As a follow up to Documentary Friday (my personal quiet protest to Black Friday) we have arrived at Saturday morning. The air is crisp and Firefly (which I went to sleep to late last night) awakened me at around 6:30. Coffee is hot, Handel is keeping me company and I'm planning my day around simple pleasures and inner focus.
My yoga studio has a new Saturday morning class at 11:30 called Saturday Morning Mix. I have been doing Intro to Ashtanga exclusively for a couple of months now (and will probably be continuing that for some time as I am nowhere near ready to "graduate" into a higher level class yet) so this will be a nice change for the day.
Then I have to make my way to the thrift shop to get some big, colorful pillows for my personal alter/work space, possibly food supply shop (although this is going to be made difficult due to the fact that there is a home football game in this town today). On home football Saturdays one is best to stick to the outskirts and plan according to kickoff and ending time. Today is particularly disruptive because kickoff is at 4:00 rather than Noon. The coop and farmer's market are downtown (right in the middle of the traffic mess) as is the best wholesale ethnic market...
But, I digress.... I do that a lot I guess.
After an emotional meeting with my soul yesterday I am moved to renew my commitment to a mostly vegan lifestyle. Now, I realize that many people feel that to not "go all the way" is a cop out. I am not one of those people. I don't believe that the key to change is through bullying or judgment and what I do makes sense to and for me, my true heritage and the lifestyle that I am able to lead due to my location. My soul is right with it and so I have lived it and now intend to live it again.
I define myself as an ~ "extremely selective carnivore" ~ as an ESC I will consume animal meat and some dairy products in certain instances. Those instances are either that Sam has killed the animal or that a farmer, one I know, have been to his farm and witnessed his animals, has done so or the product I am consuming comes from the same circumstances (such as eggs or goat cheese). This means I have chosen very limited options as to when I will eat animals or products made from their bodies like milk, cheese, eggs.
What I have drifted back into over the years is consuming dairy products and even some "organic" meat purchased through the grocer. True Fact: the term "organic" in relation to animal products has nothing to do with the treatment of or living conditions of the animal - it only guarantees that the animal is consuming organic feed. See Huff Post Article here.
Further, there have been times (in the last year especially) that I have eaten meat because I have just been so tired of trying to avoid it. So tired of explaining myself or going out of my way to NOT eat or being the reason for the inevitable conversation that ensues. Let me clarify that I have never been an "in your face" vegetarian or any form of the same. I do my thing quietly. If there aren't open veg options I eat some greens at a function. I am pretty adept at making it appear that I'm eating enough so as to not raise eyebrows or snickers.
But there are instances (and most of them hinge on particular people) where the shit storm of questions and veiled berating can't be avoided. It is a lame excuse to say I was just so fucking tired of defending myself for something I didn't even bring up as an issue but that is how it has been. The obvious point is that one should avoid having relationships with assholes of any sort and I am doing that too but I am just trying to work through where my head has been.
My reasons for going veg in the first place had nothing to do with nutrition, weight loss or even health. I have never denied that my focus was always the fact that I believed animals are beings just like us and it hurt me to think of them hurting, suffering, dying. More than it hurt me to think of people doing the same, although that is a completely different post I guess. LOL. So, on Simply Saturday I go back to that original intent.