Dharmist in Progress

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." ~ Einstein

Labels, Schmabels

Well, folks, I’ve come to a conclusion.

I’m Hindu.

I’m not Hindu.

I also am/am not many other things.

I’m a very spiritual person, and believe things from many different religions to be true.  However, due to an inherent desire to find a label for myself (read: fit in), I found the one most suited to my beliefs and claimed it.

However, it’s not that simple for me.  And I’m okay with that.  I have to find my own special path, and it will take a lot of trial and error.

I’m keeping the blog title, of course, but I won’t necessarily refer to myself with specific terms anymore.  I am, definitely, a work in progress.


I also believe I may be an empath, but that’s a discussion for another day.


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Outside Approval

Why is it so important to be validated by other people?

Why can’t we simply accept ourselves for who we are and go on with our lives?

The herd mindset that human beings carry through life is simultaneously one of the most beneficial and damaging things about us. Our need to please others and be made aware that they are pleased with us. Without it, imagine the places we could go!

…And how lonely we would feel.

It’s why so many people have a “prove myself” complex. Not to improve their life, but to prove its worth to someone else.

It’s sad, really.

Pain heals; chicks dig scars; glory lasts forever.

– “The Replacements”

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The deer on the side of the road two nights ago.


Surrounded by other deer.


Looking at it.  Pacing.


Like they didn’t understand why it wouldn’t get up.


The tears running down my face.  That’s why I’m a vegetarian.

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Aren’t You Worried About Protein?

I am so tired of this question.  For reals.

If my parents and friends seriously think that I need to eat nothing but pizza and macaroni so that I get enough protein, I really think they need to rethink that.

Here‘s a great article from one of my very favorite websites, Herbivoracious.

An exerpt:

I think on some level this question is symptomatic of the larger issue of nutritionism – the idea that we need to have a scientific understanding of every calorie, every gram of fat, carbohydrate and protein, mineral and vitamin that goes into our body. I’m not saying there is no value in a basic understanding of what science and medicine have learned about food. But hominids have managed to eat just fine for millions of years by paying attention to what their bodies wanted. There probably isn’t a need to make it much more complicated than that, except to avoid eating too much junk food that has been engineered to trick and subvert your body’s basic sense of what is good to eat. You don’t have to have lived many decades to notice that nutritional advice changes constantly anyhow.

So, allow the vegetarians in your life to eat what they want.  Unless, of course, that’s solely macaroni and pizza.



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