Nothing More is Needed (2011)

Excerpt

Fundamentals

Food, water, air, sunlight, cycles, rest, work, play, love, death.

Food

i
Food is fundamental.
We eat to live.
We eat to fuel our lives
And take care of our bodies.

What we eat matters, because
What we eat becomes us.
It becomes our matter.

So, what we eat either enlivens us
Or it endeadens us.
Our choice.

ii
Feed every animal according to his nature:
Herbivores eat plants;
Carnivores eat animals;
Omnivores eat everyone.
(And everyone is eventually eaten.)

Grazers graze, browsers browse,
Hunters hunt, and scavengers scavenge.
Many animals roam or migrate for food.
To the best of your ability,
Feed every animal according to his nature.

iii
Feed every animal according to her needs:
The fat ones need less;
The thin ones need more;
Those feeding or working for others
Need also to eat for the other.

iv
Feed what nature has provided,
Just as nature has provided it:
Varied, fresh, full of life — and enlivening.

Food that is dried, cooked, refined —
Processed to death! —
Can make us feel heavy and dull.
It takes from us more than it gives,
So best to eat little of it.

v
Overeating likewise
Robs the body of vitality,
Both now and later.

Eat when you’re hungry,
Stop when you’re full.

Take what you need,
And leave the rest.

Take good care of our food supply,
And it will take good care of us.

As a great sage once said,
“Don’t play with your food
Unless you’ve eaten all your toys.”

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Copyright © Christine M. King, 2011. All rights reserved.

Incidentals

Disease, movement, rabbit holes, kinship, selfishness, strife, omissions, communication, parasites, small things, balance.

Foreword

This book is as much a series of 'Notes to Self' as it is a guide for anyone else. I forget or ignore these little gems and need to remind myself of them almost daily. In fact, that may be our biggest struggle as modern humans: to get over our clever, sophisticated selves and act simply as nature designed us, as an interwoven and inseparable part of all life. That might just be my most important Note to Self.

If you think this book reads a little like the Tao, you’re right. The Tao is the inspiration not just for the style of this book, but also for its substance. Taking care of our animals (and ourselves) is, at its core, very simple. While much more may be said about caring for our animals and ourselves, how much more need be said?

To quote one of my favorite passages from the Tao:

“Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
This nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
This loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach:
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.”

[translation by Stephen Mitchell]

Nothing More is Needed
on caring for our animals (and ourselves)
by Christine King

Anima Books, 2011
softcover, 6x9 in., 40 pages
ISBN:
0-9674926-3-7
EAN13:
978-0-9674926-3-6
$12.95

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