• Being a happy vegan in a non-vegan world

    Being a vegan in a non-vegan world can be taxing. Everywhere you look people are selling, serving, and eating animal products. Most do so without a thought about where these products came from, nor how they ended up on their plate. As vegans, we know where these products come from. And frankly: we’d rather not think about it. With the constant dialogue around fishless oceans, forestless lands, and the plight of sentient beings: it’s no wonder we can feel a little overwhelmed at times. For those of us who are highly empathetic to others suffering — which, let’s face it: is the reason we became vegan in the first place —…

  • Why I stopped meditating and replaced it with something much more powerful

    I lost faith in formal meditation on a flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong. I was in a state of fully-fledged anxiety that had been present for the past three days and had no signs of it letting up. While I attempted to cure my anxiety with mindfulness, my meditation practice actually made me feel even more anxious. It didn’t matter whether I tried to slow down my thoughts, or just sat with my thoughts and listened, or whether I attempted to be particularly present in the aeroplane listening to the sounds and seeing what was around me. Feeling the aliveness in my hands, advice which comes from one of…