I’ve been thinking a ton about the word “intention.” I wake up really early each day, and my intention is always to live a good day. To be kind, helpful, healthy, loving, and do good work. My intention is so squash everything inside me that leads to feelings of jealousy, anger, or unhappiness. Better said than done most days, right?
One of my biggest intentions in this life, is to leave the world a little better than I found it. To give something back, and to hopefully inspire the next group of young dreamers to chase after their own dreams and do the same. I’ve been feeling deep in my gut though, that my life didn’t exactly mirror my beliefs.
I became a vegetarian in grade 8. I remember the day I decided to stop eating meat, it was like a switch in my head that realized exact what would have to go on in the world for meat to end up in my mom’s crock pot, and I didn’t want any part of it. It was easy after that to say that I was passionate about animal rights, because I didn’t EAT animals.
I’ve realized more and more over the past few years that the cruelty to animals goes far deeper than what is on my plate, and through my research have decided to set a very important goal for myself by 2015.
By 2015, I will become a cruelty free human. In my heart and in my life. I aim to rid my home of any cleaners or products that come from companies that test on animals. I will rid my cosmetics and beauty products of any item that comes from a company that tests on animals. I will no long purchase leather goods. (I will allow myself to continue to wear the things I already own, or buy used materials second hand) But, I will not pay into the slaughter of innocent animals anymore.
I believe so strongly in karma, and I’ve felt an unbalance in mind for quiet sometimes because of the way I live my life in a “half” conscious way. I want to be fully conscious about my affect on the planet and all it’s beings. I've done alot of research and I found out that one of the animals that get's tested on the most is beagle puppies. That breaks my heart.
I have a tattoo on my wrist of a very famous buddhist mantra, Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ, OM which purifies bliss and pride Ma purifies jealousy and need for entertainment; Ni purifies passion and desire; Pad purifies ignorance and prejudice; Me purifies greed and possessiveness; Hum purifies aggression and hatred. Basically, it’s means to show peace and compassion to all beings.
I’m very excited to live a life that reflects my most inner desires.
So, now I need your help. What are your favorite brands and sites that can help me become 100% cruelty free?? Let me know your tips and help me by chatting with me on my twitter!