My name is Jamey and I’m doing my best and offering it up for others to share in. (I imagine that first sentence puts some people off right away. C'est la vie.) To those that knew me as a child, I don’t think anything about me as an adult comes as a surprise. In my boyhood, I was an atheist in a religious country, an environmentalist in the works, and I was sober in circles of drug addicts. I was social with all parties and threw the biggest ones. Elements of each of those statements reflect what I aim for now. Specifically, I wish to work with all people to heal each other and the environment, to progress thinking and embrace science and the unknown, and to throw sober dance parties so people can come up to me afterward, as they invariably do, and tell me they had no idea that they could have that much fun without drinking or drugs.
Three concepts guide my work and life. 'Ahimsa' is the pursuit of a life of non-violence. 'Sadhana' is one's personal path. 'Seva' is easily understood as selfless service. To reflect and pursue any one of these ancient Sanskrit thoughts leads into the others. I regularly consider these three wisdoms in order to steer through life and find fulfillment.
Holistic veganism is my phrasing to describe stewardship towards others, the planet, and care for one’s self. (See the 'About holistic veganism' page to know more.) Personally, it is a struggle and a work in progress. I come from a lot of privilege, I used to have a lot more competition inside of myself, I had a tendency to be crude and hypersexual, and I was/am as ignorant about myself as each of us are. To make sadhana, seva, and ahimsa the aims in my life are to review each of those portions of myself and to learn about who I am and what I can do to create a sustainable world with humans involved. Holistic veganism is my way to manifest all of this.
I am fully aware that I am a white, hetero, lower-middle-class, some-what educated man from the United States. A tree was born a tree, just as I was born me. Like the tree, I’m trying to use the elements of my environment to grow to be the best version I’m capable of. Therefore, I accept myself. And it took/takes a lot of work to do that. Not carrying around white or consumer guilt, and instead seeking knowledge to the origins behind the guilt, and that I can do something about the systems that sustain those origins, allows me to be happy, productive, and hopefully more effective.
Because I choose to talk on sensitive subjects, it should be said with humility and not confrontation, that I can’t and shouldn't apologize for being a white man speaking on these issues. We can all agree it is better than being a white man embracing the privileges society has waiting for me. That said, I’ll do my best to keep broadening my thinking and actions, to make up for the shitty things I did growing up in this culture before I started to become more aware, and to equal the field wherever and whenever I can. I’m still blind to a lot, which is why I actively read and engage myself in situations that can reduce that. Where you think I might be missing something, then kind offers of information are welcome. (Emphasis on ‘kind’ please.)
I am available for talks on anything written or said on this site or the Facebook page. Food, transportation, and housing are all that may be required to have me speak, sometimes less. I have lived entirely on donations since 2008 and do so to reflect my views on non-violence and co-operation. Donations are appreciated but not required to host a talk. (If you'd care to help with a donation, please click on the Patreon button now.)
Talks are typically in a dialogue style, where any participant may share knowledge. 1-2 hours is an optimal amount of time but this is flexible. The length of time reflects the dialogue format and group participation. Presentations can be made upon request.
To some, it will be obvious that I am not a natural writer, that I write long sentences, and that I don’t have grammar in my corner. Thank goodness for editors. Injoy¡
I’d like to say two last things. One, the term Holistic Veganism is not too important to me. People adopting and improving upon the thinking is the goal. My name being attached to it is also not important. Just be kind, inside and out, and we all win.
Second, and finally, thank you to everyone that has helped me reach this point in my life. You’re all fantastic!