To Honor and Protect

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Thoughts on Thanksgiving

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I’ve shared my feelings about Thanksgiving many times over the years.
Here are several examples; 2012, 2014 and 2016.

I am all for giving thanks! Always. But Thanksgiving is a holiday I do not support.

My reasons are pretty simple.

46 million turkeys will be killed unnecessarily, for ONE day of indulgence, in celebration of Thanksgiving. That’s just for the holiday. That doesn’t include the 245 million turkeys killed every year. In my opinion, that’s reason enough to not participate.

Also, from a Native American perspective, the holiday is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Please read this post from the Native Hope website. It’s an important read.

In addition to that, animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, deforestation (look at the Amazon forest! disappearing for beef production), air pollution, habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, and more. Anyone that is concerned about climate change and the environmental crisis we all face, needs to seriously look at their diet. The U.S. population can’t continue to eat like this. The exploitation of animals is literally killing us (and the world as we know it).

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This is NOT to say; don’t give thanks, don’t celebrate abundance, don’t honor friends and family.

It’s to say, YES! Do all of those things.

All of that is wonderful and important — but please don’t do it at the expense of other living beings and the planet. Let’s find new ways to celebrate. Let’s be creative!

Sponsor a rescued turkey:
Farm Sanctuary
Woodstock Sanctuary
Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary

Donate to Native Americans:
Indigenous Environmental Network
Warrior Women
First Nations covid-19 response fund
Red Hawk Council
Native American Rights Fund

Eat compassionate “meat”:
Impossible Foods
Beyond Meat
Field Roast

Every day is an opportunity for us to be more aware; more compassionate, more loving, more responsible. It’s an ongoing practice.

Wishing everyone a fabulous Giving Thanks holiday!

I love you. I’m grateful for you!

Thanks for letting me say what’s on my heart.

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The Art of Living

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“The only conversion involved in Vipassana is from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation.”

“The first step toward emerging from suffering is to accept the reality of it, not as a philosophical concept or an article of faith, but as a fact of existence which affects each one of us in our lives.”

“Real wisdom is recognizing and accepting that every experience is impermanent. With this insight you will not be overwhelmed by ups and downs. And when you are able to maintain an inner balance, you can choose to act in ways that will create happiness for you and for others. Living each moment happily with an equanimous mind, you will surely progress toward the ultimate goal of liberation from all suffering.”

“Rather than converting people from one organized religion to another organized religion, we should try to convert people from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation, and from cruelty to compassion.”

“Remaining in ignorance is harmful for everyone; developing wisdom is good for everyone… One must become a good human being; otherwise one can never be a good Christian, a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Hindu, a good Buddhist. How to become a good human being —- that is most important.”

“To be truly religious we must develop the religious attitude: purity of heart, love and compassion for all. But our attachment to the external forms of religion leads us to give more importance to the letter of it than the spirit. We miss the essence of religion and therefore remain miserable.”

“Vipassana is the art of living. Not the art of escaping.”

“Learn to observe objectively whatever is happening. If someone is angry and tries to hide his anger, to swallow it, then it’s suppression. But by observing the anger, you will find that automatically it passes away. You become free from the anger if you learn how to observe it objectively.”

“When a problem arises in daily life, take a few moments to observe your sensations with a balanced mind. When the mind is calm and balanced, whatever decision you make will be a good one. When the mind is unbalanced, any decision you make will be a reaction. You must learn to change the pattern of life from negative reaction to positive action.”

“You must not allow people to do wrong to you. Whenever someone does something wrong, he harms others and at the same time he harms himself. If you allow him to do wrong, you are encouraging him to do wrong. You must use all your strength to stop him, but with only good will, compassion, and sympathy for that person. But you cannot have good will for such a person unless your mind is calm and peaceful.”

“If there is no peace in the minds of individuals, how can there be peace in the world? Make peace in your own mind first.”

“The whole point of Vipassana is to decondition the mind so that one can live a happy life. A life full of love, compassion and good will for all.”

All quotes by S. N. Goenka

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All I can say is…

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If it isn’t a problem for me, the problem doesn’t exist.

“Four random cis, straight white guys discuss inequality” by Liana Finck

To see more of her sketches, visit Liana’s IG account: @lianafinck

And please, make sure you vote! #BidenHarris2020

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Well that was a fail.

I was trying something new and it didn’t work! :) It posted to the blog, but didn’t get out to my subscribers. So I have to post this announcement. Here’s your blog post link if you’re reading this via email. And if you’re already on Sunday Is For Lovers, just scroll down. https://sundayisforlovers.wordpress.com/2020/10/25/the-art-of-crys-yin-and-natalie-wynn/

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The Art of Crys Yin & Natalie Wynn

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I wrote this week’s blog post five times, completing four different posts, choosing from six different ideas! I just couldn’t decide on what I wanted to share. There is so much going on in the U.S.. Everything was competing for attention.

So I decided to combine two ideas. I want to share the art of Crys Yin. She usually paints with a colorful palette, but for the moment I’m interested in her black & white political posters. That’s what I’ll share with you today. You’ll find her image and artwork below the video.

I also love the work of Natalie Wynn. She creates Youtube videos under the name ContraPoints. She’s my safe place when I feel overwhelmed by normies. (Which is often.) I had a feeling she wouldn’t be excited about Biden, but I’m glad she voted for him. She explains it all in the video.

Speaking of voting… please say you did. And if you didn’t, click here. Vote him out. Do it as early as you can. Thanks!

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No Longer Political

“When political views result in the suffering of another human being, they are no longer political views — they are moral choices.”

Click here for everything you need to know about voting, and if you voted already, please spread the word. This is the most important election in U.S. history.

And yes, I’m voting him out! 🇺🇸 I voted last week. So I’m all set. I’ll be using the next few weeks to encourage others to do the same. :) Join me.

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