‘Dairy Free Decadence’ at Glyde Community Centre
On Saturday I ran my very first ‘compassionate cooking’ class and had the privilege of meeting 10 (well 9 since one was unwell) beautiful people who had gathered together for a variety of health and personal reasons – united in trying their hand at ‘dairy free decadence’. These welcoming new friends opened their hearts (and mouths!) to vegan ‘necessities’ (desserts are part of my staple diet) where we created almond milk, raw cacao fudge and cashew cream- all amidst yoga buffs and iffy food processors!
As His Holiness the Dalai lama so eloquently affirms:
“ Compassionate thought is the most precious thing there is. And if we have a good heart, a warm heart, warm feelings, we will be happy and satisfied ourselves, and our friends will experience a friendly and peaceful atmosphere as well. This can be experienced community to community, country to country, continent to continent”.
This new community of compassionate individuals listened with open hearts as I shared something that was very close to mine: the extension of kindness and compassion towards animals, whose voices have been silenced in factory farms throughout the world. I would personally like to thank these lovely people- Colin, Alayne, Carole, David, Susan, Jan (who we will see next week), Rae, Lyn, Jennifer and Nancy- for the opportunity for me to share my passions with you. Together we created delicious food to share in a compassionate gesture not only towards each other, but also in beneficence to the millions of sentient beings around the world whom suffer in the food industry.
Every small gesture benefits the greater whole; for ourselves, each other, the animal kingdom and mother earth. Each time you indulge in ‘dairy free decadence’, you are creating a kinder world for all those whom inhabit it.
‘Pixie’ from Greener Pastures Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of Marjie Bremner
“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves”. ~ Amelia Earhart
Thank you for being part of this kindness ripple effect.