Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Meaning of Maundy

Today is [Great & ]Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday, Thursday of Mysteries, and the Thursday before Easter. Today is probably not the actual anniversary of anything, but that by no account leaves it devoid of meaning.

Today is the representation of the day that no longer did we, civilization-based humans, need to just follow God through rules. Today is the representation of when God surpassed an image and became part of us by coming through one of us; when we could be in direct communion with God at all times because God was henceforth in us.

Jesus sat down with his closest followers and gave them physical food and drink to represent spiritual food and drink. As physical food and drink enters us and our bodies convert it to calories, spiritual food and drink enters us and our hearts turn it to love. Our bodies are born with the mechanism to convert food into energy as well as that love mechanism. Losing focus of God through civilization and human nature causes that mechanism to be forgotten. Christ restores it completely; no matter what damage you have done to it in the past. Thereafter your heart’s voice is clearer, your heart softer and purer, and if you listen to it and act upon God’s whisper, you will be transformed.

May it be so; Amen. Glory be to that Power, that Beauty, and that Light.

Speciesism

A previous post was somewhat along the same vein (Smoking and Meat–What a Vegan Said and What I Say). It is because I want to give the counter-vegetarian perspective from someone who didn’t (in this order) (1) always eat meat/not really think twice or care, (2) go Paleo, and (3) use Paleo as a justification for hating on vegetarians after reading Lierre Keith, who is really writing to vegetarians, not trying to get current omnivores (or carnivores) to justify their practices.

Vegetarians are noble people. Let me first say this: I respect and admire vegetarians. I used to be one for years. I know that it is a heart-centric lifestyle in its intentions. I understand them. The problem lies when new information you come to know may change your approach to compassion, convictions, and spirituality-as it did for me. Sometimes you come to a crossroads where you can practice cognitive dissonance so that you can fit in with your vegetarian friends/avoid them judging you, or you can follow the direction your heart is taking you after the study of new information coupled with a gut reaction. The information may be given to you or made available to you–if you do not take it, digest it, and come out anew with a new (or renewed belief) I do not believe that you are practicing right compassion in the strictest sense. This goes for everything.

Speciesism.

“Humans and animals are equal and sentient. They are on equal moral ground. Killing animals and taking life infringes on that moral ground.”

Life feeds on life.This took me a long time to accept.

The idea of speciesism that Peter Singer, a great vegetarian thinker and philosopher, introduced us with is the basis of how I used to think, and ironically continue to think, except for one big part. People. Continue reading

The war in Iraq isn’t over

Warning: this post may be disturbing or emotionally provoking for some. Don’t click “read more” unless you feel as if you can handle it. Continue reading

VLC 9-12 and the end of this approach

This approach with its strict undertones does not seem to be working. Having a goal of VLC doesn’t treat the source well enough.

From here on out I’ll be approaching the program currently outlined in my “evolutionary living” page: starting out by centering my meals the right way, and that doesn’t leave any room for junk. It will be naturally VLC with the right habits.

Focus on the means to the goal, not the goal itself. It makes you crazy.

The last info from my VLC focus: Continue reading

Being the “difficult one”

At a restaurant, being picky is one of the things that I hated the most when I became a vegetarian, and remained the only thing I really hated about it other than how crappy it made me feel. I literally hated being picky more than the depression.

I just came across a pretty great Austin-based post about a gal that eats Paleo called “How to Eat Paleo out in Public“. She has an utterly unapologetic attitude about going to restaurants and making “special” orders for her dietary needs–

“You’re at a restaurant, YOU are putting the food into YOUR body, and most of the time, YOU are paying for it. Order what you want, how you want it. Get over trying to be ‘easy.’ Get what you want.”

Unapologetic about my self-realized health and spiritual matters, onward.

Other nice links:

Practical Guide to Paleo

Kicking alcohol and grains: step 1–know your bases

I should be familiar with kicking something large in my life. I kicked meat in 2006 and went “cold turkey” for three years. If I could do that and the challenges that ensued, I could surely kick so many more of the negatives in my life that will be far more fruitful once gone than vegetarianism ever was. How did I approach vegetarianism?

1. Read a lot of information, reflected on it, had my bases

2. Tested out vegetarianism for Lent–in this, figured out ways around social issues around giving up meat

3. Continued to read vegetarian theory to reinforce what I believed and practiced it

Coming out of vegetarianism was the same with my next “ism”–locavorism. I am now “ism” free, however, I fully appreciate and practice the value of praxis (reflection and action). This I will never nix from my life; only dogma. I praxis’d my way out of “ism”hood. Gooooooo, Praxis! Continue reading

Kicking alcohol and grains; a huge challenge for me

Loose adherence?! PISH! POSH! No probs. Got that, grl.

Strict adherence? I just keep telling myself I’m living a little when I stuff corn tortilla chips into my face and/or huge amounts of alcohol at least once a week. I’m 80/20! My mind says. No you’re not–actually, you’re bloated and you feel terrible. And you obviously haven’t changed that much and “evolved” as you hoped with loose adherence.

I listen to Robb Wolf’s podcast and he says over and over his approach with his clients is to get them to stop eating ALL the junk strictly for a month, and then see how they feel. At first glance I pushed this approach aside for the sake of the “slow and steady” state of mind; but that hasn’t gotten me really anywhere because of one huge, glaring fact– Continue reading