Life & death are interconnected, not two separate concepts
The ultimate yin & yang of the cosmos
Each day cells are born & die in our own bodies
Death surrounds each moment of life
Without death there is no life
Breathing in I know I’m of the nature to grow old
Breathing out I know I will die one day
Knowing this noble truth I will enjoy this beautiful life that has been gifted to me
Each day is a new opportunity to pay gratitude to the universe
I will do my best to live a compassionate, peaceful, and loving life
I will not let fear, hatred or greed control my one life.
“To truly live, we must die each moment.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
Veganism is not a diet
Not a weight loss strategy
My intention is not to reduce my carbon food print
It’s a radical shift in the way I look at non human animals
To see them as individuals with the capacity to feel pain, joy, and suffer
To harm them is to harm myself
5 years ago I vowed to look at all beings through the lens of compassion
To reduce suffering in the world by not supporting the exploitation of animals for food, clothing or entertainment
To practice peace in each meal
I don’t expect the world to understand or agree with my life choices
I understand many are not ready for this radical message of non violence
What’s truly good or bad?
Thanks to impermanence everything changes.
My darkest times have led to moments of liberation, joy, and enlightenment
So I don’t know if it was bad or good when I have self destructed in previous relationships or with my gambling addiction.
When things appeared to be falling apart they were really falling in place.
In the dark, there is some light
In the wrong, there is some right
Every storms runs out of power, the trick is to not run from it
Embrace the darkness & allow it to transform you into someone you couldn’t of imagined
As my teacher Thich Nhat Hanh said..
No mud, no lotus
Through deep suffering there is joy
To truly live
We must die each moment
We must let go of the past
Not obsessed over the future
Not worried about what could go wrong
Just enjoying this moment
Naturally our mind will wander like clouds in the sky
With mindfulness we anchor the mind to our breathe
Breathing in we know we are of the nature to grow old
Breathing out we know one day we will die
Knowing this we vow to live each day like it’s our last
We look at all life through the lens of compassion
We vow not live our life full of fear, anger, and hatred
Instead we will water the seeds of compassion, peace, and love each day
So they bloom at any moment
Living this way will benefit yourself, the planet and the ones around you
For us to be truly happy we must let go of the pursuit of happiness
Because when we feel temporarily happy, we desperately cling to it
We become restless and fearful of losing happiness, which causes a vicious circle of suffering
So for us to be truly happy we must be calm and centered
You can’t be truly happy if you’re not calm
So instead of seeking pleasure or avoiding pain
Seek the discomfort of stillness
Look within that restlessness, anger, or hatred
And let go of the pursuit of happiness
Instead of trying to find this elusive happiness, practice the middle path of awareness, peace, and being calm
Each time we fall off the path of clarity & calmness we self reflect, let it go and move forward
From my experience, this way of living seems much more sustainable than chasing elusive happiness
A friend shared this with me and it has enriched my life significantly and I hope it does the same for you
Breathing in I see myself as water, flowing & flexible
Breathing out I see myself as a mountain, strong & stable
Breathing in I see myself as a flower, fresh & beautiful
Breathing out I see myself as space, free & vast
Many focus their energy trying to help others
Leaving themselves drained, unhappy and frustrated
They do not realize that you can not give by throwing
By forcing your beliefs on others you fall off your path and push others away from you
Just focus your energy on becoming the best version of yourself
Those who are lost in the darkness will see your light shining
It’s up to them if they want to walk along the side of you or to stay on their path
Pain is inevitable
Suffering is optional
How we think
How we talk
What habits we choose to practice
Cause most of our own suffering
The way out is to look deeply within
How am I causing my own suffering?
Why do I do what I do?
“There is no such thing as enlightened beings, only enlightened activities.”- Shunryu Suzuki
There are two wolves inside of us.
Always at battle.
A good wolf.
That is kind, brave, and loving.
A bad wolf.
That is fearful, angry, and greedy.
The one you choose to feed.
Is the one that grows.
To end this constant battle.
You must show deep compassion & love to the bad wolf.
Feed the good wolf with how you talk to yourself, others, and your actions in the world.
Will you choose compassion?
Will you choose curiosity?
Will you choose peace?
Or taste pleasure?
Each day we can choose what world we want to live in.
Each meal deciding the fate of innocent animals.
Each meal deciding the future of our species.
Each meal deciding our health outcome.
We vote with our wallets each day & meal.
The first step is awareness.
The next is action.
Consider a vegan diet & lifestyle.