What does ‘Ahimsa’ mean?
A Bit of History of Ahimsa
Inspiration to Go Vegan
A – Abstinence from Animal Products
H – Harmlessness with Reverence for Life
I – Integrity of Thought, Word, and Deed
M – Mastery Over Oneself
S – Service to Humanity, Nature, and Creation
A – Advancement of Understanding and Truth
- a vegan lifestyle coach and educator (I am a —you can find someone in your area by clicking on the link)
- there are a plethora of Facebook pages supporting a vegan lifestyle. Just enter ‘vegan’ into your search bar, and you will pleasantly surprised at how many options exist (, , , , , are some of my favorites). So give it a whirl, there are vegan groups that are even specific to locales. I’m sure there’s one in your area.
- Join your local Vegan group. When I moved from North Jersey to South Jersey back in 2006, I didn’t know anyone. I joined the local Vegetarian Society, the , and immediately connected. Even though I now live in Arizona, some of my closest friends I met through that group.
- Check out Meetup for a local group. If there isn’t one, consider starting one. I did that that in the Sedona area back in 2013 – . I was not yet a permanent resident; however, I visited at least once every two-three months. So every time I planned a visit, I scheduled a meetup event. When I finally became a permanent resident back in 2015, I already had an established community of vegan friends.
- There are VegFests happening everywhere throughout the year. Google it and attend one. A wonderful exposure to vegan speakers and food, not to mention the array of people you gain an opportunity to connect with.
- Volunteer at any of the local veg events in your area. To use one of the mottos from the 12-Step arena, “Go Early and Stay Late”.