Your Thoughts Define You
We all walk around with thoughts. It took me a while to learn how influential these thoughts are. I knew that words were powerful, which was why I went to university to study English, and why I also became an English teacher, but I didn’t give much concern to my thoughts. We carry thoughts with us daily, many of which are deep rooted in past experiences. Some thoughts are shaped by what we’ve been told by others. Things we are told as children affect the way we perceive our world. Many of us need healing from our past, and to change our perspectives in order to see the truth. We tell ourselves we aren’t good enough, we aren’t smart enough or we we don’t deserve certain things. On the flip side, some of us are so pompous and arrogant that we tell ourselves that we are better than other people, and deserve to receive more and treated specially because we have something greater to offer. Had we received the life of someone we look down on, we might not have been able to handle it, because these are our lives for a reason. We all have something to fight for- a dream, a purpose- yet most of the battle we fight is in our minds, and the way we speak to ourselves. We cover ourselves with clothing, yet we only cover the outer frame. If we could see some of the ugly garments that cover our thoughts and frame our minds, we’d be shocked.
“We cover ourselves with clothing, yet we only cover the outer frame. If we could see some of the ugly garments that cover our thoughts and frame our minds, we’d be shocked.”
Many of us are plagued with repetitive thoughts, replaying scenarios in our minds that are more destructive than helpful. I used to think that this was just a way of allowing things to resurface. I believed that repressing negative thoughts were more harmful than replaying them, but as time went on, I began to see that by engaging in these repetitive thoughts, I was reliving the moments, many of which should have remained in the past. I bet you’re wondering what all this has to do with being vegan.
Veganism has changed the way I approach my life, and thoughts I have entertained in the past. You see, consuming meat and dairy products left me feeling, for lack of a better word, cloudy. With a heightened sense of clarity and a newfound ability to see the world around around me, I began to see the importance of mental and spiritual health. I found that eating healthy was only half the battle. In fact, becoming a vegan cleared up my insides, but it also cleared up my mind, giving me the power of self-awareness. A lot of things I held on to (thoughts, people and negative feelings associated with places and events) were no longer serving a purpose for me. I started feeling renewed and refreshed. I also physically felt lighter on the inside. I’ve lost weight before, yet it never had the profound effect that vegan weight loss had. I became less concerned about how fast I was losing weight, or how many pounds I could lose in a week, and I started focusing more on things like how long I could still my mind when meditating, or how grateful I felt for the gift of breath. There was a shift in my personal desires. As I went further into my karma-free diet, my body demanded that I balance it out by focusing on all aspects of health, targeting the way I thought, which revealed just how negative I had been.
We talk about spring cleaning and donating old clothes or furniture. We focus on weight loss and forget to clean up the insides. We make changes in the way we deal with our physical health, but we often dismiss the importance of cleaning out garbage thoughts. Some garbage thoughts I can think of relates to weight loss, and how important it is to be slim, because today’s American society is hell bent on limiting a woman’s physique. I’ve seen some really cruel comments on social media, underneath pictures of women’s bodies. Some have been so hurtful I couldn’t bare to continue to read. All people are beautiful. All people are important, yet because we are forced to believe that flaws make us ugly, I had taken that on, and also believed that I lacked something because I was not slim enough, or didn’t look the “part”. Becoming a vegan has taught me to look within and find my own self love. The more I developed compassion for animals, the more I was able to extend it to myself and others. That’s when I began to define my own self worth.
I am burdened with a gift of many gifts. I sing, and I’ve written hundreds of songs, yet I’ve never found a way to create a career from this. I create art, and have made many pieces, yet I’ve never found a way to get enough exposure for my artwork. I started an accessories company many years ago that was doing well, until it plummeted about 10 months later. I have written and published work under a pseudonym, but without proper understanding of how to get full exposure, I retreated to avoid admitting that I failed. Once I heard that other people began saying that I was a failure, it echoed in my mind, and before I knew it, I had begun reiterating the same sentiments to myself. I’d entered singing competitions, done art shows, and performed my poetry in public many times, but in everything there was a common denominator. I was afraid to shine.
Being afraid to shine is a battle that only occurs in the mind. It’s a cycle of telling yourself that no one sees your worth, when in truth, it is you that cannot see your own greatness. I became vegan because I wanted to help change the world. The truth is, becoming a vegan helped to change me.
“I became vegan because I wanted to help change the world. The truth is, becoming a vegan helped to change me.”
Accompanied with my spiritual journey, I have learned to fight the negativity inside, and to label my negative thoughts that cannot serve me as soon as they pop into my head. I ask myself if the thought is kind, true, and necessary. If it fails to pass those three questions, I label it negative and dismiss it from my mind. The beauty of The Jamerican Vegan is that it is for me. This site was created to help me find my way back to myself, after experiencing death after death that left me jaded and perplexed by life. By taking my health into my own hands, that was the first step to admitting that I was worth more than what the government and the food industry thought of me. By taking my health in to my own hands, that became the first step to admitting that my thoughts were important, and that I had to define myself by redefining my thoughts.
Our thoughts can make us feel great or awful. They can put us in a dark pit if we allow them to, but we have to allow them. By labeling our thoughts, we can define who we are. A plant based diet helps to kickstart your body to really see the world through a brand new pair of eyes, and these new eyes, turned inward, can help you to see who you’ve been hiding all along. If you’re ready for the journey to find you, start a plant based diet. You’ll feel the difference, mentally and spiritually, as well as physically. If you can find a way to let go of meat and dairy, you will also find it easier to engage in the art of letting go. It’s very important to create a circle that fills you with truth, positivity and love. Letting go of anything that does not serve the purpose of filling you positivity and truth is something to assess, to decide if it’s worth sacrificing your peace of mind.
I started watching Ralph Smart two years ago when I first became interested in veganism. See what he has to say about letting go of things in your life to move forward. I know there is a person out there reading this, who really needed to see this. I hope it helps you.
As always, peace, love and light,
Side note: My transparency is also my armor.