I have this good fried, Michelle. She's part of a big, healthy poly family. They're all adorable, amazing, awesome people. I kind of have a crush on their whole family. Michelle's wife is vegan, and several members of the family are some form of non-meat-a-tarian or another. Mich is also, like me, a big fan of mindfulness.
So, we have these big talks about stuff, sometimes. When I made my recent decision to become a pescetarian, she was one of the people I turned to, to talk it out. Because I realized it was important for me to understand, to elaborate to myself and others not just what I was doing, but why I was doing it.
So Friday morning we had this lovely conversation:
Me: For me it's all about minimizing my participation in suffering. I know I'm going to cause some - it's natural. I just don't want to cause more than I need to. Nor benefit from its being caused
Michelle: That's what led me to really minimize my meat intake, and to buy from local farmers I can visit My body doesn't do well on no-meat. So I've tried to do it as in line with my personal ethics as I can.
Me: *nod* Understandable. The universe needs just the Michelle you are. You can tell - because you're here. Lately I feel so much peace, compassion, and love for EVERYTHING and EVERYONE
Michelle: Yay! that's a fantastic place to be in, a wonderful feeling to carry with you
Me: I've just become hyperaware of some Very Big Truths™ More than ever I realize happiness is something you DO, not something you are.
Michelle: Yes! So one of my big things is, "I am joy, I serve love. I am love, I serve joy."
For me, the doing and being are one and the same- the doing created the being drives the doing.
Then she shared an AWESOME quote with me, which I'll share with you now:
I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore
I told her that would be my gratitude that day. I'm lucky to have such a good person for my friend.