Why Veganism And Spirituality Can Go Hand-In-Hand
Once you become a vegan, it not only changes your body, but also the way you think and how you perceive the world around you. It allows you to focus more on your inner self, to relate to something bigger and higher than the mundane, and to place value on all forms of life.
This is where veganism shares some of the principles of spirituality while enhancing others. Here are some similarities between the two that allows them to go hand-in-hand.
The relation between veganism and religion
There is no doubt that there is a connection between some religions and veganism. For example, religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism consider ‘ahimsa’ an essential religious virtue. ‘Ahimsa’ is an attitude of compassion and non-violence towards all living and even inanimate beings and things around us. And although this may lead to the conclusion that the life of a plant should be as cherished as the life of an animal, there is a difference. If you never pick a fruit, it will eventually fall to the ground, rot and go to waste, which you can prevent by eating it. It’s plain to see how things are different with animals, which have to be harmed in order for us to eat their meat.
Even Orthodox Christianity considers fasting a way to cleanse the body and mind by refraining yourself from anything sinful, which includes food of animal origin. Plus, most of the major world religions have rules preventing them from hurting those around them, as well as rules about treating others the way you want to be treated. Well, what does it say about us if we consciously hurt another creature when we don’t have to?
Becoming more compassionate towards all that lives
Nurturing compassion and understanding for people and other living creatures is one of the ways to ensure spiritual growth, and this is something that veganism promotes. Through these qualities, you not only become more respectful and kinder to others, but you also enrich your own being.
Being compassionate toward the animals you refuse to harm for your own self-indulgence can build up into something more, compassion aiming at everything that lives. And when happiness and well-being of other creatures becomes something you’re trying to ensure and enhance, it will become more likely that you’ll turn some of these positive emotions inwards and find the compassion for your own self as well.
By being mindful of what you eat, what you treat yourself with and what you put your body and mind through, you can improve their state. And your diet isn’t the only thing you can change for the better. Choosing vegan and cruelty-free beauty products is another way to be kinder to animals, yourself and the planet. Quality products such as Esmi skin minerals provide you with excellent skincare and peace of mind, knowing that no animal was harmed in order for you to feel as beautiful outside as you do inside.
What you eat becomes a part of you
In order for you to eat meat, an animal has to die. And not only that, it has to die a painful and horrifying death. There are those who believe that a lot of the negative energy and vibrations that animals build up as they are slaughtered stay in their meat and gets transferred to those who eat it. There are also those who suggest that there may be some presence of hormones like adrenaline in the meat of killed animals. When you eat that meat, those hormones end up piling inside your body, feeding you and becoming building blocks for new cells in your body along with the nutrients from meat. This way, you become what you eat.
On the other hand, plants use water and energy they get from sunlight to nourish themselves, meaning that you don’t have to worry about any remnants of negative energy when you eat an apple or a slice of watermelon. Most people who become vegan report a certain feeling of lightness and clarity of mind, as if switching from the meat of tortured animals to healthy plants has lifted some weight from them and awaken appreciation of animals and their feelings, as well as of the plants that feed them and keep them alive and happy.
Finding your purpose
Another aspect of spirituality is developing a sense of purpose and meaning. This can be achieved in several ways. For example, you can find your purpose through love and meaningful interaction with other people, especially those who share your beliefs and who genuinely respect life the way you do. And who better to understand you and connect with you than a fellow vegan?
Another way to find purpose is through an ethical lifestyle and making your own contribution to turning this world into a better place. Instead of being consumed by material things and lacking understanding for the people and things around you, you are intensifying your spirituality by choosing to be non-violent and by caring for life in all its forms, which includes animals.
Being vegan and spiritual at the same time makes perfect sense. Both allow you to improve yourself and make your existence a valuable one. So, invest time and thought in yourself and you’ll be investing it into this world and a better future.
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