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Vegan Ramblings: Ahimsa and The Kind Diet

#WellnessWednesday

To kick off this week’s #WellnessWednesday post, I thought I’d talk a bit about two things today:

  • Ahimsa – Non-Violence and the non-harming of animals.
  • The Vegan Diet – and what it feels like to be on the diet for 7 months straight.

Ahimsa – Non-Violence

If you want to elevate your mind, body & spirit, then one needs to practice Ahimsa, the practice of Non-Violence.

I believe, as ancient Hindu texts have spoken through the generations, that the practice of Non-Violence is one of the ethical practices of the Yamas to help discipline the mind.

Ahimsa goes further to extend the practices of kindness, friendliness and thoughtful consideration. This could also relate to the practice of mindfulness in Buddhism.

Aggressive and pushy people are that way for a reason. Even though they may violate your own Peace, they too have a right to be Happy and Peaceful, but for whatever reason, they are tormented by their own demons and project their own suffering onto others.

I think a strong foundation of Non-Violent practice will make one stronger to understand the negative energy of others. It’s all about Compassion for all living things, especially those who are suffering.

In Veganism, the philosophy is to practice Non-Violence in as many aspects of Life as possible. Being a consumer of animal products unfortunately perpetuates that cycle of slaughter, simply because one is creating a need for animal products and the Meat Industry is simply fulfilling that need. They may promote their animal products through advertising and commercials, but in the end who is buying the products?

It’s even more sad that I know many people who sincerely LOVE animals, and have pets. But, they are meat eaters who can’t give up the food addiction of eating meat. There is a great disconnect that I wrote about in a previous post. And for each individual, this dilemma needs to be addressed, or else they are in great denial, especially if they are animal lovers.

The Kind Diet

I just recently picked up Alicia Silverstone’s book, The Kind Diet.

Alicia does an amazing job with this book and it’s a New York Times best seller.

The book is well-organized and full of cruelty-free, great recipes. I’m still reading the book, but I’ll try to post a good review on The Kind Diet sometime soon.

I also haven’t tried any of the recipes in the book, but once I prepare one of them I’ll write a post, with photos.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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