RE: Looking for the balance
Posted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM
This is a tricky area.
YOUR reasons for abstaining from anything are valid for YOU. Just as mine are for me.
No one can tell you what is right for your life, except for you. You will get many opinions on any subject, but what you need to discover is what you are comfortable with.
I eat whole foods. I try to avoid anything processed, and by avoiding anything processed, by its very nature, I avoid animal products.
Do I use honey? Occasionally. Do I take vitamins in a "gel" capsule? No. I also do not buy leather. I do not consume anything that uses gelatin. For my own journey through this life, I chose to live it in such a way that I harm no one.
Do I consider myself a vegan? Yes. Some would say no over the honey issue. I suppose for me, if I found the honey I was buying forced the bees to eat an unnatural diet, they were kept in tiny cages, fed hormones and such and were slowly squashed in the end with the fear that goes along with imminent death, I would abstain.
Allow yourself room to grow and to learn. If it feels "right" for you today and you are not hurting anyone in the process, then you are fine. If you change your mind later today or tomorrow or years from now, then your path took a turn and now you see a new place that gives you different information and perspective that may lead you to a different choice.
You have made a life changing, peaceful choice by going vegan. Give yourself a warm fuzzy for this first, valuable step!
Always offer kindness and a soft word to the beings around you; You do not know their journey. Your words can be the hug they need or the shove that breaks them.