The quiet worker – My next article is going to be about raising awareness about what you bring to the table. Because I typically work quietly, I have seen over the years that what I actually have contributed has gone completely unnoticed. Ages ago, when asking for a better raise, my manager, who I thought knew me well, knew my value, had not one clue. She gave me a smile and a pat me on the knee and explained that once I had a few escalations successfully dealt with under my belt, and become more seasoned, (I had been there 7+ years) that she’d give me that raise
There need not be histrionics that upset your co-workers (Sure, let me cancel MY lunch plans to help YOU do Your Job) or some other less than professional missive that insults your coworker and just makes everybody feel negative but definitely raise some noise. And always remember in the process, blowing out someone else’s candle won’t make yours burn any brighter.
Friends and family are so important, provided these relationships are healthy ones. These relationships help us feel bolstered, supported, less alone and enrich our lives in so many ways. As people couple up, they tend to spend far less time with friends. Add kids into the mix and you can feel even more estranged. While coupling and having life sort of
My mother came from an abusive background and it turns out we had a very codependent relationship. And this book by Melody Beattie, Codependent No More, set me free of that. It also ended a codependent relationship I was in with a man that exactly mirrored how my mother treated me. For the very first time, I could see how I had played the victim and been manipulated and I could read it in 5 minutes in somebody else. Healthy relationships always give and take and the relationships are not about getting something from you but looking out for your best interests. Do you look out for your own best interests?
Some folks in your life, no matter how superficial or how deeply entrenched they appear to be, are just there for the beer. And Facebook has made this far worse. Yes, FB is great for those out of town friends and ex-colleagues to catch up with that you otherwise wouldn’t or only do so very sporadically, but FB has also taken place of actually seeing people! If you have a car and live in the same city, you should connect physically periodically and talk live, do lunch, have a glass of wine together and catch up, have real conversations that you really cannot have
Most of us create some kind of self-sabotage from time to time, whether it’s losing it with a coworker, deliberately stretching your personal finances too tightly, dating a loser or listening too intently to the wrong people. The GREAT news is that each day provides us with abundance and opportunities to co-create change. As we end this year, think about ways of being that no longer serve your highest good. Are you trusting people that always let you down? Working at a job that perhaps pays well but drains your soul? Living someplace that depresses you rather than uplifts? Keeping what’s in your best interest at arm’s length rather than embracing joy? Stuck in a rut? Feeling conflicted? My neighbor Dennis commented that he often feels misled because he assumes the way he cares for others means he gets that level of care back and that’s not always so. I’m generally an open book but one of my adult tastes of such was when I had two family members with an emotional breakdown and nobody to talk to. I reached out and was simply told ‘We don’t do well with mental illness topics.’ That couple immediately went to the balcony of our lives rather than a seat in the front row where I had thought they were well placed. I was wrong. Guard your heart and test friendships mettle. You can do this while still being open and compassionate but also judicious. Coupled with self-sabotage comes the blinders we also wear. What patterns happen for you? Are all your friendships on FB or do you have real ones? Are those relationships truly supporting or downers? Do you find yourself always giving, such as supporting a friends shop by buying stuff but not getting any ROI? Do you have a habit of overcommitting, promising and not delivering or is someone in your life doing this to you? Do you keep forgetting plans or have someone who consistently forgets you?
I was laid off and had sold my car so that I would not have a car payment while being unemployed. A friend who is well off offered to give me a good working vehicle he wasn’t using and, as he put it, didn’t want to bother taking it to Carmax to sell. He said ‘It’s yours’ and that he would bring it by that week. I followed up with him about the car, 4 times asking if he was serious and each time he said yes. I am still not over the fact that on FB he told everyone he had given me a car yet the reality is I am still on foot. I cannot tell you why anyone would promise something and not deliver but I can assure you that this behavior is absolutely toxic. I didn’t ask him for anything, he just knew my situation and made a great and grand gesture. I actually cried tears of joy. I had bought cars for other people and never once have I had someone buy me a car in my 58 years. How karmically sweet to finally be gifted in this manner! And then it never materialized.
Surround yourself with people who mean what they say and follow through on promises. Honor the good people in your life by following suit. Don’t wait for the car to show up! Or any other empty promise! Move on! And please respect yourself enough to never make empty offerings and end relations with those in your life who do. When you find yourself in repeated codependent relationships, know that while you can absolutely change this by removing those blinders, it also requires some diligence, particularly in the beginning as you are learning about the old patterns, how to spot and stop them while learning new and healthy ways of being. So in addition to the book above, I also highly recommend this daily meditation which has always seemed perfect for the day, whatever page I open it to. Melody Beattie The Language Of Letting Go
Some people are just here for the beer. They are there because something better has not yet come up so they are hanging out with you temporarily. They may like your beer and may enjoy your company when it suits them but they are not filled with compassion and loyalty towards you personally when help and friendship is really needed.
Do the same stories keep coming up in your life? If so, and you don’t like the story, change it! Where you see repeated abusive relationships or financial constraints or any other
Most of us who work at something do so because we need the employment. Whether you’re busy at something you view as
I have been in the workforce since I was 12 years old, picking strawberries and later shearing trees for Christmas, in the Pacific Northwest. My first actual job, as opposed to temporary seasonal work, was Bob’s Big Burgers where I wasn’t fast enough on the line and politely let go. I worked at Moto Photo 3 times (back when folks with cameras needed film developed), Richland College Planetarium 3 times performing laser light shows (great gig!) and finally Sprint 3 times where I had planned to retire but was part of a massive lay off instead. Interspersed with Sprint, I worked as a radio announcer with a smattering of acting & photography work. Everybody would always hire me back when asked which made me feel I was a fairly adept employee to have around. At 58 things are different than they were in my 20’s and 30’s out job seeking. But the mentally
My work philosophy has always been to do my best, have some fun, be easy going as possible and in general, endeavor to get along even with people I might not otherwise have ever had the opportunity to associate with. Being thrust into different walks of life and people is a great educational experience. It is great to mix with one’s own, but also to diversify, just as you would any of your other assets.
It has always puzzled me when co-workers preferred to stir the pot, rather than try and get along. Each of us has our own crosses to bear and we don’t really know what all is going on inside an individual so erring on the side of compassion, is the best option. Being of diverse backgrounds, personalities and predilections IS what makes all this great! The problems arise when we have imbalanced personalities, insecurities, judgments, ego and stress thrown in the mixture as well as folks who plainly should be on meds.
I have learned exactly 3 things that are a job requirement with any company you work at. 1) Perform your job well. Fix what you break. Own your failures as well as your successes here. 2) Absorb and honor the culture, and just like people, every corporation is different. Learn it and abide. The dude abides. 3) Get along well with everybody else. Those you cannot tolerate, keep as far away from as possible without it looking obvious and conduct all business briefly as feasible and politely. Humor goes a very long way to making all of this happen. However well you do your work, you are replaceable. If you are tenured at some place, please enjoy that feeling because as soon as you start somewhere else, you will feel a culture shift that, unless you’ve been job hopping for years, will come as quite a shock. I don’t understand this but sometimes when new folks come on board, the people who have been there a while, rather than welcome you with open arms, want to size you up and judge and get sometimes intensely combative and defensive, as if you are there to take something away from them. At least this is what I experienced and I am still scratching my head over it.
Agendas – What is your agenda for working where you do? What motivates you daily? For me, I have always come to work with only one agenda, to do the work well. After being fired at Bob’s Big Burgers, I never wanted to ever be fired again so I aim to work well with others and do my job. I have never wanted the spotlight, to derail someone’s career, to one-up anybody or cause needless harm and chaos. I have never felt the need to scream insults at someone or single anybody out and make them look bad to pump myself up. I have not once not ever, called someone up in the middle of their work day to shout threats at them as happened to me in my last corporate job. I am full of flaws so I tend toward helping people rather than be the stone that weighs them down or in any way
In my 4 decades of working, I have encountered some very challenging people. From sexual harassment to jealousies, and pettiness, a few very angry people and much ego. Many have been clients where I had to be exemplary in handling them while maintaining composure. For the last 20 years, I was a project manager over implementations (IPM) over voice and data networks for Strategic and Enterprise accounts. As much as I loved my role, it was mostly very imbalanced in the hours worked which brought out many personality quirks not to mention health issues. My superpower was taking an upset client and turning that relationship around. I usually got the worst cases to turn around and accomplished this, to the point of Sprint winning Vendor of the Year from Overhead Door, as just one example. While many people shy away from angry customers, the reality is that most upset folks just want a partner in the business that will hear and understand them and what they want, speak the truth so they aren’t blindsided, while also putting all efforts into meeting all the goals if at all possible. The 12+ hour days took its toll on my health. I manage an ongoing swallowing disorder (achalasia) due to all these years full of long hours and stress. When I took early retirement there, my goal was to put calm and my health as a priority and not work more than an 8 hour day. 8 is enough already. Corporations get greedy.
Wherever you go, there will be the slackers and the over-achievers and those that do their job well, but never push the boundaries to go over and above. You are never going to change that or them. You can only control yourself.
Through networking, I ended up with several
3 months later, 3 additional folks were hired and us new folks were asked to train them while we were all still learning. This was a HUGE corporation yet there were no M&Ps, no training documents, only a Client Handbook that, while filled with great info, was absolutely NOT a training tool. I did what I have always done in new work situations; I created a cheat sheet on all the steps to do my work and added to it as I learned more. I created this cheat sheet so I would not miss a step. I liked this job and intended on keeping it. The 2 folks training us in between their work, took offense that I would create a cheatsheet and refused to review it for accuracy. When we new folks began training the other 3 that had just walked in the door, with no corporate training tool to use, I was asked to share my cheatsheet. This turned into an ego blast where, rather than being happy the new folks were trained rapidly, in a matter of days by using this cheat sheet as a training tool, instead I got screamed at for several minutes in a phone call that was so unprofessional and crazy, threatening my job, calling me insubordinate and shutting my every syllable down. I decided the best course while I had my ass handed to me, was to just go
As we newbies began getting some work, one of the individuals began clashing with everyone else. We’ll call him Howse. Howse wanted to spend an exorbitant amount of time deliberating on every little
Above all else, always remain calm. Both with this phone call and when Howse was yelling at me in my cubicle, just coming completely unglued because I simply asked him to step out of my cubicle and allow me to get my work done my own way, I refused to get angry or shout back. My personal MO has been to always remain kind.
If your corporation keeps the asshat, well, they deserve it! Move onward and upward. Don’t bother looking back and bemoaning fate. But, I do encourage you to see what part you took in it. You may not have known the morale or ethos going into the job but now that you have, think about what you did or did not do or say and make your own behavioral changes. For me, my change is to not be as patient with mentally imbalanced people. It can encourage their abuse and nobody deserves to be abused at work. Working for a living, whatever it is, is challenge enough. None of us needs to put up with rudeness and ego. There are ways to end a call, stop a person from jumping you in your cubicle every morning and to do this in a polite but firm way. And when that doesn’t work, get up and walk away.
Life is too short for unnecessary conflict. One of the things I learned when my mother got dementia was that stress and shock can bring it on. This can be a bad accident, such as breaking a hip, losing a loved one, a bad car accident or anything that seriously jolts you. They don’t know why but I think I do. I think the life most of us live is vastly removed from the life most of us were designed to live. The pace is fast, the work hours long and judging by what I see, the respect and compassion
One of the worst polluters on the home front is doing laundry. In your typical detergent, there are a plethora of chemicals, from optic whiteners to bleach, carcinogens and hormone disrupters, sulfates, parabens, Butyl Esthers, Phosphates, Zeolites, artificial colors, and fillers. Not only do these chemicals affect our drinking water, create algae blooms which kill off fish but also affect you and your children’s health as they leach into your body through skin contact and breathing in the chemical fragrances.
As an ecopreneur, I’m a brand partner for 2 laundry liquids;
Platypus Laundry Liquid featured photo at the top of the page and Essante Organics Unscented Laundry Liquid. I also want to talk about the Sanitizer Spray which uses stabilized oxygen!
Links to shop or do a deeper dive are in above in the product names.
Platypus Laundry Liquid – Platypus is made using organic soap nuts on my companies farm coop. It is 100% biodegradable, even the packaging employs 85% less plastic. While we wait for a non-scented version, this one has a very pleasant eucalyptus essential oil added which is not overpowering but makes the washer and the clothes have a nice fresh aroma. This is super concentrated, you only need 2 tablespoons. 1 liter does 40 loads and there is a price break when you buy 3 or more. The soap comes out looking like dark honey or tea but don’t be alarmed, it will not stain your clothes. Free of all the usual bad chemicals and completely organic, 5% of all sales is gifted to establishing community-owned Organic Farm Share projects. Market studies applause this product for being 23% better at cleaning clothes.
Essante Organics Unscented Laundry Liquid – Essante is in a plastic container which is recyclable. Very concentrated, only 2 tiny capfuls are needed so 16 oz will last you through 32 loads with typical soil levels. Non-scented and works well while being safe for our home, our clothes, and fish. This product uses soy and coconut cleansing agents and is also suggested for furniture fabrics, carpets and pet areas.
Sanitizer Spray – The Essante Sanitizer Spray goes from laundry room to locker room, to countertops of your kitchen and even your makeup bag. Non-scented, it harnesses the power of stabilized oxygen and kills 99%-100% of bacteria, fungi, germs, pathogens and viruses. Great for cleaning and disinfecting cuts, abrasions, acne. I have one client who uses the spray, which comes in a purse/travel size, to cure her Tinea Versicolor. She stated nothing but a very expensive prescription knocked it out prior! I personally use it daily as our cats won’t stay off the countertops and it provides me great peace of mind that our counters are sanitary.
Changing your laundry soap is one easy way to detox your home, the air that you breathe, and your clothing while making a huge impact on the environment and mother earth. ♥
This is my master bath. The contractor gutted, elevated the ceiling and did new sheetrock, ran electrical etc. The view from my zen soak tub shows me a gappy unfinished wall, gaps around the medicine cabinet, a crooked light fixture where the round hole which he created for a square base is mostly covered by a cheap plastic circle. The light fixture moves. Not in the photo are unfinished walls, one that curves and child-like tiling. This passes as quality work at Wilder & Wilder construction.
The photo absolutely will NOT load and I also blame this on the car manufacturer. They must be working some serious mojo so that my photos won’t post. 😉 But I bought an LS600HL and the dashboard leather peeled up so high it blocked vision out the front windshield. Lexus refused to resolve. I finally just sold off the car for pennies on the dollar. I believe hell will freeze before I cease talking about my bad Lexsucks. There were other issues too with the vehicle, it was just aging far too fast for what should have been a quality built machine with a 6 figure sticker price. Not 50k miles in, the water pump failed, as did the brakes and suspension among other things. This is my experience and I have read a few other sad Lexus stories too and while your Lexus may or may not be behaving itself, I come away forever off the brand due to how my situation was handled. It seemed nobody cared to change the outcome and I felt I was driving the most beautiful POS ever created that was a driving time bomb of when I might be left stranded and owing thousands to fix again.
Regardless of your personal beliefs, we are spiritual beings who bring intention and spirit behind that into everything we do, all that we touch and also with what we say. None of us are perfect so if this sounds scary, don’t worry. This life is just a practice. But our practice is in perfection, in giving and doing our best in the service of others with whatever it is that we do or create, even if what we do now is only temporary, you’re going on holiday or retiring next week or starting something new and more in line with your goals etc.
This is the view I see every day I soak in my tub to relax. Namaste MF comes to mind. And I have not found anybody that wants to finish this wall for me. I have thought a lot about work and the spirituality of doing great work, of striving to create happiness with clients, of making it look easy in front of the customer which used to be my personal motto at Sprint as an Implementation Project Manager. Sure, you are not going to please everybody. Some folks come with their own tightly packed bag of luggage that you are never going to be enabled to sort through or resolve. All we can ever do is try. Try hard. Looking at this wall I ask you what lasting impression did you leave your last customer with? Or perhaps it was the checkout person or mailman. We all brand ourselves by how we typically think, feel and act and by our
personal code of ethics. Are you a half-finished and poorly done wall? Are you advertising yourself as a flagship when your output speaks otherwise? If so, there’s time and need to go and do better.
We like to think in terms of hierarchy, of rank in importance, such as BMW might rank higher than Subaru or CEO higher than Project Manager. The reality is that the heart is not one iota more important than the foot, the lung no more important than the lymphatic system, the intestines no less important than the brain. I found it absolutely fascinating to learn the immune system is a completely separate entity that dwells within our bodies. We are all made up of bacteria and hopefully more good flora than bad (check your diet.) But all of the body, while bits, parts and pieces, all work harmoniously together for the good of all the entire organism called human, fish, dog etc or problems ensue.
When we observe the body, we understand that all the lifeforms, all the people, the other animals, the plants, all these bits, parts, and pieces, make up the wonderful and diverse and dependent world we live in with nothing being really more important than another.
Imagine nobody wanted the janitor job. Nobody took out the trash or recycle? How important would that job suddenly feel after a couple of weeks missed trash pickup? Or a month? Many of us do something we are not 100% sold on. This may be a stepping stone or foot inside a doorway, the only thing you felt you qualified for or just a temporary gig to earn some pay. Whatever it is to you, your hand is bringing spirit into the practice. Whether it is the practice of customer service, medicine, the practice of implementing APIs or circuits, the practice of acupuncture, you are adding something divine when it is done right. Whenever you are simply going through the motions or filled with anything less than thankfulness and a desire to do your best in the role you are filling, you are adulterating your power and providing a product whose end results will be less than stellar. And no matter what you do, however trivial you may think it is, somebody cares a whole heck of a lot about the end result.
When I first took up yoga nearly 20 years ago, I was transfixed upon the meaning behind a word I had never heard prior; Namaste. We are all spiritual beings, filled with the anima, the soul and breath of life that all animals are filled up with. In the scurry to get projects completed, the car serviced, the kids off to school, pets to the vet, the home cleaned, and figure out how to carve time out to work on our frayed nerves, work out, work in and work on ourselves this is a great word to meditate upon.
The meaning behind the word Namaste is that the divine in me acknowledges, sees, the divine in you. When I say Namaste, I am acknowledging your spiritually divine spark, your holiness. And amid all this chaos, you do have this spark! The Indian people I worked with used the word as a greeting and a departure. Hello sure pales in comparison.
I love yoga, and there are many forms, for it’s balancing and healing of the entire system. Regardless of where you plan to practice, I encourage you to get a Manduka yoga mat. They are the best, thickest for the knees and joints, easy to clean and last forever. And now they come in colours!
Types of yoga really run the gamut from Flow or power yoga where you get your heart rate up a bit and flow from one position to the next swiftly, to Iyengar and Anusara where the pace is slow and methodical with high importance placed upon the body structure, stacking the bones and keeping a watchful eye on alignment. My first teachers were Baron Baptiste, Iyengar and Vinyasa trained so form was taught.
At the Y, I have become more involved and aware of Iyengar. At first I felt it was too slow but now I get it. And the man’s story is fascinating, sickly as a child, he was sent to live with monks in hopes he would find healing. I highly recommend reading his book, Light On Yoga which is considered the bible of yoga. Here you learn to perfect your form and allow for the healing this brings to your practice. There is also rope yoga and I am thankful the YMCA offers this! I have never had such release in my lower back.
Another fabulous book is Baron’s 40 days to Personal Revolution which has great mediation instructions, poses
Yoga not only
Anger – One time at work, where we had outsourced to India, I was very frustrated as things were not going well at all. These folks were put into place with very little learning on something very complicated and add to it the language barrier. After the run around and feeling my blood boil, I ended my chat session with this exceedingly unhelpful person with ‘Namste’. In the depth and bile of my anger over not getting something done which should have taken 1 afternoon before but now had required 35 days, I was just done talking. I had to stop myself and breath. It would do no good to spew hatred at the machine that put all this in place. Perhaps it wasn’t this individuals fault, who knows their personal story right? So I just took a slow breath, let it all go and said Namaste. I was heading my finger on the button to then end the chat session when a message came back to ‘hold on one moment more, I think I can fix this for you.’ And so it was done not in anger, not in pushing my agenda, but simply in letting it go as I acknowledged the holy, the seat of the divine in another very flawed individual as I am equally flawed too. I ended up after this getting a whole lot of work done faster. And I shared with my US team what Namaste means as I shared my personal story. Unfairness, laying off the wrong person, car accidents, loan interest rates going up happen. Life happens. The point of it all is to acknowledge the divine in everything which surrounds you. There you find peace and gain enlightenment. Namaste.
As a vegan, I have a few conflicting thoughts on a few things. I know veganism gets VERY political. Someone wished me, my pets, my entire family to die of cancer and my business to fail over a discussion about cashew cheese the individual (and later all her Facebook Friends) misunderstood as dairy. I will be 58 in November. I had never before encountered that much hate and by a fellow vegan and I was just starting this journey. To my knowledge, nobody on earth before had wished me and my entire clan dead by slow acting cancer. This was in late 2016 and I still carry all that hatred. I feel sorry for any vegetarian that crosses her path. I wonder about some person who decides to help animals and the planet and their own health by cutting out meat. And then they get an earful of hate from this ‘lady’. Boom, they are back to eating meat and whatever else, screw it! I want nothing to do with the crazy people, right? This is exactly how I was feeling at any rate. The person spewed so many insults I had to block FB and shut down. And then I just wanted to spite eat meat and cheese. This movement is never about one individual, but about the end goals. When we get so angry at a person we don’t even know because they had a bite of something, and we make the adult decision to act out that rage, then we become accountable for that ripple effect.
We must come to this table with logic not just ‘I love animals.’ I have clients who still eat meat, greatly reduced, but still, it is a part of their life. I must acknowledge it may always be so as I suggest healthier and kinder ways. In short, if my job is to help spread the reasons to go vegan (health, planet and animal kindness) then I must place myself in some trenches to do this work. My husband is an omnivore by choice and he loves his local honey. On this plane of existence, none of us are perfect and there will be a compromise at some juncture in everyone’s life. Thankfully I had great training at Hippocrates and this greatly helped when encountering the death threats, the unrelenting hate and refusal to acknowledge logic. I endeavor to read labels, do and know my research, think before speaking and act in compassion. This would be compassion for human animals as well as the rest of them we share the planet with. We are overrun as a species, so I made the choice not to bear children. This also saves the planet. Hippocrates Health Institute trained on the avoidance of all sugar. Eggs contain a protein our bodies do not process well. We were also instructed to avoid any processed foods, bread, alcohol, caffeine and do good food combining and aim for 80%+ raw food.
While many of us espouse an all or nothing approach, and that is absolutely fine, it is compassionate to realize not all of us will be 100% all in. I want also to reach these people. If I can get a daily meat eater to go all organic, to know the farm where the meat comes from, reduce his dependence upon fast food and consider some vegan or vegetarian meals with no meat at all, that is progress. When a client has a kindness meal, then more, then an entire day of kindness, then several, I consider this a win. This individual has grown in awareness, has developed a foothold on the logic that his current way of eating is not planet sustainable, isn’t healthy
Veganism is a passionate endeavor but we all must realize that the individuals who come to this lifestyle do so for various reasons. Some are focused just on animals while others want to save the planet and still others are riddled with Chronic disease and want to reverse those ills, lower their blood pressure and risk of diabetes or more stints in their arteries and live resiliently. For me it’s about all 3. What the evil vegan wishing me and mine dead didn’t know is that I had already lost my entire family to cancer and yes, the slow way. Breast for my mother, bone for one brother, Prostate for another, colon for a cousin and breast for an aunt and kidney for my father. Two of these people died within 12 months of each other right on the heels of me losing my job of 26 years. It was after losing my employment that I took a year of studies with Hippocrates.
When working with a client, I follow the Hippocrates guidelines and then tweak that towards what my client is willing to do. I am there to help and education and coach. I make a lousy judge, I am imperfect myself.
Recently a company I rep for discussed a body butter that had beeswax in it. I was adoring this product and now realize it isn’t vegan. This term can mean many things but essentially espouses to act daily with the purpose and intention of causing no harm to animals, from what we eat, drink, sleep on, wear, use or ride. But veganism also delves into what can be considered exploitation. This issue can get very tricky.
Exploitation is wrong and all of us encounter it by our fellow humans, such as at work. Big corporations, such as those who sell honey to Costco, kill the bees in the process of stealing the honey. Below is a great article on honey bees. I have always espoused supporting local beekeepers because they truly care about the bees and as bees are in decline, somebody should be supporting these folks. Our neighbors are the Zip Code Honey people and run the Texas Honeybee Guild. They take very good care of their bees and while I don’t eat honey, my husband does and buys from them. BlendItUp Bee Free Honey makes a great substitute.
Exploitation can be so many things. One is eggs. I am actually happy to see more families raising hens in their backyard and I once had a harem of hens myself. I took great care of them and learned so much having them. I was told growing up that chickens were stupid. Nope, not at all true. So if you have hens, are feeding them organic feed, augmenting with calcium and allowing them to live out their days in enjoyment and love even when they stop producing eggs for you, I am not sure that I have a right to complain about that. One of my vegan friends will on very rare occasions, once a year perhaps, enjoy such an egg. I would far better prefer to see this than my neighbors buying eggs from hens that suffered at the hands of factory farming methods. I know from raising my own, the hens were happy and were not, as someone insisted they were, ‘forced’ to produce eggs. As a vegan
What about horseback riding? Or vegetarianism? There’s so much backlash with the vegan society towards vegetarians when in reality, they are making a huge dent in the cruelty and planet sustainability. True, there is a big difference between being vegan and being vegetarian but can we not be a bit more kind? People change given the right support and motivation. I have known several vegetarians go vegan. And meat eaters go vegan on a weekly basis across the planet. Is the horse being exploited if he is well cared for and loves being ridden? My horse loving friend, Laura, told me the story of how her horse Dovey spawned Little Dove, who actually never went through any coaching or training to be ridden. No, she just lined up at the post and waited for her bit and saddle and off she trotted with her tribe, not one buck. Wherever human animals and the rest of them cross paths, animals are and should be a partnership with us; an acknowledgment of respect and kindness. We learn from them and they from us.
I use the term human animals because I believe so much of the time we humans forget we are just mammals. Sure, biblically we were called to watch over them and wow we are doing an abysmal job for the most part now, but this really doesn’t make us ‘better’. What it makes us is an animal having an assigned task directed by our maker that we are epically failing at, in spite of every advantage to do the job with aplomb. Am I exploiting my dog expecting him to guard my home? It’s his job and it goes with his natural instincts but would this be an exploitation? I also adore him, keep him company and we go for walks and play together. He is living a great life and eating homemade meals with every need catered to. What is exploitation?
Expand the mind – If our ways were that of the 50’s or 60’s, from the way we cared for our livestock and also the amounts ingested on an annual basis, I don’t believe our vegan movement would be so passionate or so large looming. There would be far less of us. This cause exists and is growing because our lives, as a species, are out of balance with nature. We have allowed cruelty, conceit, greed, and arrogance to rule us rather than compassion and wisdom. Wisdom sits at the seat of compassion. Nothing else matters without it. So when I hear someone say they cannot condone horseback riding that a fellow vegan does with their horse because that is exploitation or goes on the attack with local beekeepers, my heart aches. We have far larger tofu fish to fry, with the big corporations that are the cause of at least 95% of the pain rather than fight amongst ourselves or nitpick everything in a less than educational loving way. In a world where nothing will ever be 100% vegan, let’s focus on bringing awareness with kindness and celebrating the wins. I used to joke that where it says in the bible the meek shall inherit the earth, that we would end up overrun by cockroaches. Could it possibly be that the meek discussed would be us human animals becoming more like gentle lambs, not eating each other literally, emotionally or spiritually?
One thing drilled into me at Hippocrates was the slogan HOPE = Hormones, Oxygen, Phytonutrients, and Enzymes. Eating a healthy plant-based diet that is preferably raw and nothing cooked above 118 is ideal. The reason to eat raw or utilize low cooking and dehydrated foods are to retain the vital enzymes in the food. When we eat cooked foods, the body expends a lot of energy digesting it and creating its own enzymes to do so. With cooked foods, the body utilizes cups of digestive enzymes vs spoonfuls to break it all down. Eating cooked foods slows down the entire process and depletes the body of enzymes. Enzymatic exhaustion is aging. Enzymes are the spark of life, the electric. Hippocrates maintains that eating cooked foods causes digestive glucose cytosis – where your body engages white blood cells to go ‘on attack’. The immune system doesn’t recognize processed and cooked food as food. The thought process here is that a lot of energy the body spends ‘fighting’ cooked foods could be spent on detoxing and curing cancer. At the very least, raw foods should be consumed with cooked and eat the raw foods first, followed by the cooked ones.
Enzymes help you alkalize. An alkaline system is inhospitable to cancer. Enzymes benefit cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. Digestion is the #1 thing. If you lack enzymes from your food, your body will borrow it from other places and that is not a good thing. Enzymes are necessary to break down fats, carbohydrates and protein. Getting enough enzymes helps regulate healthy weight. It is recommended to take enzymes with each meal or snack regardless of whether the meal is raw or cooked. I do not take an enzyme when I juice, however, as I consider juicing to be ‘pre-digested’, meaning it is all fresh raw ingredients, macerated into a juice without pulp (see my article on Juicing vs blending) so that the body has minimal work absorbing the nutrients. I typically juice first thing in the morning as my ‘breakfast’ and then later eat a solid breakfast of salad, typically or hummus etc.
I love feedback so please post your success stories and comments after being on enzymes. ♥