Self-Love

When I eat vegetables

I show love to my body

When I eat fruit

I heal my body

When I eat beans & whole grains

I nourish my body

When I exercise

I practice self-love

I vow to treat my body with love

For this is my one life

What if your one focus this year was loving yourself?” -Timber Hawkeye

With Aloha,

Johnny

Choosing Compassion 3 Times A Day

Will you choose compassion?

Or apathy?

Will you choose curiosity?

Or tradition?

Will you choose peace?

Or taste pleasure?

Each day we can choose what world we want to live in.

Each meal deciding the fate of innocent animals.

Each meal deciding the future of our species.

Each meal deciding our health outcome.

We vote with our wallets each day & meal.

The first step is awareness.

The next is action.

Consider a vegan diet & lifestyle.

With Aloha,

Johnny

Loving Me

This poem is inspired by Kid Cudi’s song “Lovin’ Me” off Man on the Moon III: The Chosen One

Hell & heaven live within us

The inner voice that tells us that we aren’t good enough

Strong enough

Pretty enough

That we aren’t worth love

The seeds of self-hatred sprout into suffering

Only self compassion can lead us out of the dark

Into the light of peace & love

Self love being key to humanities transformation into a more peaceful species

If we don’t love ourself

If we can’t show compassion to ourself

How can we share love & compassion with others?

With Aloha,

Johnny

Link to “Lovin’ Me” by Kid Cudi

Exploitation vs Protection

Is humanities purpose to exploit the world?

Exploit other humans

Exploit mother earth

Exploit are fellow animals

All in the name of greed

Or are we here for another reason?

To love other humans

To cherish mother earth

To protect are fellow animals

All in the name of love

Time will tell which path humanity will take moving forward

For now I choose love over fear

Protection over exploitation

Values over money

My life is my message

With Aloha,

Johnny

Karma.

For every action

There is an equal & opposite reaction

No right or wrong

No morality

No judgment

Just an observation of the law of nature

When we cause unneeded suffering to non-human animals

Humanity suffers

Suffer from viruses like covid-19,  sars, and swine flu

Suffer from pood poisoning, air pollution, & toxic water pollution

When we justify violence

We can become violent, cold, and apathetic

Not seeing reality through the lens of compassion

 

Insanity

Repeating the same mistakes

Expecting different results

We can support peace

We can support our mother nature

Invest in solutions to wean ourselves off meat, dairy, and eggs.

Whether this be whole food plants, plant-based alternatives, or cellular meat

We must choose another path

If we want to thrive into the next century

As individuals we can support the future we would like to see

Do we want a peaceful world full of compassion with less suffering & illness?

Or do we want to support violence and unneeded suffering?

 

I don’t judge anyone for supporting animal agriculture for I did for 28 years

Humanity must decide which path it would like to take

Not through force but through awareness, education, & compassion

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Practicing Peace.

I recently went to a Vegfest in my local community. The food was great and overall the message was a positive one. A message that we can help stop climate change, transform our health, and vote with our wallets to stop cruelty against animals through eating a plant based diet. A few of the vegans were so angry at meat eaters though. One of the presenters went on an angry tangent about decapitated pigs heads at the grocery store. She yelled at the crowd that she couldn’t understand meat eaters(even though she ate these products most of her life). It was a friendly reminder to me that true compassion encompasses all beings, not just those who live the same way as you. The way of peace doesn’t condone violence but seeks to understand others instead of judge. True compassion encompasses Hitler, Stalin, and Charles Manson.

If we want others to be more peaceful we must be peaceful, it’s as simple as that. Maybe we could just focus on ourself, making our own life our message to others? Our message of peace will be watered down if we communicate in a violent way. Practicing non-violence is something MLK, Gandhi, Jesus, Buddha, and mother Theresa all agreed on. It’s something they wanted us to practice on a daily basis. The next time we complain about the world affairs we could ask ourself “how can we expect the world to be at peace if we aren’t?”

Focus within. One lit candle can light a thousand candles.

With Aloha,

Johnny Hoffman

Paving My Own Path.

Culture wants me a certain way

Break under the pressure

Bend my values

Ignore my instinct of compassion

Indulge my ego

Feed my darker side

How do I pave my own path with such pressure?

Constant flashing lights

Tell me to eat foods against my values of health & compassion

The talking heads on the screen tell me to fear the world

They have enticed me my entire life to choose greed, hatred, fear & apathy

Dividing me into a million labels

For me to fear the other

Not today

I will choose another path

Paved with compassion, understanding, & love

This is the path of the peaceful warrior

A path that doesn’t fight greed, anger, & hatred

It just focuses on growing peace by showing compassion, love, & understanding to all

True Compassion.

If you can show compassion to Hitler, Stalin, & Genghis Khan

You know true compassion

For compassion & love isn’t just for the innocent

But for those who harm other beings

Violence, judgment, & hatred will not bring peace

Only compassion will

Bring awareness that hatred lives within all human beings

Including ourself

If we truly want peace we must seek to understand

For love is the absence of judgment

Living Our Values.

Compassion begins with me

Peace begins with me

Love begins with me

How I talk

How I listen

How I eat

How I breathe

How I write

I must live my values in order to make the world a better place

I must practice faith that what I do matters in an infinite universe