October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, a wonderful initiative to help inspire us to think about what goes in our mouth and how our choices can impact the world in which we share. We can all stick our head in the sand, if we so choose, and ignore the reality of what goes on in the world. Or we can do something about it. We live on this planet and have the power to vote every day with the choices we make at the supermarket/deli/grocery and department store. Every time you buy a product you are saying to that company, ‘keep on doing what you are doing.’ You are supporting everything that company does: every source of raw material, every packaging solution, every environmental standard that they are undertaking, every form of employee relations, every marketing choice.
How about making this month’s ritual one that involves being consciously aware of all that goes in and on your body.
A lovely ritual I like to do from time to time to remind myself of ‘gratitude’ and to help myself come back to the present moment is to give thanks for all the beings that made my meal or skincare product possible. The act of eating or cleansing the skin can become a beautiful meditative experience by being present. For example, when sipping on a cup of herbal tea, clear all thoughts that are going through your mind and focus your energy on the affair that you are enjoying with your tea. One way to help quieten the chatter and to become more present is to have gratitude for the person that made the tea, the person that delivered the tea to the supermarket, the person who packaged the tea into the pretty box, the person that took the initiative to seek out biodynamic suppliers who farm in an ethical manner, the farmers that grew the tea leaves (ie. plants) in accordance with nature, the people who picked the tea leaves from the plant, the sun for shining down on the plant and on and on.
This can also be replicated for skincare products when cleansing your skin at nighttime to help the ritual become a more meaningful 5 – 10 minutes, as opposed to a quick splash and scrub.
Trust me, your skin and soul will notice the difference if you nurture yourself in a more meaningful manner, not only with the way in which you approach the simple tasks in life but with the type of products you choose to put in and on your body.
Whilst I am still young and most certainly have a lot more to experience and learn, the past 15 years of research, study, questioning, trialling and constant drive to seek out what it is that will promote genuine natural health and beauty have contributed to me looking and feeling better and better as the years go on.
When you practice the meditative ritual of gratitude (explained above) can you honestly be happy about the unethical manner in which animals are mistreated, farmed in a manner that words could never do justice, and fed foods that are not natural or healthy for that animal to eat? There are other choices you can be making.
When it comes to skincare, there are a number of beautiful brands across the world that choose to manufacture in an ethical manner, sourcing raw materials from organic, biodynamic and fair-trade farms, house the products in recyclable materials, and make a pledge to only use natural ingredients that help to bring about health and beauty. For inspiration visit my BRAND DIRECTORY full of an ever-growing directory of beauty brands that are genuinely made from only natural ingredients and ethical practices.
All it takes is a couple of seconds to make a well-informed, conscious choice.
“PERFUME: THE PRO – AU NATUREL ARGUMENT
We recently ran a feature on the pros of synthetic fragrance. Sam Sample, owner of Be Genki and one of the most gorgeous natural beauties we know, offered to write her side of the argument. So in the interest of the healthy debate, here’s her blog on why her fragrance preference is au naturel …”
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