HK heartbeat #801 | 30 Oct 2018 |

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This week we are stepping back.

The great and unnecessary divide that is growing in our world has slipped into our community where our shared intention is to treat ourselves, each other and our planet with respect.

I recall incidents over the years where I have felt attacked for my choice to live with a conscious no-restrictions diet and I am fortunate to inhabit a relatively healthy body without allergies or food intolerances. Growing up  farming in a cold-climate, I learned about humane animal husbandry and I know industrial agriculture is not.

When I am called a meat eater, the defense auto-response kicks in and I don't want to feel the hurt that crashes in, especially when the words come from vegan friends. I prefer to be called human.

Like the rest of us, I am doing my best to live my best life.

I am now seeing this happen to people who devote their lives in service to healthy living.

There is no need for cruelty to humans. There is no need to be mean to each other.

There is plenty of room for anger. It is a powerful fuel when used mindfully.

Our planet is under more pressure every day with an economic model dictated by constant growth. We live with more than enough stress and it costs nothing to act with kindness. Many humans are fragile and all lives deserve compassion, not just the lives we are trying to protect from the knife.

I have watched vulnerable young people struggle to maintain a healthy weight in families that do not share their vegan lifestyle. We can to guide them towards balance if extreme doesn't work for them.

With so many causes to fight for and so many people needing love, let's be careful.

Can we?


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"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain

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31 (9:30am-12:30pm) Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cooking Class| Olive Leaf | details

31 (6:30-8:0pm) An Evening with Kwan Yin | Shakti Healing Circle | details

1 (6:30-9:30pm) World Vegan Day Conscious Cinema| The Vibe Tribe | details

3-10 Luxarity Pop Up| Luxarity | details

3 & 4 (9:30am) Standard Chartered Arts in the Park| HK Youth Arts Foundation | details

3 (10am-12pm) Crafty Charity Social| Crafty Charity HK | details

4 & 5 (9:30am) 2018 Walk for Nature | WWF Hong Kong | details

7 (6:30-9pm) Closing the Loop | Green Drinks | details

7 (6:45-10:45pm) Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) Gala Dinner| Conservation International | details

7 (7-9:30pm) Own Your Sexuality | Sommer Life | details

8 (6:30-9:30pm) Conscious Cinema: Heal | The Vibe Tribe | details

9-11 Clockenflap | Clockenflap | details

10 & 11 (9:30am-4:30pm) GreenFest - Rethink our Food | Hysan | details

10 (9:30am-5:30pm) Women's Empowerment DayFest | Pure Potential Worldwide | details

10 (2-5pm) Symposium with Dr Jane Goodall | Jane Goodall Institute | details

10 (7:30-9:30pm) Wasted! The Story of Food Waste | Hysan | details

11 (2-3:30pm) Public Lecture with Dr Jane Goodall | Jane Goodall Institute | details

12 (6:30pm) An Special Evening | The Royal Geographical Society HK | details

12 (8-9:30pm) The Art of War: A Choral Response to a Century of Conflict | Katterwall | details

15-17 (9:30am-6:30pm) Cosmprof | UBM Asia | details

16 (12:30-1:30pm) Finding your Balance Within | Tian Yan Nei Gong Centre | details

17 (1-6pm) March of The Rainbow Penguins | Planet Ally | details

22-26 Social Enterprise Summit | Social Enterprise Summit | details

25 (2:45-7:15pm) Solar Wellness Series | HK SolarSoundSystem | details

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