Shine brighter and convert others just by being a powerful presence!
Does this sound like an exaggeration? Well, my friends, I am giving you my word that I have a few examples of people, who absolutely lost their appetite for meat after having a closer contact with me. I do believe compassion can be contagious if it truly comes from the heart!
About seven months ago, I had developed a closer relationship with a girlfriend, and we had weekly meetings where we were taking her adopted dog for a walk. I was never preachy about my lifestyle, neither was it my intention to convert her as a heavy meat eater. Then, for various reasons our weekly schedule fell apart, and we weren’t able to meet for a while. Just a few weeks ago she told me that after one of our last walks she was just unable to eat meat! She said she has already loved meat so much, and couldn’t believe now she finds it so repulsive, and just cannot consume it any more.
OK, I know this isn’t a complete lifestyle change still, but it’s a step! And I have observed other people opting for the vegetarian or vegan version meals after simple interactions with me.
In no way is this an attempt to show off
Or preach on my greatness. I just DO believe that a strong positive example can pass on the vibe.
This may be a no-brainer, but it does make a huge difference.
Veganism doesn’t always come hand-in-hand with good health, vegans can be unhealthy too! But, where possible, try to choose whole-foods over processed and refined ‘junk’. Better eating not only improves your physical well-being, but your mental well-being will thank you for eating well too.
People are drawn to positive people who exude happy vibes! Your influence will be far greater if you are accepting and kind rather than preachy or if you shame others for their choices.
So, pick your battles and be a shining example of how beneficial and rewarding the lifestyle is – you may just well inspire others to try veganism by the positive example you set.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
You may have chosen to go vegan to be kinder to others, the earth and other beings but make sure you are kind to yourself too! Don’t sweat the small stuff or beat yourself up over little mistakes – life is about learning and moving on.
If you accidentally eat something that isn’t vegan or wear an old mascara with beeswax, don’t put yourself down – embrace the learning curve! Your intentions come from a place of kindness. (You don’t worry – you’re still vegan!)
If you believe in being kind to every kind, include yourself in those kinds you are kind too!
REMEMBER YOUR REASONS FOR CHOOSING TO BE VEGAN
When the going gets tough and you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, stay grounded by reminding yourself why you are doing this. If you feel like the world will never change, have faith that your actions and choices, no matter how small they may seem, are making and a difference and you are doing the right thing.
Also, try to find something beautiful in every day. No matter how stressful you may find your situation, noticing the little, beautiful things can have a very calming effect and consciously seeking positivity will make you happier.
Make like a butterfly – be a socialite! Keep your friends rather than alienating yourself or allowing them to alienate you.
It’s true that not every single person will be supportive of your decision and your choices but that doesn’t have to affect relationships, however if it does – make an effort to connect with like-minded people who will support you. There are plenty of online groups or ‘meet-up’s to help you connect with likeminded people.
Extra tip: Play a board game! Did you know that our friends from Vegan Beyond have created The Shining Hearts Board Game especially for their shining cause with the aim to encourage more people to embrace compassionate living! It will be a limited edition just for their Crowdfunding project. To make sure you grab one, sign up with your email here.
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”