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Monday, April 4, 2011

Father in SUV throws garbage out his window...

Today, after picking my son up from school, while waiting to cross the street, we observed a man driving in an SUV with some kids inside, rolled down his window and threw out the above empty bag of potato chips onto the street.  Normally, I wouldn't pay attention to this type of action since who am I to judge another since I do not and cannot know what was going through the person's mind at the time.  But given the situation, while holding my son's hand, who saw the whole event, I was inspired to take advantage of this moment and rather than get mad or critical with the person involved, I chose to create some Beauty from it.  As we crossed the street, I discreetly bent down and picked up the bag and put it into my pocket and told my son that sometimes we forget that our mess affects others as well as the Earth we live on and that we can help each other out by simply picking up after each other every once in awhile.  As Humans, we have a tendency to forget and forgetting is not such a bad thing, or else how would we ever remember?  Sometimes in our busy lives we can become so distracted that we forget what's important in our lives and one of the most important things in Life is our Relationships; our relationships with others, with ourselves, as well as with the environment.  Every thought, every word, every action we manifest affects all of our relationships.  Don't simply take my word for it, see this for yourselves.  See if you can imagine how any one of your thoughts, words, and actions affects the rest of the world.....

It may be difficult for some to understand or even acknowledge the interconnectedness when their vision has been clouded by the smokescreen of their limiting, conditioned beliefs, or "old ways" or habits in experiencing the world.  One thing that may contribute to this "clouded vision" that we actually have some control over is nutrition & diet.  What we eat can affect the function of our brain and thus our conscious experience.  Don't believe me? Try overeating and see just how clear-headed you are.  The same goes for when our diet consists mostly of processed food with ingredients that are refined and stripped of most (or all) of its nutrition and replaced with synthetic additives, preservatives, food coloring, and taste enhancers made in a lab and not from the Earth's soil.

BTW, below is the list of ingredients from the potato chip bag I picked up:

Ingredients: potatoes cooked in vegetable oil (contains one of the following: corn, cottonseed, soybean), salt and seasoning added. No preservatives added.

Seasoning: sugar, soy flour, dextrose, salt, paprika, tomato powder, monosodium glutamate, wheat flour, maltodextrin, torula yeast, dehydrated onion and garlic, spice, partially dehydrogenated vegetable oil (cottonseed, soybean), silicon dioxide (a free flow agent), extractives of paprika, and natural smoke flavor.

So as you can see from the above ingredients from the vegetable oils (which go rancid easily and are pro-inflammatory and immunosuppressive) to the seasonings containing more pro-inflammatory ingredients as well as neuro-toxins (brain toxin) such as MSG, there's no wonder why this guy threw the bag out the window!  Just kidding. I am not saying there's a direct relationship between what you eat and your actions but quite possibly an indirect one where one can be so desensitized to one's connection to the Earth, food, nutrition, as well as Life itself that they would be distracted from seeing the bigger picture....

Next time you witness something similar to what I just described, if you feel inclined to, clean up after your neighbor; not for a reward or recognition for doing something good, in fact, don't tell anyone what you did. Do it for the sake of simply doing it and see how it feels...We are responsible, as in being able to respond to what kind of a world we want to Create.  Let's create one where we can all work together.... 

1 comment:

Fernando said...

Thanks for the reminder. It was a good read.