“May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all”

One of the first mantras I heard when I was new to the practice of yoga was Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. One of my teachers would sing it during savasana, and after one of those classes, I went to look up what it meant. Eventually I discovered Jivamukti Yoga and I liked very much the translation they had for that Sanskrit chant (written above).

Since then, I tried to work on being a positive force in contributing to the happiness and freedom for all. This may not have been my main motivation for having transitioned into vegetarianism, but now that I am 10 months into the lifestyle, I realize that there was some stirring in there that was motivated by this mantra. I must admit I still have my flaws. I still have milk and dairy, for one. On occasion, I still react mindlessly and swat that mosquito buzzing around. But yea, as much as I can, I try to be mindful. When I buy bags and accessories now, I check what the material is made of. I make it a point to double check if the fur coats for sale on some website is really faux fur rather than animal hide and yes, much as I dream of having one of those gorgeous designer bags, I probably won’t get it.

It’s a process, I must admit. But everyday, when I get up, I remind myself to do all that I can and be as mindful as possible so as not to cause harm to others, human or non-human.

 

 

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