Guest Blog Post by Tuladhana
There. That got your attention! This post is mainly my own journey but just see it from a vegan point of view and the sentiment is still the same.
I went vegan for the animals 27 years ago and there were mistakes made: purposefully and by another’s hand. Does that make me any less vegan? If you look at Donald Watson’s legacy, The Vegan Society and read their definition of ‘veganism’..it clearly states as’ far as possible and practicable’, Now, personally I feel that this is on one hand a great ideal. You do what you can, when you can, every little helps right? But in recent times I sadly see people choosing for their stomachs over the vegan options. Although there are NO Vegan Police ….your conscience does exist. It is about doing the VERY best you can.
I’ve been there. I am an artist and a crafter and I had ALWAYS wanted to try felting. So I made that decision. I bought some ethical merino and had fun for a year. But then my conscience overrode my desire to do this. It was still exploitation of those sheep! So what did I do? I simply found an alternative. This is what you do with vegan products or raw. You find something alternative. Note that I do not say IDENTICAL but ALTERNATIVE. This is a classic rookie mistake. Vegan cheese does not taste like dairy cheese but once you change your mindset to appreciating that vegan cheese or Gary in it’s own right, you relax.
The major battle with going raw or vegan is with your MIND not your stomach. Mr Tummy STILL craves things that your mind sends messages about. Being vegan has never been so easy nowadays. Being raw vegan is harder I can tell you. Every day I look at the non-raw items in my cupboard and decide whether THIS will be the day I use them. But this is the point. Being vegan is something we must revisit on a daily basis when transitioning-it is not an all or nothing scenario in the beginning. Every action will have a butterfly effect just as every non-action will too..something to help you make those decisions.
I slipped on my raw 2 days ago..I know, I know, I never claimed to be 100% raw vegan but I DID eat junk food and there is a world of difference to choosing a simple pasta dish or sweets/crisps/alcohol. I felt like the badger’s behind the next day and that was warning enough. I simply started again. There is a wonderful quote attributed to the Buddha which I will leave you with:
‘Every Morning we are born again. It is what we do today that matters most’.
Peace, Love, Vegan – Tuladhana