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!

 

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The new book has ALMOST arrived!

Greetings Dedicated Poetry Lovers,

As you have read in the title, the second book is almost available for homes across the globe. The Cells of the Tissue That Should Feel will be the second published book of E as Poetlove Water/Etaniel Ben Yehuda/me (scheduled for Fall 2016 release).  I believe this book is the extroverted twin of The Chronicles of Air, Water and the Source.  In the first book, The Chronicles, I encouraged readers through personal experience to seek the answers to life on inside of self.  Although this was not a popular concept in the 1990’s/early 2000’s, I hold steadfast to the idea of inner development for true empowerment.  I can give thousands of testimonies of the effectiveness of knowing self and walking in your divine power!

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Now…that we have connected with self, it’s time to MAKE SOME NOISE! The Cells is not for the faint of heart or soul.  This life on Earth requires great amounts of strength, focus, determination and certainty in purpose.  Stay tuned as I provide teasers as poems over the upcoming weeks, leading to the publishing debut.  As always, I really appreciate the wonderful support that my artistic/soul expressions have garnered.  Fulljoy life!

Is it for me or you?

Sharing space on planet Earth teaches us interdependence and appreciation of our surroundings.  The beautiful thing about this experience is that the supplies of Mother Gaia (Earth) are MORE than sufficient.  No one should lack anything!  But, we have beings that dissociate their intentions and health of ego from the larger group/population.  This develops into a terrible thing called selfishness.

Selfishness can manifest on a variety of levels.  The perpetrator may or may not be fully aware in a given moment.  But, it is best to develop a significant degree of self-awareness.  It will broaden perspectives.

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First, let’s explore the passing of a loved one.  If it is a parent, sibling or child, then it could be especially hard to accept the physical disconnect.  For the most part, that relative have been around since your inception.  Now, you must get used to not seeing-touching-feeling-hearing-smelling the decedent.  I remember when my mother’s health was declining.  I reached a realization that I/the family MUST support her in whichever decision that she makes about HER life.  She was in constant pain and I know it was wearing on her.  She transitioned in April 2013.  But, the “release” was congruent with the intuitive message that she was ready to transition in February 2013.  Most deathly ill persons “stick around” for various reasons.  It could be to make amends with a broken relationship, to reduce the burden on family/friends of the burial process or the absorption of emotions that flow from the visitor(s) to the ill person.  I would like to say this…it is always best that we allow a person’s transition to be peaceful and clear.  No one should ever feel guilty about leaving loved ones.

Next, let us look at romantic relationship.  This should compel many to leave comments. It is a popular yet despised topic to explore.  In relationships, the healthiest approach is to establish your thoughts on the solid possibility of personal development.  Energy does not lie.  If you are sensing/feeling a strong attraction to someone, then it is worth exploring. Usually, it means that the two of you are meant to have an exchange for the enrichment of both parties.   It could be very momentary or it could be for fifty years or any time frame in between.  The two parties involved are the determinants.  Clarity, honesty, allowance for trust and room for mistakes will ensure a healthy bond.  Of course, it would be easier for me to focus on all of the ways that negativity manifests in relationships.  “Not today!” says E as Poetlove Water.  Humanity is broken and imbalanced.  Only solutions should be offered, at this point in time.  Word to the Wise and Unwise:  No one owns anyone or is exclusively subjected to the life of another.  Therefore, selfishness only stifles, agitate and interrupt a beautiful flow of moments.

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Here is another thing…the naming of a child.  Growing up, I always found it repulsive when a parent names a child after one’s self.  I honestly dig not see the logic in this.  As I became an adult thinker, it started to reveal upon me why I had disdain about namesake designation.  I’ve come to the conclusion that the parent is intruding upon the autonomy and uniqueness of their offspring.  In most cases, these parents seem to place extremely high demands on the child to become what they parent wants out of life.  Parents, let’s remember that we are uniquely created and have our exclusive missions on planet Earth. Stifling a person’s true purpose in life can lead to depression, uncertainty, weakness, passivity and an UNFULFILLED mission.  Yes, we love out children.  Love is freedom and unconditional support, among other things.  I would suggest the old tried-and-true method of consulting with wise Elders or spiritual meditation to know for certain the child’s true name.  In many cultures, names carry power and high purpose.

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Lastly, let’s talk politics and religion.  Actually, I won’t do much on the two topics because people overly sensitive and too passionate.  I will say this…whenever engaging in an exchange/dialogue concerning politics or religion, please say your piece and allow others to say their piece.  Listen, listen, listen.  Just don’t hear them…listen!  Your perspective can be broaden.  Although you may not agree, it doesn’t hurt to understand the other person’s viewpoint.  At the end of the day, more people will enjoy engaging in conversation about politics and/or religion.  Why?  You listen and respect other people’s position in life.  That takes a lot of SELFLESSNESS!  Cheers

 

 

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

‘The Cells’ are Coming!

Greetings, Greetings to All Easpoet’s Blog Followers,

You have found the best subject to follow…….E as Poetlove Water!  This blog should have assured you that clicking on ‘follow’ was niceness!  If for some strange reason that doesn’t resonate, then here is a next reason. 

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The Cells of the Tissue That Should Feel — the second published book by Etaniel Ben Yehuda (E as Poetlove Water). ‘The Cells’ is the extroverted communication that follows the debut book release of The Chronicles of Air, Water and the Source (iUniverse Publishing). The voice is louder, the verbal “smacks” come with more force, the sociopolitical commentary envelopes clear analysis and personal support is more substantial. The writings are formatted as poetry and prose.

Some featured works included are: “As the Nile River Rises”, a poem that speaks on current manifestations of Arab racism against Indigenous East African groups; “Markwan’s Letter”, a honestly written “letter” from the perspective of a young Black man living in urban USA; “Why I Love…..” Series, a series of poem that shares the reasons/cultural nuances that I love about various places I have lived and/or visited; and “The Connection”, it takes a humorous approach to the benefits of eating healthy, natural foods.

Expected Release Date: July 22, 2014

For the next several weeks, I will post previews of excerpts of specially-selected poems/prose from ‘The Cells’. Pre-ordering will begin on July 1, 2014. The book will be available for purchase at http://www.easpoetlovewater,com. Also, stay tuned for special offers/promotions. Thank you to all for past, present and future support! Bliss

‘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.