VegInspirations

Veg Inspiration. Lightness of Being.

Will Tuttle : June 20, 2009

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“True
human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when
its recipient has no power. Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test,
consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in
this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so
fundamental that all others stem from it.”
—Milan
Kundera, author,
The Unbearable Lightness
of Being

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Veg Inspiration. Returning Home.

Will Tuttle : June 19, 2009

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A
primary danger is that we might leave home but not return; that is, we could
awaken to the harmfulness inherent in our culture’s commodification of living
beings but fail to bring this awakening to our culture by becoming a voice for
these beings. If our understanding isn’t articulated in ways that are
meaningful for us, it can become imprisoned within us and turn sour, becoming
cynicism, anger, despair, and disease. This doesn’t serve us or anyone else.

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Veg Inspiration. Lift the Veil.

Will Tuttle : June 18, 2009

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The
opposite of love is not hate but indifference. When we lift the veil and see
the suffering our food habits cause, when we connect with the reality of the
defenseless beings who suffer so terribly because of our food choices, our
indifference dissolves and compassion—its opposite—arises, urging us to act on
behalf of those who are suffering.
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Greetings from the road!

Will Tuttle : June 17, 2009

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Hope you're enjoying the early summer. Have a few bits of exciting news to share with you:

1 – This Thursday, June 18th, we'll be presenting a free teleconference on The World Peace Diet. This is being graciously sponsored by the Animals & Religion Department of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and is open to the first 150 people who call in at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, 4:00 p.m. Pacific. We are expecting this to fill up quickly, so if you'd like to join us, please call in the number a little early. The number to call is 1-605-475-6333 and the Participant Access Code is 623895. For more details, see
http://www.network.bestfriends.org/religion/news/34681.html

2 – There will be TWO World Peace Diet facilitator training retreats held in 2009. The first will be in Mendocino, northern CA, August 23-25, and the second will be in Cincinnati, OH, October 23-25. The California retreat is being held at the beautiful Stanford Inn By The Sea resort and follows the Vibrant Living Expo where we'll be presenting along with John Robbins, Howard Lyman, Cherie Soria, Happy Oasis, Doug Graham, and many others. The Ohio retreat is being held at lovely Grailville retreat center in Loveland, OH, as part of a terrific larger conference called The World Peace Yoga Conference, featuring Gabriel Cousens, Andrew Harvey, Sharon Gannon, Kali Ray, Harold Brown, Judy Carman, Colleen Patrick-Goodreau, Rae Sikora, Karen Dawn, and many others in the yoga,
spirituality, and vegan movements. Both of these retreats are World Peace Diet Facilitator Training Retreats.

Participants will receive tools they can use to more effectively live, share, and teach the ideas in The World Peace Diet, and will receive a certificate upon completion of the weekend. Feel free to attend, also, if you'd just like to enjoy being with fellow explorers of compassionate, sustainable, and healthy
living in a beautiful natural setting. Gourmet organic vegan meals will be served.

For information on these retreats and conferences, please see http://worldpeacediet.org/retreat2.htm

3 – Some of you may have seen my recent article on veganism and the future of
our culture. Here it is: http://crazysexylife.com/2009/our-future-is-vegan/

Other upcoming events include several events in southern California – including the biannual Jain Convention on Ecology, and the national Animal Rights Conference, which is always an inspiring and provocative event. See http://www.arconference.org/

Hope you can join us at one of these. We'll also be in northern California and Hawaii in late August and September, and in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio in October. These events include World Peace Diet lectures, piano concerts with Madeleine's art exhibits, intuition workshops, Sunday morning services,
individual sessions for music & art, etc. Hope you can join us somewhere along the way! Please see our continually-updated tour schedule at www.willtuttle.com/schedule.htm for more details.

Deep thanks to everyone who has worked so zealously and selflessly recently to help our programs and presentations be successful in Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, Washington DC, West Virginia, Ohio, and here in Chicago. Together we are building a more compassionate world.

Our free daily Veg Inspiration For The Day is now available both at http://worldpeacediet.org and also through FeedBurner at  http://worldpeacediet.com – sign up and tell your friends!

Every month, we have a one-hour conversation with Meria Heller on her internet radio site which I highly recommend for progressive, alternative news:http://meria.net

Finally, please join the forums and discussion groups at www.worldpeacediet.net
and check out our Worldwide Prayer Circle For Animals at www.circleofcompassion.org

If you would like to host us in your community, please let us know!

A big thank-you to all of you who are working diligently to raise consciousness on this Earth.  We are all connected.

Bless you all!

That's it for now.
Love and peace,

Will & Madeleine

Veg Inspiration. Love Propels Us.

Will Tuttle : June 17, 2009

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The more we connect, the more we
understand and the more we love, and this love propels us not only to leave
home, questioning our culture’s attitude of domination and exclusion, but also
to return home, speaking on behalf of those who are vulnerable.

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Veg Inspiration. Urge to show Mercy.

Will Tuttle : June 16, 2009

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The
urge to show mercy and to protect those who are vulnerable is rooted deeply in
us, and though it has been repressed by our herding culture, there is enormous
evidence that it longs to be expressed by virtually all of us. We will
collectively donate millions of dollars, for example, to help just one animal
if we know the animal’s story and our intelligence and compassion have been
awakened by our connecting with this animal.

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Veg Inspiration. The Price of Taste.

Will Tuttle : June 15, 2009

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Actually,
the taste that we prize in animal foods is more like the sex we would have as
rapists, for the prostitute may at least consent and profit from our cravings,
but the animal is always forced against her will to be tortured and killed for
our taste and questionable pleasure.

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Veg Inspiration. Undeniable Interconnectedness.

Will Tuttle : June 14, 2009


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Once
a vegan, we are always so, because our motivation is not personal and
self-oriented, but is based on concern for others and on our undeniable
interconnectedness with other living beings.

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Our Future is Vegan

Will Tuttle : June 13, 2009

We live on the road. For fourteen years now Madeleine and I have been plying North America’s highways in our ’86 diesel pick-up that pulls our solar-powered fifth wheel “rolling home” across this beautiful land. Although we only drive about fifteen to twenty thousand miles per year, following the geese in spring and fall, and presenting around 150 lectures, concerts, and workshops annually, we are able to get a pretty good glimpse into what’s happening here. For me, two things especially stand out. One—monoculture agribusiness. Huge fields of corn, soybeans, hay, alfalfa, and other grains and legumes grown primarily to feed our billions of hyperconfined cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and fish. Two—hospitals and medical facilities. They are springing up like mushrooms after the rain—in large part due to the flood of people hyperconsuming the flesh, eggs, and milk of the aforementioned creatures.

North and south, east and west, monocultures and hospitals. Drugged and poisoned land with all its inevitable results. According to recent statistics from the Department of Agriculture, a whopping 86 percent of U.S. agricultural land is devoted to just four crops— corn, soy, hay, and wheat—the main crops used to feed and fatten confined animals. By contrast, growing all the vegetables in the U.S. requires only 1.5 percent of our agricultural land! And for all the orchards and vineyards that provide our nuts, berries, and fruits, it’s just 1.6 percent! Just three percent of our farmland produces all our fruits, veggies, and nuts! Talk about small footprint! Last fall, for example, as we were driving through Iowa, and I was delivering lectures promoting veganism in cities and towns throughout Iowa (whew!!), we traveled through countless thousands of acres of soybean fields. We found out that only one small field in the entire state grew soybeans that were used for tofu and soymilk for humans; virtually the entire vast Iowa soy crop was squandered to fatten cows, pigs, and other enslaved animals who were hidden away in their stinking sheds and feedlots far from the major roads. In contrast to this, Russia has been encouraging small-scale family gardens (“dachas”), and these dachas have been an amazing success, now supplying 93 percent of Russia’s potatoes, and 80 percent of all vegetables and fruits! This could be our future as well! If we understand and act.

By reducing vast expanses of our precious forests and prairies to toxic monocultures, where only one species is allowed to grow in order to feed the mistreated animals whose flesh and secretions we are all pressured into eating, we create the ongoing conditions of psychological, ethical, ecological, cultural, and spiritual disconnectedness. These prevent us, as a society, from understanding the roots of our unyielding dilemmas. The violence on our plates reverberates through our bodies, our minds, our culture, and throughout our world. How can we or our elected representatives act wisely while the blood that is running through our veins and brains is polluted with hormone, drug, and pesticide residues, cholesterol, and the fear, panic, and psychotic depression lived by the animals we eat?

By Madeleine Tuttle

By Madeleine Tuttle

It is way beyond time for all of us in our culture to look behind the curtain of institutional denial and bring the light of compassion and awareness to our meals and what our meals require.

Everyone in our culture feels it, I think. The existential doubt, visceral and haunting, about our future. The future of our species. Of the Earth. Our way of living. We feel it, but it’s just too much—so we turn away and focus on the familiar distractions, turning up the volume to drown out the inner knowing.

Yet our sanity longs for truth. More than anything else, veganism is truth. The truth of awareness—of what we’re actually eating! Of what it takes to get it on our plates! Of all the implications of our routine actions. The truth of our interconnectedness with all beings. The truth of our radiant essential nature, free, awake, loving, merciful, and wise. The truth of the ramifications of our meals: of our devastation of oceans for fish to feed chickens and cows whose bodies, babies, and yearnings we steal. The truth of our repressed and deadened horror. The truth of our inability to make some pretty obvious connections. Eating violence and terror, we long to avoid the truth.

Everywhere, though, the truth is popping up! It’s increasingly difficult to avoid hearing and seeing the obvious. Eating animal foods destroys the Earth. Drives global climate breakdown. Drives species extinction. Drives ocean depletion and forest devastation, drug addiction, disease, soil loss, water pollution, acidification, toxification, despair, and the mentality of exploitation and elitism and war.

Like the rising sun, the truth is shining brighter every day, revealing the interconnections. Bringing healing, insight, and understanding. And we are awakening. Veganism is the stark and liberating solution to the omnivore’s dilemma, the cultural conundrum bearing down ever more relentlessly as our massive violence toward animals and the Earth and future generations ripens before our eyes.

Happiness, peace, and freedom flow from nonviolence. We are all connected, and our joy is in blessing others. I don’t know how it will happen, but this I know in my bones: our future is veganism. Our future selves are vegans – delightedly and powerfully aware of the ancient truth of our magnificence. We are not shrinking, reducing, commodifying, cruel and numb people who heartlessly destroy the Earth and the sacred web of life—who have no future and have lost our purpose by stealing the purposes of others. We are consciousness, grace, kindness, creative inspiration, joy, and understanding. When light shines, darkness simply disappears without a trace. No fight is required. Letting the light shine through, breathing deeply and fully, we partake of the infinite, moment after moment.

This, then, is the situation in a nutshell:

We are all beings of light and awareness and love, born into a culture of violence, ignorance, and exclusion. We take on its darkness and fear, and the core ritual used by our culture to effect this is our daily meals, where we are forced to participate in routine killing by eating and buying the flesh and secretions of imprisoned, terrified animals. Our path to freedom lies in freeing these animals. Veganism is the feminine wisdom of interconnectedness, the spiritual and practical key to happiness and peace for all. She is our future. She is beckoning to us.

We all live on the road—the road to vegan living and to the harmony, sustainability, freedom, and co-creative celebration shining within.

Crossposted from CrazySexyLife by Kris Carr. She is a best-selling author, filmmaker, and motivational speaker. She is the subject of the inspirational documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, which she wrote and directed for TLC and Discovery Health.

Veg Inspiration. Imposed Suffering.

Will Tuttle : June 13, 2009

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The
inner action of leaving home necessitates in many ways a spiritual
breakthrough. The essential action is to stop turning away and disconnecting
from the suffering we impose on others by our food choices.

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