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Laurali
Hi, I'm Laurali! I live in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida where I nurture my plants, go hiking in the woodland, and wear flowers in my hair.

Making Friends With Animals With the Vegan Lifestyle and Plant-Based Living

A White Ibis Bird Florida Birding Birds of Prey, Florida Wildlife, Florida Living
I absolutely love animals and really all God's creatures, both great and small.  No surprise there, since this is a natural living blog.  Since going veggie almost eight-years ago, I have been pleasantly surprised by how easy it is making friends with the animals with the vegan lifestyle and plant-based living!

I mean, don't get me wrong, I've always had a love and respect for the animal kingdom, but when I became a plant-based eater, I noticed that animals tend to flock towards me.  Birds, tortoises, marine life are all highly attracted to me!

This has turned out to be one of the more unusual side benefits to becoming an aspiring vegan.  I like to say aspiring because I kind of got off track last year and have struggled to get completely on board with vegan living again.  I eat as vegan as I can the majority of the time and the rest of the time, I eat vegetarian.

No one ever tells you that becoming a veggie lover would mean animals would take interest in you!  I honesty think it's because woodland creatures can tell if you are trustworthy or not, much in the same way a small child might instantly warm up to an adult they never met before.  They instinctively know if your heart is pure or not.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not at all saying meat eaters are bad.  Like I said before, I've always had a magical relationship with mother nature and all the woodland creatures, even when I ate meat.  It's just that now, it's become increasingly clear that animals sense no danger when I'm around.

Thanks to living a plant-based life, animals seem to gather around me, as if they are waiting for me to tell them a story.  It's kind of nice and makes me feel good about what I'm doing.  It's an encouraging side benefit that no one ever tells you about when you go vegan/vegetarian.

Animals and insects seem to show up more when I'm around.  I've noticed that for the most part, they let me take their picture, even when I'm getting close to them.  They also are good about letting me know when I'm getting too close.

The other day, a rabbit stopped in its tracks and let me take her picture.  We have brown hares here in Florida.  I do realize she was probably paralyzed in fear, ensuring that I wasn't a predator, which I totally understand.

After realizing that I wasn't going to harm her, the bunny went back to eating her grass and doing her thing.  She felt comfortable around me.  She knew I was safe.

This has happened to me so many times in the desert, in the forest, in the meadows, and on the beach, that I can't help but take notice of it.  I truly believe it's because the animal knows that you mean it no harm.  I wouldn't be surprised if they could smell it on you, since creatures tend to use their sense of smell a lot.

It sounds a little silly when I say it out loud, but I believe that animals know and understand that I'm an herbivore.  I believe that's where all this attraction and attention is coming from.  I don't think it's from the perfume I'm wearing!  That only attracts bees :)
A yellow-bellied slider tortoise in Florida's Hammock Park in Dunedin, Florida

Making Friends With Animals With the Vegan Lifestyle and Plant-Based Living

As a faerie shaman, I believe in animalism.  Animalism is the belief that every living creature has a soul.  It could be a rock, flower, plant, gemstone, a grain of golden sand, or a woodland creature.

Having this belief has really helped me to adopt a more plant-based lifestyle and part of this includes being an advocate for mother nature in my own way.  I really think it's important for humans to understand that even gemstones, houseplants, and snails have feelings.  They are ensouled.

This helps people to take a different approach to how they care for their household and environment.  I know this conversion has made me work hard to try to live a more zero-waste lifestyle, though I'm nowhere close to where I want to be, I aspire to making healthy changes every single day.

It's like anything in life.  We have to keep making the choice, moment by moment, to be happy.  We also have to keep making better environmental choices.

It could be picking up litter on the side of the road, planting a tree, recycling your goods, or going on a plastic bag detox.  None of these choices are easy.  We are always going to have excuses not to try, but I don't know about you, but I'd rather die trying.

It's the little things we do each day, like bringing a green bag to the market, or eating locally grown.  Those little choices we make add up to big environmental changes over time.  We are each responsible for our carbon footprint.

This all goes back to what I was talking about before.  It all goes back to the animals.  Imagine a world where animals and humans could live side by side without fearing one another.

I don't mean natural fears.  We need those to keep us safe from harm too.  I mean, animals and humans somehow being connected in a spiritual way.  We're all made from the same earth materials.

When we care about the environment, we care about the creatures that live within it too.  We're making their home clean and safe.  I can't help but think they like herbivores because they know we are doing our part to make their home a loving place to be.

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