• Kay & Shi

The Daily Scroll: A Mentorship Recap - June 11th, 2021 Show Notes

Kay:

Hey, there Questers. We are so excited for today's teaching because it's so deep to our hearts and this quote was actually submitted by a fellow Mentorship Quester Miss Pat Melling Hanbury and this is an Albert Einstein quote, one of Pat's favorites. Albert says, "Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."

Shi:

Now you already know who Albert Einstein is, so we'll just tell you briefly that Pat Hanbury is a decades-long supporter of the Squeeze In and of our family and I have often brought her boys in through growing up.


Kay:

Love you, Pat.


Shi:

Love you Pat and have always appreciated your sparkle and your energy and your soul and your heart. So, the fact that you brought this quote forward is just so indicative of who you are on the inside, and we love that about you.


Kay:

We absolutely do and thank you for being such a gift and embracing compassion to the living creatures inside of our restaurant. We are always grateful to see you come in through our doors. But let's take it back to this Albert Einstein quote where he's really talking about expanding the circle of care and compassion and when we do this life starts to look a little different.


Shi:

It really does. There was a time, a lot of time, in my life where I was like if a bug lives in my house, it dies. I squash it. it does not deserve life, but as I've gotten older my circle of compassion has expanded to the point now where I can't in good conscience kill a spider or an ant. Now, if it's crawling on me, l might have a reaction and smash that thing or if it's in front of my kids and it's freaking them out I might. But even our kids are really all about trying to save the spiders and save the little creatures and admire them. They might be kind of wiggly and different and gross, but they have consciousness. They have the spark of life and who am I to decide to take that away? That's part of what this quote is really all about.


Kay:

Two years ago, Shila and I found ourselves on the path of vegetarianism and are proud vegetarians coming up on into our second year which is so cool. I can't wait to hang my banner on two years. It's going to be so fun, and it feels so good, but Einstein was a strict vegetarian in his later years. He even at one point said, "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." So, this is one of the smartest people on the planet who didn't learn until the last few years of his life, that this was the way to go and then he gets really serious about it by saying our task must be to free ourselves by widening that circle of compassion, embracing the living creatures, that it increases our chances of survival. So, really this is someone who intellectually is at the top of the top. We're not talking about a woo-woo guru. We're talking about a scientist, a nuclear scientist who studied atoms at its very base saying that a vegetarian diet would be very helpful for expanding that circle of compassion.


Shi:

There are all kinds of other benefits of vegetarianism as well. They say if you want to take one action that will trump every other action over helping our earth become greener and reverse global warming it is to stop eating meat. Beyond that, think about the environment that the major farms are raising animals in. That is a stressful environment and that means those animals are inevitably full of stress hormones. In fact, the Journal of Animal Science and researchers at the University of Milan's Faculty of Veterinary and Medicine recently confirmed that fear experienced during slaughter significantly elevates meat levels of the stress hormone, adrenaline, cortisol, and other steroids. So, we're putting that into our body and that's not good and healthy for us. It can help our planet by not eating meat and it helps us expand that and embrace that in a large circle of compassion, as Albert tells us here, so that we can really experience the whole of nature and its beauty.


Kay:

When we widen our circle of compassion for other living creatures and for nature itself, we end up being more compassionate to ourselves. Chances are you all don't need any more cortisol in your system.


Shi:

Probably got that on lock.


Kay:

Cortisol is the stress hormone so just in case you don't know, that's what you feel dumping through your body when you feel stressed. I've gotten so sensitive to it. Now I can actually feel when my brain is producing excessive amounts of cortisol. It hurts. It doesn't hurt, but it doesn't feel good. It is a very uncomfortable feeling and so if you're looking to reduce stress in your life, to widen your circle of compassion, to do something good for the environment, we would really, really, really encourage you to consider maybe dropping meat out of your diet even just for one day. So, just as a reminder, Mr. Albert Einstein tells us that, " Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."


Shi:

Alright, that brings us to your Friday Quest, and it is a Compassionate Creature Quest. Today we want you to widen your circle of compassion to all living creatures by eating at least one plant-based meal. Want extra credit, get outside and appreciate the whole of nature as you adventure and explore. Are you ready? Say it along with us now.


Kay & Shi:

Let's quest!