Until december 2015, I ate meat and fish. Bread with mortadella for breakfast and lunch and animal proteins for dinner like most of the people.
At a certain moments I doubted but still ate it because I didn’t know how to replace it. In my education a meal consisted of pasta/rice/potatoes with vegetables and meat.
But on the 30th of December 2015 I was standing in the supermarket with a package of Mortadella in my hand and suddenly a little voice said “WTF are you doing” I’ve put it back in the shelve and stopped eating meat.
Why did I stop?
I’d like to tell you why I stopped eating meat, fish and related products.
Easy answer: It’s sad for the animals
The first seed was planted by this video. Little Luis explains it very well in this video:”We have to take care for them, not eat them”. Also the way they are treated at the farms and the butchers doesn’t make me very happy.
I was vegetarian for three years, but seeing the trailer of Dominion made me going to totally plantbased. (the grinding of the male chickens and the running of the cow behind her taken away calf were the images which strucked me.)
A little less easy answer: Why would I eat something i couldn’t kill myself
Just before I decided to stop eating, I saw a trailer of the movie “Vleesverlangen” (Desire for meat), a Dutch movie where Marijn Frank is looking for the answer why she loves meat so much (here is the complete movie, unfortunately only in Dutch).
This trailer alone was already enough to make a deep impression. The screenshot below is taken at the moment just before a cow is shot and shows everything. It made me realize that also I can’t even look at it neither, let alone do it myself.
A nice video is this one. Tell the message with humor instead of scary movies about slaughterhouses…
The most difficult answer: we are all one
Everything has a consciousness and maybe we are all divine beings and connected to each other because we are all from the same source, the universal and pure consciousness. When you would have said a year ago that I would write it now, I’d declare you for crazy, but the yoga teacher training made me aware of this of this thought and feeling.
Like my friend L. said:”The way of Yoga, the way of being your True Self will make You an empath towards all living beings. We are all One! ”
Also taken taken in account in this aspect is also the care for the environment and the impact on the world of breeding meat. Eating meat takes a lot of resources of the world. Also having a completely plant based diet should be more healthy. But having these discussions about these aspects involves a lot of cherry picking, citing the research which is in favor of your opinion. So I try to focus on the ethical aspect in my discussion.
We must awaken to the soul connection we all share, no matter the villosity of the skin. This ‘separation’ perceived through the eyes of the ego is a loss of spiritual identity, which is the source of systemic harm in our society. Nonhumans are sentient beings whose lives matter to them, even if they do not matter to anyone else. Soul is within all life: It is nothing less than life itself. – unknown (Kathleen Lowson?)
The decision was made in one second but not totally spontaneous. It has been a long time in the corner of my mind that it’s “bad” to eat meat, but the desire and lack of knowledge made me do it. But because of the yoga, you’re more conscious of your role, start to live more healthier and get to know ahimsa, non violence. Also due to the yoga I became more stronger to follow my own heart and stand up for my own opinion (I care less about the question “What would others think?”)
In fact there are three options: one day I will eat meat again, who knows. Only the person who doesn’t think and evolve doesn’t change his mind. The other option is that I become vegan, so I skip also cheese and eggs. I don’t see it happen because I like it too much and don’t know how to replace it (especially cheese on bread), but hey I used that as arguments a long time also for meat. Most probable is that I continue like this in the future. No meat and skipping a bit more eggs and cheese.
Not to forget that I respect the opinion of choices of others. So my room mate is still eating meat and I’m totally okay with it, occasionally I even prepare it for him. I can show others my way, but everybody his own path in life…
Update February 2019 : After seeing the trailer (and some fragments) of Dominion I decided to eat as vegan as possible. I won’t read all ingredient declarations but I’ll avoid eggs and dairy products when I shop and cook myself or choose a meal in a restaurant.
Update june 2019 : Yes, I read now ingredient declarations 🙂 And I became aware about things like anti-speciesism and the moral baseline. I think I’ll rewrite this blogpost soon 🙂
Read also: The relation between yoga and vegetariarism