The year is coming to a close and I can hardly believe it! It was 354 days ago I made a small decision, to start meditating. I really started because an injury had sidelined me from running. I needed to find a way to cope with stress. Running had been my outlet. I thought at the time, “I will do this for a few weeks until I get cleared to run.”
Funny things happen when you make plans. I actually saw real benefits from meditation. I decided to see if I could commit to meditating every day for a year. I am now 11 days away from that goal. I look back and can’t believe where this one simple decision led me over the last year.
All of these unintended consequences happened. Let me be clear they did not happen over night. In fact just this week we made another change I feel I would not have made if I had not started with that decision to meditate. We decided to go back to a vegetarian diet. We had been vegetarian several years ago. Honestly, I have been struggling the last year, as I tried to decide what was a priority it seemed to conflict with eating meat. Of course this only my personal conflict. As an environmentalist, animal rights advocate, and someone who placed health as one of her 5 core values; eating meat no longer seemed to align with who I was and what I believed in anymore.
I made a decision to go back to a vegetarian diet. I announced this to my husband and he surprised me by deciding he wanted to do that with me. We started this week and I have to say it has been great. I told my husband today I feel better cooking our meals because I know they are healthier. Preparing vegetarian dishes has renewed my cooking creativity and vegetarian cooking is faster and easier to clean up. A side benefit is my cats are a lot less interested in helping me cook chickpeas than chicken. Another benefit was being reminded how nice it is to have a husband who supports me and my growth. Kind of a nice thing to remember this week, since Tuesday we celebrated 19 years of marriage and 25 years together.