You know what I mean? When people have said to me, "Why are
you vegetarian," sometimes I just say "Because I love
it -- because I love life -- because I want to be as healthy as
I can be so that I can enjoy life to the fullest." Other times
I've said, "Because I love animals. Animals are my friends,
and I don't make it a practice to eat my friends."
But the whole thing is to do it with that feeling of connectedness
to the power that is within them, because when you put groups in
a box, they feel it. When you create that wall of separation, they
feel it, and that's why that's such an important question. You have
here lots of opportunities in this culture to do it. My parents
wouldn't listen to me. I wrote Diet for a New America and they wouldn't
read it. As a matter of fact, my mother, bless her heart, when I
sent her the book, wrote back, "Why did you write this book,
just to hurt us?"
I went to visit them some time after that and the issue of food
came up. I said, "It's okay, Mom, you just make what you're
comfortable with and I'll make our food."
She said, "You will not cook tofu in my kitchen!" Great
I said, "Okay, but I'm not going to eat the meat, because
that's not in alignment with my values right now, so go ahead. I'll
just have a salad."
She said, "But you're just skin and bones." We kept going
here and we weren't productive for quite a long time. And that's
part of it. The work -- the great work -- of being present is staying
in touch with our hearts, staying in touch with the life force and
its positive creativity even in difficult circumstances.
We are pioneers and what we're doing is forging trails that the
great majority of people will walk on soon enough but can't see
it yet. They'll be very grateful that we've made the trail. They
don't have the courage to walk out until it's been proven safe.
We're proving it safe. You haven't died. You haven't fallen over
from ..."Where's your protein?" I might have fallen over
for how many times people say, "Well where are you getting
your protein?" At one point I said to my mother when she was
in maybe her last month, "I wrote a book. You can read it."
You do what you can. And you just love people. When you have love
in your heart, people can feel it when your heart is alive to them.
Robbins is author of numerous books, including "Diet For A
and is the founder of EarthSave
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Vegetarianism with Meat Eaters