When you look at this photo* do you feel the love?
As I gaze at these lovely beings, I feel such deep love and affection between them.
And, I feel sadness about the tags in their ears. As I wrote in my post “Spread the Hope!” I *hope* I live to see the day that the cows go free… I have felt this deep love for the cows, and all beings, for many years…
In 2005 I began a daily sitting meditation practice, and after a short time, I suddenly *knew* that I could no longer eat meat. At that time, I did not know that the other animal products (such as cheese, yogurt, cream, butter, ghee, honey, and eggs) cause just as much suffering for the animals, so it wasn’t until 2009 that I shifted from being vegetarian to vegan.
Understanding the suffering that is caused by eating animal products activates a level of compassion that brings both love and sorrow. Once I understood the suffering, there was no going back. The hardest part for me was giving up cheese, but after I meditated on the suffering of the cows, it was easy to let it go… And, surprisingly, in my 10+ years vegan, I have not missed cheese, not even one time!
May all beings be free of suffering.
May all beings be happy.
With great love and sadness,
* Photo by Leuchtturm81 on Pixabay.
*If you are viewing this post in an email, simply click on the title of the article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can see the lovely cows.