Veganism Expanded

What about creating a Holiday Season with a fresh look? — To break old conditioning and follow what we have been told by our culture. To take off our baby shoes and choose how we like to bless all around us—the world and ourselves.

As vegans we have already come a long way… though there is more we can do: like start living more simply, eating organically grown whole foods. We can turn down the heater and do more physical work breaks to keep warm (jumping-rope, bouncing & stretching on an exercise ball, running-in-place, juggling, calisthenics, getting out and exerstriding…)

Maybe someone we know could use some help – cleaning, carrying, taking them out for a walk. These are all great Christmas gifts, and they keep us warm physically as well as in our heart.

What about playing with or sitting with an animal who feels lonely? Preparing a vegan meal for someone is another great gift. We can reach beyond family and friends.

Not the least, to be conscious about the products we’re buying. Who are we supporting? Are we adding to slavery or worker exploitation? Pay more if necessary. Buy less, buy fair-trade, buy high-quality, and keep it longer. It’s less expensive in long run.

I find it interesting to be aware about using the phrase, “I like” or “I want,” for example, to be warm, to have this or that, to do this or that, to go here or there, or to eat this or that, and on and on. Who is this “I” who wants all these things?

We all have a mission, which isn’t just to eat, sleep and be comfortable. What about taking a few minutes every day right after getting up in the morning and quietly tuning in to what is ours to fulfill on this day? What precious opportunities await us?

To be joyful is to share and help others to fulfill their dreams.

A light-filled season to YOU!

By Madeleine Tuttle

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One Response to Veganism Expanded

  • Marlene says:

    Thanks, Madeleine and Will.

    Your video on Swiss Gratima for St. Nicholas Day is so interesting; and I learned a lot, in a most enjoyable way!

    Your article is lovely. Merry Christmas!

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