For quite sometime now, I have been taking steps towards living a life that is in sync with the things I believe in. To best explain what that really means is that, Ahimsa, one of the five yamas in the Eight Limbs of Yoga, states that;
"The word ahimsa literally mean not to injure or show cruelty to any creature or any person in any way whatsoever. Ahimsa is, however, more than just lack of violence as adapted in yoga. It means kindness, friendliness, and thoughtful consideration of other people and things. It also has to do with our duties and responsibilities too. Ahimsa implies that in every situation we should adopt a considerate attitude and do no harm."
A plant based diet seemed like a good place to start, but then what about the shoes? Clothes? Lifestyle? It didn't happen all at once, but it seemed like a natural progression. I started eliminating the things in my life that did not feel like Ahimsa. And the more I do it, the better I feel.
Shampoo was the first place I started, since it's the personal care item I probably buy the most. And slowly but surely, I am replacing the make-up in my cosmetics bag. Mascara is the first to go and I'm giddy to do it. I won't share pictures of how mascara is tested on animals, that's not my thing. But no animal should suffer simply because I want my eyes to "pop".
Bye, bye Cover Girl and your torturous ways and hello Pacifica! I found this brand while strolling the lanes of Target one day. They have a nice little section of products by them and carry several other brands that are cruelty free as well. I generally just google a name brand through Siri before buying it and ask if the product tests on animals. Before purchasing your next beauty item, put that cell phone to use! See if it loves Fido and Tabby just as much as we do. Xx
When I enjoy something, I usually jump all in. If it's music, I play the song over and over at full blast. If it's food, I eat it several times a week until I'm sick of it. And when it comes to tv shows, I pretty much bing watch until it's all over and then, not watch another show for months.
My latest love is the Fabulous Beekman Boys. I originaly watched a show of theirs a while ago, but I don't remember when or where. The boyfriend and I both had heard of the them, and on one lazy weekend, we decided that we wanted to watch it even if it meant buying it off Amazon. We lit a fire and sat back to enjoy a night of sweet couples bickering, business strategies and playful goats bleeting and getting trouble. This show is about a coulple from New York that stumble on to a farm for sale, while out apple picking one weekend. They fall in love with a place called Sharon Springs and the Beekman Farm that resides there. The Beekman Mansion is up for sale and the rest is history. They soon found themselves turning the weekend retreat into a full fledged business when they lose their jobs in the recession and wind up devoting themselves to not just living off the land they live on, but turning it into a business as well.
The sweetness factor lies in the goats. When they hire a farmer to help them along the way, he brings his goat squad with him and the idea to create goat soap and cheese is born. It's funny, it's informative and it's adorable to watch.