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Friday, August 19, 2005

A New Commitment

It has been 19 days since Lori and I went vegetarian and there has been no looking back.

In that vein I am going to make another commitment to the environment. I am going to use hand dryers whenever there is a choice between them and paper towels. I must admit that in the past I have often gone for paper towels out of laziness.

I announce this only because I feel that it is another way for me to ground myself spiritually and I thought that others might want to make that commitment as well.

-Peace to all beings-

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Immortal Beloved said...

Nice post. Ha! I just experienced MORE synchronicity! Just a few moments ago I was contemplating going vegetarian. It will be difficult for me because I like my meat. I'll definitely miss my fish and hamburgers. :( But I think I could get used to those delicious Eggplant sandwhiches!

I think that's a real good move to go for the air dryers. I'll try to do that from now on, too.

Trev Diesel said...

I was mowing my yard today and almost ran over a baby rabbit. I was shocked, scared, and ashamed for almost destroying this creature.

Immediately I thought, "Good God, similar animals are killed every day so that I can eat them. How screwed up is that."

I'm definately taking my steps toward becoming vegetarian. I'm going to have to get to the point where I, like philosopher Ken Wilber's wife Treya put it, "I won't eat anything I wouldn't have the guts to kill myself."

Amadeus said...

Why not just let them air dry? ;) I'm just kidding.

Anyways, sometime I think going vegitarian is easier than giving up those paper towels. I, like you, often use the towels becuase of convenience and time.


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isaiah said...

Oh....a new world opens when we place our awareness anywhere and sustain the passion for increased compassion. You will soon discover a thousand new ways to lessen your visible mark on this plane, and in your doing, you will have impacted the Earth in a manner that leaves us all irreversible changed for the better.

As we each touch the Earth as our witness and awaken, we cannot help but also awaken inside the deep compassion for all sentient beings.

"James" said...

Immortal: I thought it would be difficult for me as well because I liked meat. However, there are a lot of meatless, soy products that you can buy. Such as: taco meat, buffalo chicken, flame grilled soy burges (they taste just like grilled hamburgers). I like to sprinkle some blue cheese on mine and melt it. Mmmmmm, good stuff. Makes me hungry.

trev: killing an animal is an aweful thing. I remember when I was young I went to shoot prairie dogs with my cousins. I only shot one but felt so sick to my stomach that I vowed to never shot an animal ever again. Vegetarianism is a very personal choice that takes time. I tried unsuccessfully several times but this time i was just ready. I feel so much better now then I did when I ate meat. Both physically and mentally.

Amadeus: Hey, I've actually thought about doing that!! I thought, however, that would probably be a bit extreme. Heh.

Isaiah: Well said. I am always on the look out for ways to lessen my foot print on this beautiful Earth. Let me know if you know of other ways I can do this. Thanks for your comment.

Mark Walter said...

I've been doing the (mostly) vegetarian thing for quite a few years... 1998 I think. I eat fish and eggs. Tofu products are great, super good for you too. And they can give you that chewing sensation that you can miss after giving up meat. They also give you that "full" feeling. After a bit, you start feeling lighter energetically, and digestion improves as well. Sounds like you are inspiring a lot of people! I wish you the very best on your journey.

minddance said...

It's good to hear of your vegetarian journey. My husband and I were discussing the possibility of becoming vegetarians today (based upon the discussion of a friend who thinks we should move to India.) My husband has been encourging me to read about Buddhism - something I never thought my Latin American Catholic husband would do. Haven't read it yet but think it is probably time. Life is always full of surprises and interesting challenges and possibilities. Thank you for your post and all of the interesting comments here.

"James" said...

mark: thanks for the encouragement!!

minddance: I grew up Mormon and NEVER thought that I would end up a Buddhist, but here I am!! In reading about Buddhism I would recommend: "Buddhism is not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs." It is a really easy to read introduction to the basics of Buddhism.

gratefulbear said...

Air-dry over paper towels: a good commitment to make. My partner and I have been recycling all of our household garbage for over five years, and it has now become second nature.

When I read Trev Diesel's comment about almost running over a baby rabbit, I actually said out loud "Oh no!" -- after eating a breakfast that included bacon. Damn, maybe I need to think about this vegetarian thing too.

"James" said...

grateful bear: "My partner and I have been recycling all of our household garbage for over five years, and it has now become second nature."

GREAT IDEA!!! I think my wife and I will do that too!! Thanks for visiting my dear blog and for the inspiration on the organic mulch.

minddance said...

Thank you for the suggestion. It is now on my reading list and I'll be sure to locate a copy. My husband has been trying to get me to read Buddhism Plain and Simple for months now. I've been amazed by all of the blocks I have toward actually getting involved in Buddhism created by my protestant upbringing.

It's helpful to know you grew up Mormon because I imagine it took an amazing amount of trust to move on to a spirituality better suited to you. And as you say - here you are! It's inspiring. Thanks.

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