A number of years ago I followed a popular quasi-vegan diet called macrobiotics. Maybe you’ve heard of it?
It was imported from Japan and was actually more than a diet – it was a way of living in balance and embraced the Eastern spiritual principles of yin and yang, or the rhythms of the Universe. It was quite elegant actually.
However, as we are wont to do in the West, we seized the diet and ignored the rest of its vital elements that were about nurturing contemplation and presence. Yes, I lost weight and had more energy but didn’t really grock the rhythms of the Universe thing.
And then there’s Woke and Awakened
I bring this up because it very much reminds me of the term “woke,” that’s often heard these days in activist and political circles. Generally it implies that a “woke” person is becoming more aware of things outside themselves that they’ve never paid attention to before (i.e. a white person being “woke” to systemic injustice against people of color).