*disclaimer: I am leaving my opinion on Trump and the wall out of this. The last thing I want is a political tirade. This is not an attack, just a pawn for an InSight.*
I was driving the other day while listening to the audiobook version of Conversations With God (some may wonder why I would listen to such a thing since I’m not religious, because there is a lot of wisdom embedded within religions that can be extracted from the surrounding beliefs).
Unity vs Division
Anyways, the topic of unity vs division sparked my curiosity. When I think of division within humanity, the first thing that always comes to mind is the wall that Trump was pushing to build.
So, the audiobook faded into the background and I started wondering how that same $1 billion dollars could be used toward unification of humanity.
Unification being, treating humanity as a whole, that we’re all each others people, oppose to my people or your people.
Division being, segmenting humanity into parts and hierarchies, typically our people and your people or their people.
Many will see building the wall as the unification of a nation, which in a sense can be true. It can also be seen as a strong stance toward the dividing of nations, a step closer toward dividing the whole into more defined parts.
I understand there are many examples that could be used around the world to express division vs unity. Having separate governments being one huge act of division. While unification would be to establish one world government.
I chose this example because it stands out like a sore thumb and nearly every human being on earth can relate to it.
How many mouths could be fed
What came to mind was the wonder of how many starving mouths 1 billion dollars could feed in a 3rd world country. As you have probably already seen by the image before the post, the answer is an astonishing 23 million starving school children in Africa.
What I found even more astonishing
During my research, I stumbled upon a GoFundMe campaign for the Trump wall. I’m not sure how publicized this was, so if this is old news I apologize 🙂 ( I told you I don’t follow politics).
At first, I thought it was a hoax. However, to my amazement, it is a legitimate campaign. As of writing this, American citizens have raised $20,689,603 in nearly 3 months.
That’s $20 million dollars that could have gone to charity to help those in need.
I understand the philosophy behind the wall, take care of your own first. This is primitive conditioning that can be witnessed in the many T.V series that are set centuries ago (two very popular ones being Game of Thrones and Vikings) , reinforcing how little progress we have made toward unification.
What if we didn’t separate people into “ours” or “yours”? These are statements of ownership that create separateness and possessiveness when what the world really needs is oneness and solidarity, to stand together as one instead of apart as many.
Sure, it may sound far fetched, but that’s because the larger collective does not view humanity in this manner.
A shift in consciousness is needed and is coming, where talks of walls will be replaced with talks of shared interests and mutual love.
One of the most common concepts I have come across on my journey is the concept of healing our past.
I have had many insights about this lately and feel I’ve been drawn toward exploring it further.
After doing so,
here are the insights that arose:
Feeling wounded by our past is not the same as feeling pain when thinking about our past. Feeling wounded has a sense of permanence, suffering, and lack of control, whereas feeling pained has a sense of transience and OKness, a knowingness that we’re ebbing and flowing with the natural rollercoaster of lifes’ emotions.
Trying to heal wounds from our past is like getting wounded in a bad dream, then going to the hospital when we awaken in an attempt to heal them, only to realize that there are no wounds, our waking up disappeared them.
Feeling pain when thinking about a past experience is a fundamental part of our true nature. It doesn’t mean our past is wounded or we’re damaged goods, it just means we’re paying attention to painful thoughts, and letting the pain convince us otherwise is what truly haunts us, not the past itself.
The concept of healing our past insinuates that we are walking wounded. Yet, wounds only exist in the world of form. a cut to our body, a broken bone, whereas our past is non-existent and formless in nature, only brought to life by the formless, our thoughts. If thought cannot be wounded, neither can our past.
To put more simply, there seems to be no such thing as healing a wounded past, as the past only exists in the form of thought.
But if we cannot be wounded by our past, how come we feel pained by it? We are not pained by our past, we are pained by the thoughts about our past. This may come in the form of reliving our past or judging our past.
All pain that appears to come from our past is actually coming from present moment thoughts. These thoughts create emotions that we link to our past as if our past has caused these emotions.
Understanding that we aren’t wounded or broken has the ability to freeing all on its’ own. This allows us to see that there is nothing to heal, nothing has been taken from us, we’ve always been whole and always will be whole.
When we stop feeling wounded by our past, it’s not because we healed it, as there was nothing to heal, it’s because we transcended it, transforming our perception.
The illusion of the past survives through the now. It remains an illusion because the now is all there ever is, and the present moment never needs healing, and neither do illusions.
The past is a fictitious story that is illuminated by our thoughts, emotions and senses, leading us to believe that this story lives now, and that the character in this story needs healing now.
Even if we are tempted to argue against this, does it really serve us to think that we’re wounded or broken? Would it serve us better to believe that we’re whole, unwounded, and unbroken?
You are not wounded
You are not broken
You don’t need healing
You don’t need fixing
You are worthy
You are whole
You are loved
Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.
When it comes time to make an important decision, a potentially life altering, game-breaking decision, how are we to know what to do?
Some would say use logic
Some would say use ration
Some would say listen to your emotions (maybe?)
Some would say follow your gut
Some would say call a friend
What many don’t say is…
What to consider when using logic
Logic relies solely on the past. All of its’ reasoning and facts are based upon what lay behind us, not ahead of us. This can surely have some merit, however, facts change, science evolves, and this must be taken into consideration. The past does not equal the future.
There’s a good chance we’re making a decision based on logic when we base our decision primarily around fact and evidence. Therefore, leading us to create a specified sequence that will get us from here to our destination in order to justify our upcoming decision.
Logic has its’ place assisting in the decision making process, but I would argue that it shouldn’t be a crutch.
But above all, logic is really shitty at going beyond the material world of things and involves zero insights gathered from our infinite wisdom.
Use logic wisely.
What to consider when using ration
Like logic, ration also relies on a past to predict the future. In comparison, ration will be based more on concepts of reasoning oppose to evidence or facts.
Sounds ideal right? Well yes, except….
Ration doesn’t take our emotions into consideration. And yes, our emotions are very real to us. They can tell us a lot, or they can tell us very little, if we’re in tune with them.
Making a rational decision that eventually leads to resentment probably wasn’t the wisest decision at the time. Could it have been avoided? Surely.
And similar to logic, ration is based on conceptualizations on the material world.
Use ration wisely.
What to consider when using your gut
The largest issue with this in my experience is that most people don’t even know what the heck it means to follow their gut.
What does that even feel like?
Butterflies in the tummy?
If so, what does that even mean?
I know most use this figure of speech in a way that refers to our inner knowingness, our internal compass,
In my experience, this is just bad terminology that people could intellectualize into numerous different ways.
Many people I talk to aren’t familiar with what a gut feeling in relation to our inner knowing vs our emotions fluttering in their belly.
If you are familiar with how to separate the two then definitely take your gut feeling into consideration. Our gut can tell us things that have yet formulate in the material world, it hasn’t been proven, we cannot see it, but we just know.
What to consider when listening to your emotions
They are very inaccurate. All our emotions do is give us an accurate indication of our thinking in the moment. Our thoughts could be logical, illogical, rational, or irrational, our emotions do not care.
They are just reflecting back to us what is going on upstairs, nothing more.
Making a decision based on emotion is like trying to find a treasure after buying a compass that states on the package “all directions could be True North”.
It’s the blind leading the blind.
What to consider when calling a friend
At first, I put this one down as a joke and was going to treat it as such. Then, a thought came to mind, calling a friend can actually be quite useful.
What a friend can offer us when we’re consumed by endless choices and one decision to make is… perspective. A single shift in perspective can lead to an insight that changes the entire landscape for us.
Choose this person wisely, use their vision not their opinion.
Tapping into our infinite wisdom
Each and every one of us has an endless well of wisdom waiting to be tapped into. When it comes to making life changing decisions, this would be a great time to drop a bucket into the well and see what wisdom may come out.
Our wisdom doesn’t rely on logic, ration, emotions, our friend. While our wisdom doesn’t rely on any of these, it can tell us how to use them wisely.
Our wisdom does have some relation to a gut feeling, otherwise known as our inner knowing. This is a knowing that cannot be explained in the world of form, there’s no evidence to prove it, it may even seem irrational to some, and maybe even ourselves at first.
Our wisdom will distinguish the gut feeling of inner knowing vs anxiety.
At this point, you’re probably wondering how to tap into your infinite wisdom…
Instead of looking into the direction of what you already know (logic, ration), look toward the unknown. Sit quietly with your thoughts, direct your attention toward what you do not yet know. Or, maybe you do know but have yet to acknowledge it due to being so focused on the variables of the known.
Connect with the space between your thoughts, as out of this space of nothing, arises everything.
Be patient, an inner knowing will surely come to you. An answer will come, that can be assured, but it won’t be on your timeline. The more you try to force an answer the further from it you will become.
Sit back and listen for the whispers of your wisdom, allow it to be heard.
And learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.
I wrote on this same topic in a post titled how to stop food cravings and emotional eating on August of 2017. I just reread it, and quite frankly I am somewhat embarrassed that I would put out such an article… It does however, allow me to see how my vision has changed.
In that article, I spoke of several outside-in strategies for stopping food cravings; food journaling, pattern replacement, spontaneous outcomes, 24 hour strategy, exercise, and meditation.
I now realize that article was built upon a faulty premise; that the world outside can make us feel something in inside.
While each strategy has its’ own place, they each encourage and promote an outside-in experience of life. They each represent something we have to “do” in order to reduce or stop our emotional eating and food cravings.
This approach implies that our feelings do not originate intrinsically, that our feelings are somehow given birth by what we do instead of what we think about. That somehow the actions done by us, or by the world around us, give our emotions to us.
This is not the case, and this is why I now recognize that outside-in strategies such as the ones I mentioned in my past article are built upon a faulty premise.
At first glance, these strategies appear to have lots of merit, they seem to establish a support system for ourselves to help us go from how we currently feel to how we want to feel.
But what if…
we didn’t feel the need to change how we feel?
we didn’t create resistance to how we feel in the moment?
we understood that our feelings aren’t controlled by what we do or don’t do?
If we no longer fear or judge ourselves on how we feel, we can loosen the tight grip we have on the steering wheel of our emotions, and create the possibility of letting go.
No more desire or need to control your emotions. Guess what also disappears along with your relinquishment to the illusion of control? Your emotional food cravings.
When the need to change how we feel disappears, we no longer look to food to change how we feel.
When we feel the need to change how we feel
We arrive home from a long day at work after battling the daily traffic for what seemed like eons. There were construction delays, a minor fender bender on the highway going in the opposite direction that everyone going in our direction had to slow down to snoop at, we were cut off a couple of times, and all we could do was watch the clock and the rest of our night whither away.
We still need to make dinner, but first we must deal with our feelings.
We feel angry and frustrated among other things. We tell our self that we don’t want to feel angry and frustrated, that we’re home now and we shouldn’t feel what we’re feeling. We feel the need to change how we feel.
So what do we do? We resist those feelings through food.
Little do we know, we are about to feed our self with a false sense of pleasure that creates the illusion that we’ve overcome our anger and frustration! We snack on whatever looks appealing in our fridge or cupboards. We are feeling pretty mighty now!
An hour later, dinner is ready. We sense our anger and frustration returning…and the cycle continues infinitely, that is, until we have an insight toward a new understanding.
Because as long as we create resistance to our emotions, we look for a way to manipulate how we feel.
When we don’t feel the need to change how we feel
Using the same scenario as above.
We still need to make dinner, but first we must deal with our feelings.
We feel angry and frustrated among other things. We tell our self that it’s perfectly OK to feel angry and frustrated. We don’t feel the need to change how we feel because we understand that it will pass if we don’t resist it.
So what do we do? We sit quietly on the couch to hold space for our self for 5-10 minutes. We allow our feeling to be, we allow our thoughts to be, we don’t judge them.
We can let our thoughts and feelings come and go like clouds passing through a bright sky, with a knowing that they will pass on their own and the sun will inevitably shine again.
10 minutes later, we feel a sense of calmness come over our self. We have completely forgotten why we felt angry and frustrated in the first place. We have a chuckle at our neurosis as we make our way into the kitchen to start dinner with our mind at home.
An hour later, dinner is ready. We thoroughly enjoy all the flavours of our creation without the need to use food for elation.
What do you fear happening if you don’t resist your emotions?
In other words, what are you afraid will happen if you feel your feelings?
The answer to this question is worth exploring because the answer we discover is the very same reason we resist our emotions.
We are afraid of a certain outcome that we think will happen if we feel what we don’t want to feel in the moment.
Ironically, the outcome from emotional eating literally shortens our lives.
Outcomes such as:
We fear an illusionary outcome of feeling our feelings and replace it with an outcome that has been proven to kill us.
Not very logical is it?
When we peel back all the layers of fear toward what we think will happen if we allow ourselves to feel our feelings in their entirety, we are left with nothing, an empty space.
Within this space, lay new opportunities. Opportunities to feel the polarities, impermanence, and harmlessness of our feelings.
Our emotions are transient in nature, they always pass on their own accord, not ours.
Therefore, once we see through the illusion of our fear and cease to resist our transient emotions, we cease to crave food in an attempt to change them.
Our emotions don’t lead us to emotional eating, it’s our resistance to them that does.
Once this is experienced, it’s game over for emotional eating.
Yes, It IS This Simple
Most of us lead such complex lives that we feel if a solution to our challenge is too simple then it must not work. This is why I get a chuckle when I see the look on a clients face that basically says “THAT’S IT?”
Yes, that’s it.
Let your feelings be felt, they cannot hurt you. Resist and they will persist. Meet them with compassion and they will stop bothering you.
And when do this, and experience its’ profound simplicity, you can have a chuckle at your neuroticism that led you to believe food could actually transcend your feelings. You will now let your wisdom speak, and you will listen.
And soon enough, you will completely forget about food when an emotion arises.
What’s emotional eating again?
What are emotional food craving’s again?
Learn from all your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.
Much of what we are taught to believe is influenced by societal conditioning. This can become our downfall when we don’t question our beliefs surrounding what we’ve been told. If you are still a believer of any of these 8 lies, my goal is to influence you enough to at least question their existence.
1. Time is Money
Although time may be required to create money for ourselves, time is not directly proportional to the amount of money we can create. This is a lie we have been led to believe by much of society.
The amount of money we make is directly proportional to something though…perceived value. The source of our income (employer if you work for someone or clients if you own your own business) has made a perceived assessment of our value and pays us accordingly.
Once the value is perceived, a financial number that seems to match that value will be created. People pay for the value we offer, not our time. If time was directly proportional to how much money we make then we would all make the same amount of money, given that we worked for the same amount of hours.
If we want to make more money, we must create more value in the world.
2. Other People Make Us Feel The Way We Do
Most people live by this. Once the truth of what really makes us feel the way we do is explored, many of us still have a hard time understanding how this is not possible.
If someone says something, we then we feel a certain emotion towards what they said and associate their words with our emotions. This is so far from the truth.
The only way we can ever feel an emotion is to have a thought precede that emotion. Without that thought, we feel nothing towards what was said.
We make ourselves feel the way we do via our thoughts. Once we take our thoughts as reality, we take our thoughts personally. We then to proceed to take what the other person says personally.
The truth is, it is our thoughts about they say that we take personally, not them. It always starts with us…always.
3. No Pain, No Gain
Having worked in the health and fitness industry for years, this is probably the most common saying I hear. It doesn’t just apply to the fitness industry though.
I have heard it used in reference to the sacrifice of long work hours, the grind of working one’s way up the executive ladder, the emotional distress of a ridiculous school curriculum, paying our dues, etc..
Pain is absolutely not necessary to achieve any goal, pain is optional, and so is suffering.
4. Certain Emotions Are Bad
This is a topic I talk about a lot because I see so much suffering coming from self-judgment. By self-judgment, I mean telling ourselves that we shouldn’t feel a certain way because we don’t want to feel that way, or we were taught that it’s not right to feel that way.
Most of us have been conditioned from a young age that when someone we love passes, we should feel sad and we shouldn’t feel happy. We internalize that as it’s good to feel sad and bad to feel happy. The judging begins.
This conditions us to believe that during an event that we’ve judged as sad, it’s not good to feel happy. And when life is judged as being good, it’s bad to feel sad, that we should always think positive!
I see this often with guilt, people will do next to anything to avoid feeling guilty, they will sell their souls before feeling guilty by conscious choice. For example, a diabetic man takes his perfectly healthy wife out to dinner, he decides to take her to her favourite local restaurant, which happens to be Chinese food. He then proceeds to join her in indulging on her favourite dish with her, which happens to be pasta based (terrible for diabetics).
He opts to join her in the indulgence of food that doesn’t serve his health because he thinks he will feel guilty if he doesn’t (even though she may be OK with it). He fears feeling guilty more than deteriorating his own health.
This is an example of just one of many occasions where he puts his avoidance of guilt before his own health. His health progressively gets worse.
If he were to not judge guilt as a bad emotion, but instead use the feeling of guilt as an indicator that tells him his thinking is off, he could start seeing his emotions as a signal to check in on his thinking instead of judging a perfectly normal, innate human emotion.
At the end of the day, all of our feelings are innate, and neither good nor bad until we judge them as such.
And who are we to judge anyway?
5. Follow The Money
Happiness cannot be bought.
We can create money from your passion but we can’t create passion from our money.
Would you rather…
Make 100k/yr but dread waking up each day knowing you’re about to go do something that brings little to no joy or meaning to your life.
Make 50k/yr but wake up each day with an eagerness to start your day because you can’t wait to start doing what you love to do, as it adds joy and meaning to your life.
I completely understand that a handful of people will opt for the 100k/yr job, but most will opt for joy over money. Can we have both? Most definitely! Go for it!
Do what you love, money can be created, love is innate.
6. Studies Say It’s True So It Must Be True
I’m not going to talk about the amount of corruption that I believe exists within governments and leading authorities. That’s a can of worms I don’t feel like opening right now.
Instead, I will cite a leading example of a dietary study that was once projected to be true and has never since proven to be true.
The 7 Countries Study (saturated fat and cholesterol are NOT bad for us)
This is the study that initiated a still hotly debated topic regarding saturated fat and cholesterol causing heart disease. Note, to this day, there is not a single study that proves this.
This epidemiological study began in 1958 by an American scientist named Ancel Keys. The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between dietary intake within different countries and heart disease.
The study began with 22 countries but finished with 7. Why? Because 15 of the countries didn’t fit Keys’ hypothesis regarding dietary fat and cholesterol causing heart disease.
To this day, this is the same study that is used to inflict fear upon the public regarding fat being bad for us. Too bad this is built upon a lie.
A massive review article published in 2010 looked at 21 prospective epidemiological studies with a total of 347,747 subjects. Their results: absolutely no association between saturated fat and heart disease.
The message here is that while a study may ring true at the moment, this doesn’t mean it’s a universal truth. There’s a very good chance it’s just a temporary personal truth.
An additional note, many dietary studies are funded by sources that have a vested interest in the outcome of the study going their way. Money talks.
Don’t believe everything you read, watch, or hear. Develop your own truths, and if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
We wouldn’t feel the need to retire if we love how we are spending our time.
I’m only 32 years old and I absolutely love what I do as a coach and writer/blogger. I cannot picture myself doing anything else at the moment. If I were approaching my retirement years, I wouldn’t even consider retirement, that option wouldn’t even be on the table. Why? I love how I’m spending my time. I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way.
The moment I no longer love how I’m spending my time, I’ll move on to my next love, whatever that may be.
If we feel the need to retire (aka quit) something, we can bet that our heart is no longer in it. If we work our entire lives just to retire what does that say about where our heart is? Not in it.
Do we fall head over heels for someone and then look forward to retiring the relationship?
Do we fall head over heels for our favourite athlete and then look forward to them retiring?
Would we fall head over heels with our career and then look forward to ourselves retiring? I think not.
We only look forward to retiring because we aren’t head over heels in love with what we do.
Retirement is societal conditioning functioning at its’ best. A belief that has been ingrained into most of our heads…” pay your dues for 40 years and then begin to live your life for whatever remaining years you have left.”
To me, this is not the best advice to live a joyous and fulfilling life from start to finish.
8. We Need Money To Make Money
If you’re an investor, sure this is an accurate statement. However, investing is just one avenue to make money for ourselves.
If we refer back to the whole “Time is Money” belief, the same appeal applies here.
You don’t need money to make money, having value to offer also makes money.
To emphasize this statement…
Here are a few people who came from nothing to become billionaires:
Howard Schultz – Starbucks founder, grew up in a housing complex for the poor.
Oprah Winfrey – Was born into a poor family in Mississippi, became the first African American TV correspondent in Nashville at age 19.
Do Won Chang – Forever 21 founder, worked as a janitor, gas station attendant, and in a coffee shop when he first moved to America.
Ralph Lauren – Was once a clerk at Brooks Brothers dreaming of men’s ties.
It’s hard to argue the perceived value that they brought to their respective markets. When you’re a fan or not, you have to hand it to them.
Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.
*Warning: I haven’t sugar-coated anything. Some readers may find some of the content disturbing. There will be videos (not auto-play), graphic descriptions, and brutal facts.*
*I also want to make it very clear that I do not, and will not, judge anyone who decides to eat meat.*
As of January 1st, 2019, I am officially going vegetarian, and “almost” Vegan. I will be eliminating meat, dairy (including eggs), and all animal byproducts from my diet. I say “almost” Vegan is because I may eat sashimi, lobster, crab, muscles, or scallops on occasion.
Never! No Way!
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would, or even could, become Vegetarian. Ten years ago, if I had gone to a psychic, and their reading told me that I will become a Vegetarian in the future, I would have laughed hysterically in their face and requested a refund right on the spot!
I have been an avid meat eater my entire life. I can recall countless different moments where I stated that I could never become vegetarian because I just love steak wayyyyy too much! I could never give up steak! Goes on to show that we should never say “never”.
Friends and family were shocked when I told them I am becoming Vegetarian. They all know how much I love my eat. Many of them thought it was a joke.
How It All Happened
I’d like to start of by saying that I have always been an animal lover. Since I was able to muster my first memory as a toddler, I’ve either had a cat, dog, or both as part of the family.
Along the way, I have learned much about the corruption, lies and greed surrounding the food industry, including the government. The complete disrespect for animals is really what disgusts me the most.
The very first time I ever had a thought about possibly becoming Vegetarian one day was while I was watching Food Inc. several years ago. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this film, it is a documentary that sheds light on the dark side of the food industry.
There’s one specific scene that has been ingrained into my head due to the emotional connection it created within me. The following video is of the scene that sparked a thought that I didn’t think I would ever have.
Did you see the terror in the poor cows’ eyes? Do you think they’re happy?
Even if going Vegetarian saves one cows life then if then it is more than worth it to me.
Viral Video Of Chickens Being Tormented
I remember seeing this video when it went viral in the summer of 2017. I knew after watching this video that I would become Vegetarian one day, it was a future written in stone now.
Toronto Slaughterhouse Exposed
This one hits close to home for me, being that I live merely 20 minutes outside the City of Toronto.
Inhumane Treatment of Animals
The videos above are evidence of the sad reality that points toward a severe lack of compassion for animals. They are treated like their lives don’t matter. Well, I believe they do matter. I believe they matter just as much as any one of us human beings on this earth.
The living environments they are kept in are disgusting and disgraceful.
“The quality of life for animals on mass production farms (where most of the supply comes from) is the equivalent of being held a prisoner in a concentration camp.”
I refuse to continue enabling this by eating the remains of these beautiful living creatures.
Here’s a touching piece of poetry written by Mother Teresa:
Because they give everything asking for nothing back… Because they are defenseless amid men’s weapons and power… Because they are eternal children…because they don’t know hate…or war…because they don’t know about money and only seek the protection of a shelter… Because they explain themselves without words, because their eyes are as pure as their souls… Because they don’t know about envy or grudges, because forgiveness comes natural to them… Because they love with loyalty and truthfulness… Because they recognize and appreciate respect… Because they don’t buy love, they just expect it… Because they are our companions, eternal friends that never betray… And because they are alive. Because of this and a thousand other reasons they deserve our love! If we learn to love them like they deserve, for being creatures that feel, suffer and need us, we will be closer to God.
When I see a mouse outside of the house, I admire how cute they are instead of chasing them down with the sole of my foot or a hammer. Sure, they may do some damage if they ever got into the house but there’s a question I like to ask myself…
Which outcome would I prefer to live with?
a) Having taken the life of another animal to prevent having to do some extra work and spend some extra money on potentially damaged walls or insulation?
b) Having to do some extra work and spend some extra money in return for letting another animal live?
I choose option b every single time, no questions.
I would never put money, time, or effort ahead of the life of another animal. I’m not better than them, nor am I more important.
Just because we have the power to kill without repercussion, does not mean we need to exercise it.
Over the past two years I have been on a spiritual journey.
Over this time, the connection and oneness I feel with all things; living, non-living, physical, and non-physical has grown to a point where…
eating an animal has become the equivalent of eating another human being.
I have always had a connection with animals, particularly dogs. When visiting friends, family, or even meeting someone for the first time, I am a dog magnet.
Disclosure: I do give great massages so I’m sure that is factored into their choice to follow me around.
Aligning With My Beliefs
Being an animal lover, eating animals of any kind just doesn’t line up with my love for them. Although I have been eating them all my life despite my love for them, I never questioned my actions…until now.
I never asked why I continued to be an enabler of animal cruelty, animal slaughter, and animal murder, by adding to the demand of meat eaters. Why would I ask? I mean, everyone else does it, right? Nobody else around me questioned themselves on their beliefs or ethics so why would I.
And this is why I’m so grateful for this spiritual journey. I don’t want to be like anyone else anymore. I want to live in alignment with my own beliefs, the beliefs that are at the core of who I am. I want to be myself.
Sure, if I was lost in the wilderness for months on end with little or no vegetation to rely on for food, I would eat meat to survive. I’m faced with a decision, eat or die, and I would choose to eat.
Fortunately, we have been graced with an over-abundance of food here n North America and therefore we don’t need to choose between death or going against our beliefs. We have a choice to not eat animals without death being the consequence.
From No Love Lost To Love
Just over two years ago we added a cat to our family of a dog and a turtle. Her name is Laara, and there was no love lost between us for at least the first 6 months.
She thought it would be wise at the time to barge into our room between 12 a.m and 1 a.m every single night, meowing at the top of her lungs.
I like to leave the window open a tad during the night to bring in some fresh air. Laara decided that it was a good idea to get some every night as well. Her idea of getting some fresh air included several attempts of pouncing onto the window sill, with each failed attempt nearly dragging the drapes to the floor.
I would get up, making as much noise as I could, huffing and puffing and stomping my feet, chasing her out the bedroom door while attempting to inflict enough fear into her to not want to return.
It got to a point where I wouldn’t even bother trying to get to sleep before midnight, despite waking up between 5:30 a.m and 6:30 a.m the following morning.
Allie would always tell me that it’s because I don’t show her affection or give her attention that she decides to go to such extremes for attention. I never bought that b.s philosophy at the time.
As my spiritual journey deepened, I naturally started showing Laara more affection, attention, and dare I say the word….love. Ironically enough, her midnight episodes came to and end.
She now greets me when I get home…belly up.
Are There Any Doubts?
This has been a common question, and in some instances, more of a statement doubting the permanency of my commitment due to my love for the taste of meat.
The people who truly know me, know that when I have my mind set on something there is no turning back. I am doing this through conviction and love. Nothing and nobody will ever stand in the way of its’ permanence.
There is not a single drop of doubt residing within me. I love animals too much to put my taste buds before my love of them ever again. That would be a selfish and cowardly act on my part.
Impacts of going vegan for just 1 day:
1100 gallons of water saved
45 pounds of grain saved
30 square feet of forested land saved
20 lbs of CO2 equivalent saved from the atmosphere
1 animal’s life saved
Other harsh realities:
Cows produce milk only when they’re pregnant, so they must continually forcibly impregnated.
After a cow gives birth, the calf is immediately taken away from their mother. If the baby is a male, he is killed for meat, most know this meat as veal. If the baby is a female, she will have the same experience as her mother.
The mother cow will be killed for meat around the age of four because that is when her milk production starts to decline. The costs of keeping her alive and pregnant outweigh the profits she can yield at that point.
Chickens are bred to lay far more than is normal for their bodies – about 300 eggs per year. Whereas chickens in the wild lay about 12 eggs per year.
In the hatcheries, the male chicks are slaughtered immediately after birth through suffocation or being tossed into a met grinder because they aren’t useful.
Hens are kept in pens where they are crammed so closely together, these normally clean animals are forced to urinate and defecate of each other.
Their beaks are cut off so that they won’t peck each other out of frustration created by the unnatural environment they’ve been confined in.
The amount of land required to feed one person who is vegan is 1/6 of an acre; the amount o land required to feed one person who is a vegetarian for one year is 3X as much as a vegan; and the land required to feed one person for a year who is a meat and dairy consumer is 18X as much as a vegan.
Waste caused by animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
Animal agriculture is responsible for more emissions than all transportation combined.
1000 gallons of water are used for every gallon of milk consumed.
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