Yes… and No.
The majority of spiritual people do not eat meat, many of them go even further to veganism (no animal products) or raw food (only fresh produce). They will generally confirm that by doing so, their minds became clearer and their spiritual connection stronger. I am not here to dispute that, in fact, I have similar experience. On the other hand, every scientist will tell you that coincidence does not necessary mean causality.
Spiritual growth and sense of connection (to the Universe, God, Spirit or whatever you call it) comes from awareness, from being conscious in your life, listening to your inner voice and feelings, no matter what you are doing. If you meditate once a day and then you live a normal stressful life, you won’t get far. It is when you incorporate conscious decision making and thinking into everything you do through the day, things start happening pretty fast. And this is where the food connection is happening.
When you change your diet for spiritual reasons, the content of what you are digesting will not influence your spiritual growth, but the fact that you are thinking about it will. An average person eats 3-5 times a day and every healthy meal will make them think about why they are doing it. This will effectively switch them from being aware once a day meditating to 6 times a day. Often for longer than the meditation because food takes time to prepare, eat and digest. It can also sparkle inspiring conversation with people who will notice what you eat and ask you about it. Explaining your view of the world to others might tune you to the right type of energy even more than meditation in solitude. Especially if they get it.
Please do not take this as a suggestion to stop eating the way you do if it works for you. This is not the point of this article. Once you understand how it works, you can use this knowledge to “boost” your awareness even further by applying the same conscious thinking to other areas of your life. For example while exercising, commuting, while spending time with your loved ones etc.
On the other hand, you can use this knowledge to adjust your diet if vegan or raw does not work for you. Even though your food content does not directly impact your spiritual state, it will have a huge effect on your physical body. Usually when you start eating this way, you will lose weight and your body will detoxify, which is both great and you will be glad you did it. However, after some time (it could even be few years), your body will most likely develop deficiency of certain substances and you might reach its limits.
It is highly individual how it will affect you. In my case, I lost too much weight and became skinny and weak. I also noticed that I am less competitive and perform worse in both sports and my career. It is possible to address this with some substitutes but I choose to introduce a reasonable amount of good source meat back to my plate instead. This feels most natural and is working best for me. I haven’t lost any of my spirituality. What about you?Did you like the article? Share the wisdom with your friends and make this world a better place.
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