Later, I gradually realized that I could expand the scope of Viking, because the opportunities to practice concentration and awareness in life are ubiquitous. The French writer Camus said: "We are the sum of our choices." We make countless choices every day in terms of food, clothing, housing and travel. Through Vipassana, I realized that my previous thinking was like “auto-driving” mode, and I rarely took the initiative to think about how my choice affects myself, others, and the environment. For example, I didn't look at food labels before, didn't understand the carbon footprint of the clothes, daily necessities, skin care products, cosmetics, etc. I bought during the production process, and I didn't know the cruelty of industrial farms.
After the process of "three provinces and my body" and the constant exploration of the blind spots of thinking, my life has slowly changed a lot: I chose the local seasonal organic food and cooked three meals with nutritious food. I try not to use daily necessities for experimenting on animals. I also try to buy only environmentally conscious clothing brands. The botanical diet has gradually become a global trend in recent years. I noticed the heavy cost of meat to the environment and the animals, so I decided to make changes with practical actions, starting with three meals a day. As such, there is no victory. In the journey of deepening self-awareness, my physical condition is better than ever, and my heart is also unprecedentedly happy. Because the combination of knowing and doing, "changing the world, changing the body first" is really wonderful. These moves seem to be small in daily life, but the fire of the stars can be punished. For example, in 2014, Americans have saved 400 million animals from suffering because of reduced meat consumption. As the German-American psychologist Felom described in The Art of Love, the true meaning of love lies in giving, not asking and getting. At the same time as giving, my heart has become broader. Being able to make a little contribution to others and to the planet we live in, for me, that is the most beautiful and powerful feeling in the world.
Environmentally friendly and sustainable living – this is a topic that everyone knows is important but hard to act. I don't want to be a nutritionist or an environmental expert, and I don't want to promote a particular lifestyle. I just want to show the idea that if you are willing to actively learn and increase your awareness, everyone can collect information. Do research, absorb a variety of opinions, and finally form your own opinions, so as to make more wise and more compassionate decisions in life. I hope that this lecture will explain why focusing on environmental protection, which is not very relevant to our daily lives, is of great benefit to our physical and mental health, and I will share some personal experience. Vipassana allows us to "see" and "seeing" is the beginning of change. I look forward to sharing my experience with you and enriching my thoughts.
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1. Share people introduce books/topics and express their own opinions (about 30 minutes)
2. Each participant expresses their own feelings or asks questions (about 2 minutes / person)
3. All participants were discussed in small groups (about 20 minutes)
4. The group selects the representative to summarize the statement and the sharer and the moderator make the final statement.
5. Friends who are still unfinished after the event can voluntarily gather and continue to talk.
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