My heart weeps in moments like these

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!WARNING: This is an extremely controversial topic, but I can’t help but share some of my thoughts. You’re welcome to disagree, to quit reading after the first paragraph, or to comment with any thoughts or emotions that are brought up for you.

Keep in mind while reading, that this post is out of love. For the love of the animals! And the planet. ❤ I love you.

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Big truck. Semi. Hundreds of tiny feather-lined cages. Now empty.

Tears fall down my cheeks. I know the truth. I know the torture. Innocent babies. Innocent friends.

Murdered.

Nobody realizes. Nobody realizes the truth.

Super market shelves stocked full of cleaned meats, organized & all prettied up for display. No blood. No tears. Nobody realizes the torture that went into getting that meat from factory farm to market.

I cry. Weep. I feel extreme pains in my chest. My stomach turns.

I was once a murderer too. In a way. I paid others to kill animals, so that I could get my daily dose of protein and flavor. I thought it was the only way. I was once paying for my plates ‘full of fear’ at the local restaurants. Everywhere. Plates full of sadness. I didn’t know. In fact, I had no idea.

I grew up eating this way, why would I ever change?

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It is in these moments that I am so grateful for finding a different path. A new path. A diet that is filled with compassion and love, no animals harmed in the process.

When I see trucks filled to the brim with livestock living beings, my beautiful friends, I want so badly to set them free. I want so badly to purchase them myself and give them home. A kind home, full of love and peace and playfulness. A place where they can live their lives. The way they were meant to.

I believe I will one day own my personal animal sanctuary. I can’t help but feel extreme compassion for living beings. I can’t help but love on all the animals that roam this beautiful earth.

They’re all here for a reason, and I’m not so positive it’s just so we could eat them. They have souls. Just as we do. We wouldn’t eat each other–or our cats, or our dogs, or horses–so what makes a chicken, a fish, a pig, a deer, a lamb, or a cow any different?

They play. They all have the ability to feel joy. Feel fear. Nurture their young, and protect their families from harm. They’re so much like we humans. But we fail to see that sometimes.

This video brings up extreme emotions for me. At 1:17 into the video when the cows start literally jumping in the air, full of happiness and joy, I myself am filled with those emotions 🙂 But it also pains me. I wish all cows could experience life in this way. But they don’t.

This inspires me. Inspires me to make a difference. To create a peaceful planet full of safety and love. A place where all beings look out for one another, despite their species.

But it all starts right here. With me. In order to create the world I want, I must start actually doing things in my own life. Creating real change in myself, in order to create the change I want to see in the world.

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This post wasn’t written to bring up guilt in those who choose to eat meat. It’s not so I can say to everyone “I’m right. You’re wrong.”

I don’t know everything. I only know what I feel and what I experience personally.

The reason I wrote this was to bring up an alternative perspective. I understand that our culture tells us a different story. We’re brought up in homes with parents who teach us their ways, and many of us never question it, let alone change it.

I’m only asking that more people just think about the other side of the story for a second. See if their lifestyles are consistent with their deepest values. I mean really think about it.

And, if during that search within yourself, you find that perhaps your lifestyle doesn’t quite match up with your values, it might be something worth looking into.

Again, I love you. I’m so grateful for you. We’re all here for a reason. Let’s make a positive change in the lives of each other. In the lives of all living beings.

With peace & love and as much gratitude a heart can hold,
❤ Brittany

Photo Credit: Compassion Over Killing – http://www.cok.net/inv/maryland-egg-farms/county-fair-farms/02_4cff05cu3/

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Let the sun shine

Sometimes we don’t always think the most positively about ourselves. We tell ourselves hurtful things, call ourselves names, and think quite poorly about ourselves at times.

For some of us, it becomes the norm in our lives. We get into this habitual self-sabotaging cycle of negative thinking.

We tell ourselves we’re not good enough, not beautiful enough, not smart enough, not thin enough..

..and why do we do this?

We expend so much energy in the form of stress, tears, and grief.

..and for what? Where does it lead us?

Well, no where, really. Except for into a perpetual cycle, that never ends, and worsens over time.

Such a time waste. Such a LIFE waste. ..but we still do it!

Researchers suggest that we humans have an average of 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. (Now that’s a lot thoughts!)

This leaves a lot of room for negativity to take over, if you allow it to.

But what if we disrupted the cycle? What if we started taking note of all the negative thoughts we think? What if we took immediate action to turn the negative thoughts into opposite and equal positive ones?

I think we might just feel a little lighter, a little more joyful throughout the day.

When we rid our minds of the storm clouds, the sun peeks out, and shines on us its happiness and warmth. It gives us hope. We start feeling a little safer, a little more loved.

But it all has to begin from within. It is possible to tame your thoughts, but takes a bit of practice at first.

Try it out today.

When you notice a negative thought forming in your mind, turn it around and upside down. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Tell yourself you’re beautiful. Tell yourself you’re loved. Tell yourself you’re good enough. Tell yourself you’re smart enough. Tell yourself you are able.

Our minds are a bit naive sometimes. They believe everything we tell them.

If our minds believe so much of what we tell them, let’s start telling them about how AWESOME we are! Let’s stop dwelling on the past issues and start living in today. Enjoy the time we have now, ’cause all we’re really promised is now.

What thoughts do you struggle with the most? What steps will you take to improve them?

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