The Five Things I've Learned After Being Vegan for Five Years

The Five Things I've Learned After Being Vegan for Five Years

June 1st marks my five year anniversary of switching to a vegan lifestyle and in honour of this landmark day, I thought I'd write about some of the major lessons I've learned along the way. 

In many ways, not that much has changed. The last time I ate meat was two decades prior anyway and the amount of dairy alternatives (cheeses, milks and yogurts) has sky rocketed to the point where I don't even feel I'm making any sacrifices but still, veganism has fundamentally changed my life in many other ways. I'm now constantly aware of the complexity of adequate nutrition, sustainability issues, and even political factors that affect the health and lifestyle of our generation. I'm healthier (although more on this below) and savvier, snapping up seasonal produce and bulk-buying kitchen essentials like grains and pulses. I feel a consistent kind of inner peace from knowing that I'm doing all that's in my power to protect the environment but on the flip-side, when I slip (and that I do) the feeling of guilt (or eco-anxiety as they say) become very real. It has been far from a perfect journey and there is a lot I learned along the way with I'm sure, more to follow.

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Kidney Meridian: Yin Yoga Sequence for Women’s Health

 Kidney Meridian: Yin Yoga Sequence for Women’s Health

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the human body is energized through specific internal paths, otherwise known as meridian lines, along which the life force, otherwise knows as chi, travels.   There are twelve major meridians that run on both side of the body, mirroring one another. Each of these pairs is associated with specific organs and working with them through holistic practices such as acupuncture, massage or yin yoga are believed to have specific healing effects. This article will explore the kidney meridian and it’s relation to female reproductive health in specific.

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A Beginners Guide to Meditation (With Four Practical Techniques)

A Beginners Guide to Meditation (With Four Practical Techniques)

It’s official, meditation has become mainstream. An increasingly huge range of people, from CEO’s running multi billion dollar businesses to pre-teens over-bursting with energy during school time, are embracing the practice with open arms.  Scientific evidence overwhelming supports it’s benefits - meditation has been shown to reduce our stress levels, improve our concentration and physiologically, benefit our cardiovascular health and immunity too. This all illustrates that taking some time out of our day to meditate has the potential to greatly improve the feeling and productivity of the rest of it. No wonder the world has caught on! So, how exactly do you meditate, aside from in a lotus position in some remote cave? There is no one right approach that will suit everyone and if you've never tried meditation before, consider giving a few different options a go to see which will resonate with you most.

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When Life Appears Unfair & Nothing Goes According to Plan

When Life Appears Unfair & Nothing Goes According to Plan

I recently came across a beautiful poem that made a deep impression on my psyche. It was lighthearted but very meaningful and it managed to stick with me for the past few days, to the point here I'm now drawn to share it. It's a gentle reassuring reminder that we are only responsible for our own path and should not let the actions of others interfere with our truth.  And our actions and character should be coming from a place of love, deep within, uninfluenced by our circumstances and without seeking external rewards.  And when we seemingly do everything possible right without receiving any support in return, we should keep doing it anyway, because it's our truth.  People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

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The Importance of Daily Spiritual Practices

The Importance of Daily Spiritual Practices

I’ve observed that many people now turn to holistic practices such as yoga and meditation in times of turmoil and this is wonderful as they offer a way to heal without trying to numb which has been the dominant approach for us in the West for some time. But with time, these practices tend to be pushed to the sidelines as we begin to feel better, get busier and generally get sucked back into what we consider to be the ‘real world’. 

This is unfortunate because the value in finding such time for ourselves extends far beyond healing what already hurts. It can also provide us with motivation, mental clarity and meaning so we can aim to be our best more consistently. My own practice slipped in the past couple of months as I spent all my time travelling and given the chance to reflect on this recently, I noticed my usual levels of intention and mindfulness lower too.  My mind can provide a thousand excuses for why this is OK but thankfully I know better than to listen to that. 

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