November: Month of Giving Project

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Happy November!

I almost decided not to go through with this, because right now is a particularly high-anxiety, low frequency time in my life as my dog is going through cancer treatment. But, being as she is someone I am especially grateful for, and she is a prime example of high vibe, tail-wagging even in the bad times living, I thought – what a great way to pay homage to her.

So, November. Ending with Thanksgiving (which is hopefully turkey-less in your household as well 🙂 ), this marks the month of thankfulness. In the spirit of gratitude, I am kicking off a new project called “Month of Giving”. Each day throughout November, I will be giving something away that is of value to me – whether it be a physical item, a monetary donation, acknowledgement, my time, attention, or expertise – and giving thanks for the things I have, as well as for the ability to give things away to others. All too often, we live in a state of “lack” (the opposite of abundance), forgetting that we were all put on this planet for a specific reason and we all have something of value to share with the world.

What does gratitude have to do with the Chronic Planet motif of public health and plant-based living?

Sometimes it’s just important to raise our frequency and reconnect with what we’re working toward in our lives. Everything on this planet is connected, and there is a lot to be thankful for, even on the worst days. One of the best ways we can promote public health is by living in a way that advocates for the planet and for each other – for me, that’s plant-based living.

It can be difficult to explain the changes you will experience when you transition to a plant-centric lifestyle, until you experience this for yourself. Plant-based living is sustainable because it becomes about so much more than your diet. It’s about changing your perceptions, realizing your personal impact on the planet, the animals we share it with, and on your own (and perhaps your family’s) health. It is easy to forget that our personal choices impact more than just ourselves – in many ways, our behaviors and dollars spent determine the future of this planet, and the future of public health. Practicing gratitude brings us even more in tune with this reality. What would the world be like if we all adopted an attitude of gratitude, compassion, and abundance? What does your high vibe life look like?

As I always say…

CAUTION: Adopting a plant-based lifestyle may make you a more compassionate, present, and profound human being.

So for the next 30 days, I will commit to getting out of my “I’m too busy for x, y, z” or “I don’t have x, y, z” headspace, put aside my own bulls*it, and practice abundant living every day. I hope this inspires YOU, too, to recognize the things in your life that you are grateful for and the gifts you have to share with others (trust me, you have a lot to give!).

If you would like to participate in the Month of Giving project, leave a comment below every day’s Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/lpanoff)  with what you gave away that day. I would love to hear what you are doing!

#thisispublichealth #goveg #gratitude #abundance #highvibe #thankyouuniverse

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