Last Thursday I quietly celebrated an anniversary that’s very meaningful to me. I’ve been a vegetarian for two years.
I celebrated quietly because I took a 24 hour vow of silence. I did it for many reasons, but mostly to reflect on my two lives; the life before I gave up meat, and the life after. I took a day of silence to remember the lives that were taken for me, and to pay respect to them.
I learned some amazing things by shutting my mouth for 24 hours. I found out how much is going on in my head, it’s busy up there. Since I wasn’t able to communicate verbally, I had to use body language. It’s amazing how much can be said without saying anything. My son and I connected on a new level. I was afraid he might feel ignored so I made it a point to pay special attention to him. My husband and I also connected in a new way. I quietly listened to him, we watched movies and cuddled. It was a very specail day. I’d like to do it again because I feel I have more to learn.
I’m not going to talk about why I have given up meat. There are so many reasons, and to me, they are really good reasons. I am going to say that I have never felt better. Both emotionally and physically. Since going meatelss, I’ve had a healthy full-term pregnancy, exclusively breastfed my baby for 6 months, and now continue to breastfeed with the supplementation of solid foods. Even will all these changes to my body, I can honestly say I have never been healthier in my life.
Following my moral compass has brought me so much happiness and meaning to my life.