Being Brave and Listening to your body
Not only is Tasha a brave and amazing blogger, she speaks to a topic that is close to my heart and a message that I think it is important for you, my readers, to hear as well. She learned to listen to her body and do what was best for her, even when it bumped up against everything she believed in and thought was right and true in the world.
Life is not black and white and you can not and should not believe everything you read and hear. I am always amazed how we can suspend the use of our perfectly healthy and functioning brains to feed our belief systems. One thing I have learned over the last couple of years of struggling with my own battle with depression, anxiety and a bunch of familial bullshit is that no matter how much you believe something to be true that is not always the case.
It is so important that we learn to trust ourselves. Our minds and bodies yearn to speak to us, to tell us what is right and true for us, but so often we ignore them. We ignore that we are tired or sad or not feeling well and all the little ailments that we attribute to our lives or getting older or whatever our excuses might be. We push aside our uneasy feelings and that little nagging tug that something here is hinky. In reality all these little things are our bodies ways of speaking to us, of telling us that something isn’t right and that we should take a good look at how we are living and what changes our hearts know we need to make.
Instead of listening to these warnings, more times than not we ignore them until they turn into monsters that come back and bite us, sometimes with devastating consequences. My mind and body were screaming and I just blatently ignored it, shoved it down until my whole world exploded. Not necessarly the best way to go about it.
Learning this important lesson comes to each of us in it’s own way. For Tasha it was her Vegan-ism, as much a doctrine as a lifestyle choice in her mind. For each of us it will always be something personal and most likely painful. Facing our personal truth is certainly not an easy task, but one that faced with bravery and an open heart will forever make us and everyone we touch better for it.
There are many things that I could say about being vegan or how I feel about the importance of quality natural animal protein sources, but I think the bigger lesson here is that if you listen, your mind and body will tell you what you need. And if you refuse to listen, it will just yell louder, believe me.
And just one more little rant. Be very careful how you judge others and what you believe from so-called experts. We each have our own beliefs and our own reasons for them. Do your own research, and I mean real research – not just asking your friend or your favorite talk show host, and listen to your gut. If someone seems all over the top about stuff, there is probably a reason for it that has absolutely nothing to do with you. And if you disagree about something with someone, no matter how vehemently, remember to have some respect. Being an asshole only hurts you in the long run.