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The Mindful Vegan

The Mindful Vegan

2017-09-17 
| by Victoria Moran

In this guest blog, renowned vegan author, speaker and radio host Victoria Moran talks about what it means to be a mindful vegan and how being vegan helps us become more mindful of our daily choices.

Victoria will be speaking at VegfestUK London (Oct 21-22 at Olympia London) – tickets now available to buy at www.london.vegfest.co.uk/tickets 

 

When you’re mindful, it seems to me, you don’t just do what you’re doing: you become what you’re doing. And when one task or conversation is finished, you move on to the next with the same attentiveness, the same conviction.

So often the person we’re talking with on the phone is also writing an e-mail or brewing the coffee. This doubling up has become the way we get things done. But when you focus on someone to the exclusion of everything else, you give something rare and eloquent.

 

Becoming vegan is one way to live mindfully. Instead of simply eating what’s available, or what we’ve eaten all our lives, or what our taste buds think is the cat’s meow, we choose to consume foods that we believe to be best for our bodies and that we know show compassion for animals and respect for the planet. When we’re mindful of our food and we’re rewarded with gifts such as peace of mind and improved health.

We all want to live long and well, and yet an unwillingness to be fully aware robs time from our lives. Don’t lose another minute. And you won’t, as long as you’re willing to be completely aware of this one. Pay attention. Be in the experience without judging or naming it. Be in it as you’d be in the water if you dove into a pool.

 

If non-stop mindfulness is too much, be consciously mindful once every day. Once a day, give another person your undivided attention. Once a day, look at a flower and see its petals and its leaves, their strength and delicacy. When you do this, you’ll be actively participating in your own vegan life, one that is important and richly textured and worth showing up for.

 

About the author

Victoria Moran, is host of the Main Street Vegan podcast, author of Main Street Vegan, and co-author of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook, coming in December. She’ll present at VegfestUK London 2017 on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

What to expect at VegfestUK London

VegfestUK returns to Olympia London on October 21st 22nd 2017, bringing an awesome vegan experience to tens of thousands of visitors for the 5th year running. 

The event will consist of up to 300 stalls, a Vegan Food Village with 23 global caterers, a Vegan Health Summit, a Vegan Athletes Summit, Easy Veganism sessions, an Animal Rights Summit, a Radical Veganism corner (Saturday only), an Environment, Food & Sustainability Summit (Sunday only), a Vegan Comedy Corner, a Cinema, an Activists Corner, Cookery Demos, a Living Raw Zone, a Teen Zone, a Mature Zone, a Kids Area, Live Music, an Art of Compassion Exhibition, plus VegfestUK's Award Ceremony for 2017 celebrating the vegan heroes and heroines of the year.

The event is open from 11am - 6pm (SAT) and 10am - 5pm (SUN), occupying the West and Central Halls on Level 1 and the Conference Centre on Level 3 of Olympia London.

Advance tickets (day tickets) are £12 for adults and £8 for concessions plus booking fees - advance tickets are available to buy now at:

www.london.vegfest.co.uk/tickets 

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