Why You Should Think About Going Vegan: For The World.

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As I write this, I am reminded of a beautiful saying by Mahatma Gandhi, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Looking at the state of the average human today, it is not surprising to see why they are in so much turmoil. They have literally turned the saying on its head and are treating wealth as everything. They are blindly running after it sacrificing their health in the process.

If you are like me, you would probably be sighing right now as well. It’s such a pity that life has become a series of “tasks” that must be completed and we are just not giving importance to things that require it the most! I mean, it’s a no-brainer that if your health is not at an optimal state, you won’t be able to achieve anything else in life either. You don’t need to be a genius to understand this!

It’s not even that hard to take care of your health as many make it out to be. With just a little bit of help, your body can function at its best. It is quite intelligent that way! There are just two things that you need to do basically – eat a healthy diet and exercise. Both require some attention but won’t take too much time away from your daily routine.

Out of the two, eating healthy is probably what comes first. If you really want to make a radical change, live as optimally as possible and in harmony with the environment itself, you should adopt veganism. It’s no wonder that it is an increasing trend in the world. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what a vegan diet is, it basically means food devoid of all animal products.

Many people are becoming aware of the importance of being healthy and how going vegan is a sure shot way to achieve that while contributing towards the planet at the same time. As Ann Wigmore once said, “Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy, and spirit you possess or takes away from it.”

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The Real Health Benefits of A Vegan Diet

There are so many health benefits of adopting a vegan diet, that it is ridiculous! For starters, it helps you lose weight. Obesity is a rising problem in the world and adopting a vegan diet can work wonders for obese people. There is a natural tendency among vegans to eat fewer calories which might be due to the higher fibre intake. This is what reduces your weight.

Another important benefit is that a vegan diet helps keep blood sugar level in check and prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes. This is another major health problem that an increasing number of people are suffering from. Again, greater fibre intake along with the reduced weight helps with lower sugar levels.

A vegan diet is also good for your heart.

Several studies have shown that a vegan diet helps reduce the risk of developing heart diseases and high blood pressure. One of the main reasons for this might be that vegan diets are immensely useful in reducing your cholesterol, which is a major cause for heart diseases.

There is a slew of other health benefits that are so significant that it will make you question why you haven’t already dived deep into veganism. It reduces the risk of developing cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Also, it reduces the symptoms of arthritis such as joint pain, swelling, stiffness which is really useful as you grow older!

Apart from the health benefits, there is one major benefit that directly affects your mental state.

If you don’t eat any animal products, your conscience will be totally clear. You will know that no animal had to die for you to satisfy your hunger or desire. This might not seem like a lot, but it sure provides you with a sense of happiness.

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The Absolute For Environmental Sustainability

Next up is the topic of the environment and sustainability. Veganism does wonders for the planet. It’s quite surprising why more people aren’t talking about this. It might be because they are heavily biased and would like to keep eating animals for their pleasure or hunger.

According to a study conducted in 2018, doing away with meat and dairy products from your diet could cut down your carbon footprint from food by up to 73%. Now, that is a significant number. Most people don’t realise this but it puts a lot of strain on the environment to produce food from animals.

For example, one kg of beef requires about 15,000 litres of water to produce.

And that’s just water. There are tons of other resources that go into the whole process as well. So, the 100 gram beef on your plate required 1500 litres of water to produce! The average human being consumes 3-4 litres of water per day, so that is about 375-500 days worth of water for a single person for your single plate of beef! We should all ponder about that for a moment.

If the whole world converted to veganism (distant pipedream, I know), it would vastly reduce global warming, climate change, pollution and a whole host of other secondary issues stemming from them. In fact, it would also reduce global farmland use by 75%, which is an area equivalent to the size of the US, China, EU and Australia combined! This would free up the wildland that was lost to agriculture. This lost wildland was the primary reason for mass wildlife extinction.

When you stop to think about it, we are perhaps the only species on the planet that harms its own habitat.

You don’t see lions or elephants or a tree harming the planet. They just exist and do their thing. We, humans, pride ourselves in being an ‘intelligent species’ and yet our activities show that we are quite stupid! If an alien race were looking for intelligent life on Earth, maybe they would think there’s none…


Beginners guide to composting.

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Growing your own vegetables?

Anyone with a with vegetable patch should, by rights, have a compost heap.

The benefits are almost limitless.

Composting will save you money on fertilizer.

It provides soil with critical nutrients and bacteria and improves the quality of your soil, meaning you’ll no longer have to spend money on expensive garden soil. It also reduces household garbage. In fact, you’ll be amazed at how much you can throw into the heap and how quickly it piles up.

Another great benefit is that you can throw vegetable peelings directly into your compost heap. Which is a lot better than having them sit your dustbin until garbage day. Best of all it’s good for the environment. You get the benefit of incredible soil and save rubbish from being sent to the landfill.

Plus it’s fun!

If you’ve never composted before don’t worry. It’s dead simple and takes almost no expertise at all.

All you need is a hole in your back garden. Try to dig the hole at least ten square feet. This should be big enough. Also dig this hole as far away from your home as possible. There’s a chance that the heap will eventually start to smell, so you want it to be far from your home. Another reason to dig it away from your home is because insects will be attracted to your compost heap, and you don’t want them coming inside.

What can you compost?

Basically anything that’s organic and will biodegrade.

This can include.

  • Paper and cardboard.
  • Tea bags.
  • Vegetable and fruit peelings
  • Grass clippings.
  • Coffee grounds.
  • Plant cuttings.

Avoid material that won’t degrade quickly such as: Meat and bones, leftovers that aren’t plant material, branches and stems or anything which has been sprayed with pesticides. Also avoid any type of treated wood.

Basically throw everything into your compost heap and wait. The only work you have to do is turning the compost over. Do this with a pitchfork or shovel every 1-3 months. Turning the compost will speed up decomposition and help to keep away pests. It also gets air into the compost.

As time passes the material at the bottom of the heap will start to look like rich, black soil. When you can no longer recognize what you’ve thrown into the pile, it’s ready to harvest. This should take about 6-12 months.

At this point you can harvest your compost and use it wherever you’d like. This can be in your garden bed, vegetable garden or in your plant pots.

Bottom line: There’s no excuse for not having a compost heap.

Good compost helps vegetables grow like magic, and if you have space in your back garden then you should start one now. Remember, there’s no greater source of nutrition for plants than compost. A compost heap helps turn trash into treasure and is a must for anyone who is environmentally conscious.

Can Mindfulness Can Help Create Sustainability?

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There have been increasing talks about mindfulness in the world in recent times, both at the individual level as well as on macro levels including communities, societies and even nations. But what is mindfulness? Do we understand it correctly or have we somehow managed to twist and turn its meaning into just another new age mumbo jumbo?

Mindfulness is simply the practice of bringing our attention to the present moment. It’s a very simple concept if you think about it and yet, for some reason, it has remained elusive to most people in our history. That’s ironical in more ways than one. We pride ourselves in being intelligent human beings and have built wonders using our intellect, but when it comes to controlling the multi-faceted abilities of our brains, most people fail miserably. In essence, the problem lies with their minds’ inability to remain rooted in the present moment.

The problem with us human beings is that our awareness floats, most of the times, in the past or the future. None of these two places really exist. It’s only the present moment that exists in perpetuity. Being aware of this fact, and living our lives accordingly is what will help us achieve the coveted state of mindfulness. This is not only desirable but a necessity in the world that we live in. That’s because, using our intellect, we have become masters of the planet, but as a side effect, we are hurting our very home.

Today, we are facing several global crises that can one day, threaten our own existence. These are challenges that we had never thought we would need to face. But, our rampant use of our planet’s resources and our exploitative practices have put a huge burden on our very habitat and by extension, our own species. The globe is warming up, climate patterns are changing, the polar ice caps are melting, pollution levels are at an all-time high, natural calamities seem to be getting more severe. Human activities are to blame for a lot of these crises.

This simply cannot go on for a long period of time. The need of the hour is sustainability. Every individual, every society, every nation of the world needs to ensure that sustainability becomes the new way of living. Without it, we are looking at our own doom. Even after so much damage has been done already, we still have time. If we mend our ways, we can make a real impact within the coming decades and save the sinking ship of our civilisation. This will ensure that nature recovers to its original state, and we can lead healthier and happier lives. But for all this to happen, we need to implement the mantra of sustainability.

But what exactly is sustainability? Unfortunately, it too has been misunderstood. Many people tend to think that living sustainably entails giving up all our needs and desires and living life with bare minimum resources. That’s not the case whatsoever. Sustainable living is simply a lifestyle where we reduce our impact and demand on the environment. This ensures that there is more to go around for everyone which will ‘sustain’ our lives further. That is why sustainable living is also called ‘Earth harmony living’.

This is exactly where mindfulness comes in. When we are aware of our own activities and the kind of impact that they can have on the planet and other people’s lives, we can finally take steps to change that. When we are mindful, we can relate to everyone and everything around us and a feeling of compassion is generated. Once we start feeling this way, we realise our role in the grander scheme of things. We realise the importance of living in harmony with everything around us.

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Sustainability through mindfulness

Scientists believe that being mindful can literally change how our brains are wired. For the better. It has such a huge impact on the way we think and feel, that it can almost be considered as a transcendental level of existence. In a way, it is. That’s because most people live lives that are influenced by their erratic thoughts and emotions. So, in a sea of people, if we are able to become mindful, it really is a transcendental form of living compared to them. On such higher levels of thought, we are able to make better decisions that foster positive change.

When we are mindful, we think about things from a different perspective. From a deeper perspective. We think about how things relate to one another, how we fit into the greater puzzle and how humanity as a whole interacts with itself and with the environment. We also start thinking about the bigger issues and are inspired to take action wherever and whenever we can. When enough people take action and do their bit, it culminates into something huge. That’s when change happens. The whole is only as good as the sum of its parts. If the small parts act responsibly, the greater whole flourishes.

Also, if we approach the biggest crises that we face today with a state of mindfulness, we will be able to come up with much better responses. Just being in that state opens up so many options that were simply not present before. It influences how we approach risks, how we view environmental resources and makes us realise that our short term greed leads to long term suffering. It can also influence how we cope with the impact of such crises and enhances our natural ingenuity to come up with better ways to adapt. As we can see, the ultimate result is us battling challenges on all fronts which leads to a sustainable future.

One very important aspect of being mindful, that doesn’t often get enough credit is its ability to drive compassion in us. When we are compassionate about something or someone, we naturally try to act in the most prudent way with them. That’s because we care about them and would do anything to prevent jeopardising our relation with them. Thus, mindfulness can directly lead to sustainability as we become more compassionate towards nature and the planet. We do everything in our power to not harm it and contribute to helping conserve and grow it. This is the true power of mindfulness.

Another very important change that mindfulness brings in a person is a transition towards a non-materialistic way of living. We all know that we live in a consumerist world. Large corporates keep pushing products and services and through clever marketing, they make us believe that our lives are incomplete without those products. As a result, we keep buying more and more, regardless of whether we really need them or not. But, this is an endless pursuit. No matter how much we have, it will never be enough. When we become mindful of this fact, we slowly shift from materialistic to non-materialistic values within us.

I recently realised my car wasn’t a real necessity in my life, living in a relatively small city most places I go to I can get to by bike, so I’ve sold it. It feels good!

Living from moment to moment helps us analyse each and every action of ours and we immediately realise whether what we are doing is sustainable or not. It helps us examine every facet of our lives. For example, we become aware that using public transport or riding bicycles to work would help us decrease our carbon footprint. We realise that reducing our meat consumption could have great benefits for the environment and that we should be more judicious with the way we use water. Basically, it puts every habit and lifestyle elements of ours, under a microscope and we can decide from there on how to change them to a more sustainable model.

In recent times, many scientific studies have concluded that practising mindfulness can have many psychological, physiological, emotional and societal benefits. Many scientists say that aligning our intellectual intelligence with our emotional intelligence defines our effectiveness as humans. Many large organisations have begun understanding this fact and have started implementing programs for employees so that they can become more mindful. This not only helps the organisation as a whole but it also helps the employees in their work as well as their personal lives.

Google, one of the largest tech companies in the world, has a mindfulness training program for its employees. In fact, the job description of the head of this training program includes words such as, “enlighten minds, open hearts and create world peace”. It tells us how much importance the company puts on the program. This is not all though. Google also created a two-day mindfulness training program and made it public so that everyone can reap its benefits. Many other organisations such as General Mills, Target and others are following suit and have initiated similar internal programs. The world is waking up to the need for sustainability and how it can be achieved through mindfulness.

How We Can Be More Mindful

Now that we understand how important it is to be mindful, we must learn the techniques that can help us do so. As with everything else, it takes time to get better at it. Through consistent practice and determination, we can slowly build mindfulness like we build other skills or aspects.

One of the first techniques that we can use is mindful breathing. It is pretty easy to follow once we get the hang of it. Basically, it involves paying attention to our breathing. The objective is to bring awareness to something that is an involuntary action. It promotes our ability to just stay in the present moment.

Another really powerful technique is to meditate. If we can get into the habit of meditation, it can be one of the most relaxing things that we can do. It helps us control our thoughts and emotions and makes us mindful of ourselves as a piece of life. There is nothing more serene and peaceful than experiencing a state of nothingness.

There are many other techniques as well but most require us to bring our attention and awareness to the present moment. Like going for a mindful walk for example. During this practice, we have to be mindful about every aspect of walking like how we are lifting our foot, how the ground beneath feels, how our hands move in relation to our legs, and so on. Practising these techniques will slowly but surely develop mindfulness in us which will lead to better lives for ourselves as well as people around us.