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Intimate Connection

Published August 18, 2019 by tindertender

Written by Elena Zubulake

My head is on the pillow and my eyes are heavy. Twelve hours ago I stood in the kitchen, asking Andre a question. He looked distracted, and said, “I have to go and give death to a boar”

This has been my life now for 5 months.

I don’t go to supermarkets anymore. And sometimes, I walk out of my Harry Potter barnroom to find the head of a bull just outside my door.

This has changed me.

In theory, I have always cared about the sources of my food. But concept is so different from staring directly into the eyes of death like that day I looked a long long time into that Bull’s eyes.

Until I didn’t catch my breath anymore. Until I could be in relationship with his death.

Everything about it.

His name is Walker.

Words sometimes take a while to catch up with awareness, and I realized a few weeks ago, that being a part of these animals lives, and then being part of the whole process of bringing their bodies to my plate, is incredibly intimate.

Is, at the end of the day, an experience of friendship of the deepest kind.

On one of my rare visits to Lucky’s, I catch a glimpse of the Meet counter, and feel this,

“those are not my friends. Could I still eat those animals, whose lives I have not touched with my own hands, who have not touched mine?”

Two moons ago, we took two goats for a mountain walk in the light of the full moon, before their deathing the next morning.

I fell in love with them, as they looked out at the mists rising from a rocky ledge, standing on either side of me. I didn’t know how to tell them about their death. It wasn’t a concept.

Standing so full of life, under that pregnant moon. Was their death a betrayal of our friendship?

The next day, I stood in the field past the milking cows while they were being slaughtered, and I cried into Emily’s open palms.

I actually grieved for two whole days about those white coated beauties, and when Andre made the kefteh with their fat two weeks later, and I took a bite, all I felt was love.

Through my whole body. Utter. Complete. Direct. Intimate.

A sensation, not a thought.

Yes, this is friendship and no, the mind probably cannot figure out such intimacy.

This is the thing.

Life is relationship. Not Product.

In a store, we buy products.

On a farm, we build relationships.

What I eat. Who I eat. What I use. Where I live.

Is all Story, and when I am living fully in that Story, in those relations, my life starts to sing.

Call it Soul. Call it what you want.

It seems The World now has too many missing links. Too many stories not fully lived, too many relations lost in the complexities of not enough Relationship.

I have been gifted here with so much Relationship.

Tomorrow and hopefully Full Moons to come, I am helping to throw a feast in honor of this.

In honor of living inside of a Story again. In Honor of Being Loved by our Food Again, because we Loved too.

Loved the Seed. Loved the day Zippy’s calf was born. Loved the piglets who died on a cold muddy Beltane Morning. Loved the Dark just before Sunrise that always greeted us from our Dreams before waking to do what must be done.

In Honor of and to Make Space for

Telling These Stories that Make us

And these Stories that help ReMember Ourselves Home.

Killing Ourselves

Published May 1, 2018 by tindertender

Do you know how close we are? Have you an understanding of how serious the situation is? We’d better make serious changes, starting NOW.

GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/13652486/0/0

“Humans have in the space of a few centuries swung a wrecking ball through the Earth’s biosphere … If we regard the Earth as nothing more than a source of resources and a sink for our pollution, if we value other species only in terms of what they can provide to us, then we we will continue to unpick the fabric of life.”
http://theconversation.com/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-has-begun-new-study-confirms-43432

“Land degradation presents unique and persistence challenges to humanity,” Potts said. “This assessment shows that we are at a crossroads and must take urgent action to combat land degradation and restore degraded land if we want to create a happy and healthy planet for all humanity.”
https://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/news/2017/10/matthew-d-potts-awarded-dept-agriculture-and-nsf-grant

“The ecology of humanity has been noted as being that of an unprecedented “global superpredator” that regularly preys on the adults of other apex predators and has worldwide effects on food webs. Extinctions of species have occurred on every land mass and ocean, with many famous examples within Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, and on smaller islands. Overall, the Holocene extinction can be characterized by the human impact on the environment.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocene_extinction

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180327102633.htm

https://returntonow.net/2018/01/08/middle-earths-6th-mass-extinction-doesnt-anyone-care/

Extinction Cascade

Published April 9, 2018 by tindertender

Extinction CascadeThe White Rhino was recently announced to be extinct, and more recently the Eastern Puma … gone forever. Many more will begin to leave this planet as well, with a rapidity which will spin our minds. The whales of the sea are dying along with all of the other life that dwells there.

When will humanity change their destructive ways and stop being so damn greedy?

The 50-foot whale, constructed from waste such as bags, containers and bottles, was created by environmental NGO Greenpeace Philippines as part of efforts to encourage the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to address the problem of plastic pollution.

Beached Whale art for awareness

This may be a sculpture to help bring awareness to this dire issue, but it does not lessen the travesty being wrought upon all life through these destructive habits we’ve adopted world wide.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2018/jan/16/biodiversity-extinction-tipping-point-planetary-boundary

Conscious, In Silence

Published February 6, 2018 by tindertender

CoffeeI pour myself a cup of coffee, it is quite tasty this early morning. My pups decided 3:30am was a good time to wake me. I laid there after their morning potty break and dozed for a time, but here I am … thinking again. I find that what enters mind in these earliest hours, tells a story which is most true, it bares the soul for what it finds important before the days activity can cause distraction.

The lights went out, I suppose they weren’t meant to last forever. I’m left with a half string, glowing in the dark. Perhaps life is the same, shining for awhile and then out in a flash ~ not to be seen any longer, by human eyes, that is.

36646454 - bright sketchy doodles about brain with colored elementsI wonder why it is that speaking seems a little backward. I begin, and then end with what should have started it all. Computers are a grand thing in that they allow opportunity to cut and paste. Maybe you recall the days of typewriters … the erasing process was not easy, often one had to start all over.

Those who say they know also say that Creator is aware of our conscious thought as well as our unconscious thought, knowing our hearts and intentions better than even we. They say that what we say and do cannot be hidden, for all is heard and seen. Yet when people say they ‘hear’ someone talking which others do not they are deemed ‘crazy’ and in need of medication, Why are these two not tied into each other and an attempt made to understand fully?

In dreams messages come, and we are not the only ones who see. Little mini movies play out and our integrity is tested … will we fight, will we protect, will we love, will we hate? Consciously it is the same ~ will we be grateful, will we be patient, will we care?

Psychics and mediums are all over this world. There are many who have this ability, yet do not understand that this is what it is. Traditional medicine answers every time with pharmaceutical which dulls the mind, we have no spiritual guides here who are willing to assist, not without much money and many are only scams. One must travel to find those who actually practice this connection and have knowledge of the truth of it. Most do not have this opportunity for travel, so are left to swim in this unknown sea alone.

I think of the animals which are abused and killed, how some people actually enjoy doing this. My mind is boggled by the coldness of some and I wonder what their dreams are like … knowing I really do not want to know. I do not even want to know them when they are conscious, putting on the show of having a heart, of caring. I do not want to partake in their activity, even remotely, this is why I stopped eating meat … this ‘food’ wants to live too, wants to love and be loved.

These are the types of things I think of in the early morning hours. I wonder if there is anything I can do to help this situation. There is … and I’m doing it, yet it seems such a small contribution to the betterment of the whole. If only others were doing the same (I know many are) then maybe peace would come quicker. Maybe we would help each other, and all life, and compassion would grow.

What’s in your garden?

 

 

Not Your Kitty

Published January 20, 2018 by tindertender

gilgameshhttp://tragicheroes.wikidot.com/gilgamesh
I’m not your kitty. I am a Leo, but more like a Leopard, a Black Leopard. This is not the whole of who I am, I am also a Stallion. A large White Stallion, more than this, I have wings. Between the horse and the leopard, a whole lot of damage can be done. The horse will kick teeth in, while the leopard will rip the innards out of a body.

Perhaps these are those who walk with me, the White Stallion who flies on the left, and the Black Leopard who climbs on the right. Who will I stand with? The one who kicks shit, or the one who shreds it? Maybe I do not have to choose, maybe there be no need to kick and no need to shred, just maybe no one need be harmed and we all can just relax.

http://michaeltfassbender.com/nonfiction/ancient-history/symbolism-of-the-lion-in-ancient-egypt/
http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/bestiary/lion.htm
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-statues-lion-goddess-sekhmet-uncovered-3500-year-old-burial-730201

 

 

 

Honor, Own or Eat?

Published January 2, 2018 by tindertender

animal-sayings-human-beingThere are those who feed their families and consider the life they take while hunting as sacred. They honor the earth and all of its elements, working to live in harmonious balance.

Many hunters though, while marveling at the beauty of the animal kingdom, will stalk and kill and hang heads on walls as trophies. Some say it is to feed the family, while harboring a great desire to end life. Some ~ treat their spouse with the same ‘respect’. Demanding so much, taking from them any sense of personal value. They create a situation where the only beneficiary is they themselves.

It truly is a fine line, this one we walk. Honoring life can be frivolously tossed aside, especially if lifes value has not been taught. Yet deep within every person is the truth of it. Crawling out of this space where anger and resentment are is difficult, but these things will control a mind and a life, manipulating all actions if not reigned in and brought under control. This is why forgiveness is so important.

hunter trophies

Forgiveness does not even have to be verbal, it need only be a releasing of the connection to pain with whoever wronged us. Cut that tie, drop the string (or the rope) sometimes the road between us can be a well worn path if traveled enough. If the road is paved with consideration and kindness and love, keep it open, if it is paved with grief and pain and revenge, shut it down.

It will get easier with time, and it will be far easier without adding manipulative toxins to the brain. Toxins will not allow a person to work through the pain, they only suffice to keep one whirling in the pool, spinning, and spinning.

Let them go … heal. You deserve it.

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