A Journey of Healing and Tolerance

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Lao Tzu

I am not here for the Greenpeace, Peta power players. They are an amazing group of warriors, but not everyone is cut from that cloth.

I am all about creating a safe community for the housewife that wants to feed her family kinder, but doesn’t know where to start. I am here for the business man that is learning that the food industry has horrific practices, but has no idea what to do about it. I am all about the teen or young adult that sees what is going on in the food industry, eats 90 percent kind, but is having a hard time giving up shrimp tacos on Taco Tuesdays. I want to create a safe place for people who are trying to do better for themselves and the planet. I am about promoting community, knowledge and non-judgment.

There is so much judgment from all sides in our society, and in fighting to be *right* we have lost sight of the very real need to heal ourselves and our planet in whatever way we can. We are destroying the land and the oceans at an alarming rate. That is scientific and environmental fact. And we all need to do our part. But to attack someone who is trying to eat kinder by participating in Meatless Mondays because they are not full vegan is counterproductive to healing our planet.

Yes, of course a vegan lifestyle leaves the least carbon footprint on the planet. You can read an excellent article about it here. A vegan lifestyle is ideal for humans, animals and Mother Gaia. But a lot of people just aren’t there yet. Instead of scaring them off with an *all or nothing* approach, how about we try kindness, compassion, and accept whatever steps each individual is comfortable in taking, rather than not taking any at all.

The die-hard meat eaters, the ones who truly believe that animals were put on earth to eat, the ones who, with all their heart, believe that humans are meant to eat animals, are not going to adopt a full vegan lifestyle. Not right away anyway. And some never will. But they can still help a little by being conscientious about their purchasing options. And by participating in initiatives like Meatless Mondays, or eating a vegetarian meal once or twice a week.

Instead of all the fighting and needing to be right, let’s refocus on what is important. Healing our bodies. Healing our home planet. If, for you, that is a full vegan lifestyle, that’s wonderful! If it is eating vegan 75 percent of the time, that’s great too! If you are eating vegetarian and still have some dairy from time to time, cudos to you for doing your part! And if you are a meat eater who participates in Meatless Mondays, has a vegetarian meal once or twice a week, or has switched to almond milk for your morning cereal or coffee, congratulations on helping the planet!

I have not eaten meat in over 10 years, and I never will again. Animal cruelty is wrong. I will never be convinced otherwise. There is no grey area there. What the meat industry does to animals is horrific. And the devastation wrought to the earth is unconscionable. But how can we get more people to acknowledge this and begin a journey of kindness and self agency when we won’t allow them that first step on their thousand mile journey?

Every effort helps.

Every. Effort. Helps.

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