“When we make compassion our barometer, we don’t settle for violence on a small scale. We aspire to kindness on a huge scale.”
I remember the day vividly, when I was reading the book “Quantum Wellness” by Kathy Freston about ten years ago and I had a lightbulb moment. An immense sense of sadness and remorse welled up within me and all the suffering of all the animals I’d consumed over a lifetime became crystal clear to me in that instant. They’d led lives subjected to atrocities to which many give a blind eye, a vow of denial. These innocent creatures were commodities, their lives expendable, meeting a violent death at the abattoir and for over four decades, I’d been oblivious to the energy I’d consumed through eating meat, dairy, poultry, and eggs. I’d been raised to believe that this was normal and acceptable. It is not acceptable. Humans like to believe that they are superior to all other creatures and that we can choose which animals deserve our love, animal companions, and which deserve to live lives of immense suffering for our palatable pleasure, domestic cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, fish etc. This is speciesism and speciesism is a form of prejudice and discrimination. We need compassion for ALL creatures including the sea lions which are facing a potential cull as they are supposedly affecting the salmon population that humans have claimed. We also need compassion for the salmon. Why save sea lions yet eat salmon? Where is the logic?Hunting and fishing is also a form of speciesism, as though killing a wild animal can be justified as it lived a good life until its sudden and violent death which has inevitably shattered the killed creature’s family. Killing a human is considered murder. Killing a wild creature is nothing less. Killing a vulnerable domesticated creature is also murder. To justify the action of killing a creature and consuming a creature’s flesh is to be in a state of denial. I choose compassion. I choose a compassionate whole food plant-based diet. Veganism honours a compassionate life-style. I revere ALL of nature, including animals that could be perceived as edible. #paddlingmixtape#vegan
“Understanding is the essence of love.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
She was that joyful care-free girl, the one who laughed, played, was bursting with love and enthusiasm, and who wandered to heart’s content. Her playground was the outdoors and she played in the creeks, the meadows, the woods, the dirt, the sand, the garden, and in the lakes and oceans. She was acutely aware of her world; the sky, the clouds, the slow flow of natural seasonal changes, the ground, the rocks, the colours, the textures, the sounds, the richness and fulfillment of being in the natural outdoors. She took it for granted that beauty, love, and honesty were real. She was naive, innocent, trusting, and vulnerable. These attributes made her real. This allowed her to follow a path of never-imagined growth, of evil versus good. People were selfish and hurt her emotionally. They betrayed her trust. They abandoned her in her time of need. Their words were empty words, false promises, and she dared to believe them while discounting her intuitive inner voice. It took her on a wild journey, knowing how to trust herself, taking her deep into wilderness and beautiful natural places, where she travelled through heartache, sorrowful pain, confusion, loss, detachment until she questioned everything, and she chose to leave her role as victim, to heal herself, to love herself, and to be a fearless warrior, a Goddess of life, becoming empowered, enlightened, and ever more conscious, loving and mindful. For that, she is eternally grateful. That girl grew to be this woman. “God lives in every moment, in every interaction.” ~Harriette Cole 📸 @kelownaguy
“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
On this Remembrance Day, may we recognize that only love overcomes hatred, only love overcomes divisiveness, and only love is the answer by using peace as a means to conflict resolution to gain better understanding. May we all spread love and may we all live in peace. May we learn from past history, that war invites death, destruction, hatred, and separation. On this Remembrance Day, may we all remember that change starts within each of us. May peace and love be in your heart and may we all achieve better understanding through peaceful communication, within our homes, work places, community and beyond.