One of the most important virtues we need to live consciously as a vegan, and practising and living with zen in our lives, to live well and thrive, is simplicity. Being able to live simply may be what we need as the grounding anchor in going through the changes we face during the next few years.
All we are on a physical level as a human being is air, water and food. And physically, our body’s 10-13 trillion cells replace themselves every 100 days [just over 3 months].
When you think “thrive”, think of all the seemingly small, but necessary daily elements of life as the miraculous organ you are as a human being. At our essence we are a living organism, on a living Planet, in a living Universe.
This will give you some critical thinking skills to live with “golden-ness” in your daily life as we say in zen: you can live without water for some time, but you can’t live without breathing. You can live without food for quite a while, but you’ll get dehydrated without regular water. Without regular sleep, we get disorientated and disfunctional . . . without regular rest and relaxation we’re stressed and vulnerable to dread disease. With good diet and nutrition we are strong and conquer disease, polution and stress. Without a spiritual life, a positive routine for our mental wellbeing and soul connection, our sense of identity with “all that is” or centering the turning of the Great Universal Wheel within ourself, we experience anxiety and loss. Without meditation we are spiritually bereft, even experiencing erosion of Spirit during these challenging times we’re in right now in our world. With meditation we immerse ourselves regularly in silence, stillness and rest . . . the way we stay connected with true nature, truth, soul force or love force [as both Gandhi and Jesus taught].
Lao–Tzu: “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” Tao [zen] Logic has adopted this quotation to become the cornerstone behind our philosophy.
These are the basic building blocks of thrive: based on the 5 Health Principles of an Ancient Eastern Wisdom Path to liberation, and encoded and practised for thousands of years: Yoga in its entirety . . .
. Proper Breathing
. Proper Relaxation
. Proper Movement of Bodymind
. Proper Diet and Nutrition
. Positive Mental Attitude and Meditation
” Ask yourself: What is necessary for me to be alive – what is in my daily life?” I have just three things to teach, suzen:
Here are my 3 steps for being anchored by our cornerstone, living with our essence: and discovering how to thrive:
Simple Living is about living consciously and in the moment. Consciousness is about awareness and this “Simple Living” process helps you to raise your awareness of how you’re living your life – and teaches you to live in the magic of life unfolding. An awakening to what is real in life.
As a teacher, I think I have only 3 things to teach: meditate, exercise the body-mind, live simply and with these 3 our health will go a long way.
And here are some of the steps:
Meditate. Give yourself time for deep inner nurturing and nourishing.
Making time for our spiritual care is as, if not more, important as making time to eat, sleep, work, socialise. This can begin with 10 minutes a day.
It is the act of creating a “space” in time which is only for the spirit which begins to build an inner structure deep within the bodymind . . . and then this is the basis of our deep nourishing of the self with meditation.
So the simple steps here are: make time, make space. Focus on posture, breathing and silence. Practice regularly.
Go to the “sweetspot” regularly! Listen to meditative music. The Ancient Yogis believed we have a little sac of “Amber Nectar” (the nectar of the Gods) deep within our brains, at the pineal gland. The way to connect with our “sweetspot” is through relaxation and music, raising our vibrations.
There have been many pointers to us from the Ancients in many civilisations that the pineal gland is the point of access for us to our souls and the flow of Consciousness.
Practice Right Diet: Dietary control is very important in living your life with simplicity. We eat those foods which contain the most life force energy and which feed our bodymind emotions and spirits. Traditionally Vegetarianism and Veganism suits the bodymind of a meditation and yoga practitioner – but books such as “Eat Right 4 Your Type” have taught us that not everyone can be Vegetarian or Vegan without supplementing our diet nutritionally, or eat raw food diets. Understanding a little about the Ayurvedic Doshas can also be illuminating!
Learn what you can about your body and what foods are going to bring you optimum health. Eating little and often suits the body when we are attempting to bring Balance and allow Consciousness to flow: but learn to inform yourself and experiment for your own self-empowerment.
A Spiritual Energy Practice
This is a simple daily practice:
Spirit of Air and Water 963Hz: all we are physically is air water and food . . . energy medicine has its own frequency and we can connect and resonate with that.