Go Fourth in Freedom

 

Dear readers,

On this Independence Day I am liberating myself from blogging…

Thanks so much to WordPress… Please read my gratitude here: “A Shout-Out to WordPress.”

Thanks so much to everyone who has read and commented on my 400 published posts! The posts will live on (on the StarFire Temple of Happiness website) for as long as the Internet and WordPress live on!

If my posts have helped you, please consider making a green love energy contribution here: Donate to StarFire Teja.

As I wrote in my post yesterday (“Shakahara StarFire Temple of Happiness”), I hope that someday all beings will be allowed to live in freedom, including all the animals, fish, birds, and bees. (Yesterday’s post contains links to my thirty vegan posts!)

May Compassion for All Beings Activate in the Human Tribe.

May Freedom Bells Ring for All Beings!

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

With love and freedom-sparks,
Shakaharini StarFire Teja

 

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Background fireworks photo by Neenu Vimalkumar on Unsplash.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Feel the Love!

 

Dear readers,

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,
StarFire Teja

 

 

* 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.

 

Resolving Pain and Healing Wounds

 

“… most human destructiveness, individual and collective, is the result of unresolved pain and suffering, “which tracks our minds like a magnet and keeps us from accessing who we really are in spirit.”…The way to “transcend” pain and suffering is to “investigate” it by facing it directly and communicating anger and other negative feelings openly in settings that are supportive of healing.”

~ From one of the experiencers in Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters, by John E. Mack, M.D.

 

Dear readers,

One century ago, the decade was dubbed the “roaring twenties”… Now here we are in what seems so far to be the “raging twenties”… And I think what needs to be recognized by our global tribe is the incredible wounding of the human spirit that is causing more and more destructiveness… The sicknesses emerging, on every level, and in many directions, need resolution and healing.

Resolving the pains and healing the wounds will require humanity to learn new skillsets, such as active listening, nonviolent communication, and holding space for others.

Mental health and emotional health need to be addressed in all aspects of society, including schools, churches, businesses, and organizations. Everyone needs to up-level their ability to empathize with others. Everyone needs to cultivate compassion. Everyone needs to become emotionally mature.

The raging twenties demands that everyone steps up and does their emotional healing work.

Part of healing our wounds involves reconciling with the past, reconciling with others, and even reconciling with ourselves.

In my post, “2020 Keywords” I listed my intentions for the year as Healing, Restoration, and Rise… Well now I’m adding another “R” which is Reconciliation. I’m gearing up for a project in which I go through all of my many boxes of old journals, datebooks, letters, and photos, with the goal of reconciling with all the ink and images of my past!

How about you? Do you need to reconcile with your past? Do you need to work on your mental and/or emotional health?

May healing energies activate throughout the global human tribe!

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

With compassion for all the suffering,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Photo by Free-Photos on Pixabay.