Pleased to meet you. Virtually.
It used to be difficult for me to meet and mingle with new people.
But now I quite enjoy not just meeting new people but also getting to know people — their likes, dislikes, dreams and habits — even those I’ve already met a 100 times. There’s always more to discover.
This change in disposition took a hell lot of effort and shift in mindset.
But what actually prompted me to change my behaviour?
At first, I thought it’s just me not liking to be feeling lonely all the time. So I persuaded myself that I’m never alone. That God and the Angels are always here with me. And I did believe that; I still do. That’s why at 19 I rediscovered the religion I was “born into”. Along the way, I also learnt about other faiths and practices, including meditation. I find that the more I learn, the more I dissociate from the word “religion” and instead embraced the concept of “spirituality”, which I believe what Islam actually upholds.
But the change in my behaviour was also attributed to the realisation that if I want to get something I want, I need to communicate with people.
My university experience made me aware of this.
There was no longer the spoon feeding that I was so used to growing up. With everything on your plate, you wouldn’t need to chat with your neighbour. But take them away and you’re left to fend for yourself. So I knew that I needed to get out of my shell.
Changing mindset — or un-learning what’s been fed into my brain — was a long and tough process. It took a lot of tears, anger and honesty. But I was determined to invest in my mind before anything else. Plus I already didn’t mind being alone so what’s a bit more of that?
I’m sure by now you’re wondering how did this vegan thing come about.
You see, once you decide to invest in changing your mindset to that of a progressive and positive one, you begin to attract unique things that you didn’t know existed.
As I was doing my research on plant science (part of my uni course), GMOs and conspiracy theories, I stumbled upon animal agriculture.
No, actually, I think my first introduction to veganism was through a Youtuber. I can’t remember who.
But let’s just say I first stumbled upon animal agriculture when I was doing said research.
Because my mind was already primed to absorb new information without the influence of past knowledge or perception, I could easily accept the current reality of meat production and the treatment of animals in factories.
To be honest, I didn’t know how the meat I consumed was produced, let alone how it impacted the environment.
Watching Cowspiracy changed everything.
I didn’t go vegan immediately, not even after watching the horrible footages of the animals in those vile factories. What changed my perception was the documentary Cowspiracy, which is non-graphic. It’s actually filmed in a rational way. Several months later, I eventually made the switch once I couldn’t justify my then unsustainable lifestyle and guilt anymore.
My appreciation and love towards the environment grew exponentially. I even decided not to pursue what my degree had set me up to do. I’ll write more about this in a future post.
Now, nearly three years on, I’ve never felt better.
I’m steadfast in the vegan cause. I’m still in awe of Islam, though I admit my faith is not always on top all the time. I’m constantly learning ways to co-exist with the natural environment in a healthy manner. And I believe that being with nature has made me more spiritually connected.
Welcome to my Mind Palace. Feel free to linger around, but I’d only ask for you to keep an open mind and an empathic heart.
I look forward to connecting with you!
Peace & blessings,