The traveler must be born again on the road and earn a passport from the elements, the principle powers that be for him. ~ Henry David Thoreau
I am constantly relearning to trust and rely on the elements within. These elements are of course a microcosm of the elements outside us since we are all made up of the same. Even though we have abused it, Earth remains truly abundant in its forms and supportive elements.
Go here if you would like to glimpse a beautiful example of heartfelt nature elements connection and gratitude this week while folks circumnavigated the island on which I reside.
Recently, I had an interaction with someone I was seeking advice from that reinforced for me how important it is to trust our own path, trust our own truth. I wanted guidance to be sure I was supplementing my diet correctly and not eating too few calories to sustain basic good health. This person who advertised as helping vegans not only told me it was dangerous to remain a vegan but that my weight loss goal should be a weight I have literally not been since age 14. I do not know a single person in midlife who weighs what they did at 14. All I want to be is healthy.
I was in a state of panic for a few days wondering if I was truly harming my health by my intake and felt shame about the inadequacy of my weight loss goal, the weight I feel best at, since this person had a degree and I do not.
When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them. ~ Buddha (from Fake Buddha Quotes “I can’t believe it’s not Buddha!“)
Then I remembered my own truth. I suddenly recognized the advice I was given was out of some pain or suffering in the person giving it. I felt compassion for anyone living in a world where being skeletal or 14 forever is praised. I reaffirmed for myself I want to remain vegan with every fiber (pun intended) in my being because the diet fits my values.
I decided I can be happy to have reached 20 pounds lighter than at the beginning of the year, that I only have 11 more to go to be within the top of “Healthy BMI (body-mass index)” for the first time in 20 years, and that my end goal weight puts me squarely in the healthy range. People have pointed out all sorts of flaws with the BMI chart saying it does not take into account many individual differences, but it is at least an outward signpost to healthy weight reflected much more importantly by how a person feels inside themselves walking, breathing, living in the world with a human body.
If my asthma is better at lower weight (it is), I feel well-nourished (I do), and I can look toward a future of long walks and hikes in old age (I do), then I have met my goals. That is my truth and I have listened to the elements that support me. Who knows? I may be that 80-year-old walking across the country yet.
Speaking of Elements:
Wave energy, solar energy, wind energy all are being developed by people around the world. Here is one small way you can contribute to renewable energy in the US. If you want to change your electricity use over to wind energy, use this link and we both save a few bucks our next bill: Arcadia