Sometimes I wish I could just turn it all off. That I could go back to my naive ways and just not pay attention to how some of the things in the world work. Truth is hard and scary and uncomfortable. An empath seeking truth is downright exhausting. But, alas, this is how we change the world, right?
I get mad at my children if they want to squash ants or jump on crickets. I much prefer to move a spider outside if I can. Hurting living things (except mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are vial creatures that do me no good in this life), is just incredibly unnecessary in my world. I don't get it. And for all of my sportsmen and military I want you to know I value and honor you, but for me, I abide by a little yogi rule called ahimsa - the practice of nonviolence against all creatures. Yup. I believe in world peace too. I know, call me crazy. That's fine. I like my bubble.
But I eat animals. A lot of them. Because, you know, I'm not actually harming them. (right here is a really good spot to insert a giant eye roll emoji). Yes, I have known for sometime that I am completely detached from how that animal gets to my plate. I don't want to hear about the slaughter houses or chicken pens. Because if I know, I will likely change my mind and I have just not been ready to change my mind. Have you ever been there? Like knowing you need to make a change but just not quite there mentally to do it? I like meat. It tastes good and is a source of protein that keeps me feeling full, fit, and nourished. I have tried to go without on occasion and it just doesn't do it for me. Yet, at some point, I knew I was going to have to crawl out of my rock and face the reality of food.
Thanks to the School of Greatness podcast by Lewis Howes featuring Alicia Silverstone, that just all happened a little sooner than later. sigh. But it was really in the podcast where she referenced the movie Cowspiracy (you can find it on Netflix) that got my wheels churning. In the nuttiest of nutshells, the movie describes how the animal agriculture industry is using up more resources, causes more pollution, and making the greatest environmental footprint than any of our micro habits (recycling, water waste, automobile emissions) combined.
Now I am no where near an environmentalist. It's probably the lowest on my list of advocacy (sorry, Greenpeace). But I am a humanist. And when I consider the impact that this has on future generations. When I consider the world that my grand babies would live in. When I get close to the food shortage around the globe. And it all has a direct link back to the ag industry, it makes me take a pause.
Then of course, we have my ongoing autoimmune issues. Which don't even get me started on how the pesticides put into our soil are impacting our hormones and thus our food supply. Food is literally killing so many of us. So with all of this, I am constantly examining my diet.
How can I live my most vital life? how can i help others have the same opportunity?
I am now examining food on a spiritual level. How we are all connected thru food. And the greater purpose that food serves in our life.
Since watching the movie, I am giving myself a reset button. I am clearing out meat from my diet. I am going to monitor my cheese and eggs. I am shifting my focus to real, whole foods and herbs.
I am even temporarily cleaning my system of supplements. Sometimes you have to get mindful to wake up. To see what our bodies need and don't need. Sometimes you have to turn down the noise from all of the advocates of their plan and get really focused on your plan.
This week I had to really ask myself: What do I need to do right now to get closer to my health goals.
What about you?
I think it's cool that in this great big world we have somehow connected.
I write about the things on my heart. And maybe they are the things on your heart too.
Motherhood. Getting out of our own way. Becoming More.
For you. For her. For him. For those that matter.
Maybe this is a space of inspiration. And I truly hope it can be for you.
But I am going to ask a big favor. I am going to ask that you share the things that touch you. Because what I know for sure and express through my words is that we are not alone in our thoughts, our pain, our struggle, and our joy. And when you decide to share the message that is meaningful for you, you expand our sisterhood. You decrease our shame. You light the path.
I'm a messy hair lovin' - soulful book junkie - mompreneur who's totally addicted to helping women design a life they lovI'm here, simply, to share my truth so that it inspires you to live yours! To be your boldest, most authentic self, to find your tribe that supports your soul, and to go after success in every area of your life. e.