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I am trying my hardest to be a full fledged Vegan. I am 90% there, I am in the process of recovering from an ED. One step at a time.<br><br><br><br>
I just become so deeply saddened when I see videos on Peta, my heart hurts and I can't stop crying.<br><br><br><br>
I sometimes feel extremely suffocated. Does anyone else have this feeling?<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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It's a natural reaction for a compassionate heart to feel heavy at the pain of others.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow in any in creation. For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of the truth, and for those who harm her or him, that they be protected and receive mercy. And in like manner such a person prays for the family of reptiles because of the great compassion that burns with without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God.<br></div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jessikah</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I just become so deeply saddened when I see videos on Peta, my heart hurts and I can't stop crying.<br><br><br><br>
I sometimes feel extremely suffocated. Does anyone else have this feeling?</div>
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If watching PETA videos makes you seriously and deeply uncomfortable to the extent that it becomes a problem for you, maybe you shouldn't be watching them so much. Obviously you know what goes on in slaughterhouses etc. by now, so there's no need to torture yourself. Go to protests, sign petitions, write letters and so on if that makes you feel better.
 

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Yeah, that's why I don't watch PeTA videos. It's like sci-fi fans who complained about Enterprise being the worst show ever only to watch every single episode. If you know you're not going to enjoy watching something then my suggestion is don't. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I get bummed out all the time being a vegan (like witnessing the carnage in grocery store line-ups, to name one of many examples) but I'm getting better at compartmentalizing and realizing that feeling bad accomplishes nothing for me and doesn't help the animals.<br><br><br><br>
As Indian Summer said, maybe some form of activism might help you breath.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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my husband doesn't let me watch those videos. if protesting isn't your thing, do what I do and volunteer somewhere, if there's a sanctuary or no-kill shelter in your area. I'm not a protesting person, so I'll do other things to make up for it.
 

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I wouldn't say I feel suffocated by my awareness of animal death and suffering, no.<br><br><br><br>
Yes, it complicates my life when I have to consider how an action or choice might affect animals (or people!) But I would not choose blissful ignorance. Please, know that you are responsible only for YOUR actions- and you are choosing not to act harmfully.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jessikah</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I am trying my hardest to be a full fledged Vegan. I am 90% there, I am in the process of recovering from an ED. One step at a time.<br><br><br><br>
I just become so deeply saddened when I see videos on Peta, my heart hurts and I can't stop crying.<br><br><br><br>
I sometimes feel extremely suffocated. Does anyone else have this feeling?<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></div>
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hi hugs*<br><br><br><br>
when i first went veg. it was easy for me, but when i went vegan, it was a lot more socially difficult. it was a taboo topic for most people, and i wasn't able to express my deep feelings, or even try to share. i only knew a few people who were supportive then too, even tho they weren't going vegan, it still helped.<br><br><br><br>
it helps me a lot to balance myself on both sides... and often it's easy to miss the Love that's part of what we're doing...<br><br>
what helps me is to go to rescue sites or other sites that have photos of animals who are being loved. look into their eyes and tell them my feelings <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> and i know they'd accept my words if they were right here too.<br><br><a href="http://www.farmsanctuary.org/gallery/index_pigs.htm" target="_blank">http://www.farmsanctuary.org/gallery/index_pigs.htm</a> has some<br><br><br><br>
and to love animals in general helps me. like a few canine friends i know. they always let me hug them and cry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> they really accept anything we feel and they let us tell them. or to tell squirrels or birds my wishes for them. i find it really helps me explore good, and true!, feelings
 

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I can't watch the peta type videos either, I'm way too sensitive. I'm a very activist minded person, and not just animal rights, I have a few different causes. And sometimes the lack of progress in these causes sends me into a depressed state where it seems like I can't do anything except cry for all of the pain in the world. When that happens, I just give myself a few days to heal my soul (I usually throw myself into my artwork at those times) then get right back into things.
 

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Thanks everyone.<br><br><br><br>
Let me get this straight, I certainly don't watch Peta videos regularly. I've visited the site maybe 3 times in 2 years (was just an example).<br><br><br><br>
I feel better today, yesterday I just didn't feel like I could breathe!<br><br><br><br>
We did our part by rescuing two kittens that were dumped in a drain. They are two of the loveliest, kindest, cutest kittens ever! *love*<br><br><br><br>
I'm not a very outspoken part so I share my knowledge through practice ie. I make yummy vegan dinners and desserts for friends; I eat my lunch with the children at work, often being asked 'why I don't have meat' (to which I say I don't believe in eating animals, we have a few vegetarian kids as well and they look of relief on their face to see a teacher the 'same' as them is great!).<br><br><br><br>
Ahh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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yes i even made http//:<a href="http://www.helpusall.com/ap.html" target="_blank">www.helpusall.com/ap.html</a> so that newbies can have a more Lighter Loving intro to the animals situation. I think some of us just need to learn, and don't need to see hard graphics.<br><br><br><br>
that is so nice about the kittens <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
and that's great about the way that you spread your message. Children seeing vegan, or even vegetarian, adults. That is so important for kids to see veg*an as something that some adults do, so obviously it must be okay. They learn that it's a real choice, and not just some idea they hear about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
It might be a subtle thought the kids have, but it might form a basic way that they think about diet and what they will choose. I have one much younger cousin, and he isn't veg but I can tell that he consciously thinks whenever he sees me eating. he's watering a seed in his mind <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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