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Saying Grace

I always thought it was a nice practice to say Grace at mealtime. It wasn’t a consistent practice for me.  But I have had some experiences that have led me to appreciate the true merit of what I thought was a quaint gesture. Saying grace has become an essential healing practice for me.

It started with an experience I had at a fast food chain.  I bought their fabulous chili.  When I started to eat it, I went into the experience of watching the beef, as it’s former self, being led to the slaughter house. It was an incredibly painful emotional experience.

I suffered with this knowledge for awhile until I realized that I was not a victim of any experience. I had the power to change what I was feeling.  So I sat down in reverence and thought about the cow that was haunting me. I visualized going to that cow and doing an emotional release on the cow just like I would do on any client. By doing so, I felt free and more importantly, I believe that on some level, I assisted the cow in being at peace.

When the Native Americans were hunting, they would thank the animal that they acquired and honor it. I believe this was their way of saying Grace. It was also a way of doing an emotional release on the animal so it could be free of the trauma of being killed.

I would love to be able to be a vegetarian but I feel my body needs animal protein.  So my compromise is doing an emotional release on my meal before eating it.  It can be as simple as giving love to all the living items that are being ingested. Also to be grateful for the journey and the process of the meal arriving at your table, or drive-thru window.

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14 Comments on “Saying Grace

karmicevent
January 14, 2010 at 1:37 pm

That was a beautiful post…it touched a very sensitive spot…personally, I was hovering for the longest time at the stage of visualizing the animal’s experience, and experiencing the horror. Like you, animal protein seems to be something that I cant do without right now, although I would love to be a “full time vegetarian”. Your sharing this experience pushed me into the next stage, of helping the animal feel at peace, and honoring the animal, plant, flower and fruit in my meal. Thank you for shedding this light, it helped me move forward on my journey tremendously.

Namaste

Ken Ring
January 15, 2010 at 12:52 am

I’ve had similar experiences and come to similar conclusions. Thanks for the validation! Have you read Tom Brown’s books? I think it was The Scout where he mentioned the experience of being on the verge of starvation and having to kill and eat a small deer to save his life. The whole process was one of thanksgiving and reverence for the life of the deer.

auntjen
January 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

No, I haven’t. Thanks for the suggestion

auntjen
January 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

Thankyou for your beautiful comment. It is my joy to bring ease to more Beings who have struggled with things similiarl to me. It is wonderful how we support and nurture each other on our individual journeys. I am honored.
Namaste

charmdeyes
January 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I have been saying grace, but that is a different perspective and I shall use it as well from
now on. You should share that with Mariel, she may use that in her cook books, albeit I’m
not sure if she is vegetarian.

auntjen
January 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Thank you for your comment. Maybe someone else may mention the technique to Mariel. She is so lovining and considerate, if feels like she already shows gratitude and reverence for all life.

auntjen
January 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Thankyou karmicevent. I am glad it has given you a venue to feel the peace of the animals. And as equally important, to bring you more peace as well. Namaste

Simone
January 20, 2010 at 1:41 am

I hope to use you for healing work as it seems you are quite evolved. My only issue is the vegetarianism…I dont really understand how you can have such a clear vision of that cow going to the slaughterhouse and still justify eating it, no matter what healing is done after the fact. As we speak millions of animals arent allowed to raise their young, breathe in fresh air, feel the sun on their backs, or even have enough room to turn around or the comfort of a straw bed. All they have is fear, suffering and a painful death. I hope you re-consider your body’s need for animal protein – its unhealthy physically and spiritually. I guess it easier to deal with people who arent intuitively compassionate when you hear them saying they arent vegan or vegetarian but coming from someone like yourself, its a hard pill to swallow. Its never too late to join us, we save so many animals a year by not eating them, not to mention our carbon footprint treads lightly on this fragile earth. Thank you.

auntjen
January 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Thankyou Simone for your passion and love for animals. I am sorry if the vantage point I wrote that particular Blog from was upsetting. My message was in no way meant to convey that I felt animals should suffer in any way. I was actually trying to document the validity of their suffering as I shared my own very personal inner struggle with this issue. I don’t pretend to have all the answers. I have tried to be a vegetarian many times and it hasnt worked for me. As horrible as that sounds to you, that is me in the weakness of a human body. I am imperfect in this form and lack the zest and discipline you have for vegetarian. Saying that, I have seen a freedom in my vegan and vegetarian friends that I admire. It is something that I may someday aspire to.

Bodewadmi
March 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

bohzo Nikan

Mewetch auntjen.
bama

auntjen
March 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Megwetch Bodewami. I appreciate your comment and your friendship.

@organicguru
July 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm

It is interesting to read about this. Many Christians will offer a prayer of Thanksgiving before eating anything. The same with other religions. Why is it that we don’t do this more often? Why don’t we show our appreciation for the sacrifices of others for our own existence?

I think there is another message here. This is not just about animals and for the healing of their pain but for being grateful for the nourishment we are able to provide our bodies. We are constantly usurping all nature has to provide. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan a vegetarian or a carnivore. People need to remember that even with plants, there is a responsibility for you to show gratitude for what you are taking. Every time I write on paper, there was a tree that was cut down. In horticulture, when you look at the rings inside of a tree and see how old they are, it makes you sad to know that someone wants to cut it down to make a post it.

In life, it is important that we stop every so often and give thanks for what we are getting so selfishly. Thank you for sharing your origin of your thoughts and for enabling us to improve upon how we co-exist with nature.

Mike pearson
July 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm

This is such a interesting time and interesting perspective during these challenging times.

What are some helpful things you would recommend for everybody?

auntjen
July 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Gratitude is a powerful tool to slough off layers of stress and frustration.

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