You can eat meat and show love. You can eat meat and meditate. Similarly you can even eat meat and call yourself spiritual. Can you eat meat and BE spiritual? Let’s discuss.
The short answer I think is yes, and that is coming from a vegan who has protested at the use of furs and outside slaughter houses. Let me explain…
You Can Eat Meat And Learn
Just as we are all capable of love, similarly we are all capable of learning. Saying you can’t eat meat and be on a spiritual journey is like saying you have to be perfect at the very start of it. Your spiritual awakening, your spiritual healing, will change you. You may well find yourself questioning eating meat as your mind opens. Unlike some religious practises, spirituality has no pre-defined list of things you must be, or do, to be able to further yourself.
If you eat meat and have felt the opening of your mind you should expect these kinds of questions arising in yourself. Spiritual growth is about questioning everything, it is about preparing yourself to look beyond your own beliefs. Including what you put inside your body and what effect that has on all living beings.
“Care for them”
They Are Our Friends
We are more aware these days of the links between the well presented steaks and sausages on supermarket shelves and the death and suffering they cost. The same goes for dairy and eggs. Animal agriculture is a machine that turns the lives of animals into a conveyer belt of body parts to satisfy demand. The veganism argument is a strong one, one that cannot be ignored. The same goes for the spiritual argument. Can you grow in to an enlightened being knowing you contribute to death and suffering of other non-human animals when you don’t need to?
Humans are naturally caring beings and eating meat would seem to go against that premise. Again, your spiritual energy will naturally ask these questions of you as your explore your awakening.
They are your friends, keep them close.
The exploration of consciousness is an enormous, open pool of anything you can imagine. As you explore your consciousness you realise the possibilities, the depths and shallows. You realise that peace lays there. And then all of a sudden you realise, animals are conscious too! They are thinking, feeling, loving beings just like me! As you appreciate the inner self, consciousness and just being, you become aware of it in others too. Including animals.
Spirituality brings with it the respect of all beings, one of my favourite mantras “You are loving awareness from Ram Dass” means being loving of everything you are aware of. Spirituality brings with it a heightened awareness which will include the eating of meat. If you are aware of the suffering you want to stop it. If you ignore these feelings it will very possibly create conflict in you.
“If you want to know yourself, know that there is no self.”
Food Effects The Way We Feel And Think
Depending on what you fuel your body with depends on how you will feel, in body and mind. The toxins in meat and dairy can have an untold negative effect on your digestion and other systems. The effect on your mind, when consuming other sentient life, hasn’t yet fully been explored by those in the sciences. What I can tell you though is since being vegan my mind and body feel so much better and are in tune with my ethics and view on life.
Yes you can be spiritual and eat meat, and yes you can learn and grow and develop away from it. Plants sustain our very being, plant medicines guide and heal us. The Earth has given us all we need in the plants that grow the from ground. So to sum up – Yes you can be spiritual and eat meat but by it’s very nature your spirituality will probably guide you away from it.
I have written about always having plants in your home here – worth a read!
“You can be spiritual and eat meat, but in finding spirituality you will find respect for all life and find change”
Realiser was born from a dream to be in a realised state, a state of awaken. To be able to see the most obvious things having missed them for so many years. Subsequently I wanted to create something to serve as an example of how it could be. If only we might spend the time loving that we spend hating. Above all spending the time to be kind to others for no reason. You get the idea. I will travel around doing what I can and would love for you to join me. Follow my path here…