I decided to go veg when I started mindful eating during a meditation course. It was not that I was unaware of the cruelty done to animals, but I shamelessly admit it didn't matter to me at all by that time.
I was born up in a family where meat was considered part of a healthy diet and that is what I grew up believing. I had my 'healthy' dose of non-veg and never even doubted that it could affect my life.
If you talk of my state of mind as a child, I was sometimes disturbed, depressed and angry which I found to be a bit odd. I never knew what the reason was. Then one fine day I came across the idea that our thoughts are affected by the food we take. And that was the day when the mystery started unfolding for me.
I was eating all kinds of foods during this exercise and only observing the impact on my mind. i had lots of fruits and it made me feel good. There was nothing new about it but somehow the nice feeling wasn't worth the fuss. I was a young girl who liked to enjoy her life. Why would I give up non-veg food when it is so tasty? I liked both fruits and meat and ate them as important ingredients of my diet.
Now an incident happened that I call today as the turning point of my life. I had my usual dose of non-veg one day and forgot about it as i left the dinning table. I had a bad day and had all sorts of depressing feelings coming into my mind even though there was no apparent reason for the same. Everything was fine.
That was the day doubt came into my mind nd I went on to research further. "Could it really be that what we eat has an effect on the thought that come to our mind?", I wondered. I continued with mindful eating and finally resulted in becoming a complete no-meat person. Today I am more concerned about taking care of my mind rather then fall for a short term pleasure for my tongue.
I think I made a wise mature choice. There are people who don't believe me. there are people who think I am influenced by someone else. The truth is just that I love my self. i want to cherish the life God has given me. I want to be full of happy thoughts. And the price I paid is too small for what I got in return.