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.

 

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.

 

Something to Ponder: Fish Are Living Beings

 

Fish are living beings. They have families and feelings. They feel pain and they suffer.

Most people would feel very disturbed if they saw a photo of someone smiling and holding up a cat or a dog with a hook through its throat. Well, that is how I feel — very disturbed — when I see photos of people smiling and holding up fish with hooks through them.

Killing any living, breathing being is a violent act that causes incredible suffering. Even if something has been done for generations, like fishing, that doesn’t mean it is right.

May compassion for all beings activate in the human species!

 
Something to Ponder: Fish Are Living Beings.

 

 

Image by hpgruesen on Pixabay.

 

Plant Consciousness

 

Dear readers,

Recently I joined a group discussion about plant consciousness. Someone asked, “What about cutting up a bunch of carrots or chard, isn’t that violent and doesn’t that hurt the vegetables?” Here is my reply:

Well, I cannot claim to know whether or not plants feel… certainly they do not shed blood, and they do not have a brain and central nervous system, so they do not scream in terror when killed like animals do…

We know that killing animals, fish, and birds causes incredible suffering, and stealing from cows, goats, chickens, and bees causes incredible suffering, but we really don’t know if plants feel…

And, we have to eat something to survive in these bodies… So I think that the diet should be as compassionate as possible, and at this stage in our evolution that means eating plants…

But who knows what the future will bring… Perhaps if all the human beings get elevated to the Highest Love Vibrations, then we will all live on Sunlight and vibrations from crystals! Who knows?!

For now I say we honor the plants and eat them with gratitude.

Plant-Power-Activation!

With love and compassion for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash.