Rabbi Rami: "Does what I eat really matter?"

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<em>Edit Article</em> Rabbi Rami: &quot;Does what I eat really matter?&quot;
My “spiritual” friends are so self-righteous about their so- called holy diets that I sometimes eat junk food just to spite them. Does eating really matter spiritually?Rabbi Rami: I think all consumption—food, clothing, electronics, cars, etc.—matters and impacts us physically, emotionally, morally, environmentally, and spiritually, and we would be wise to consume in ways that are beneficial in all five dimensions. Without telling you what to eat, I suggest that you ask yourself whether what you consume is of benefit to you in each of these five ways. If it is, consume it. If it isn’t, don’t. I find the idea of killing animals for meat repellent, and yet I can’t stop eating it. Can you help me break the meat-eating habit?Sure: eat only meat that you yourself have killed and prepared. In this way you can make the killing heartfelt and the preparation mindful. Do this and you will overcome your disgust or you will stop eating meat. In either case the drama over eating will end, and that alone may be a good thing.I am considering becoming a Buddhist, but I can’t imagine living without alcohol. Any suggesti …

Author and teacher Rabbi Rami Shapiro has been called “one of the best bridges of Eastern and Western wisdom.” His newest book is Embracing the Divine Feminine.

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