Hear Me (Vegan) Roar

 

“A lion paces in every human heart. What quickens yours? What makes your lion roar?”

~ Arthur E. Puotinen quoting a poet in his book Lead with Courage: Unleash the Lion in You.

 

Dear readers,

The lion pacing in my heart is quickened by all the suffering that the human species causes for the animals, fish, birds, and bees, through: killing them for food and clothing; stealing from them for food; experimenting on them; and imprisoning them in zoos, aquariums, circuses, and homes.

Almost everyone I know has dogs and/or cats for pets, and I know they love them very much, and I am not suggesting getting rid of the pets who are already in loving homes… Rather, I am saying let’s look at this situation from all angles. Let’s acknowledge that most pet food is made from dead animals, fish, and birds.

As I pointed out in my previous post, “Something to Ponder: Cats Eat Meat”: “Unlike humans and elephants, Nature made the cat families with bodies that require meat in their diets. A few vegans claim that it is possible to feed cats an entirely plant-based diet, but it requires extra time and considerable expense that most pet owners cannot handle… And anyway, there are other people who say that a vegan diet is too risky for the cat’s health.”

However, there is promising research about successfully feeding the vegan diet to dogs, and a company called V-dog, says this on their website: “The unfortunate reality is that slaughterhouse waste and byproducts form the base of most pet food. V-dog provides all of the nutrition your dog needs without any of the junk they don’t.”

This situation is very ethically complex for vegans… I met one very strict vegan animal rights activist who told me that she feels terrible about buying dead animal food for her cats, but it is “a paradox” that she lives with…

I feel a lot of compassion for this dilemma within many vegans. It is very difficult to be vegan in this world, and even after more than ten years vegan, I am continually learning new things that aren’t vegan. A few examples: many brands of dental floss aren’t vegan, lots of supplements aren’t vegan, and most wine is not vegan! (Here’s a cute post about vegan wine: Chic Vegan.)

So, becoming more and more vegan is an ongoing process. We learn as we go, and there probably are not any perfect vegans. I am certainly not a perfect vegan, although I strive to be…

The lion roar in my heart says hopefully someday the human species will stop causing so much suffering for all of the other species… I hope that someday the pet phenomenon can be peacefully and lovingly phased out, because I believe that dogs and cats should be allowed to live in freedom.

May compassion activate in the hearts of the human tribe. May all beings be free of suffering. May all beings be allowed to live in freedom.

With a hopeful heart roar,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Photo by Catherine Merlin on Unsplash.

 

July 2020 Keywords

 

Dear readers,

We got so much rain here lately that this morning the air feels quite fresh (minus the neighbor’s cigarette smoke, which, by the way, can be a transmitter of the virus to others), so it feels like a good day for a fresh new month…

The rains brought out some delightful croaking frogs last night, which I thoroughly enjoyed hearing while sitting on my meditation cushion in my tree-house temple and watching the lightning bugs flying about… Did you know that fireflies go way up high into the trees?

The thunder and lightning have been pretty thrilling also… But the fireworks, not so much. After hearing the loud booms every night for more than one month I am so over it! Unfortunately I am not looking forward to the fireworks on the Fourth of July this year… Well, we can’t go to see them at the River anyway, since they are cancelled due to the pandemic… But, I’m sure they will be rocking the neighborhood until some ungodly hour on the night of the 4th.

On a positive note, this month I am looking forward to more flowers blooming, cups of hot black coffee, refreshing air conditioning, and reading the Star Wars junior novels!

My keywords for July are *Release* and *Restoration* ~

~ Releasing negativities, judgments, and tensions.

~ Restoring my spiritual power… Calling in positive restorative energies.

What are your keywords for this new month?

May all the raging firecracker energies settle down into peaceful, harmonious energies… May love and compassion activate in our human tribe…

With love for frogs… and compassion for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Photo by dimitris pantos on Unsplash.

 

Slow As An Ancient Turtle

 

Dear readers,

Recently I was reading about the process of grief… and I read about how some people process more slowly than others.

I guess I am a slow processor… I process about as slowly as an ancient turtle’s pace!

How about you, how do you move through grief?

With a sense of humor amidst the sorrows,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Turtle photo by Atlantios on Pixabay.

 

Racial Wealth Gap Explained

 

Dear readers,

The following video, featuring United States Senator Cory Booker, clearly explains the racial wealth gap in the USA… Toward the end, someone quotes the Bible, saying that there should be “reparations for the breach”… After watching this video, I have to agree. See what you think…

May all the members of our sacred human tribe learn to live together in harmony. May we activate love, compassion, and justice for all…

May all beings be free of suffering.
May all beings be happy.

With love for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Gorgeous image of Orisha Oshun, Yoruba Goddess of Love, Beauty, and Wealth… Creator unknown; it appears on many sites.

 

Facing A New Fear in Quarantine

 

Dear readers,

As some parts of the world reopen, I wonder how many of you, like me, are still in quarantine?

The more I read about the virus pandemic, the more this question has grown: What if this is going to be like the *room* at the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which we never go out again?

My older son visited us last December, and although he had seen 2001: A Space Odyssey many times, he watched it again with me for my first time. What a trippy movie! If you haven’t already seen it, then *spoiler alert* for the rest of this post…

The last fifteen minutes of the film is the trippiest part. I thought about it for a long time before I finally did some googling on it. Here is a video which shows the ending: 2001, Analysis of the last 10 minutes.

So back to my question about this quarantine. It seems like, best case scenario, one more year, or perhaps two years… Or could it, gasp, actually be like the *room* in that movie?

As I try to grok the magnitude of the ramifications caused by some little protein molecules, I am gradually realizing that this may actually be the room.

What do you think?

With dizzying bewilderment,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Image from 2001: A Space Odyssey found on many sites.