“Society does not want individuals that are alert, keen, revolutionary, because such individuals will not fit into the established social pattern and they may break it up. That is why society seeks to hold your mind in its pattern and why your so called education encourages you to imitate, to follow, to conform” ~ Krishnamurti“
This past week, I made the decision to become a vegan. I have always dabbled in the idea of letting go of animal products, but I never quite got there. There were times that I called myself vegetarian, but continued to eat fish, eggs, and a ton of dairy products. Most recently, I was trying to make sure that I only consumed dairy products and meat that were from organic farms that cared about animal welfare.
It just so happened that the same week I was contemplating why I felt bad every time I ate cheese, drank milk, or occasionally dabbled in flesh, I was sent a link to something called The Food Revolution Summit. For the past week I have listened to doctors, lawyers, nutritionist, celebrities, and activists that believe that what we put on our fork is one of the single most important decisions that we make everyday. Everything that I heard resonated with me and filled me with a new conviction to quit putting my head partially in the sand, and stand up for my health, our children’s health, animal welfare and world health. Our food choices reach into every part of life as a whole, and so many answers to suffering begin and end with what we choose to eat.
Did you know that there are places in the world where cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes are almost non-existent? I didn’t until this week. I have heard many say that veganism is extreme or fanatical, but when I look at our culture, I ask, “What is extreme?”. Simply taking out animal products, or reducing them significantly and being mindful of where our food and the animals come from and how they were treated seems a lot less extreme than the doctor’s visits, pills, emergency rooms stays, surgeries, stints, bi-pass surgeries, etc….
I believe so whole heartedly in balance and connecting with what is good in the world, which can be a very difficult task to manage. To slow down enough to really take a look at what is going on, embrace being inconvenienced, feel proud of being a little less individually rich because we pay what we should for ethically grown and sourced food, to not waste the great privilege some of us have to be a mindful consumer and then to find out how we can best stand up for all of us, including those who do not have the privilege of choice.
I grieve for the state of our world right now, but I feel such hope after joining hundreds of thousands of others souls during the food summit who are also taking action to heal themselves and the world.
Peace be with all of us.