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Veganism is not about vegans. Vegans are people with all sorts of good and bad points. But that says nothing about veganism. Vegans are often the messengers of veganism, but don’t confuse the two. Veganism is the understanding that animals value their own lives and bodies, that animals have an interest in continuing their existence and avoiding suffering and that animals have the right to be treated with respect and justice and not to be treated as property. The logic of veganism stands independent of any individual vegan person.
Greg McFarlane (via animalconnectiontx)


If there’s empty spaces in your heart,
They’ll make you think it’s wrong,
Like having empty spaces,
Means you never can be strong,
But I’ve learnt that all these spaces,
Means there’s room enough to grow,
And the people that once filled them,
Were always meant to be let go,
And all these empty spaces,
Create a strange sort of pull,
That attract so many people,
You wouldn’t meet if they were full,
So if you’re made of empty spaces,
Don’t ever think it’s wrong,
Because maybe they’re just empty,
Until the right person comes along.
- Ernest Hemingway


I find myself the saddest sometimes when walking Cody. Maybe because I have time to think, and of course I think of Landon. Well, I am always thinking of Landon it seems, but it’s like there are layers of other thoughts covering the rawness of my broken heart most of the time. When I’m walking and there’s nothing else requiring my attention, all of the pain floods back. It’s such a stark contrast, the incredible beauty of the fall colours outside, with all the sadness inside.

Sometimes we stop at the field on the edge of the forest near our house, and while Cody runs around chasing crows I take off my shoes and play in the grass. I’ve found that there’s nothing like wild handstands and cartwheels in the grass on a unusually warm fall day to brighten your mood. It’s an infallible trick - your mind can’t possibly be sad when you’re turned upside down. Somehow life just looks a little bit brighter when we flip our perspective, literally.

The symbolism of planting your hands into the earth is also very powerful. It reminds me of one of the exercises we learnt at Kripalu, which involves lifting your arms, leaning back, and then with legs wide throwing the body forward and pressing the hands into the ground while yelling “AHHHH!!” as loud as possible. By pushing your palms into the raw earth, you discharge all negative, unwanted energy or thoughts downward.

And you don’t have to worry - you cannot pollute or destroy the earth in this way. In fact, the earth loves it! That is it’s purpose - to break down what is old, dead, garbage - what is no longer useful to us. The earth is perfectly designed to consume, take in, decompose. That is how it then nourishes new life. So when you plant your hands, you direct the garbage of your life down towards the earth’s core, towards that hot magma centre. Then you patiently wait for it to transform into something good, something that helps grow flowers or strengthen a tree that then bears sweeter fruits.

It doesn’t mean you stop remembering or feeling pain, it’s just you need to take the garbage out once in awhile or things start getting kinda stinky. 😛


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