“…Wheitner guides readers on a fascinating and fun journey of self-realization so that our vision can be realized. Naked Idealism supplies all the essential tools to help us discern, define, and develop our strengths, identify key values, and devise an effective strategy for finally living what Wheitner calls an ‘authentic life.’”
- Jo Stepaniak, author or co-author of 16 books on compassionate and sustainable living, 2008 Vegetarian Hall of Fame inductee
While much of Naked Idealism is relevant to anyone seeking to improve their happiness, direction, life balance, and positive impact, it covers several topics that are particularly relevant to vegans and vegetarians. This became very clear when I led workshops based upon the book at the North American Vegetarian Society’s conference, where the completed version of Naked Idealism debuted. A number of examples in the text draw upon my own experiences as a vegetarian aspiring to veganism. Additionally, it covers the following:
- How to communicate more effectively with individuals whose thinking is very different from our own, and avoid isolating ourselves, drawing upon topics ranging from counseling psychology to political rhetoric.
- How to adopt a more proactive and vision-based mindset, rather than a reactive, fear-based, “gloom and doom” way of thinking that can lead to burnout.
- How to explore our values and attitudes regarding money, economics and poverty versus abundance-based thinking. When some of our values are at odds with the current economic system, limited finances or guilt regarding income sources may pose challenges.
- How to avoid issues that can cause fragmentation and conflict within vegan and vegetarian communities.