Becoming vegan for me was inevitable, and despite the many ways I tried to resist it, everything in my life has always been pushing me in this direction.
I was someone that had suffered for many years with low self-esteem, chronic depression and multiple eating disorders. To the outside world I appeared to be successful in my chosen career and happy in my life, and yet the whole time there was something nagging inside of me; a feeling that things weren’t right and that I was missing my purpose in life.
Cancer has touched and taken several of my family members. After both my mother and mother-in-law were diagnosed with cancer in a short amount of time, I felt compelled to start searching for natural and alternative therapies for healing.
At the same time, I was going through a huge period of personal and spiritual transformation and growth. I was able to recover from the depression and eating disorders through practicing self-care and love and the more I learnt about the spiritual principles of love, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion, I began to understand that it was important that I give those things to myself and in that way I would be able to extend that to others.
I watched a fantastic interview with spiritual scientist, Greg Braden, who explained that compassion is the very thing that holds together the universe and that we are all one and inextricably connected. I also learned about the scientifically proven vibrational levels of different foods and how they affect mind, body and spirit.
The more I delved into all of this, the more it became clear to me that veganism was and is the true way that we are all meant to live. It makes perfect sense on all levels – health, the animals, the environment and spiritually. I believe that nature is God’s (or Spirit, or Source, or the Universe, whatever you want to call it) perfect creation and within that creation there are in-built mechanisms to let us know if we step out of line for what is right for ourselves and others. The problem with society today is that we have lost that sense of connection with nature and we have disconnected ourselves from Source.
I set up Barefoot Vegan magazine as a way to help people rediscover what we are all here for – to live happy, healthy, peaceful lives – and to empower them to make decisions that help change the world. When we look at problems from an overall standpoint it can be overwhelming; however, if we each look for ways in our everyday lives to spread as much kindness and love as we possibly can as an individual then things can begin to change rapidly. Making the decision to go vegan and stay vegan may not seem like much or ‘enough’ for one person, but they should acknowledge that they are still making a huge contribution in working towards a better world.
Emma Letessier, writer and editor of Barefoot Vegan Magazine and joint operator of Bare Foot Vegan Farm