Eating Plant-based Foods
Eating low on the food chain is helpful to any meditation practice. The only way to do this is to eat plant-based foods. While it’s not totally necessary to become a full-fledged vegetarian or vegan, reducing your consumption of meat and other animal products can have a subtle affect on your mind as well as your body. For example, here is something to consider: Just think how sensitive and loving your pet dog or cat is with you, and realize that the emotional complexity of a factory-farmed animal, is no different from your pet. Fear, trauma and anxiety are a constant for most of these animals who live in the most horrid conditions and are treated with cruelty and lack of humanity. The constant presence of those traumatic emotions in these animals creates a specific hormonal response which can be detected in their meat. These cortical hormones enter our bodies and effect our minds when we consume this meat. You are eating the hormones that accompany fear, trauma and anxiety. It is as if you are taking hormone pills, the wrong hormones, all of which have very subtle effects on our conciousness, and make us more aggressive, stressed and fearful as a society. For example for the majority of a factory-farmed animal’s life, its adrenal gland is releasing a constant stream of adrenaline and cortisol, the two stress hormones. Cortisol increases blood pressure and blood sugar, and reduces immune responses. Prolonged exposure to this hormone does much harm to the body, and living in a constant state of stress will produce a constant stream of it in the blood stream. These negative and fearful mental states have also been proven to increase disease in the body in many other ways besides these endocrine (hormonal) imbalances.
Just one look at a factory farm with a hidden camera will confirm that these places are very freightening. The reality is, that the meat and animal products which come from these places are, chemically and energetically speaking, full of dis-ease. The term “you are what you eat” comes to mind… The links between the consumption of animal foods and common western diseases such as heart disease and cancer has been clearly established in many repeatable studies in respectable medical journals. Read “The China Study” for the largest and most comprehensive epidemiological study on the vegetarian diet ever done. The science clearly shows that vegetarians and vegans live longer happier, mentally clean and clear lives. The intent of this blog, is not to promote a political agenda. Rather, we are illuminating one of the truths in our society, and recommending a diet that will profoundly and positively shift your mental state in combination with a daily mindfulness practice such as the method taught at SoundMind Meditation. Even just reducing your meat consumption will have a profound effect.