The Passion of the Vegan Christ

Over the past 30 years, organizations like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and HappyCow.net were at the forefront of the burgeoning vegetarian/vegan movement.  Also, people like Dr. Llaila Afrika, Queen Afua and Dr. Aris Latham were responsible for successfully intersecting science, nutrition and food.  The aforementioned persons and organizations were influential in my health & wellness journey. Fortunately, I was taught (trained) to take initiative for self-education.

During the formative years, I observed several trends in my community. One major trend is excessive weight gain after the age of 40 years. Another trend was the endless use of/dependency upon pharmaceutics. I made a vow to myself that I would not develop “old man gut” or “dhal belly”.  Also, I had become intrigued with the research for comparative analyses between western and eastern cultures, as it related to eating habits and behaviours towards natural medicines/herbs.  The results were astounding.  In eastern societies, meat is not a regular or focal point of meals. Furthermore, these societies have a great dependency on natural remedies to periodic and chronic illness.  The western societies made meat the focal point of a meal and was consumed frequently.  When dealing with illness, westerners generally had a heavy reliance upon the expertise of doctors.

As I was exiting my teen years to become a 20-year old, I made the commitment to natural lifestyle.  Throughout the years, I have done various fasts, detoxifications and specialized eating.  The effects have been astounding. Direct experience warrants a sense of mastery and right knowledge.  With that being said, let’s explore the new surge of vegans in modern society.  It is wonderful to see more and more taking control of their health.  I remember keenly on how lonely it was for me as a young, cultured Afrikan male practicing a vegan diet.  Many people did not grasp the full extent on the reasoning of abstaining from meat and animal product consumption.  I remained steadfast in my personal conviction.

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Alongside my vegan trek were others.  I appreciated the “company on the road”.  Yet, I still felt alone.  I began to observe the change in eating habits were not approached holistically. Either the individuals were adopting an unrealistic, new age-type “happiness” or character within elevating consciousness were not taking place.  The newly transitioned believed that they had to “preach” to everyone about the benefits of veganism/plant-based food intake.  Then, there were the people who made the transition six (6) months prior and positioned themselves as the expert.  Sadly, this has become so prevalent in vegan and alternative health circles.

First and foremost, you (your body) came to the conclusion that a vegan food intake is best.  This may not be suitable for everyone else.  As a holistic health practitioner, I have always approached persons in casual and formal settings in a nonjudgmental manner.  I present myself as an informed person that wants others to optimize health.  I NEVER tell or suggest that one becomes vegan, especially when I am speaking in public forums.  There are stories, for whichever reason(s), of persons that transitioned into vegan eating habits and became physically sick or lost interest in maintaining the food/lifestyle discipline.  It is okay.  We make our choices.  We reap the consequences, good or bad. Who likes to be preached/talked to, as if you are stupid and clueless?  Who enjoys being made feeling for making perceived bad choices, based upon your current level of awareness?  If you don’t like it, don’t do it to others!

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Newly transitioned vegans (three years or less) should really humble themselves to listen to the “inner voice”. That is the most perfect voice to listen and take heed!  The newfound  enthusiasm is wonderful. But, enthusiasm and joy don’t make one an expert or the self-appointed poster child for the plant-based, ethical lifestyle of veganism.  This becomes indicative of one’s lack of personal development.  It falls in line with society’s current obsession with celebrity status and fame.  The need to purport yourself as the best/only living example as expert is not the point of being healthy.  Let the masses encourage the “building of the platform” for positive benefit to humanity.  The great thing is one can develop a viable career out of health & wellness.

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During my stint as a student of Hebrew culture/history, I had the honor of meeting elder persons that had practiced a natural and healthy lifestyle for several decades.  The beautiful thing is none of the persons had to make any proclamations.  The results were very apparent.  The beautiful energy, glowing skin, healthy body frames, clear thinking, pleasant dispositions and bright eyes were the cultivated advertisements of veganism.  Consequently, the general public became intrigued. Quick story: on Thanksgiving Day 2016, a raw vegan friend and I had gone to a local vegan restaurant in Lower East Side of Manhattan.  During our meal, a gentleman arrived and took his seat.  Being an energy healing artiste, I immediately felt the pulse of his spiritual energy.  I was very intrigued and drawn to the gentleman.  I knew I had to engage. So, I did.  Conversation ensued and a “secret” was revealed.  He stated that he was eighty (80) years of age.  No one would have guessed.  In that moment, I realized that all of the years of discipline I practiced can result in a delayed aging process.

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In pursuit of galactic happiness, I acquiesced that continual discipline makes the best students of life. . Again, veganism benefits in many areas.  From the human body to environment to animals to energy industry, it serves a great purpose.  We must examine the motivation/motivating factors behind our decisions.  Another “not-so-good” thing I have observed is the need for constant consumption of “veganized” comfort foods….on a regular basis!  There is an alarming rise in overweight vegans.  The positives of vegan food industry is the availability of a variety and the ability to be a creative culinary artist.  The negatives are the overabundance of highly-processed, fortified-nutrient foods and unhealthy options. Vegan “comfort foods” are okay on occasion.  But, chili cheese triple- decker seitan burgers with a side of fries a few times a week will definitely put on the bulk.  Consuming bulky foods causes strain on the digestive tract.  It may not be as treacherous as its animal carcass counterpart called beef.  Yet, it is still a lot of work .  Before we set up the pulpit and preach at our family and friends, let’s make certain that we look/are the part.

The morals of the blog post are consider all things before taking action in advocacy, true discipline speaks for itself and be the walking advertisement for the benefits of vegan living.  Take care and be the best!

 

The Disregard of the Disregarded

‘E’/I have always been a socially-observant person.  Throughout the years, the observations have caused a myriad of reactions internally.  It ranges from happiness to contemplation to inspiration to perplexity to nausea to thoughts of reversible provisional suicide.  The main audience of my observations are people of the Afrikan Diaspora.  My movements as a so-called Pan Afrikanist would dictate such behaviour.

One of the main behaviours that I have witnessed, indirectly and directly, is the action of disrespect.  It manifests as name calling, lack of extension of certain courtesies, negative body language, unwillingness to share, unwillingness to engage in constructive communication and devaluing members of the group in which one belongs.  Sad, sad, sad! I am always mindful of brevity and conciseness in my writings.  The goal is to hit the points and the supportive readers continue personal enlightenment on subject-matter.

Introspection is mandatory for personal development.  One wrong reaction can cost you your freedom or life.  Introspection and honest analysis ensure an increase in self-worth.  The hurt and pain that many Black people are feeling today manifest as terrible abuses and violence.  Words can be just as, if not more, violent as punching or kicking someone.  Many of us are left with deeper impressions of hurtful words that were spewed.  Usually, the physical strikes heal properly with no sign of existing.  An extreme that has become a phenomenon in the Black community is death at the hands of someone you know.  Heated arguments, impulse, emotional triggers and low self-value have lead to many murders.  Wholly, it becomes a two-sided issue.  The perpetrator has little to no self-value and the victim has little to no self-value.

The onslaught of social media outlets and websites like WorldStarHipHop.com, TMZ, CNN, BET, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram have made it more convenient to observe the self-hatred and gross disrespect of Black people towards one another.  It is called “entertainment” now.  So, it moved from civic responsibility to pure entertainment.  Instead of assisting the person(s) that is being physically struck, it is more fun to film the incident.  In some instances, at least the “cameraman/woman” encourages the person winning the fight to stop or ask if the one losing is okay.  SMH  I am perturbed by the level of ignorance and complete apathy towards human life and wellness.  About a year ago, I made the conscious decision to not view any fight videos where Black people are fighting each other.  Honestly, it is very hurtful to view.  I feel the pain as an observer of persons who haven’t embraced self-love.  I do understand that self-love could be involvement in a fight to protect self or loved one.

The youth of today are bombarded with systemic racism, multitude of destructive propaganda, poor selection of food products/foods, broken homes and lack of sufficient parental/adult guidance.  The most popular way of dealing with the demands of modern life is self-medication.  A big part of youth culture is the consumption of alcohol and synthetic drugs.  The glorification is psychological mediation of justifying the use of harmful substances.  Anyone that knows ‘E’ know I am an advocate of youth development.  In many ways, my empathic nature goes into overdrive.  The pressures are real and overwhelming.  The eyes of the youth’s souls scream “I want discipline!”  But, it is rarely offered out of compassion, genuine concern, civic responsibility and pure love.

We are born with a conscience connected to the soul of man.  It governs what is perceived as “right” and “wrong”.  There is NO immunity for anyone that does not have extensive mental underdevelopment.  This includes the youth.  We are responsible for our actions (unless there is a lack of true cognizance in the given moment).  At a certain point in time, abusing your wonderfully made machine called a ‘human body’ is inexcusable.  Yes, Black people suffer deeply in the United States of America (this nation being the primary focus for this post).  The list of abuses are innumerable.  Yet, our heritage encourages us to call on those who have lived and transitioned from planet Earth.  They are referred to “ancestors” or “angels”.  Regrettably, the severe disconnect from our ancestral and cultural lineages have made this a foreign concept.  Furthermore, our brains must employ unbiased, multifaceted cognitive processing for concise examination of the nuances within the challenges we face.

It is understood that long-term stress and tension cause many undesired results.  It ranges from neurological unease, physical disease, social ineptness, interrupted sleep patterns and many other things.  In order for the “disregarded” group to learn how to regard the others of same said group, you must think before you speak/act.  The cause of blatant disrespectful actions and behaviours is directly linked to compounded stress and tension offered by modern society.  The act of projection is not the best way to deal.  Help can be sought in discussion groups, physical activities (sports), involvement in reflective verbal and situational (hypothetical) exercise, listening to one’s self as you speak and asking how one feels after engagement in communications with you.  Be mindful.  Place yourself in the recipient’s place.  If you have a “ah ha” moment, then great.  Your conscience is still alive and there is hope for personal reform.  If you have a genuine “I don’t care” response internally, then more support is needed.  We should never reach the point where we genuinely don’t care about someone.  I know this is a difficult feat, especially when you live in an urban center like New York City.  I have become jaded a few times in my adult life.  But, I realized that I had to put in the hard work of freeing myself from jadedness.  Now, I have acquired even greater respect for others and Black community at-large.

On this Rock, I Shall Roll!

Sometimes, I ask myself “did I REALLY sign up for this?”  The answer remains “yes!”  Life is life is life and continues to be life.  Each day brings a new whirlwind adventure.  When one subscribes to live the artiste lifestyle, only a fellow artiste will understand.  When one subscribes to live the spiritually sounds lifestyle, only spiritually active persons will understand.  

Over the past twelve months, Spirit/Life/Creation has lead me to several locations to fulfill the mission(s) and purpose(s).  During these treks, I have learned more about self and sociological situations which cause suppression of life.  Life must be lived, according to several factors/determinants.  Observations have revealed that most persons under the dictates of a religious/pseudo-spiritual order are underdeveloped, unhappy and lack knowledge of self.  We are equipped with an innate understanding of good, bad, right, wrong, nice, mean, happy, sad, smart, dumb, functioning properly versus functioning improperly.  Now is the time to simplify and make live organic, once more.  The Industrial Revolution, Sexual Revolution, Onslaught of Misinterpreted Abrahamic Religions (Hebrewism/Judaism, Islam and Christianity), Western Medical System (including Pharmaceutics) have complicated life in a very detrimental way.  

The aforementioned imbalances in society are the reasons why I continue to push and create works to assist others on their respective paths in life.  As I continue to settle in my new home of Philadelphia, the solidifying of certain things is the confirmation that I am in the right place.  Furthermore, I am learning that other folks that I know are relocating to Philadelphia, too.  It must be something in the atmosphere.  One wonderful opportunity is that I will be a guest co-host on Internet radio show, ‘Urban Therapy with Sun‘.  The show will broadcast on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 8:30-10 PM.  The show’s topic will be an analysis of some nuances within the  Black Conscious Community.  www.blogtalkradio.com/sun752

Other updates are as follow:

  • ‘Creation Expenses for The Cells’ is still underway.  The crowdfunding campaign will help with the costs of publishing my 2nd book, The Cells of the Tissue That Should Feel, and organizing an official book release.  Independent artiste work very hard and sacrifice a lot for the integrity of their works/souls.  Come join the few that donated already!  http://www.gofundme.com/9457rw
  • Become my Facebook compadre at https://www.facebook.com/e.a.poetlovewater / Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrEPLWater / Learn more http://about.me/easpoetlovewater / Contact E at easpoet@gmail.com / Tell your friends/co-workers/fellow art creators to follow Easpoet’s Blog!

Continue to go within to find your proper place in life!  Until next time…

We Need All, Receiving “But, A Portion”

But, A Portion

Smelling the soil
Hearing voices

Running fingers
Impurifying decision

Absent 72
Minerals

In body
In the Earth

Depletion reveals
Low mental output
Medium creative products
High amounts of blah

ADD, PTSD, ADHD
Diabetes, “AIDS”, Cancer
Blanketed determination of a hollow death
To the psyche, soul

Inept is soil
Believe the voices

Idling fingers
Hopes purifying

Present 99
Problems

In heart
Of the stomach

(c) 2014
–E as Poetlove Water

As Time Stops | As Time Goes | As Time Slows

The last few weeks are very hard to explain. You would have to be some superspiritual clairvoyant or an elder of 90 years or greater to fully innerstand my life.  I accepted this assignment, pre-natally.  I tell you…it gets crazy, lonely, disappointing, depressing.  On the flip side, it can exhilarating, preparatory, advantageous, peaceful.  I guess that is the polarity or ‘see-saw’ called living.

Last night, I visited my only friend in Dominican Republic that I knew prior to the move.  I asked about the rooftop garden.  He proceeded to show me.  It was refreshing to hear the voices of the plants and soils.  After listening to the plants/soils, I offered some Reiki energy privately.  The plants really enjoyed it.  There was one plant deemed as “sick”.  Of course, this plant got special attention.  I look forward to receiving an excellent report, in the near future.

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During this time with the plants, it took me to the time in space in between what we know as ‘time’.  I have to say…it was a great place to be.  Time has been manipulated greatly in the Earth realm by radiowaves, satellite signals, modern technology, sports, frivolous activities, social media and physical/mental imbalances.  So, how does one countermanipulate time, if you will?

I have been pondering ways of doing this.  My former method was creating my own world.  That has its advantages and disadvantages.  I love to connect with humanity too much to allow myself to get lost in that world.  A determining factor of merging reality with environment is realizing your purpose(s) and gift(s) to life. 

Selam / Shalom / Shalam / Amani / Lape / Vrede / Paix / Paz / Peace!

‘E as Poetlove Water Flows’ – The Series, Video #1

The video entitled, “Intro to E”, is the first installment of the 10-part series. ‘E as Poetlove Water Flows’ will address several topics like: preserving/sharing culture, the power of music, the disparities between the elders and youth of today, the importance of community/interdependence and health & wellness.