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To Be Or Not To Be Vegetarian

Posted Dec 18 2009 4:12pm

vegetarian dietDo you struggle to align your eating habits with your ideals?  If you're like me, sometimes your taste buds take control and you find yourself eating something you know isn't the healthiest choice for your body and your spirit.  In this post I want to address the timeless question of whether or not to be a vegetarian.  At this moment in history where the environmental impact of every one of our choices, especially the 3-times-a-day ones, is so critical, it's important to examine how we choose what we eat.  The decision affects our health, the environment, the economy, and global society.  Personally, I am the kind of person who needs to gather a lot of information from many different traditions before I make big decisions.  So I've compiled a surprising list of unusual theories  about eating meat.  If you're on the fence about becoming vegetarian or if you go back and forth, the following considerations and anecdotes may help you finally decide what is best for you.

Ayurveda is part of the ancient Vedic tradition in India that believes that the highest purpose of human life is to attain spiritual enlightenment.  Meditation is one of the primary paths to this goal, and all dietary and lifestyle recommendations support this.  Ayurveda and yoga philosophy teach that eating meat brings a very dense, heavy, and agitating energy into the body that disturbs the mind and makes meditation and spiritual clarity very difficult.

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