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06-10-2003, 07:23 AM
I have noticied that since I have been vegan I have been so emotional. I feel so in touch with my feelings, am more compassionate and cry so much! The only thing in my life that has changed to make an impact was my switch from Vegetarian to Vegan. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this?
06-10-2003, 01:08 PM
I'm not sure if I'm more emotional in general. I don't think I am... I do know, though, that when I was reading up on animal rights, factory farming, and ultimately making my way towards the decision to be vegan (about a year and 3 months ago) a lot of tears were definitely shed. I could barely believe that we "intelligent beings" could put other living creatures through such pain and suffering!
I haven't wanted to spend so much time lately reading about that kind of cruelty, but I still occasionally recall that feeling of my heart being so... in touch with life that even the suffering of a cockroach (crunched into a carpet by a close friend) made me
I wouldn't want to lose that feeling, though. I think it's good to feel "in touch," with life and with the planet itself. And I think maybe most ethical vegans reach an epiphany like that, when their newfound "enlightenment," as it were - about what really happens to so many animals out there, at the hands of humanity - makes the tears flow a little more easily.
Anyway, just my thoughts based on my personal experience. Hope it helps.
06-11-2003, 07:13 PM
I have to agree with you.
My feelings and emotions are a lot stronger since I made the change. Even my sex drive went back up, about to where it was when I was in my early twenties (I am 33 now).
I have a much greater awareness of my body and my feelings. I also think I have intellectual clarity. This could be from the knowledge that I live by my ethics and lead a simple life. But I prefer to think that I am better nourished and therefore just plain healthier and more alive.
I also dare say that I enjoy the "flavor of life" a lot more, and enjoy being alive a lot more.
The change in my life since I stopped eating crap and started my journey to veganism is extraordinary.
06-13-2003, 04:33 PM
All sorts of wonderful things happen after the transition to being vegan... it's like a rebirth. Our feeling probably become stronger because we don't have any junk in our bodies to numb them :D
I wonder how my daughter will feel growing up, if we feel these things after converting to vegan... it's very exciting.
06-13-2003, 05:12 PM
Originally posted by EricP
... it's like a rebirth.
Hey, now there’s a thought. A "Born Again"ism that I can live with.
I suspect your daughter will not really know any different. If I had not "made the change", I probably would not have known how tired and lame I had grown as an omnivore. Or realized how destructive and un-natural modern thinking (sounds like an oxymoron) is.
Dare I say that veganism had "freed my mind" from the "matrix" of omnivorism?
06-13-2003, 05:29 PM
I was thinking the Matrix too!! My daughter was born free... etc, etc. LOL
07-29-2003, 07:11 PM
Well, you all just made me emotional!! I'm so touched by my fellow vegans..sometimes it seems like a dream. I think I get emotional not only because of my enlightenment, but because I often feel sad that so many people (especially loved ones) are in the dark. Sometimes I feel depressed about that, but overall I'm overwhelmed with excitement at all I have to give, to teach through example.
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