This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. I actually pitched it to a wellness website originally, but was secretly glad when they rejected it because I wanted to keep it for myself!

I did a post before about why yoga is so great, but I want to come at the subject from a more personal angle and really look at how it’s changed my life for the better. And because yoga is so much more than a physical practice, the benefits are mental, emotional, and spiritual too.

Discipline

Perhaps one of the most meaningful lessons I’ve…


There’s no longer any doubt about it — this is a climate emergency. We’ve left tackling it very late. And small solutions are really not going to be enough at this point. Listening to the advice of some organisations, we might be tempted to think that if we just drive a little less often and buy some reusable shopping bags then everything will be okay.

This is not true. If we don’t make some radical changes, we’re looking at mass starvation, drought, a huge increase in natural disasters, the flooding of coastal cities and more. That’s without mentioning the extinction…


I have never been on an aeroplane. No, never.

It didn’t start out as an ethical decision. I just grew up in a low-income family, and my parents didn’t want the stress and expense of travelling abroad. My first trip out of the UK was a school trip to France aged 17, where we took the ferry. I wanted to see more of the world and just assumed I would get planes when I ventured further afield in the future.

I didn’t think too much about the environmental impact. I had a vague awareness that flying wasn’t good for the…


An introvert is often defined as someone who is inward-turning — energised by being alone and drained by being around other people. When I first learnt about introversion, it was a lightbulb moment. Was this why I never quite felt as though I fitted in? It seemed possible.

Whilst my schoolfriends went to Girl Guides, I scorned it as “organised fun”. On the morning after a sleepover, I’d find a book and sneak away to read in peace, exhausted by the experience. …


I can’t say for sure why I suffer from social anxiety, but I think it has a lot to do with my very sheltered upbringing. My parents were extremely loving and supportive, and I never wanted for anything. But we led a very safe life. We lived right out in the countryside, and I went to the tiny village primary school — at its peak, it had 34 students.

My family never travelled abroad, and we had few family friends — I rarely saw anyone outside of school. I never had a lot of the experiences the other kids had…


Life is full of ups and downs, and crises of varying degrees. That was something I used to cope very badly with. I still remember feeling that everything was out of my control, that I was a victim of my circumstances.

And I remember burying my emotions so deep I couldn’t find them, struggling to identify what I was feeling and why. Letting fear prevent me from reaching my potential. Doing things just because I thought they were what I was supposed to do.

Most of us face these challenges, and they aren’t insurmountable. …


Many of us live our lives paralysed by fear. We have dreams — travelling, writing a book, starting a business and so on — which remain unfulfilled because we are afraid. We worry that we’re not good enough, that we will fail or that people will judge us. I think the one thing successful people have in common is that they don’t let fear hold them back.

I used to be incredibly anxious and fearful — more so than the average person. …


Growing up, I got used to being ushered past homeless people and Big Issue sellers. “Don’t make eye contact,” people would say. And so I didn’t.

A few years back, not long after I met my boyfriend, we were walking down the street and there was a homeless man sitting in a doorway. I think he must have asked if we could spare some change. My boyfriend happened to have an envelope in his bag with some money in, and handed it over without a second thought.

The gesture, to my 19-year-old self, seemed sweet but naive. “You shouldn’t do…


I had been blogging for about two and a half years when I started thinking about starting a vegan ezine. I was becoming increasingly frustrated with the difficulty of reaching people, and felt another approach was needed. It seemed obvious that I’d be able to achieve more by teaming up with other people, so the idea of starting a magazine was born.

Ethical treatment of writers

Being a writer myself, I know how tough it can be to make a living this way. I just didn’t feel comfortable asking people to write for nothing. So many publications expect writers to do this under the…


Staying authentic online can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to grow a blog or business. In an age where we’re bombarded with clickbait and content targeted more at search engines than humans, it can be hard for those with a genuine message to get through. Sometimes it just feels easier to adopt an ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join em’ sort of approach. So essentially we all end up shouting over each other, trying to be heard.

Let’s talk about social media for a minute. It gets a pretty bad rap in the media, but in and of itself…

Bethany Ivy Ⓥ

British freelance writer & editor of the free online magazine Seedling. I write about veganism, sustainability, and spirituality at littlegreenseedling.com.

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