Perfection is not as Important as Persistence
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sometimes, people who are on a raw or live food diet strive so hard for perfection that they give up because perfection is too hard, if not impossible. While I think that the live food diet is very healthy and can address many health issues, it won't allow us "To eat our way into heaven." as Dennis Klocek once remarked to a very passionate biodynamic farmer. We strive to have the healthiest diet that we can follow and to eat it mindfully. But when our ego gets to attached to being raw, we become prideful and arrogant, which is not being very mindful about ourselves. If we are 100% raw that is commendable, but to brag about that accomplishment is not constructive to good relationships or encouraging to someone who is struggling to achieve it. Being a raw vegan is only a recent experiment. There is little precedence for it except perhaps in Yogi monasteries and even this is not truly verified. The one yogi that I met in 1967 who first introduced me to this dietary practice was not perfect in his practice either according to a friend of mine, whom he dated for a short while. Most people who profess this lifestyle today are not 100% in their practice either according to reports that I have read.
I think that the best practice is to eat the highest quality of vegetables and fruits that we can grow or afford to buy, accept our limitations, do our best, and eat as many of these live as possible in the largest variety. But we should forgive ourselves and others if we are not perfect in our practice. Like the bumper sticker says, "we are not perfect, just forgiven".