This morning right before an incredible class with @jeanettenpearson , a woman talking about Beyond Burgers said, “if someone wants something that tastes like meat, they should just eat meat.” I interjected, “Well, not if they don’t want to hurt an animal.” And then she proceeded to say that not eating meat is worse for the environment. Her argument was about a surplus of cattle and that in essence, vegetarians are harming the planet. I was dumbfounded and class had to start. I wanted to say so much. I wanted to talk about the act of consuming suffering and pain. I wanted to discuss the environmental impact, the fact that slaughterhouse workers have actually reported seeing cattle shaking and crying as they were being dragged toward their death, and what about the yogic idea of loving and respecting all life...my mind was racing. For the first 10 minutes of class, I was viscerally upset until I reminded myself to breathe. For the record, people I love eat meat. I do not bother them. You do you. I’ll do me. But let’s not ignore reality. Let’s not convince ourselves that it’s our duty and that we are making the world a better place as a race by consuming animals. It’s simple supply and demand.
Back to that moment: after a few minutes of coming back to my breath and the sensations in my body,
I felt the discomfort in my chest and belly dissipate. Focusing solely on my body and breath, I could move on. It’s not a perfect science, sure. It took minutes but then the sweet relief was there. That, my friends, is why I do yoga. To let go of all the stuff I can’t control. 🙏🏻 - 3 minutes ago