I was at a meal last night.They were all sat round laughing and smiling and it felt good. I felt at home. I tucked into my vegan meal as Chris shared around carved roasted beef slices. Freshly sliced from the cow. The person sat next to me sniggered as she looked at my meal.
“You should get some of this in ya mate. Eating all that crap you need meat!”
Everybody else began laughing. They started to make comments of their own. Another friend began to bounce the meat around on her plate going
“moooooooooooo mooooooo splat”.
I tightened my fist and slammed it hard on the table, rattling everything sat ontop of it. There was a deep silence and faces of shock looked upon me. I stormed over to Chris in anger. He was still holding the knife. I lifted his hand up and pointed the blade directly at my heart.
“Go on guys do it. Kill me, stick that knife right here RIGHT NOW and cut into my heart so that I die! Then you can eat me! I am meat just the same as that cow you are eating there.”
Faces staring and everyone in shock.
“DO IT NOW!” I screamed
“Can’t you see? That…” as I pointed to the roasted cow…
“That is no different from me, from you, or any of us. The sooner you realise this, the better! I for one will NEVER be joining any of you for meals again.”
Then I walked out the building in mind that I would never return.
I woke up from this dream shortly after. I never knew the people in my dream but they were good friend IN the dream, at least up until the end anyway. Thought I’d share. Maybe some of you could use this. I know many of you have to put up with this crap time and time again. Although I generally advocate spreading our cause with love and compassion to all live (including humans), I would not allow myself to be attacked like this.
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I was at a meal last night.They were all sat round laughing and smiling and it felt good. I felt at home. I tucked into my vegan meal as Chris shared around carved roasted beef slices. Freshly sliced from the cow. The person sat next to me sniggered as she looked at my meal.
Before I became Vegan I was paleo. This meant that I mainly ONLY ate meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, cheese, fish and honey.
Back then I had progressed through some stages, ethical shopping, wise spending, organic produce, organic meats, reducing waste etc. I also started to live by some of the other elements to Paleo which I enjoyed a lot. Even today I find some of them are important. Being barefoot more often, rolling around in dirt and acting like a kid again, getting adequate sleep and rest and working on your mind, meditating, yoga etc.
After a long time of eating mostly all meat I began to start to feel a little uneasy about what I was eating. I then even started to call myself a ‘considerate meat eater’ whatever that means? It was from then that I started looking for something. I don’t know what but I kept looking and I came across the Earthlings movie.
After watching this I changed overnight. I gutted the entire house out and started all over again as a 100% Vegan. I knew that I could not continue to do the things I was doing. After one day I went from enjoying meats (most of the time) to being absolutely repulsed by he idea of consuming it. I removed all products around the home with animal parts on or in them too.
Then it was so clear and I just didn’t understand how I never saw it before. There’s no such thing as a considerate meat eater. Organic or not. The animal just wants to live and when we kill them to eat them this can never be done humanely because we don’t need to eat animals to survive. In fact we can live much healthier longer lives being vegan.
For a while I began to wonder why everyone couldn’t see it. It was so obvious and I went on a mission trying to force this information onto others. I judged people and told them that they were wrong. I lost a lot of friends through this. Many of them good people. Many of them the same good person I was back then. I was a good person when I was a non Vegan and I’m a good person now I am Vegan. There is no distinction between the two. It’s just that I have been better informed now and taken action on what I have learnt.
I often see people posting extremely negative images and videos on Facebook. They go on to shout at the world of non Vegans and tell them to wake up. They tell them that they are wrong in doing what they are doing. They tell them they are bad people. They call them murderers, rapists, abusers and a whole myriad of negative things.
If anyone would have told me this as a non Vegan I would have pushed them away and not wanted anything to do with them. “how dare they speak to me like that. I am a good person with a good heart. I love animals too. I am not wasteful; I eat all my meat. They provide me with the things professionals tell me I ‘need’ to be healthy”.
I wonder how many people we can help spread our cause to if we use empathy and understanding and love and compassion the same way we do with animals? Since I changed my approach/attitude I have found many more people come into my life. I approach it now with love rather than hate and condemnation. I get more people asking me about Veganism than before.
“You’re always so positive and your Vegan. What made you become Vegan?” They say
“Now isn’t the time to discuss it” I reply
“oh go on”
“Oh very well then if YOU insist. What would YOU like to know exactly about Veganism and I’ll be happy to answer?”
You see how I kept them in control there? It makes them feel important and listened to. It makes them want to engage with you. Then it’s very important to address these issues with love and great care. There’s a need to explain things in simple terms nicely without ever telling them that what they are doing is wrong. Just state the facts and allow them themselves to discuss with themselves in their own heads about what is right and wrong. Often times they will come up with the idea themselves. As soon as you begin to tell them they are wrong directly you will almost immediately lose them and they will become defensive. This is normal it happens to all of us when we feel that we are being attacked. Very few people are good at dealing with these kinds of attacks on their personal choices and beliefs and so it’s best to avoid them. Let them decide for themselves.
For those who believe that animal abusers should be killed why do you believe this? No person is born bad. You can look to any child to notice this. People become a product of the society in which they are born into. Even look at people like Two Gun Crowley who went on a 3 month killing spree in New York 1931. When they finally caught him he had a note inside his jacket saying “Under my coat is a weary heart a kind one-one that would do nobody harm”. People don’t need more hate and anger and condemnation. What they need is love and compassion and empathy and education. We have it wrong at the moment. When someone commits a crime they are put in jail and the key is thrown away and not found again for a very long time. What happens to this person? They are then released back into the same environment that got them there in the first place. The system thinks that if they put people in jail they’ll do their time and not want to go back in jail again and thus not commit another crime? This doesn’t work. They need rehabilitation. They need caring for, they need to get better. They need to learn better coping mechanisms. They need people to love them and support them. We need to expect great things from them not bad things.
I believe everyone has the ability to change. Though to change, a person must be given a chance. Nobody is beyond help if they are shown the right attention to grow into the better person they deserve to be. The better person the world deserves them to be.
On a final note I think it’s important to remember one of those key benefits to why we became Vegan. To show compassion to all living animals. As Vegans we often look to animals and feel nothing but absolute love and compassion for them. You feel it like a light inside your heart. It makes you feel content, at peace and majorly in love. We even do this to animals that eat other animals. Humans are animals too. If we can not extend our love and compassion accordingly how can we truly be vegan? Being Vegan should be much more than just caring for animals and not eating them and supporting change. It should be about spreading love to every single living thing in life. When you do this you find that much change can happen. You’ll find new people coming into your life and more of those in your life looking for answers. Be there for them as a friend. Listen to them attentively with empathy and without judgement.
It’s time to find love and happiness in your lives rather than focusing on all the bad that is happening in the world. If you feel there’s still more you need to know then make a list and research these ASAP and then you must switch off and put aside. Listen to the important things but do not let them affect your positive attitude. Make the choice to live your days in happiness. It is as simple as making the choice. Live it and breath it.
I love you all my dear friends. Stay strong, stay happy.
I am very old now. I am beginning to approach my hundredth birthday. I feel myself becoming more and more peaceful with every single breath that I take. I feel no pain, no worry or fear. I know that I am close to passing over. I know my time in this physical body is coming to a close and that a new chapter is to begin for me. I’m sat here on my swinging chair outside my glorious home within the tropics. In front of me I see a smorgasbord of trees carrying juicy fresh organic oranges, lemons, limes, nectarines, bananas and figs and more beyond that. I see a sprawling ground full of exotic vegetables just waiting to be picked and eaten over the coming days. Beyond these I see the sun coming down over the horizon as it makes it’s way to meet the end of the oceans. The sky turns orange just as it has done 36, 250 times and more since I came into this wonderful world. I’m thinking about the amazing life in which I have had.
From small beginning of limitations set by others and set by myself I have come far. The memories of the abuse from family I suffered as a child. I remember always being told I would never be anyone and I would never go anywhere. My life was a waste of time I should never have been born, that I was an accident. I remember the fists in my face, being strangled my by collar while thrown out of rooms and being beaten in the chest by his foot while curled in a ball on the ground. I remember the memories of those who bullied me through school. I was a victim and played easy target to them. I remember the self-harm I can still see the cuts on my arms. I can sometimes still taste the metallic taste of medications in which I overdosed on. I’m also remembering my shaky start to adulthood. Oh how I have been ‘rich’ and been poor but always remained poor. Remember that being rich goes beyond what is in your wallet. I’m remembering the times of drug use as a means to escape. The times of smoking and drinking, feeding my body with poisons, perhaps because I didn’t feel that this body of mine deserved to be treated well. The times I allowed my thoughts to overtake my happiness. Yes the first quarter of my life was a difficult one. Though I’m not the only one. I remember all this but the pain is such a distant emotion. It’s just as though the printer has almost ran out of ink. Actually I think it might have. All I sense from my past is gratitude. For without all the trying times in my life I wouldn’t be who I am today. I wouldn’t have grown how I have grown and I wouldn’t be able to help others the way I have. I’m thankful for all the experiences I have had in life both good and bad.
Since then on my life changed. Disbelief was taken away, limitations erased. I learned better coping mechanisms. I found the positive in the negative. I noticed steps back and decided not to dwell on them but move forward, I’d began to find my way and my achievements have been plentiful. One of the most important being my ability to live in balance with joy and happiness, regardless of any mental health issues I had when I was younger. I have learnt to be inspired, motivated and positive throughout my life. Even greater I have been able to pass this onto others as my full time mission.
I have mastered the Spanish language and am living in a Spanish speaking country. Here I have been working in harmony with nature and my surround with the food I eat and energy I use.
I have had a successful and inspiring running career. I have ran across vast distances. I have covered hundreds and thousands of miles across national trails throughout different lands. Always on a journey, inspiring myself, motivating myself moving my body, and most importantly, my mind forward with every single step that I took. I have continued to blog about this in some way or another through my life though the methods have changed somewhat since the ‘blogging’ days. I’m not quite sure what they call it now. This has just as importantly brought inspiration to others which has been my life’s work.
I have achieved almost everything I had hoped for. I think that achieving everything that we ever wanted in life is a fallacy. To have achieved everything is to stop being inspired, stop being motivated to stop learning more, to stop loving and creating and living. Love, joy, happiness, peace, fulfillment knows no boundaries and I will continue to build on all those things I already have a great deal of and feel a great deal of now. Right through these last days of my life. The world is a vast place with infinite things that we can do out there and learn out there, and within ourselves. I know for sure I won’t have completed all my goals when I pass. For one I have just started to rebuild on my knowledge of quantum physics and I do not expect to learn all that I’d hoped to within my last few days. I do it though because it fascinates me. So yes I know I will have goals that I have not achieved and I am happy with that so long as I am happy with WHO I currently am, and I am.
The first quarter of my life was difficult but my my my how I have made up for it with the rest of my life. All the earlier difficulties were there to help build my strength to have the amazing life which I have had.
Philip is my life and soul and he has been with me right up until this day. We have had trying times the two of us. We have not always enjoyed the same things. Sometimes we wondered if we were suited to each other we spoke about how we both imagined doing the things we loved most as individuals, together, laughing and smiling. Though there are many things that fascinate my husband which do not fascinate me. We spoke to each other about the things we do love and our dreams and we created dreams together and achieved those with support for one another and love. People believe love is lost when the spark has gone. Love isn’t a spark between two people that’s an infatuation which turns into something much deeper, something that was never achieved with anyone else I ever met. He has been my lover and he has been my best friend, and a little piece of his spirit will be with mine when I leave this world, just as it is now. We are both very old now and very happy. Living our final days together in peace.
I have found the diversity in the people I have met very interesting and rewarding. So many people don’t give themselves enough credit but luckily they can find it within themselves. It’s always been there, they just need to find it, accept that they deserve to feel that way and have those things and make the choice. People who have come to me for life coaching who thought their lives where in ruins have come out with some of the most inspiring and profound things I ever thought was possible. They were just simply beyond my wildest dreams. I have seen 100s of people and every single one of them enriched my life with my guidance to enrich theirs. We are capable of so much more than we know. The great riches in life are not just for a select few but can be achieved for anybody. This has enriched both my life and theirs and allowed me to better my service by sharing their wisdom along with mine to the next person. This has been pretty powerful stuff.
Another thing that’s interesting is how life just continues to go on and on. The hills and mountains continue to sit there almost never moving through their existence. The wind continues to blow through everything that is passes. The trees continue to grow as tall as buildings. The birds continue to chirp their beautiful songs. As I come towards the end of my life I see all new life around me coming into existence every day. I sit and I think of all the trivia that I allowed into my life once upon a time. All those silly things that I allowed to get on top of how I felt and thought about myself, other people and the rest of the world. I may be old and I may be wise, but overall I am only a tiny fragment of something much greater, the great cycle of life, and all that which is beyond the beyond of the universe and our minds. What an amazing world.
I had lost who I was when I was younger I think most people get lost at some point in their life. I think they do as they believe they should. They do what they are told to do and never question for many years why they are doing it. They never question whether it’s what they want to do. Even more scary many people know they are not happy every day and decide to not take action. Does it make them happy? Do they love what they do? Do they love who they are with? Then they find themselves lost. They look in the mirror and don’t see the true reflection of who they should be and want to be. They don’t see the reflection of who they are inside. They are the reflection of the person the system tells them to be. They are living by that system as ‘individuals’ and are also limiting themselves greatly by self-limitations and limitations imposed on them over the years by family and friends. I think the best thing anyone could ever do in life is to become lost for a length of time in which to go back to basics and discover who you really are inside. What makes YOU happy? What do YOU want? Sometimes when our lives have taken control of us, we are sad, depressed, lonely and lost and we don’t know what we want or what makes us happy. Sometimes we feel nothing makes us happy. Think as you did as a child what made you happy then? What did you dream? Through being lost and experiencing all those emotions that go with it we have a chance to find ourselves. It may take time but stay lost and you will find a way. Much like I did all those years ago.
Now I am much older and looking back on my life and I love the person I have become. I love the person I became a long time ago. I am proud of the work I have done and the world I have created around me. I am proud of the people I have helped. Through sheer stubbornness to not accept that “that is life get over it” I have managed to find who I am and what I want to do in life. I discovered how to make a living in doing what I love best. I have maintained good health through eating good nutritious healthy foods that I have mainly grown myself right here at home. I have eaten well and still been treated. Fruit are the best treats in life. I have taken up exercise most of my life and even now toward the end of my life I enjoy the occasional walk through the forest or to meditate on the beach. I have shown love and compassion to all those who have come into my life. Well the most of it anyway. Those that I have had disagreements or fights with in my younger life I have apologized to upon further contact and settled our differences. Some of those have become close friends to this day. Others we have agreed to disagree and wished each other all the luck and happiness in the world for the future, both separating with smiles, love and peace for one another.
I wouldn’t change a thing. I have set out to achieve all the things that I held most dear to my heart to help me to be successful and wealthy and have a rich life. I have done all I can to help other people to do the same. I have done all I can to help other animals and life around me. I have spared their lives by making the choice to not eat animals nor use any products in which they need, or to use them for my own entertainment for men to profit from. I have helped any animal I could help at that current time. I have become guardian for several animals over my life, in need of a home. I am very content with the way my life has gone.
The most important wisdom and advice I would like pass on to others at this stage in my life, would be to get lost and find yourself! It doesn’t matter how long it takes to find yourself but do so. When you do then live and breathe it with every inch of your being. You may need to make changes, you may need to let go of some of the things or even people in your life… and that’s ok. Everything will be ok.
When the heavens have come to me and it is my time.I shall close my eyes, I shall smile, I shall allow the light to enter my body and lift my soul, my spirit and the true essence of me from my body. I shall look forward to the amazing journey ahead of me to come.
Behind me I will leave my love for every single one of you.
To all my loved, loving and compassionate non vegan friends. Thank you for being the kind of person you are. So loving and caring. I know you would do all you could to help someone you saw who was hurt, starving or sad. It’s just who you are! I know sometimes it can be hard when a Vegan tells you what you are doing is wrong. Especially when deep down you know the kind of person you are. I come to you from love. I ask you please to spare just 7 minutes of your time to this video. Nobody wants to see cruel videos or pictures and so you will NOT find them here. To be honest I gave up spreading those a long time ago. I think its much easier to talk to people with love and understanding, rather than hate and condemnation. I know that you are a loving caring person and that you care for other people and other animals on our planet. I only ask that you take these few minutes to open up and listen to what this gentleman has to say. Who explains how he himself found out REALLY what a vegan is and why. No need for any response. Just an open heart.
Peace and love to all of you
Here’s a post of things that I think about when I think about my dream life. A life I am working toward building right now every day.
Home is where the Heart is…
La Gomera – The Canary Isles
I have traveled to the canary islands on a few occasions spending several seasons there. My favorite being Gran Canaria in the middle of the island where all the little villages spread along the mountains. We plan on visiting La Gomera in 2016 for a week or so to get a feel for what it has to really offer. One thing we both certainly know is that we will not live the rest of our lives in England. Could this be home?
Grow Your Own –
We both love the idea of growing all or most of our own food right on the land we live on. Because we want to live in an exotic hotter climate we believe as vegans we could live nicely on our own grown exotic fruits and vegetables. Also grow our own plants that have natural healing powers. I have already been studying the medicinal properties of plants and continue to do so in preparation for some amazing life changing coming my way 😉
The Canary Islands are hot, sunny and often windy. In fact if you look at a map of the Canary Islands just off the coast west from Northern Africa, you will see it’s much more sandy along the east of the isles. This is where the La Calima comes in, which is a sand storm swept in from the Sahara Desert of Africa. Every few years this also brings the locusts too :O Anyway due to these 2 factors it’s a perfect location for both solar energy and wind energy and dependent upon need we would be willing to have both and get rid of normal electricity from fossil fuels.
What about work?
My dream has always been to work in a field in which I may be able to bring other people joy and happiness or help them to find it within themselves. This is something I’m working on at the moment. But my idea would be how wonderful it would be to be able to create a getaway retreat where people can come and relax away from their busy lives and center their energy and restore balance. Then hopefully they can leave with new insights and new happiness that can spread through to their friends and family and all they come into contact with.
and for fun?
Well as you all know my main love in life is running. La Gomera is not a huge island but it certainly has some amazing mountainous trails to be treaded through. I will be checking those out next year.
Also I would like to spend more time doing meditation and yoga. I live in the city and even though I’m behind closed doors the energy is always busy within the city. Sometimes it’s hard to find true peace that I have found in a quiet serene environment.
If we have the space I would also like to liaise with any local animal sanctuary type places. This would be so that if any animal should need a place to live or their lives would be at stake then I hope they could contact us. It would be nice to be able to give them a retreat too so they can get better and hopefully be let back into the wild.
I would also be keen on continuing to blog about the things I learn in life. Sharing these with my friends even if they are mainly online friends I trust they will be friends for life now.
I would like to learn the lands of the island. Learn what can be foraged from the wild to be eaten or used as medicine and take as needed but leave what is not needed.
I would like to continue using and building on the Spanish language I have been learning on and off for the last 7 years. Spanish is such a beautiful language that melts my heart every time I hear it spoken 🙂
I will become a regular ultra runner. I am not sure how much I will get to travel from my new home but I will from time to time. Beyond that I will run often around my home. In the meantime I wish to run Pennine Way, Thames Path, South West Coast Path, Grand Union Canal and would like to run the entire perimeter of the England, Scotland and Wales mainland covering over 5 000 miles.
I am creating my future now so it can become a reality. This blog was mostly for me to be creating but if you happen to be reading this then you saw the whole thing. So thanks for reading.
All my love
Here is a collection of photos that I have found browsing Google today in which I felt a strong connection to and wanted to share with you today. Take your time with each one and enjoy what they have to offer you.
All my love
When I returned from my run today I carried out my usual routine. I did a range of post run exercise stretches, followed by a big cup of water and lime juice and then had a quick protein rich meal.As soon as I had the important bits out of the way I kicked off my running clothes and headed for the shower. I open the shower door and stand inside and close the magnetic door behind me. When inside I turn on the shower facing away from me while it heats up. Then I put the head in place. As I do this I can’t help but notice a spider in the corner of the wall inside the shower trying to climb up on the wet tiles. As he struggles I switch off the shower and step back out to find a piece of cardboard. Once I have the cardboard I gently get the spider onto the cardboard and then move him to the corner of the room outside the shower. I don’t want to put Hubert outside because it’s freezing cold out there and he might die. For some reason he is happy inside even though I see a lack of food available to him he must be here for a reason.
When I got out of the shower I reminded myself that recently I have seen a lot of wildlife documentaries, as usual, and seen many posts of snakes and spiders online and through media streams such as Facebook. I reminded myself that when I saw such animals I saw their pure beauty. Snakes are absolutely fascinating creatures, by nature and by the way they look. The colors of them are often divine, and I love the typical shape of a snakes head. Also if you look at the way in which a snake moves they have an extremely advanced bio mechanical system in place to help them travel with minimal effort and stealth.
Several months ago we had some visitors we didn’t really want in the house. It was around the start of September 2014. I remember waking up to get ready for college and I spotted an ant happily going about his own business running across one of our bookshelves. I got some paper and carefully directed him onto the paper and went out to the garden and placed him at the end of the garden in some bashes gently. I remember going to college and coming home to 5 of them. The next day I woke up they were everywhere. Initially I began getting each one outside but I realised there were just too many too handle this. I made my usual home made cleaning spray of quart bottle of white vinegar and the rest water and sprayed around the walls on the floor to clean the area. When I woke the next day they stopped coming in.
One time I was sat by the computer and a bee came wandering into the house. We had wasps and bees in all the time from outside. I will admit we do have a lot of bees around us and they can almost be problematic but we will not call for them to be moved as they are obviously happy where they are. I just get a large piece of card and gently guide it back out of the french doors to the garden. The same with flies, I no longer waft flies with my hand but carefully guide them in the right direction.
Anyway the point of these things is that before I became vegan I had a fear of things like spiders, snakes, and bees and saw ants, flies and wasps as being complete pests. Not the case. It’s almost like I thought they were put on Earth just to make my life hell and scare me or annoy me. Now I realise how silly these thoughts were. Since becoming Vegan I have found a loving, joyful connection to all living life regardless of how big, small or almost seemingly insignificant the masses may find them. The truth is everything that lives is beautiful. Everything that lives has their own grand personality and characteristics that make them special and unique. Sometimes we believe that an ant is just an ant which is just the same as any other ant. Or that a slug is a slug just the same as any other slug.
Talking on slugs recently I moved some plant pots from my balcony and I placed them inside the house for winter. When I did I noticed 2 little slugs probably not much larger than a cm each in length. When I picked them both up from different parts of a plant they splodged their way closer to one another. When they were stood in front of each other they raised their heads up with their little antennas standing proud and curled their necks into one another. It seemed as though these seemingly insignificant (to most people) creatures where protecting one another and showing each other love. It was truly a magical moment for us both to watch. Certainly one that I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life.
I wonder if anyone else has had this same experience. Becoming vegan has built a direct connect between me and all living things out there. One of compassion, love and joy and I intend on spreading that to every single life human, mammal, insect or even alien that shall ever cross or walk my paths. I no longer have the same fear that I had previously and I hope for more of these great feelings to come through me as I progress on my adventure to life.
On that note time to wrap up this blog. Spreading lots of love to you all. Have a wonderful day I love you all.