10 Life Changing Tips Inspired by The Dalai Lama

Here are ten life changing tips inspired by quotes from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama:
1. Be grateful to be alive
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.”
2. Be kind
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
3. Work at being happy
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
4. Embrace life’s challenges 
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
5. Be optimistic
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
6. Help others
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
7. Be compassionate
“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.”
8. Embrace setbacks
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”
9. Find strength from within
“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.”
10. Don’t judge others
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”
Published June 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

About Robert Piper

Robert Piper is a meditation instructor, happiness enthusiast and creator of monkinthecity.com. He studied with a Taoist monk for nine and half years, and traveled extensively to Asia and Australia in search of other meditation teachers. He has spent over a decade researching, studying and collecting information on various meditation systems of Asia. Robert is currently in the process of writing a book on meditation to make the topic more accessible for stress relief, health, and happiness.

What does one week’s worth of food look like around the world?

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What does one week’s worth of food look like around the world?

on May 10 in Earth, Ecology, Global Beat, Wisdom Current tagged by

One week’s worth of food by various cultures:

Italy: Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily

Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo

Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyp tian Pounds or $68.53

Chad: Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp

Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

USA: United States: The Revis family of North Carolina

Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

One of the lesser-known yamas (ethical restraints) in yoga is mitahara, or moderate diet, as described in the Upanishads.

“Be moderate in appetite, neither eating too much nor consuming meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. Enjoy fresh, wholesome vegetarian foods that vitalize the body. Avoid junk food. Drink in moderation. Eat at regular times, only when hungry, at a moderate pace, never between meals, in a disturbed atmosphere or when upset. Follow a simple diet, avoiding rich or fancy fare.”

Most traditional yogic texts describe ten yamas and ten niyamas, but for some reason Patanjali whittled it down to five of each in the Yoga Sutras. In today’s day and age, as we face massive food shortages and a growing epidemic of eating disorders, it seems like our world could benefit from more focus on mitahara.

What strikes you as particularly interesting in these pictures? Does each family’s weekly diet seem to exhibit mitahara? Do you think you could get by on these families diets?

Pictures from photographer Peter Menzel and his book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. See more at Homeless Nation.

10 Vegan Sources of Protein

Meat-eaters will never stop asking and vegans always get sick of hearing it:
“How do you get your protein?”
The image of a skinny (not to mention gangly and dread-headed) hippie has typically been the poster child of veganism. After all, there’s no way we can be muscular, fit and even bulky as vegans, right?
Wrong.
Vegan athletes like Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll, and Jimi Sitko are changing the negative stereotypes, proving that plant-based protein can not only build strong muscles, but can keep a vegan healthy enough to run, swim, bike, dance or pump iron – no flesh-eating necessary.
So how do you get your protein? Here are 10 vegan sources to try on for size:
1. Veggies: Yep, good old greens will pack a protein punch. One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of cooked kale? 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas? Nine grams. You get the idea.
2. Hemp. No, you don’t have to get high to get your protein. But toss 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie and get about 11 grams of protein – just like that.
3. Non-Dairy Milk. Got (soy) milk? A mere 1 cup of soy or almond milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein. Eat with some fortified cereal and you’ve got a totally vegan-friendly breakfast.
4. Nut Butter. Eat up your peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of any one of these will get you 8 grams of protein.
5. Quinoa. I kinda think quinoa is God’s gift to vegans (and gluten-free peeps!), as it’s versatile, delicious and delivers about 9 grams of protein per cup.
6. Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein. And at about 2 bucks a pop, it’s a cheap vegan’s BFF.
7. Lentils. With lentils, you can make rice dishes, veggie burgers, casseroles and more. One cup cooked delivers a whopping 18 grams of protein!
8. Beans. They really are the magical fruit. With one cup of pinto, kidney or black beans, you’ll get about 13-15 grams of protein, a full belly and heart-healthy fiber.
9. Tempeh. One cup of tempeh packs abour 30 grams of protein! That’s more than 5 eggs or a regular hamburger patty.
10. Sprouted-grain bread. Pack a sandwich with vegan sprouted-grain bread and you’ll get about 10 grams of protein in the bread alone.
Still want to ask me where I get my protein? Yeah. That’s what I thought.
Published May 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

About Mara Tyler

Mara Tyler is the author of “Cheap and Simple Vegan Recipes,” a no-nonsense book for vegans who want easy and affordable meals. She’s also the managing editor of Healthy Bitch Daily, a vegan lifestyle website. With a mission to make veganism accessible to anyone, she promotes progress, not perfection. When she’s not making a mess in the kitchen dreaming up vegan recipes, she can be found hiking or looking for bliss in yoga.
Facebook: CheapSimpleVegan.