Happy Thanksgiving from StarFire Teja!

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

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Pumpkins photo by Suju on Pixabay.

 

Compassion for Cows… And for All Living Beings

Dear readers,

Please meet my new love… a cow named Star! The beautiful cows in this photo are residents at Uplands PEAK Sanctuary (People, Earth, and Animals in Kinship), which is located in Freedom, Indiana. How appropriate, that the animal residents are allowed to live in freedom in a town named Freedom! The brown and white cow sitting down in the front of the photo is named Freeda, and the brown cow standing in the back is named Star. When I first saw photos of Star, on PEAK’s Facebook Page, I fell in love instantly! 🙂

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Photo credit to Star, Freeda, and PEAK.

I highly recommend following PEAK on Instagram. It is so heartwarming to see regular photos and videos of the lucky residents of this sanctuary! This month they have been highlighting stories about their turkey named Lily, who was fortunate enough to “accidentally” fall off of the truck on the way to the slaughterhouse, and now she has such a great life on their farm!

To read a very touching article about the nature of turkeys, please check out this post by Free from Harm, “Moving Beyond the False Stereotypes of Turkeys” which begins with the following: “To understand the complex suffering of turkeys raised for “food,” it helps to know that in nature, young turkey siblings stay close to their mother for four or five months after they are born. She is the center of their universe. Although turkeys raised commercially never see their mothers, the expectation of her is alive in their genes. In nature…” (And speaking of choosing to not eat dead turkey meat, you might also like to read my previous post, “Peacefully Sourced Holiday Meals.”)

The Free from Harm website also has a post entitled “Former Meat and Dairy Farmers Redefining Humane Farming as Vegan” in which they say “So many meat and dairy farmers are going vegan, we had to start a new website for their stories.” (Check it out here: Stories.) And, they have a great post explaining how “humanely” raised milk and dairy products are not actually humane: “What about Humanely Raised Milk and Dairy Products?

The thing is, friends, the cows are suffering tremendously, and it is my deepest prayer that more and more humans will awaken to the reality that the cows (and other animals, fish, birds, and bees) are being tortured. Once that awakening happens, I pray that the human species will, one by one, choose to eat a compassionate plant-based diet.

Thank you, PEAK, and thank you, Free from Harm, for the great work you are doing to help all the creatures be allowed to live in Freedom and Happiness!

May All Beings Be Free From Harm.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Photo credit to Star, Freeda, and PEAK.

 

Reaching for Orange at Common Ground Community Kitchen in the Ville!

Exciting news! My new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, is now for sale at the counter of Common Ground Community Kitchen!

Locals, I highly recommend lunch at Common Ground, where they serve really delicious plant-based lunches. They sell out quickly so it’s best to pre-order before 11am. Sign up for the weekly menus here: Common Ground Weekly Menus.

Thank you so much, Peggy and Mychele!! 🙂 🙂

Bright Blessings to All Beings!

 

Peacefully Sourced Holiday Meals

While the two human sides argue about whether or not eating dead animals is good for human health, the animals continue to suffer tremendously.

While the two human sides throw scientific health studies at each other, science has already proven that the animals have feelings — that animals, fish, and birds have complex emotional lives just like humans, cats, and dogs.

May the two human sides drop their health arguments and look deeply into the reality of the creatures of the land, sea, and air, in order to see that the cows, pigs, lambs, fish, chickens, and turkeys are living, breathing beings who are suffering immensely.

It is wrong to kill innocent living beings. The meat of killed animals, fish, and birds is filled with the violence of killing, and it is filled with the fear, terror, and grief felt by the animals, fish, and birds as they were killed. When consumed, those negative vibrations (in the cooked meat) enter the human body and psyche.

Consider the difference between eating a carrot and eating a piece of dead turkey meat.

When eating a carrot and contemplating the source of the carrot, the energy of peace arises because the carrot was pulled out of the soil of the sacred Earth… And the carrot does not have a central nervous system, so there is no fear, no terror, no screaming, and no blood.

The same cannot be said for contemplating the source of the dead turkey meat… The turkey has a central nervous system and feels fear and terror. The turkey has a family and a complex emotional life, just like a human or cat or dog. So the energy of peace does not arise when contemplating the source of the dead turkey meat.

As we enter the holiday season, may many human beings awaken to the reality of the suffering animals, fish, and birds, and with compassionate hearts and minds, commit to creating peacefully sourced holiday meals. There are many plant-based holiday recipes available online, and a plant-based holiday meal will generate the energy of peace in all who consume it!

Forks Over Knives is a wonderful resource for shifting to a plant-based diet. Here are a few links to some of their Thanksgiving holiday recipes~

~ “A Plant-Based Thanksgiving Menu To Be Thankful For

~ “Party-Ready, Plant-Based Thanksgiving Menu

~ “Thanksgiving 2018: The Ultimate Make-Ahead Feast

~ “2017 Recipe Special: A Forks Thanksgiving

May more and more human beings make food choices that protect and respect the lives of the animals, fish, and birds. May all creatures be allowed to live in freedom and happiness.

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Photo of beautiful living wild turkeys by Skeeze on Pixabay.