sticking in the knife which appears to be cruel, but if you understood Cosmic Surgery, you would know that there is benevolence behind it.”
Gurudev went on to say that until you can understand Cosmic Surgery, you have to go on the faith that there is benevolence behind it, even though it does not appear to be that way.
Now, at this point, I want to highlight that this does not mean that we should not do everything within our power to alleviate suffering as Divinely guided. It simply means to do your best and trust in the rest.
I have found that taking refuge in this Teaching helps me
to be more peaceful. When I am more peaceful, I become more effective in fulfilling my Swadharma (Divine Purpose).
“It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all of its tainted glory, and still love it.” – Oscar Wilde
I later received an email from Amnesty International stating that the lashings to the young man in Saudi Arabia have not been carried out for the past 12 weeks due to the mounting pressure and outcries from the International community. This is a glimmer of hope, for which I am deeply grateful. It is evidence that our thoughts, prayers, calls, and donations do, in fact, make a difference.
God bless Amnesty International and all who are contributing to the efforts of abolishing torture, worldwide.
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Living a purposeful, Dharmic life is the foundation for truly feeling your best and having your best to give!
Aloha Beloved Ones~
Given the current world situation‚ there is a lot of uncertainty & fear.
I love the quote‚ “It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.”
So how do we light that one small candle & how do we become that Light?
As Gandhi said‚ “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
In order to be that Light & to share that Light‚ we need trust.
When we choose trust & Divinely guided right action instead of fear‚ we can inspire others to do the the same by our example‚ as well as through the ripple effect.
Scientists describe this in terms of mirror neurons. Simply put‚ this means that our feeling tone & behavior affects those around us. So‚ if we are feeling & emanating peace & trust‚ it is contagious! Those around us will pick up on it & it will bring comfort to them. Then‚ this feeling of peace & trust spreads to others with whom they come in contact.
Here is an excerpt from my latest book‚ Feel Good Now~ How to Feel Your Best & Have Your Best to Give entitled “Trust is a Must!”
I hope that it brings you peace so that you can feel it‚ be it & share it with this world that so desperately needs it!
Love & Blessings~~Angel
Trust is a Must
Trust brings peace.
In being a student of the great enlightened Yoga Master, Sri Swami Satchidananda, for over 40 years, here are the most valuable Teachings that I learned from him!
These are the Teachings that I take refuge in on a daily basis to glide through this life experience:
- “Trust in God and fear, do not go together. If you trust in God, you know that God gives you everything that you need and takes away everything that you don’t need.”
- “Put the entire responsibility on God’s shoulders!”
- “God is taking care of everything, every minute. Leave it to Him. It is not that He is waiting for you to leave it to Him. He is already taking care of everything whether you leave it to Him or not. Know it, and your life will be so happy, you can enjoy every minute.”
- “It is all his name, all his form, all his deed and all for good.”
If we really take these Teachings to heart, we will be free from worry here, now and eternally!
You would feel good now!
So, why not put yourself on a worry-free diet!
This does not mean that we don’t have to take Divinely guided right action.
It just means to move forward from a feeling of trust rather than from fear, as expressed in the proverb,
“Trust in God and tie your camel.”
I also love and find comfort in this quote from A Course in Miracles: “If you knew who walks beside you on this path that you have chosen, fear would be impossible.”
“Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves you.” – Tony Robbins
Think of all the trillions of details that work out every day. This will strengthen your trust!