The lingering despondency were no exception to the cold winter wind I felt in the thin air. As I stood on the opposite side of the fence, I watched the bodies slowly awaken minutes before the sun made a slow appearance. The closest cows stared in dismay.
Their curiosity caused a premature gathering where I stood with my camera in hand, waiting to be taken on their daily routine. The sound of loud coughs broke the eerie silence. As I stood frozen, I looked upon the cows and mourned their unfortunate existence.
Don’t worry, my plan is not to try convert you to vegetarianism or criticise meat eaters. This article is merely based on a personal observation of the effects the conversion has had on my life, and how it made me a happier and healthier person.
Since my conversion to vegetarianism, I’ve not only been leading a healthier lifestyle but also developed deep compassion for all living beings.
Even though the stigma around vegetarianism has had an overwhelming effect on my already fragile social life, the experience has been liberating. As a result, I haven’t contracted any type of illness (yes that’s right, not even a cold), and my mental health has improved immensely. This was possible due to my increased awareness of my consumption habits, following the conversion. The increased intake of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts and the decreased consumption of artificial sugars, fast food, dairy, and alcohol have had a significant positive impact on my health. I no longer experience chronic migraines, fatigue, nausea and body aches, to mention only a few.
Physical health aside, the concern I feel for all living beings has proven to not only strengthen my relationships with those I care about, but also help me to have a better understanding of certain issues, and in return it has encouraged me to practice more sensitivity towards people and the environment. Think about it! If you are reluctant to show compassion, how will that affect your valued relationships, the environment, the lives of those around you and your own personal life?
Hopefully my story will be thought provoking to you or perhaps it angers you. Either way, I’m hoping my words will challenge stigma around vegetarianism and general criticism surrounding the choices we make. We should try be more compassionate towards one another, regardless of our choices.
I’d like to challenge you to join me in practicing mindful awareness and try show more respect to those around you, including the environment.
Having compassion for the living, is good for you, for those around you and for society as a whole. This includes all living beings, cows too.
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