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Compassion towards all but mostly towards self

compassion towards all

Poor little animals we are. Needed of love and care and protection yet we give nothing of that to ourselves. It’s all about constant judgment and hate that is keeping us miserable and alone. How much do we have to endure before opening our arms to embrace ourselves as well?

It can be very scary to live in our bodies and having to deal with thoughts that we cannot control. It can be scary to look in the mirror and not be sure about the truth of who we are. It’s scary to deal with the thoughts of self destruction.

How often do we show compassion towards ourselves? How often do we protest for our rights and for our justice? How often do we give love to ourselves?

The need to protect others is normal and quite natural to us, but the strength to speak up will run out of gas at one point. You need to go solar instead. Look within and find that light that will guide you at all times and never ran out of oil.

And before I go further with my go solar with self explanation, let me just say that I know that’s not quite how electric cars work. But for the purpose of this analogy, let’s overlook the minor mistakes.

See, when you show compassion and love towards yourself every few days, you will be slowly running out of it every day. Each day you will be emptier and slower. You will need that quick fix that will last for a few days, depending of course on how much you do each day and how much you give when pushing your body.

With solar, you always have sun on you. You always have light and energy that keeps you going. Going solar with yourself means being in the state of self compassion every second of the day. No quick fixes, no sudden heights, just a steady road on the clouds of love and care.

We constantly push ourselves over our limits.

We constantly punish ourselves for indulging in something that makes us feel good.

We are taught to work hard for a little bit of joy. To push ourselves and keep on going until you reach that point of relief and peace, only to go back and repeat the cycle. It happens with work (work hard to achieve success, then work even harder to obtain it and reach those little milestones), food (starve and workout hard to eat that piece of cake at the end of the week), sex (you know how that works so let’s skip that), relationships (learn how to handle the physical and emotional abuse to enjoy those little moments of love and connection) etc.

No one tells us that it’s okay to take care of ourselves every minute and that it’s okay to always work from yourself not outside of yourself. To always give when you are full, not to empty yourself but to share what is left. Only when you have enough, you can give.

Leave what is not serving you. Let go of what doesn’t fill you up anymore.

Stop settling for sunrays when you can be the damn sun.

Acknowledge yourself and how you feel. Acknowledge what you want and what is not a good fit anymore. Don’t wait for those occasional moments of peace when peace is available to you at all times.

Have you thought about going to nature and talking to her? Mother trees are pretty good at giving advice you know, and you can get some witty response from the babies as well. That’s your home, so go home and talk to your parents. They’re pretty good at listening.

As always, to keep up with what I do, find me on Twitter and Instagram.

Tanja

What every human should know about animals, nature and plants

what every human should know

I am fascinated by evolution of all species and how the world came to be, so today I want to share with you a few interesting facts that I think you might find useful, especially if you are learning how to reconnect with nature again.

In my opinion, the greatest thing that you learn about yourself once you start living more according to nature, is that we are all related. Everyone on this planet is connected in one way or another and we all share a common ancestor. Yes, even the plants. You share the same relative with broccoli and a banana. Isn’t that beautiful?

Approximately 750 million years after the Earth was formed, life appeared. That is 3.8 billion years ago. We have no idea how the first cell came into being and we don’t know how life originated, but we know for sure that everything we call life evolved from that tiny cell. That single celled organism was neither plant nor animal itself.

Okay, not let’s get to the interesting facts:

  • Just to clarify, no, we did not evolve from apes. Monkeys, apes, and humans only have a common ancestor, but we did not develop from monkeys.
  • We share about 50% of our genes with a banana. That makes sense because bananas are super healthy for us and I don’t know a single person that doesn’t like bananas.
  • Do you want to know how many species are there on Earth? About 8.7 million is the estimated number – give or take a million – with 6.5 million species on land and 2.2 million species in oceans. Humans are just one species. Do you feel humble yet?
  • Birds evolved from dinosaurs. Yes, just let that sink in. How cool is that?
  • Trees send warning signs to other trees through underground fungi. They also share resources with each other and mother trees may even help the younger ones to adapt to climate change, because they have lived longer and experienced the changes themselves and all the knowledge is stored in their DNA. (Suzanne Simard gave a TED Talk about this topic so check her out to learn more.)
  • Research has showed that when humans are exposed to chemicals released by trees known as phytoncides, they have reduced blood pressure, reduced anxiety and even increased expression of anti-cancer proteins.

Do you ever just stand in the middle of the forest in awe of how nature works? She truly is our mother and the way we can give back to her is by respecting her shelter, fruits and the air she gives us. We can give back to her by respecting all of her children and reconnecting to her on a deeper level.

How disconnected are you from your mother? How much do you crave her love and presence? When was the last time you asked her for help? Why did you run away from her?

We are all children of life itself. Even nature that surrounds us has been on the same journey as humans. We were all born. We were all nothing before we got a body. The only difference between our Mother Nature and us, humans, is that she has been here longer. She is wiser. She is more loving. She is more understanding.

But the life in her is not different from the life in you. The life in you is the same as hers; you only live in a different vessel. You have a different experience at the moment, but you both exist in the same space. You both are space.

You are no different than a flower that blooms or a bird that sings. You are no different than a child on the playground and a tree in the mountains. You are all of them.

All animals and plants are brothers and sisters yet children at the same time. I like to think Mother Nature adopted us a long time ago, when she saw how dependent on her we were. She let us use her for fire, food and shelter. She got angry and taught us lessons through what we call natural disasters and cried when we refused to listen to her warnings. Everything she has done, she did it to help us; to bring us back to life. She nurtured us when we were sick and sang to us when we were dying. She caught our last breath in the wind and spread it around. She never left us.

She continues doing that. She continues teaching us and is fighting us when we rebel, all because she wants to remind us of who we really are. I know it’s difficult when people die due to hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes and earthquakes, but it’s her way of reminding us that we are going to destroy ourselves if we don’t stop.

She doesn’t want to harm us. It’s just that we don’t listen. And just like any parent she gets desperate and screams when her children are pretending to be asleep.

She is just a mother.

Nonetheless.

Mother Nature aren’t forests and oceans, but the wisdom that is living there is. She is not god that we seek in a place behind walls, but energy that moves through our bodies. We are Mother Nature, but because we lost touch with her, we must go back to our roots to reconnect with her. To reconnect with who we are.

Technology corrupted us. It took away life from our daily lives. We forgot that we are a part of what we call Mother Nature, so we see her as an enemy, or a foreigner. But we can all come back to our truth. We only need to drop the walls we built when we escaped from home. When we rebelled against the truth. Because even though we are Mother Nature, we are also humans, and humans are complex species that we created to challenge ourselves.

The point of everything is that we are all one. One family. One life. One world. One cell. One brain. One nature. We just need to stop pretending we aren’t.

We need to come home.

Let me know in the comments which facts you found most interesting and share with me any other interesting facts that I might find interesting.

To keep up with what I do, find me on Instagram and Twitter.

Tanja

The science of plants: How to eat healthy

It is becoming very clear lately, that eating plant based is the healthiest decision we can make in our lives. Not only are our bodies designed to eat plants (check out this article that describes how our bodies are not built to eat meat), but our health indicates that it doesn’t want to eat bodies of other animals – and everything that comes out of them.

We are becoming more and more ill and dependent on drugs that are prescribed to us, usually blindly and with deadly side effects. Hospitals are full like Camp Nou during El Clasico, and people are dying from heart diseases and cancer every year younger.

Although the media is fighting us hard and the big pharma isn’t giving up any soon, we are slowly but surely showing the world that we have been poisoned and brainwashed by the same people who were supposed to take care of us. We were led to believe that eating other species of animals will give us health and strength, but it sadly only gave us disease and premature death.

It’s time to stop blindly following the masses and finally open our eyes to the fact that the only medicine we need are foods that don’t scream, bleed or run away when faced with a human holding  a knife.

We need to go back to nature. If we want to know how to eat healthy, we need to listen to our bodies more, and they are telling us to eat plants.

If you have been following the news in the past few months, you might have heard of a beautiful and informative documentary called What the Health. It was made by the same two guys that made Cowspiracy, and we all know how powerful Cowspiracy was. So you know that we can trust them with what they say; not only because they have proved their credibility once before, but because What the Health provides actual facts that are backed up by a bunch of doctors that are a living proof of how effective the plant based diet is + have done their research and studies.

If you haven’t watched What the Health yet, I strongly recommend it and I truly, truly recommend their first documentary Cowspiracy as well. I gathered a few interesting facts from their website – yes, all the facts can be found on their website in case you don’t believe what they say in the movie – and I have them here to show them to you, just in case you need more motivation to go fully plant based. Like I said before, you can find all the reports and studies on the WTH website – here.

  • WHO (World Health Organization) report has classified bacon & sausage as carcinogenic to humans.
  • One serving of processed meat per day increases risk of developing diabetes by 51%.
  • Within minutes of eating dead meat bacteria toxins, the body gets a burst of inflammation, stiffening or paralyzing the arteries.
  • Eating 1 egg per day is just as bad as smoking 5 cigarettes per day for life expectancy.
  • The number one source of saturated fat is dairy.
  • Countries with the highest rates of dairy consumption have the highest rates of osteoporosis.
  • For women who have had breast cancer, just one serving of whole dairy a day can increase their chance of dying from the disease by 49%.
  • The largest, strongest terrestrial animals on the planet are all herbivores.

As you can see, eating animal products is literally killing us. If that is not enough of a reason for people to adopt a plant based diet, then I don’t know what is.

We are able to live healthy long lives and experience the beauty that is around us, if only we switch to a much healthier diet that is specifically made for us.

Plants are a gift from nature. They are alive.

As many times before, I will invite you to read The China Study; the most recommended book among plant eaters. It is one of the strongest evidence about plant based diet being the best for human health. I have read it a bunch of times by now and it never ceases to amaze me with all the information it provides.

What about you? Are you already plant based, or are you just learning about why a plant based diet is the healthiest for humans? Have you learned anything new about how to eat healthy? Let me know in the comment.

To keep up with me, find me on Twitter and Instagram.

Tanja