I noticed in speaking with other vegetarians and vegans, or reading comments on vegetarian forums, vegetarians and vegans tend to have a strong sense of whom we are and who we are. There is something about being a vegetarian and vegan that not only strengthens your health and body; but, your mind also becomes strong whereas how you perceive yourself is also made stronger and you become in love with yourself. When I say you become "in love with yourself," this means that you love whom and who you are as a unique and individual person. You do not try to imitate anyone else because you realize that there is no need to copy what has made you beautifully, uniquely you. Everyone is beautiful and unique, but they must realize this and stop trying to copy or imitate what someone else possesses. To realize that you are unique and beautiful as you are does not mean you are conceited. It means you have a positive view of whom and who you whereas you do not put yourself down, but LIFT yourself up!
I listened to a conversation by two women who listed the many things they wished that they could change on their body. They were not happy with their nose, breast size, buttocks size , thighs, chin, arms, and more. They discussed their thoughts of breasts and buttocks reduction or enlargement, nose reconstruction, botox for fuller lips, and more. I thought to myself as they discussed these things how sad it is to not love yourself. They stopped for a second and asked me, Donna, what would you like to change on yourself? I said there is nothing I want to change. I proceeded in telling them that I love and accept my body as is and I am just happy to be alive with a healthy mind and body. A few years ago, I could have answered, well, I want to change my nose, or my thighs, or my buttocks; but, as a vegetarian and subsequently a vegan, you begin to know whom you are and who you are. Actually this actualization started 9 years ago when I started to wear my hair natural. There is just something about deciding to live a natural life; however, my acceptance of myself became even stronger as a vegetarian then vegan. You learn to love yourself through its flaws, and realize they are not flaws but what makes you unique and beautiful. You accept the beauty and uniqueness in you because...well, you are just at peace with the world, at peace with yourself, and just feel peaceful. There are more things to be concerned about such as world hunger, homeless children and adults, and animal abuse than how I can get a nose job, botox, reduction in breasts or thighs.
I hope I made a statement and made them think to love themselves as they are because once I made that response of "I am pleased with whom and who I am", the conversation dwindled to another topic and no more talk of trying to change whom and who they were.
My word to you this week as vegetarians and vegans is to spread the joy of learning to accept whom and who you are. There are many of our teenagers and preteens out there whether our own children, nieces, neighbors, cousins, friends' children...that have a poor self image of themselves because they see the thin models who are starving to death and the media says that they are beautiful. They see their favorite role models on TV or the movies getting nose jobs, breast enlargements, buttock enlargements, or botox for fuller lips. They see their role models on TV and movies getting their stomach stapled or opting for surgeries to pump out the excess fat storage rather than promote healthy diets and exercise. Even adult women fall into this trap of our teenagers and pre-teens.
~ Peace and Love my sisters,
P.S. If you want a beautiful and gentle soup to celebrate your gorgeous spirit of whom and who you are, try this week's Lebanese Vegetable Soup. A beautiful and gentle soup reminiscent of the beauty in you.