Although I have been vegetarian most of my adult life, in this past year I have committed to a 100% whole food, plant based diet without any animal products. For me that meant dropping the dairy and eggs.
Some may think such a diet is extreme and people always ask me where I get my protein.
Well, first of all let me address what is extreme. The extreme cruelty and torture of innocent beings just so we can have a slab of dead flesh on our table is extreme. If you have ever watched a video about what happens at those slaughter houses, you would think it was extreme too.
What is extreme is that over 56 billion farm animals are slaughtered every year by humans for our selfish consumption. Some people will tell me that this is the purpose of these animals. I can’t wrap my head around this kind of thinking. How could it possibly be the purpose of an animal to suffer extreme conditions and torture at the hands of mankind?
Some “spiritual thinkers” say that these animals have a karmic contract to be our food. Really? This kind of statement feels like an unconscious justification for something one is afraid to look too closely at, for fear they just might have to make a change.
Farm animals, like goats, cows, pigs and chickens are conscious beings. They have eyes, ears and feelings. Whoever said these animals don’t feel or are too stupid to know what is going on, has never spent time with such an animal. If you love dogs or cats or horses, you love animals and need to consider if your personal daily activities are both environmentally friendly and animal friendly. Continue reading Why I Eat a Vegan Plant Based Diet
Recently, on the advice of a mentor, I revisited Eckhart Tolle’s book “A New Earth”. Often when we have had years of growth between the last time we have read a profound book like this one, it is like reading it for the first time, because there is so much insight we might not have gained from our first reading. We gain what we are ready and willing to gain or absorb.
Tolle really delves into the Ego and how it is the Ego that defines our illusory self. This is the “Self” we have been conditioned to believe we are. We identify with this “Self” and the more we do this, the more power we give it. When we become aware of the Ego it loses power. When we can learn to identify the ego, to observe it in action, we bring awareness to this dysfunctional aspect of Self. When we become aware of something it can no longer function in the dark.
When we are in turmoil and emotional pain, the ego is thriving! According to Tolle, we could not feel emotional pain, rooted in the past, if we were not identified with our ego. Our ego tells us we are our pain. Our thoughts, or the voice in our head, tell us untruths about ourselves that increase our pain. We hear the voice that tells us we are worthless, we are “no good,” we are unlovable and so on. I have always called these “core beliefs” because we often learn these lies about ourselves in early childhood. However, these lies go dormant and surface again when we have an upset, crisis or trauma in our lives. We come to believe, because we are having this crisis, upset, or trauma it must be because of something within us that is inadequate or something we are doing wrong. Shame, blame and guilt! Continue reading Fear and Drama is the Ego’s Food!