How Can You Be Dynamically Harmless?

In my last post, I committed to sharing some ideas on how, as a wannabe vegan, you can by dynamically harmless based on the ideal of ahimsa.

Over the last month, I evaluated what I was doing and tried to discover ways we can all be more dynamic in our veganism so that I could share them with you. To say it was difficult is an understatement.

I realized that when I was presented with an opportunity to be outspoken or ‘plant a seed’ of new thought, I normally stayed quiet unless I was with a person I knew well and trusted would be open to my opinion.

This really surprised me. How can I be so steadfast in my belief and yet so timid and quiet?

I think it stems from the negative impressions people already have about plant-based diets and some of the people who follow them. There are some very outspoken, opinionated and downright mean people out there that are vegan.

Because of their aggressive and judgmental approach, I definitely do not want to be associated with them. In my opinion, they are promoting their own ego-driven agenda instead of coming from a place of being sincerely interested in people discovering what is right for them; vegan or not.

So, after a bit of soul searching, I knew there had to be a middle ground that works for me and others as well, so here are my suggestions on how we can all be dynamically harmless:

  1. Continue to learn so that you can be a source of accurate information
  2. Listen and respond from a place of respect and compassion
  3. Take positive action when it feels right

How are you dynamically harmless? I would love to hear your suggestions /comments on the blog, on Facebook or on Twitter.


What is Ahimsa and what does it have to do with being Vegan?

As I read more about being vegan, the term ‘ahimsa’ kept popping up and I wanted to know more. What I found had a very profound effect on me. It helped me to see that eliminating things from my life is just a part of the whole concept of being vegan.

There are many definitions, but basically Ahimsa translates into ‘non-injury to living beings or dynamic harmlessness.’ When I first read this, I thought, “Yeah, that’s cool. I figured it was something like that.” But as I looked more closely at the definition, I was struck by the direct call to action.

‘Dynamic harmlessness’ meant I was to do something; not just sit around and eat my veggies! What a revolutionary concept. As vegans, we actually have to get out there and do things; voice our opinion, challenge ideas and make a positive difference.

But as with any philosophy, there is a natural progression. At first you research and make sure you hold the idea to be true. Once you are convinced that it resonates with you, you may do things publicly that acknowledge your acceptance and say that you are a ‘believer’ in the idea. Normally at that point, you become ‘dynamic’ and try to convince others that the idea is worth checking out.

Well, ahimsa definitely resonates with me. I hold it to be true and it has inspired me to take action in any way I can to help others at least be introduced to the idea of being vegan and plant a seed of curiosity.

So, in my next post, I will share some ideas on how, as a wannabe vegan, you can by dynamically harmless!

Do you believe in ahimsa? I would love to hear your comments on the blog, on Facebook or on Twitter.