I should be familiar with kicking something large in my life. I kicked meat in 2006 and went “cold turkey” for three years. If I could do that and the challenges that ensued, I could surely kick so many more of the negatives in my life that will be far more fruitful once gone than vegetarianism ever was. How did I approach vegetarianism?
1. Read a lot of information, reflected on it, had my bases
2. Tested out vegetarianism for Lent–in this, figured out ways around social issues around giving up meat
3. Continued to read vegetarian theory to reinforce what I believed and practiced it
Coming out of vegetarianism was the same with my next “ism”–locavorism. I am now “ism” free, however, I fully appreciate and practice the value of praxis (reflection and action). This I will never nix from my life; only dogma. I praxis’d my way out of “ism”hood. Gooooooo, Praxis!
What are my bases for getting rid of grains and alcohol? I won’t even cite everything that I have read; I will use only my personal experience to avoid the information gap that comes with depersonalizing everything.
N=1. Today I’ll be reflecting on my influences and my bases…spiritual, physical, and social.