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Charlotte C.

Location:

Chicago, IL
Hometown: Costa Mesa

Member since:

January 23, 2013

What does Vegan Spirituality mean to you?

Vegan Spirituality means that veganism is the foundation for spirituality. To me, spirituality is about kindness, compassion, peace, love, and honoring the interconnectedness of all of life. In my view, these 'spiritual' principles can only truly come to life when we are living in harmony with all species. Veganism means that our actions do matter. It is about doing our best to make loving choices - whether that means practicing kindness toward a stranger or your beloveds. I don't think the spiritual journey ever ends. It's a process for me. Spirituality is also about finding our own truths. Most spiritual teachers do not advocate veganism, nor is it often included spiritual literature. In my view, they are missing the most critical point - 'treat others how you want to be treated'. That means 'live vegan' to me. I believe we all have all the wisdom we need within each of us. We just have to tap into the infinite wellspring of love within.

How do you practice Vegan Spirituality?

I practice vegan spirituality by being a vegan, meditating, practicing mindfulness, and educating others about veganism. I think that veganism must be grounded in love and compassion (for humans too) and that spirituality must include veganism. For me, living a vegan lifestyle is not enough. For me to feel happy, I've learned that I have to take action through activism and education also. So, vegan spirituality is a combination of personal spiritual choices and practices as well as community outreach. With my outreach, I try to come from a place of love and help show that veganism is a loving choice. I want vegans to be associated with love, joy, and happiness. We are often associated with the very violence done against animals since we're the ones who expose it. So, my presentations aim to expose the root problems that cause animals and certain groups of people to be seen as things to use instead of autonomous beings to be respected.

What drew you to this group?

The leader, Lisa Levinson is an amazing woman! That's why I joined. And, spirituality and veganism are both the main components of my life, so this is the perfect group for me.

What would you like to experience as part of this group? (support, community, comradery)

I'd like to meet people with similar beliefs and lifestyles so we can support each other, connect, and co-create a kinder world for all beings! I'd also love opportunities to reach out to spiritual communities/spiritual centers/churches that are already in existence and educate them more about veganism.

What discussion topics interest you?

Forgiveness and Love -I think it's crucial to look at the systems of domination that lead people to make cruel choices toward animals. We have to dismantle the systems, calcified thought structures, and habits that perpetuate domination of others. It's important to understand how the systems operate and figure out how to work at the root of the problems and not blame individuals. We all grew up in the dominator culture, it is what we do about it that matters. We must have compassion for those people who still use and consume animals. I think a discussion around this topic would be great. I am not saying that we should be complacent, but that we have to find a way to navigate animal rights that exposes the systems of violence and empowers individuals to shift their thinking and choices. I'm interested in learning more about how to invite others toward veganism without being critical or blaming them, but inspiring them from a place of love.

Introduction

Hi! My name is Charlotte. I'm passionate about co-creating a kinder world for all beings!!! I'm an animal rights educator, certified yoga instructor, and enthusiast for the many benefits of a vegan lifestyle. I have been a vegan for 16 years.


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