Are you vegan/vegetarian-curious?

If you are considering whether to go vegan or vegetarian, then some useful advice is to watch these on Netflix.

You will understand a whole background context and be given essential advice.

If you are up for some common myths to be disspelled, please do not hesitate to watch these:

Food choices: This provides a fresh viewpoint on how to be healthier and happier due to a plant-based diet. It provides scientific, medical and experimental evidence that this lifestyle prevents illness.

What the health: If you don’t believe meat is bad for you now, then watch this. It will change your mind. There is also a scientific, medical and experimental evidence.

Forks over knives: This provides more reasons that a plant-based diet is a life-changing decision. There is some more details of the historical background of common myths about meat-eating.

Cowspiracy: the sustainability secret: A comprehensive picture is painted of the environmental effects of animal farming and the lack of sustainability of the industry. This documentary displays strong reasons that more peeps need to go vegan, vegetarian or even just eat less meat.

Live and let live: There is more about the moral choices behind the lifestyle, the history of vegans and the injustice of factory farming. This is in addition to brief mentions of the effects of meat production on the environment and meat consumption on health.

Please watch these if you have time.

You never know. They may change your mind or your life.



The Secret Art of Meditation

The secret art of meditation is no longer a secret and it is wonderful!
I know it is a widespread belief that only those who identify as ‘spiritual’ can practise meditation, but this is a bunch of nonsense that is created by those who enjoy scaremongering. Meditation is not invented by spiritual gurus and fallen into by those who fall for the ‘spiritual’ mythology. You do not have to have any definitive spiritual beliefs, and neither do you have to be blessed with a hidden talent to tap into ‘spirituality.’
The truth is that anyone can practise meditation.
Absolutely anyone!
I have suffered from severe depression and anxiety for at least eight years which has made me feel less than human. In fact, I have felt so low that I have felt as small as a tiny speck of dust that remains in a corner after a cleaner has dusted multiple times. I could not escape from the imaginary dust particle that was stuck in a corner because I had a lack of love and appreciation for myself. I did not think that I deserved anything more…
…I did not think that I deserved internal peace and love.
Ever since I started meditating, I discovered that the value of life is in appreciating yourself. You need to learn to accept yourself with everything that you are. You need to learn to appreciate your inner self and all that it holds in terms of memories, regrets, wishes, and dreams. I firmly believe that the world would be a better place if everyone developed the art of appreciating themselves along with all their flaws and inescapable emotions.
You can do this by practising meditation because it teaches you to be with yourself and focus on yourself. Only then can you fully understand the intricate complexity of the being that is yourself. Only then can you discover your deepest wants and needs.
Are you feeling lost?
Well, meditation can help you figure out what it is that you deeply and truly want and need to be doing…
…because your inner-self knows.
How to meditate
1. Find a quiet space and a comfortable position.
2. Set up a timer.
3. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
4. Focus on your breaths and try to make sure that they are steady and even.
5. If your mind wanders, bring it back to your core and focus on the present moment.
6. Let go of all thoughts and images. Just let them float away.
7. Forget about time and let all your worries float away.
8. At the end of the meditation at the end of the timer, open your eyes and take in your surroundings before you carry on with your day.
As you can see…
…the process of meditation is simple, and you do not have to be a spiritual expert to practise it.
Do you want to learn distinct types of meditation?
Or diverse ways to connect with your inner self?
If this is the case,…then I highly recommend ‘Insight timer’ which is a free app in the app store on your phone. It has not only a timer for your own meditations, but also 100s of 1000s of guided meditations which can teach you distinct types of meditation, such as yoga nidra, loving kindness, chakra cleansing, visualisation and mindfulness.
As I said at the beginning, the secret art of meditation is no longer a secret and it is wonderful.

3 benefits of a mindfulness retreat

(1) You can learn the power of nature.

By walking through the woods and paying full attention to everything, you become aware of how stunning nature is. The birdsong is beautiful in its whole variety of pitches, tones, and rhythms. Similarly, the trees are ancient and wise…

If you think about it, they have been around for hundreds of years more than us. Yet, they still stand strong for the purpose of helping us by providing us with oxygen! The leaves are soft, alive and fresh to touch, as they embody the life of the tree that is less permanent. Each leaf is unique.

But another divine entity in the woods is yourself.

You are the observer who is taking the time to appreciate nature in its glory.

(2) You realise that you are not alone on your spiritual journey. Everyone is on the same shared journey on the same planet. We are sharing the experience of planet earth. Every feeling and emotion that you have can be released into the atmosphere.

You are not alone in your ability to feel emotion…

Or in your ability to let go of emotions…

We all have the ability to release the emotional tension in the body through breathwork and mindfulness in meditations.

(3) You learn to savour food.

After meditating for a full day, food becomes inessential because you feel spiritually complete. Nevertheless, if you slowly and mindfully consume your meal, then you realise that every mouthful has a variety of tastes.

You should be grateful that food and tastes exist!

Imagine a world without taste. We should be grateful to experience an expansive variety of flavours on this earth.

4 Reasons that you should consider yourself politically correct.

(1) If you appreciate the diversity of the human race, then you must appreciate that we are all different. How boring would it be if we were all the same?

However, how is it that you can appreciate diversity, but not be afraid to offend someone just because they are different? You will lose at least 100 potential friendly associates if you throw politically incorrect labels around like they are paper aeroplanes!

If you consider yourself an accepting person, then you must be politically correct.

(2) All cultures have different languages, so language use is central to the cultural make-up of a community. This fact is unavoidable. Language-use affects not only socio-political viewpoints but also the structure of society. In recent history, society has become less patriarchal, but it cannot be debatable that the use of ‘man’ as the default has supported (and continues to support) the patriarchal structure of society, including ‘mankind,’ ‘fireman,’ ‘policeman,’ ‘manpower’ and ‘man-made.’

If you believe in equality and respect women, then you should consider yourself politically correct and make an effort to avoid these terms.

Instead, you could use ‘humans,’ ‘human inventions,’ ‘human power,’ ‘fireperson’ and ‘policeperson.’

This could be one step towards a more equal society!

(3) In opposition to the critics of political correctness, the existence of political correctness does not affect human rights or freedom of speech.

Rather it protects the authenticity of each individual to speak freely as it eliminates prejudice. It creates a society in which language use does not involve the terminology that makes individuals feel less important or valued. From ‘dustbin man’ to ‘waste disposal team’ and ‘unemployed’ to ‘financially dormant,’ political correctness is a way of escaping social stigma by changing terminology to respect all individual’s occupational identity.

Tell me again that this affects your freedom of speech…

(4) It is optimistic! We create our reality through our viewpoints which stems from the language we use. If a young person has failed an exam, it would just increase their sadness to tell them ‘You FAILED.’ Surely, it would be more positive to state ‘You have achieved upside-down success which you need to turn the right way up next time.’

If everyone monitored their language use, then the world would be a kinder, more accepting, equal and freer world…

This can only lead to happiness!

So maybe rather than saying ‘I am not politically correct’ or ‘Political correctness is a bad thing’…

…you could consider the benefits of the concept which surely outweighs any negatives!