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The Many Faces of Kindness

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I had a recent conversation with a friend at a dinner about hunger in the world. When I mentioned that the Western world was very much responsible for children, let’s say in Africa, dying daily of starvation, my friend opened her eyes really big and replied “what does this have to do with me and what I eat, here in the US?” After all, since we aren’t being told the truth, let alone the whole truth or even part of it , how could people connect the dots? The truth is that if people knew just the waste of resources (some non-renewable) it takes to raise animals for food, they would be shocked and make drastic changes in their lifestyle.  Very soon, we, as a specie, will have to decide if we feed animals or we feed humans. Both are not possible. +7 billion humans, 50 billion animals raised and killed for food every year on one small planet. You do the math!

Hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, but by the inadequacies of our current food system that is only standing because of a huge reliance on pharmaceuticals, chemicals and machinery. If any of these spokes were to break (and there are signs that it is already happening), the whole thing would crumble down. Hunger is maintained by improper distribution of existing commodities produced. The grain that is not fed to farm animals (20%), is stocked in huge grain silos for rainy days.

Western meat-based diet is causes starving children in developing nations

I fundamentally believe in the goodness of people, because in the end, darkness is only absence of light, so it doesn’t exist as such on its own. We have been giving it credence way too long! Aren’t we tired of it by now?
I believe that when people find out the truth about anything, something inside happens, call it a change of heart, a quantum leap, which leads to a new understanding and experience of our position in the world or universe and a new behavior is adopted as a result. We are about to go through one of these!

With talks of 2012 and all the various scenarios of  end of times, maybe all we are asked to do (while the old structures are collapsing under the weight of greed and corruption) is to return to kindness, first to self, to others around us, to mother nature and to all of humanity as a whole. There is no us and them! Only us all! The circle of life includes all of creation. No exception!

Maybe, what we are about to go through is not the end as we know it, but mostly the end of a way of living, competing, exploiting, stealing, killing for one bottom line at the cost of everything else.  We all know that it isn’t right. We haven’t yet understood that what we do onto others will be done onto ourselves.  Call it divine law in action (every religious and spiritual traditions mention it) and since we are living in an accelerated world, instant karma is happening.

So with a deep breath and gratefulness for being alive in these exciting times, let’s simply wish onto others what we would want for ourselves, as our prayer, our intention and as Gandhi used to say, so that we can be the change we want to see in the world. Who else is going to do it? There is no time for blaming or panicking! Everything else is irrelevant and a distraction at this point. I hope you will join the fast growing movement around the planet and be a beacon of light to those around you. Every light, no matter how small makes a difference and will be counted!

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As a vegan chef, cooking instructor and food consultant, I am blessed to share my passion for international flavors, a compassionate world, optimal health and healing. You can't have one without the others because they are all interconnected. My culinary journey started in the South of France where I was born, then took me through Europe, onto America, then Asia and South America. I grew up eating delicious rich food my grandmother made (think creamy white and wine sauces) and fresh Mediterranean dishes my mother prepared. My family was by no mean vegetarian or vegan but we weren’t big meat eaters either. This being said, I must confess that I have had my fair share of strange things being served as food as I grew up! But I soon came to realize that it was the sauces, the marinade that tasted so good and that they could have just as well been poured over bread or tofu and it would have been just as good. You know how certain songs bring back a memory of where you were and who you were with when you heard them? Well, I seem to have a memory of food attached to pretty much every place and profound moment I have experienced in my life. It was the way love was shared and cherished all through my life so I am continuing the tradition! But the love is even more healing when there is no pain and sufferings attached to it. Be vegan, it is good for your health and the only sustainable diet for the planet.

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