We were told (thanks Dorit) at the Intensive White Belt training "Nia is a lifestyle practice, you will incorporate different elements of Nia in your lives, not just the dance and the movement". I don't know how it happened, but a few months ago I stopped drinking cow's milk and eating meat. It just didn't feel right for me, so it wasn't a sacrifice or even a conscious decision.
I've been "threatening" with becoming a vegetarian since I was an angsty teenager. What a wicked thing to say to Spanish parents (think of all that serrano ham and chorizo going to waste); it would have been like becoming a pariah at family reunions. But it never came from the heart, and I kept on eating meat for years. And now, without any fanfare, goodbye meat, hello tofu. I'm still eating fish though, until I organise myself and figure out a diet or eating plan that will give me all the nutrients I need and then will be goodbye fish. But this post isn't about what I do and don't eat, it's about how I felt today when I read a quote from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It was as if my heart had expanded in my chest and was filling every single corner with recognition, intention, respect and purpose. The quote was so powerful, the quote was this: My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.