mindful autumn

Posted on Monday, 5 October 2015

I just had an early family Thanksgiving. And since I just switched over to vegan and my brother's girlfriend, Marley, is also vegan (she also took these photos!) we decided to do our own version of a vegan Thanksgiving! I know it sounds a little crazy, Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey and all the fixings but for me preserving our planet any way I possibly can help out I will gladly swap turkey gravy for mushroom gravy, not to mention our vegan mashed potatoes tasted just as good as the original. 

After watching the documentary Cowspiracy (psst it's on Netflix) I couldn't claim to be an environmentalist and not be a vegan. The facts are startling, agriculture is the leading driver of climate change, and you can see a list of the facts here: cowspiracy.com/facts. For me it's all about choices, we have the choice to be conscious of these issues and we have a choice to do better and choose better for ourselves and the planet. When we put the need of the collective and the planet first the choice should be obvious. 

This autumn as the leaves change and you add that pump of pumpkin spice (mondays are for soy lattes) be mindful of the changes taking place, mindful of what nature gives so freely. We are all connected, every little action has a reaction and there is a heartbeat to our planet. It is our home and something of magnificent beauty and even though we can't see it, things are changing. The change of seasons happens so swiftly. I love fall so much. I was biking the other evening feeling the crisp air float past me, thinking to myself as I listened to a shovels and rope track, 'don't miss out on fall.' Because it comes and then it goes and it's such a precious time to see and marvel at nature. It's a reminder to slow down, to wrap yourself in a blanket on the porch, watch the golden sunset and just be. Nature is self actualizing, it knows exactly what it needs to do, we don't need to worry if the leaves will change and fall, they always do...I think this is an important lesson in an important time, we are tampering with nature, and thus the effects will be seen. But nature will resist as long as it can until the stress we have placed on it becomes too strong. Nature will win in the end, it always does but why would we want to tamper with what is already so sacred and beautiful about it. And the truth is when we do better for others and the planet we actually do better for ourselves. 

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