"Look for opportunities throughout your day to practice compassion towards yourself & towards others. Compassion is peace in action" - KM
Day #30 - #goWFPB - A WFPB Lifestyle & Compassion
Like many of you, I initially made the decision to adopt a Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle for health reasons. I had been a vegetarian (on & off, with a stint or two as a "pescatarian") since I was about 15. But completely eliminating animal products was an entirely new experience. I suddenly felt so much better - physically & emotionally. I never realized all the negative consequences animal products had on my well-being until I stopped ingesting them. I had more energy, better focus & concentration, & I could fully breathe for the first time in years. I would occasionally "indulge in a little dairy" on the weekend or on vacation. And I always paid the price: I felt awful - headache, tired, foggy, congested, sluggish. Physically, mentally, emotionally ... I began to realize that it just wasn't worth it.
But the more I became educated about the far-reaching & tremendously damaging consequences of animal consumption, not only to individual human health, but the global interconnection of political, social, economic, environmental, humanitarian, & moral issues, something much more profound began to shift. Emotionally … & spiritually.
I believe that mind-body-spirit are inseparable ... & we are all interconnected. So how could I eat animal products when to do so makes me an accomplice in the cruelty, violence, & torture inflicted on these animals? ... in promoting the illness, oppression, & suffering of other human beings? ... in the destruction of our environment, through global warming, pollution of our rivers & oceans, deforestation, & the suffering & extinction of other living beings? ... in the demise of our planet?
Call me a radical ... dramatic ... I've been called worse. But, really ... you can't "unknow" what you know ... & incongruence between heart & mind creates the worst kind of suffering. Mind-body-spirit need to be in alignment ... in balance ... congruent ... for optimal health & wellness. So, for me, a WFPB Lifestyle is the only choice that brings mind-body-spirit into congruence. It's the only choice that allows me to practice compassion. Compassion for myself, compassion for others, compassion for all living beings. Compassion is peace in action.
Here's a list of some of some of the best documentaries to date about the vast impact(s) of a WFPB lifestyle. Many of them are available for free just follow the links.
May you be happy, safe, peaceful & well. Namaste.