so much can be said without words.

but it’s amazing how we have seemed to agree on these letters smooshed together to define the millions of feelings we get to indulge in.

yet, we rarely appreciate this,

that there is language with no words,

and when need be it can be created.

there are multiple meanings for individual words and different perspectives for similar things.

it amazes me.

we think so much, but never about the little things that make it all possible.

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eating disorders

we send the deathly skinny to rehab before their heart beat slows and they get bradycardia.

why don’t we send the morbidly obese to rehab before a heart attack occurs?

neither are respecting or loving their bodies.

viewing themselves as one entity

not allowing themselves to feel value.

we don’t teach the people how to eat, connect with, and love their bodies,

so a disease of the mind is created,

an illusion,

a disconnection.

both are plagued.

they don’t know how to listen to their bodies.

they are not in tune,

and have become disconnected from that source of love.

yet,

so many just sit there and judge,

because they too feel the disconnect.

 

taking the time to understand,

changing our perception of society,

seeing ourselves as equal,

we can all begin to heal.

 

When I write about these things, I never aim to target or attack anyone, only state my thoughts. I love to know how people react, when they keep an open mind. I would love to hear everyone’s viewpoint, when I write post like this, so feel free to share your thoughts.

my judgment has shapeshifted into wonder and awe

hateful ignorant emotions

replaced with love, compassion, and empathy

i forgave the scrutinized

and the scrutiny

once due apologies had been graced

judgment vanished

 

forgiveness gave me peace

peace gave me love

 

forgiveness, a remedy – g.c.

 

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these things

thoughts

they are some poor soul’s reality

just the thought

turns your body cold

and makes your soul weep

you know it is not necessary

you know it is because of another

who thought they deserved control

control over others

control over the world

as if the universe were their very own creation

their’s to own

so they own its people, land, and everything in between,

but it’s not theirs’

it’s ours

so wipe the tears

because to them

that just confirms our fears

now

rise

do not rest

until every human can live blessed

 

cry for the world then rise for it – g.c.

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compassionate child,

your mind may be strong,

but your heart is as soft and impressionable as sand,

and every so often an ocean crashes over you,

overwhelming you,

but just know,

its waves are ridding your heart of the footprints

of those who no longer deserve a place there,

after all,

they left,

walked all over you and away,

and only left you with the impression that there was something wrong with you

let the waves come – g.c

 

 

Hi, how are you?

“Hi, how are you?”

Good. What else would I be? What else would I say? You weren’t expecting me to tell you how I really felt? Were you?

When we must interact with strangers we ask questions with no meaning behind them and give brief conditioned answers. We never wonder. We never truly desire to understand the other person, because it is only a short interaction, right? There is no need to make anything of it, but you could have impacted that person’s day, if you knew how they really felt. They could have impacted yours, if they knew how you felt. You could have benefited from each other’s kindness.

I have started to develop a disliking for small talk and what is considered a “normal” interaction amongst strangers. I feel that what’s normal needs to change. Normal is a term used to describe a lot of different aspects of life. For example, living in a country, having borders, is normal. War is normal. Eating meat is normal. Going to college is normal. Getting a 9 to 5 is normal. Retirement and vacations are normal. Finding joy in materialistic things is normal. Looking up to and following celebrities, and the trends they set, is normal. Desire for money is normal. The concept of money is normal. Having a large circle of friends is normal. Saying, “Hi, how are you?” to strangers is normal. I could go on for days listing what we all agree upon is normal, but I think you get it.

Now, some people reading this may be thinking here goes this little hippie child about to tell me to save the earth, stop supporting my country in war, and to love everybody. Yeah, I guess that would be a normal person’s response. Too bad, I don’t care for what is normal.

I no longer wish to live a life seeking validation from others. That could never fulfill me. I can not rely on others to tell me my worth. I would eventually crumble, if I continued to hold the belief that I am only worthy, if I am liked by others.  I can no longer live with the fear of not being understood. I do not see myself as completely separate from others. I no longer feel the right to have an opinion of another. My empathy has manifested and has become a controlling force in my life. It may lead some to believe that I am weak and easily taken advantage of, but I believe it will one day be my greatest strength.

We all have thoughts running through our minds all day long. Thoughts focused on, not  loving, but being liked. We aren’t worried about making sure the other person feels loved. We are too caught up thinking about ourselves, but really not our well being. We can all relate to the fact that we all have insecurities. We don’t often realize this though, because we are too keen on our own, picking ourselves apart, as we compare ourselves to others, and what they present on the surface. Realization of the fact that we are alike, realization of the fact that we cling to belief systems and opinions for security, will lead us to surrender as our only option. We would then surrender our identification with these things and see us as alike, see us as one. Once you come across this realization and keep this in mind, while interacting with others, you will never want to cause harm to them, because you know, like you, there is depth to them, something going on inside of them, that is deciding all of their actions. Often though, what is inside is insecurity and uncertainty. This controls our actions, but it really shouldn’t. We should be so full on love, that is all we want to put out into the world.

Most everybody is lost. They don’t know themselves well enough. They have not a clue what gives meaning to their life. They don’t feel purpose. They do not spend time alone. They have never even thought of loving themselves. It’s strange that I did not know what self love was for the first sixteen years of my life, others have gone on longer. So, most people don’t love themselves or feel purpose, so they seek these things in the world outside of them, not realizing, it is all inside. They become followers. They follow beliefs of the Catholic church, Islam, or what/whomever. They follow the other good little girls and boys to college. They get a safe job like everybody else. They live simple and never search for meaning. They never create a bigger picture for themselves.

If we all just focused on personal growth and self love, if we all created a bigger picture, then we would know harmony and love. We would not know a forced “Hi, how are you?”. We would know genuine smiles and warm greetings. We would know truthful answers from strangers. We would know love amongst strangers. We would not know strangers. We would know human beings. We would know friends. We would know intimacy with all people. We would know cooperation. We would all know what it is to give and we would all receive.

Love is the new normal. Next time you ask someone how they are, mean it, or ask them something more meaningful, if you like. Whatever you do, don’t deprive a stranger of your kindness, just because you haven’t felt you have been shown any.

Give love. Receive love. Be love.

Veganism, An Explanation Part 2

In Part 1, of my explanation of why I am vegan, I discussed my personal journey to be coming vegan and also, the health reasons of why one should become vegan.

In Part 2, I will discuss the environmental and ethical reasons. Also, I am a lot more brief in this post, than in Part 1, which contains most of the information I have given on veganism.

So, let’s start off with the environment…

The affects of animal agriculture on the environment:

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change. Here’s why:

  • Farm animals release methane gas, which is twenty times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping methane gas in our atmosphere.
  • Animal agriculture accounts for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions which is three hundred times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere

A few more facts (these are not all the affects, but just to list a few):

  • One tenth of the water on this planet is polluted  by animal agriculture, making the land it sits on uninhabitable (destroying entire ecosystems).
  • Millions of acres of rainforest and even forests in the U.S., are destroyed in order to grow crops to feed factory farm animals. (Yes, soy and grain that humans eat come from deforested land, however, we would not need as much land for these crops, if we were not mass producing and feeding billions of animals just to be food.)
  • It takes 2,400 gallons of water (50 full bathtubs) to produce one pound of meat.

I find it odd that we use all this land to grow crops to feed animals, that are born only to then be eaten, yet 795 million people suffer from hunger daily. If we allowed a normal population of farm animals, and stopped mass producing them for food, we could instead, feed these crops to children and families whose stomachs are empty.

“Certain animals are meant for food, others serve us as pets.”

No species is on this planet to serve another species. Animals are sentient beings, meaning we all feel. We all desire to live and we all desire companionship. A mother cow having her baby calf taken away at birth, feels loss and pain. It is her natural instinct to want to care, love, and provide for that baby. We all have these same instincts and emotions. Humans have become disconnected from the world around them, not realizing  or caring, where products come from. We don’t even stop to think that the meat on our plates is flesh, a carcass of a once living being, that was cognizant of its demise. These beings, lived a life only knowing endless slaughter and prolonged emotional and physical pain.

Industries materialize living beings and buying these products will keep these industries afloat.

What about free range and organic?

Organic or not, animal products are just not meant for your bodyand are not the best for you.

And, free range?  

This is the difference between caged chickens and free range:

I would not consider being crammed into a room, without sufficient amount of space to move, freedom. I am not going to go into the details about the cruel methods and conditions of factory farming right now. The point is, we are taking away the animals ability to be as they are. I know people will tell me”But, its tradition, or what people are used to”. Just because something is tradition, does not make it moral, or right. Slavery was,  and is to some still a tradition, but it is clearly immoral. We are enslaving animals. We materialize living souls, slaughter them, then package their dead bodies and put them on shelves to be bought. There are over seven billion people on this planet, currently. Nine billion animals are slaughtered in both the meat and dairy industry each year. Let that sink in. It gives my body chills to think that all these animals can  be mass produced, and then wiped out without anyone blinking an eye, without anyone noticing. For whatever reason humans like to feel superior, they crave power, and whenever possible, exert it over another. In this world, money is  power, so getting rid of these industries, would take a widespread awakening. It would also require a whole lot of, uh oh, change. I know, scary, right? Change is difficult. Getting rid of these industries would also take away jobs and would kill a large money making industry. It’s big business, that is why their isn’t an abundance of knowledge of the effects these products have on your health. Another thing, people would have to change their eating habits, and although we don’t like to admit it, we get addicted to certain foods to the point where we crave them.

“Plants have feelings too. If we are going to kill them, we might as well kill animals too.”

No. No, they don’t. Plants don’t even possess nervous systems to feel pain, and they also don’t have brains. Humans eating plants benefits our ecosystems and actually spreads plant growth through germination. Destroying tons of extra land to grow crops for animal agriculture does not.

Here is another video. This documentary does not sugar coat. It can be graphic. Naturally, it is quite disturbing. It will take away the ability to ignore the truth, and the truth that you see you won’t be able to forget. It is a harsh reality check. I am not asking you to watch this to torture yourself. You obviously don’t have to watch it, and the only reason people chose to watch it, is to become self aware and educated of the cruelty. It reassures you of your  decision to become vegan and serves as a reminder. It is also motivating and drives you to spread love and end suffering. Often where motivation is lacking, is where ignorance remains.

Documentary: Earthlings

i think the best way to gain compassion and understanding is through loving yourself,

knowing yourself,

you come to the realization that we all experience our own worlds,

other’s pain becomes transparent,

and once you love yourself,

you come to understand your own inner pain,

you become connected,

and do not wish pain onto others

 

it is the realization that we are the same at the core,

battered souls,

seeking a sense of wholeness,

in a fragmented world,

ruled by separation

– g.c