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Veggie Elite

Celebrate passionate individuals who are living life to the fullest and share one thing in common—the plant-based diet! These magnificent role models represent all facets of society—including celebrities, artists, scientists, athletes, politicians and more—and courageously use their voices for the voiceless.

Dr. Laila Kassam (vegan): Creating Transformative Change

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Dr. Laila Kassam (vegan): Creating Transformative Change

Today, we will meet a highly effective animal rights activist from the UK, named Dr. Laila Kassam. Laila, a Ph.D. in Development Economics, has been involved in social change for most of her career. She has worked in the international development sector since 2003, conducting research on poverty and food security for rural development projects in the Global South. She founded several vegan organiz
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2021-04-08   107 Views
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2021-04-08

Craig Goldblatt (vegan) – Leading a Life of Purpose, Part 3 of 3

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Craig Goldblatt (vegan) – Leading a Life of Purpose, Part 3 of 3

Mr. Goldblatt is a radiant example of living life confidently, with purpose and an open heart in alignment with his values. In doing so, he continues to infuse a lot of positivity into the world through his charity Giving Africa, and in his work with other philanthropic groups. “I’m really fortunate to work for an amazing tree planting organization, called ‘Plant-for-the-Planet’ which is a global
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2021-04-01   195 Views
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2021-04-01

Craig Goldblatt (vegan) – Leading a Life of Purpose, Part 2 of 3

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Craig Goldblatt (vegan) – Leading a Life of Purpose, Part 2 of 3

Mr Goldblatt radiates a love of life, and it turns out that love is a very important value to him. “I think whether we’re a speaker or coach or we’re a friend or brother or sister, the most important thing in life is to love ourselves and love other people. And it sounds like a general thing to say but I think love is the most powerful thing that we have. When we look back at life, when we end our
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2021-03-25   174 Views
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2021-03-25

Craig Goldblatt (vegan) – Leading a Life of Purpose, Part 1 of 3

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Craig Goldblatt (vegan) – Leading a Life of Purpose, Part 1 of 3

Today, we are privileged to feature the internationally esteemed Mr. Craig Goldblatt. Mr. Goldblatt is a public speaker, motivational coach, and trainer for businesses, organizations, charities, non-profit organizations, and individuals around the world, helping them to connect with their true purpose and amplify their personal impact upon the world. Craig is also a compassionate philanthropist an
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2021-03-18   197 Views
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2021-03-18

Building Communities through Veganism with Nitin Mehta MBE, Part 2 of 2

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Building Communities through Veganism with Nitin Mehta MBE, Part 2 of 2

Mr. Mehta also points out that not only helping our fellow humans but also our animal companions is actually helping ourselves. “So, it’s actually very funny but we are doing no favors to animals. We are actually doing favors to ourselves by being compassionate. Because by the law of karma, every action has a reaction. So, human beings cannot say, Oh, this is our planet and we continue enjoying wh
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2021-03-11   256 Views
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2021-03-11

Building Communities through Veganism with Nitin Mehta MBE, Part 1 of 2

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Building Communities through Veganism with Nitin Mehta MBE, Part 1 of 2

Nitin Mehta MBE was born in Kisumu, Kenya, in a Jain family of Indian ancestry that deeply respected and practiced ahimsa or non-violence way of life. Mr. Mehta is well-known for organizing high profile events that speak for India’s spiritual heritage, as well as vegetarianism and veganism. For his outstanding community service, the Mayor of London awarded him for “making a significant contributio
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2021-03-04   168 Views
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2021-03-04

Rodolphe Landemaine (vegan) - A Baker & Pastry Chef Re-inventing France’s Traditional Baking Arts, p4 of 4

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Rodolphe Landemaine (vegan) - A Baker & Pastry Chef Re-inventing France’s Traditional Baking Arts, p4 of 4

"Clearly, it is a revolution to come in the 21st century. We will be going back to what had been for a long time in our history, which is primarily a plant-based diet. It is high time to stop meat. And everyone knows it. There is a lot of pollution and collateral damage from these factory farms." Both “land” and “monkeys” in the name “Land & Monkeys” are loaded with meaning. "Yes, that's a
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2021-02-11   236 Views
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2021-02-11

Rodolphe Landemaine (vegan) - A Baker & Pastry Chef Re-inventing France’s Traditional Baking Arts, p3 of 4

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Rodolphe Landemaine (vegan) - A Baker & Pastry Chef Re-inventing France’s Traditional Baking Arts, p3 of 4

Today, let us head to Paris for a tour of Land & Monkeys. We are fortunate that Mr. Landemaine will be our personal guide! "In a French boulangerie-pâtisserie, there are four trades. There’s the salty part for lunch; there’s the sweet part with the pastries; there’s the viennoiserie for breakfast; then, there’s the bread." Mr. Landemaine will now show us some of his sandwich offerings. "We
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2021-02-04   1023 Views
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2021-02-04

Lisa Gawthorne – An Inspirational Vegan Athlete and Entrepreneur, Part 2 of 2

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Lisa Gawthorne – An Inspirational Vegan Athlete and Entrepreneur, Part 2 of 2

In this episode, we are honored to have Lisa here to share the secrets of her success as a vegan entrepreneur, starting from the vision for Bravura Foods. “Personally I was really annoyed by the fact that there was a lack, back in 2011, you can understand that - a real lack of vegan imported products. So, there wasn't a lot of the vegan snack products as seen around today in food and drink. We are
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2021-02-02   348 Views
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2021-02-02

Rodolphe Landemaine (vegan) - A Baker & Pastry Chef Re-inventing France’s Traditional Baking Arts, p2 of 4

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Rodolphe Landemaine (vegan) - A Baker & Pastry Chef Re-inventing France’s Traditional Baking Arts, p2 of 4

We were honored to feature the award-winning French chef Rodolphe Landemaine, who opened the 100% vegan bakery shop, Land & Monkeys, in the heart of Paris in February 2020. Chef Hermé is one of the most celebrated pastry chefs in the world. “Pierre Hermé was here three weeks ago to sample all the products. I was one of his students. He was very curious about my initiative, and asked me if he could
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2021-01-28   294 Views
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2021-01-28

Lisa Gawthorne – An Inspirational Vegan Athlete and Entrepreneur, Part 1 of 2

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Lisa Gawthorne – An Inspirational Vegan Athlete and Entrepreneur, Part 1 of 2

Lisa Gawthorne is a successful vegan athlete, entrepreneur and author. Lisa is the author of the vegan fitness and health book “Gone in 60 Minutes”. She has placed in the top ten in Duathlon World and European Championships in recent years. In addition, she is the co-owner and joint Managing Director of Bravura Foods, a leading vegan and vegetarian product distribution, marketing and sales company
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2021-01-26   402 Views
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2021-01-26

Rodolphe Landemaine (vegan) - A Baker & Pastry Chef Re-inventing France’s Traditional Baking Arts p1 of 4

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Rodolphe Landemaine (vegan) - A Baker & Pastry Chef Re-inventing France’s Traditional Baking Arts p1 of 4

Veganism has exploded in the last decade, and its rise in popularity is changing the landscape of artisan baking as well. Today, it is our pleasure to explore this coming of age of vegan baking as an artform, we are fortunate to catch up with the award-winning baker & pastry Chef Rodolphe Landemaine of France, at this 100% vegan bakery in Paris, “Land and Monkeys.” Prior to enrolling in the Compag
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2021-01-21   626 Views
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2021-01-21

“Live Fashion, Walk Compassion” – An Interview with Israeli Fashion Designer Liat Lahav (vegan)

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“Live Fashion, Walk Compassion” – An Interview with Israeli Fashion Designer Liat Lahav (vegan)

The talented Mrs. Lahav and her family reside in the bustling city of Tel Aviv, Israel. Liat’s transition to a vegan lifestyle was met with the typical challenges of customary habits and beliefs, but in her heart, she knew that a compassionate lifestyle must be led by example. "Well, my name is Liat Lahav. I launched SHANILI from passion for animals, compassion and love, and I called my brand 'Live Fashion, Walk Compassion,' because it’s fashion, first it’s fashion, and everybody loves fashion. And I wanted to show people and not only vegans, all people, that you can buy fashion and beautiful things that doesn’t need to have anything from animals. I’m using different kinds of microfibers. It can be like a suede, and really leather-like, like smooth leather. And until you see it and touch it and wear it, you can’t understand and believe that it’s not leather. It’s exactly the same. And it’s very good material. It’s synthetic. It’s very easy to process it. And it doesn’t damage the Earth, like the leather does. And especially, you can reproduce them because it’s synthetic. So, it’s recycling. So, it’s only a win-win situation. My dream, and this is my vision and my first purpose, is to bring the opportunity for vegans, vegetarians and anybody else who doesn’t want to consume animal products, to bring them the fashion into their lives. I’m all the time announcing that SHANILI is the pioneer for the vegan fashion revolution. And I’m working to get there. And so, I’m asking everybody here in Israel and outside Israel, if you know how you can help me to achieve that, and to bring the vegan fashion to the world, just I’m here. I’m open to hear everything and to make different kinds of collaborations, just to end this suffering from our world." Compassionate Liat Lahav, we thank you for your noble endeavors to bring a Heavenly way of life to God’s children on our precious planet. We wish you growing success and pray others will follow your animal-friendly example to Live Fashion, Walk Compassion.
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2020-12-29   430 Views
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2020-12-29

Matthew Appleby: Passionate Organic Vegan Gardening

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Matthew Appleby: Passionate Organic Vegan Gardening

The interest in vegan horticulture and gardening has expanded exponentially, as more people become aware of how typical methods of growing plants and crops involve the use of environmentally damaging synthetic chemicals and practices that harm our precious animal co-inhabitants. "I’m Matthew Appleby, I’m editor for 'Horticulture Week.' I first started about 20 years ago being a vegan. I realized this was quite a sort of doable way of living. What motivates most people to become vegan is because they care about animals. And they care about the environment. And they care about their health, and it’s a combination of those three. Vegan gardening is gardening without exploiting animals. So, it’s using homemade composts and fertilizers, rather than animal composts and animal-based fertilizers. It’s also gardening with wildlife in mind. So rather than exploiting animals or trying to attract animals, it’s leaving the animals to do their own thing on your plot. It’s also gardening for vegan health. So, I’m interested in growing what’s nutritionally right for a vegan. I make vegan compost just the same as anyone else is making compost. You can have your kitchen scraps, your grass cuttings, leaves, you can have any leftover vegetable matter, but you just don’t use anything that’s animal-based. So, you don’t use anything which is from a farmed animal and you wouldn’t chuck in your eggshells, and you wouldn’t chuck in meat anyway because it basically doesn’t compost well, and it attracts rodents. I don’t dig, and I think it’s really common in a lot of areas of gardening now, and non-vegan gardeners increasingly not digging. And that a lot of people see this as a really good idea because you don’t want to disturb the layers of the soil because you know you create erosion, you break up your beneficial animals’ homes. So, I plant covered crops. Hopefully they’ll break down and put some nitrogen back in the soil, get some organic matter back in the soil which will create quite a good sort of soil crumb." Our appreciation Matthew Appleby, for your dedication to assisting gardeners to attain healthy and ecologically-sound green spaces. May the Heavens forever bless you! We hope to see more of your work in the future. Best wishes for your noble prospective endeavors!
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2020-12-24   625 Views
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2020-12-24

A Vegan Visionary: The Life of His Excellency Laurent Lamothe (vegan), Part 3 of 3

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A Vegan Visionary: The Life of His Excellency Laurent Lamothe (vegan), Part 3 of 3

To encourage the ongoing trend toward a plant-based food system, His Excellency Mr. Lamothe suggests that the governments provide Much-needed support to animal livestock farmers so that they can make a successful transition to plant-based farming. “You know, Haiti’s a very proud country, very proud people and we, we feel that we contributed a lot to the black world and we showed to, at the time, the white countries, that slave ownership was completely reprehensible and we rebelled against it and we won. So, that's a super idea that you give. I wish I was still in office and maybe taking the lead upon that and maybe trying to push the country towards that. But it's not far from that, because you know in Haiti you eat lots of vegetables. The people, especially the rural area, that's probably all they eat. Generally, there is a good foundation, I would say, for a vegan revolution there.”His Excellency Laurent Lamothe worked tirelessly on several challenging fronts. From designing and implementing social policies, to alleviating extreme poverty, to securing investments, to relocating the thousands of unsheltered Haitians affected by the 2010 earthquake, to tackling insecurity and rehabilitating schools, public buildings, bridges, and roads, His Excellency set to the task of rebuilding a resilient, prosperous, peaceful Haiti.The world-renowned spiritual master, Supreme Master Ching Hai, commented on this special quality during a conference with Supreme Master Television team members in September 2020. She said: “Peace is the most precious thing that any president can give to his country and the world.” His Excellency Mr. Lamothe Advocates for “Climate-Smart Zones” in The Caribbean, a project of The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator which was formed in 2017, to strengthen the region’s readiness and response to disasters. It was a delight to highlight the incredible achievements of Haiti's 16th Prime Minister, His Excellency Laurent Lamothe, a dedicated civil servant who led and served with heart, integrity, and efficiency while in office, and in his daily initiatives as a citizen and a visionary entrepreneur. May the Heavens bless you and your loved ones forever.
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2020-12-17   262 Views
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2020-12-17

A Vegan Visionary: The Life of His Excellency Laurent Lamothe, Part 2 of 3

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A Vegan Visionary: The Life of His Excellency Laurent Lamothe, Part 2 of 3

His Excellency Mr. Laurent Lamothe assumed the position of Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti right after the 2010 earthquake. In doing so, he witnessed firsthand the biggest natural disaster tragedy in the history of the Caribbean caused by extreme weather due to climate change. Years later, he was invited to the Monaco Better World Forum 2019, to share his experience in rebuilding the country as Haiti’s Prime Minister. His stance to protect our precious oceans is well-known, as was his leadership in Haiti with the banning of all importing, manufacturing, and marketing of plastic and foam containers (polyethylene and polystyrene products). His Excellency pointed out the importance of having a working strategy and his choice of being part of the solution by being vegan. His Excellency also indicated that the vegan solution should be made known worldwide to people across all spectrums because we are in extreme urgency right now. Talking has to turn into action. "What not to do as a government. So, we truly need citizens to be aware (of it). Not just at the level of government, but at the level of civil society, at the level of foundations, at the level of non-governmental organizations in order to work in unison.” “I personally am a vegan. So, I’ve already taken that step." "So, applying the Paris Accord would be the first thing for governments, and of course, that’s on a global scale. On the local scale…locally, is to give benefits, is to give credits to companies that are doing so. So, incentivizing companies and, ultimately is to encourage the shift also, to new solutions.” “Fight on the demand, fight on the price-based competition, so that the plant-based might be less expensive than the animal-based. On top of what I said before, which is the subsidies, which is lowering the pricing, which is incentivizing demand, which is competition, which is really raising awareness." "I think, that’s very important because the lobby is where the legislation will get shifted and get changed or will remain in the status quo."
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2020-12-11   760 Views
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2020-12-11

A Vegan Visionary: The Life of His Excellency Laurent Lamothe (vegan),Part 1 of 3

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A Vegan Visionary: The Life of His Excellency Laurent Lamothe (vegan),Part 1 of 3

His Excellency Laurent Lamothe, is a visionary vegan entrepreneur and humanitarian of Haitian origin who became Haiti’s most successful and longest-serving Prime Minister in the last three decades! In 2011, Laurent Lamothe was offered the position of the advisor of socio-economic development to Haitian President Michel Martelly, as a member of the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti
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2020-12-03   516 Views
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2020-12-03

Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (vegan) - A True Voice for Ahimsa, Part 2 of 2

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Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (vegan) - A True Voice for Ahimsa, Part 2 of 2

With her endless enthusiasm, Dolly has become friends with virtually everyone on the who’s who list of the animal rights movement in India and the USA. One person she is particularly close to is the renowned author, environmentalist, social justice advocate, and animal activist Dr. Sailesh Rao, a Shining World Award for Earth Protection laureate, who is also one of the key originators of the Internet as we know it today. “He talks about all this methane that is going into the air. He’s also talking about us chopping down the forests. Now, every 10 seconds, the Amazon forest is being chopped down for animal agriculture. So, animal agriculture is the number one reason for ocean dead zones, habitat destruction, environmental devastation, and these things have to change.” Dolly’s activism has taken her around the world. In India, she delivered a rousing speech at the World Vegan Conference in New Delhi in July 2019, about the harmful effects of dairy. “And God, Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Jesus, Lord Buddha is full of compassion and love. They're trying to teach that, do not harm anyone, do not separate a mother and a child. So, I think we really need to understand what God is trying to say. And that is to live with compassion. That should be number one.” Dolly recognizes that dairy consumption is deep-rooted in Indian culture, which is one reason why she is working hard on her documentary film as a way to change the misconceptions in her motherland. “Once people find out the truth of who they really are, which is compassion, they want to change. They start thinking about this deeply. And I think that veganism is such a powerful movement right now, and it's growing so fast, because, if we don't go vegan, we are hurting our planet, and we really need to secure it for our future generations.”
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2020-11-26   465 Views
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2020-11-26

Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (vegan) - A True Voice for Ahimsa, Part 1 of 2

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Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (vegan) - A True Voice for Ahimsa, Part 1 of 2

Today, we are privileged to feature a charismatic lady, Dolly Vyas-Ahuja, whose powerful example of unconditional love and tireless work for our precious animal friends in the last five years are worthy of our high esteem and accolades. Dolly moved with her family to the USA as a one-year-old. Although her family had traditionally been vegetarian, she was allowed to adopt a non-vegetarian diet. One day in April 2014, however, she came across a speech online known as “The Greatest Speech Ever” by renowned animal freedom fighter Gary Yourofsky. She was so shocked by the graphic depictions of what occurs behind closed doors on the factory farms of the world that she had an emotional breakdown that night, turning vegan from that day on. Becoming vegan awakened Dolly to the long spiritual heritage of her motherland, which is centered around the concept of ahimsa. Dolly upholds the ethics behind ahimsa in all forms, decrying not just meat and dairy, but also the use of honey, silk, eggs, and leather. She is dismayed that India, where cows are held sacred, is today one of the largest exporters of leather in the world. “A lot of people don't know, but India is one of the largest beef exporters in this world.” “We need to get this word ahimsa back, that originated in our country, because we've become so far away from it.” To achieve that goal, Dolly has been working tirelessly on a feature-length documentary entitled “The Land of Ahimsa,” which is scheduled for release in late 2020. “The Land of Ahimsa covers my journey of going vegan overnight, and going back to India to my motherland with two new sets of eyes to see – to see animal cruelty for the first time. And the movie covers a lot of amazing people here in the United States and in India.”
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2020-11-19   334 Views
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2020-11-19

Kate Strong, Surpassing Barriers and Leaving Footsteps of Love, Part 2 of 2

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Kate Strong, Surpassing Barriers and Leaving Footsteps of Love, Part 2 of 2

Although Kate lived a privileged life of comfort in her youth, her first sight of others in famine brought her to tears, and a deep-seated passion to serve and improve the quality of life for all beings was deeply instilled in her life values. Kate Strong has a befitting name for a motivation speaker and coach, but Kate explains that mental flexibility is also a strength, or even placing oneself in a situation that we haven’t experienced before and following our hearts. “Being strong isn’t being forceful. Being strong is actually a shift in consciousness. So, we need to step away from the win/lose model. We need to step away from telling, you know, forcefully doing things. I think the strongest thing we can do is pause, reflect and start listening to our heart. Everywhere in the world, we’re seeing more logical ways of being. We need to start feeling things, we need to go with the hearts leading, rather than our body being used as a vehicle to carry our all-important heads.” Supreme Master Ching Hai also agrees that even after enlightenment, one must make an effort to help the planet and all beings in every way possible, whether it be sharing good news or contributing in any positive way possible. “Sometimes, I go to a different restaurant outside, Thai restaurant, something special, I bought a lot, bring home to the staff. And every day I give some $100 Hong Kong Dollars to the cleaner in my room. I hide it inside the towel. So, whenever she takes the towel, ‘Ah!’ Surprised. I said, ‘Thank you for cleaning my room. God bless.’” “Make the best of your time when you’re out, smiling to people, strangers. ‘Hallo,’ ‘good day,’ whatever. Say hallo to your taxi driver, ask him if he is OK, wish him luck for his business. Shake hands with your doorman, your concierge, where you live, in your building. Say hallo, smile big. Bring him a piece of (vegan) chocolate or something. Make the best of your time. Spread love. Don’t be afraid. That’s what you should do.” Kate Strong takes these words to heart as she makes it a daily habit to lift people’s moods and bring a smile wherever she may be.
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2020-11-12   1130 Views
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2020-11-12
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