When you look at the new art of food, gastronomy, there is a balance of elements to create one bite. Often times, these chefs play by disguising ingredients and hiding their true nature to simply create a conversation in people. Conscious or not, these chefs create oneness by harnessing the four main elements of your taste buds in every bite - salty, sweet, sour, bitter. The eater experiences a full circle of sensations at the table. They do not experience this just because of what's been put in front of them. So much has gone in to this dish put before the eater. For the full circle experience, you can not ignore that.
Can you imagine if this duck on Chef Dan Barber's braised carrots with duck dish, was a duck that was once alive, mistreated, stuck with his buddies shoulder to shoulder, fearful, over fed, pooping where it sleeps (does this poor guy sleep?)? I can't either (and, it would never be). In fact, this was something that barely crossed my afflicted mind, until recently when watching Chefs like Dan Barber on Chef's Table. I've seen all the advocacy movies like Forks Over Knives and Supersize Me. They've made me desire to go vegan, so I could be part of the non hurting animals people. Even though, I did not connect that organic food from Whole Foods does not always equal abundance, as these chefs go on to explain.
a·bun·dance the state or condition of having a copious quantity of something; plentifulness.
The state. Abundance is a state in which everything is provided. It is in experiencing this state, you can know that that is possible. So, putting aside kindness for a moment, you can not get abundance by separating the consideration of your animals and your produce. That only gives a fraction of supply. They must live off of each other and grow each other. Also, making sure that the produce is native to consider the earth below it as part of this team of living off of each other and growing each other. This is when food tastes the best, this is when you get the most out of food. Abundance. Karma.
Otherwise, it is simply not sustainable. You can't lock away a piggy, over feed it tons and tons of grass (maybe, maybe slosh) and expect that grass to grow nicely, or that pig to taste remotely good. So much poop is piled up because of so many over eating piggies bred to slaughter, that it is terrible for the environment of those piggies, grass and farmer himself. Karma.
I know little to nothing about farming, but there has been a shift. A shift in seeing kind farming really does bring it all together to be in a state of oneness for our farmer, for our eater, for our animals, plants and for our chefs. All living things fall under one of these mentioned categories. And this advocacy I've found far more productive, efficient and effective. It is when you are in a state of kindness, elatedness, oneness that you can desire true abundance.
Instead of picking up an item off the shelf and asking yourself, 'are there any ingredients in here that will make me gain weight?' or, 'are there any ingredients in here that will cause disease?', would it be possible to ask, 'can this sustain my environment?' Is it possible that by instead of looking out for ourselves and immediate families only, and looking out for our environment as a whole can create abundance without trying? Peace? Could you imagine relating to what you eat? Relating to nature? Your nature. Self.
Whether you are after taste, kindness or both, if you can't respect the food you're eating then there is a loss of integrity of your true nature and that of everything, losing sight of the whole one.
What if it was just that simple? It's easy to wonder, 'well why isn't it?' The thing is, it is possible! Our big, government subsidized farms make us ignorant to other ways, making us believe that abundance lies within big farms where they are able to mass produce. And hey! We've slapped an organic sticker on there to make you feel better.
Ok, let's pack up and be a farmer! Haha. But really, how can you do this and live in a big city with big prices? For Angelenos, you can shop at the Santa Monica Co Op, where prices are reasonable because you're not shopping at a big store. Instead, you're money goes straight to the farmer and your membership keeps the store open with passionate employees. And of course, Farmers Markets.
Maybe, when we can see a marriage like this in everything, we will find peace, and we will be one.
Where in your life have you seen elements come together and form wholeness and balance?