In the past year, I have become more aware of my impact on the universe. I was no stranger to the cruelties being committed - I had seen movies like Food Inc - but with all the information I was learning about energies, it felt like I really needed to begin making a conscious effort to eat mindfully and intentionally. With that in mind, I began researching companies that treated their animals kindly and respectfully. The way I see it is that if I am eating an animal that has been stressed out all its life or terrified in its final hours, I am also eating their stress hormones which only contributes to my own struggle with anxiety. It also adds to the ongoing cruelty that is happening; if I do not support the industries that mistreat animals, the ones that do will flourish and ultimately predominate. I want to eat food that I know was loved, appreciated, and cared for.
I had a roommate who was a vegetarian, and was convinced to look at a heart-wrenching pamphlet one day. I considered the idea of eliminating meat from my diet, or even animal-based products, but ultimately came to decide that what I needed to do was make an effort to only consume responsibly raised animal products. It is the circle of life after all; animals eat other animals for nutrients. I then got to thinking about how everything has life in it - even plants - but it's the way in which we treat the things that are providing us with nourishment that speak to our moral character. If you maliciously chop a tree down just to reach its highest fruit, you are committing an injustice just as if you were to kill a shark only for its fins. Life is life, and we must learn how to have respect and gratitude for the life that is sacrificing itself so that we may live - whatever that life may be.
While I choose not to be vegan or vegetarian, I do have great respect for those who do. It's really difficult to commit and adhere to a lifestyle in this society (especially Midwest society) that doesn't use animal based products - but I think it makes a really great statement. I do my best to only use respectfully raised products - but it's not always possible. That's why I always try to remember to give gratitude and thanks to my food for its sacrifice, apologize for any wrong doing it encountered in its life, and send it love (view my meal mantra post for a more in depth look at my meal mantra).
Animals eat animals / yet we do not declare / them beasts;
It is their nature / their need for nutrients / that drives them to this place.
And if it all is soul / how could it not then be / moral to steal the life from seeds / but not what eats the tree?
It is respect / and gratitude / which make the death you caused relay / a message to the universe / your soul is not astray.
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